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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I suspect this is far more important in the long term than the lawsuit the rump Dio FW has filed.

From The Living Church:

North American Bishops Meeting with GAFCON Primates in London

Eight archbishops are meeting in closed-door session at a London hotel this week to review plans for the creation of a new Anglican Communion province to be known as the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

Seven primates: Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi of Kenya, Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda, Presiding Bishop Gregory Venables of the Southern Cone, Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa of Tanzania, Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda, Archbishop Justice Akrofi of West Africa; along with the Most Rev. Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney (Australia) began talks on April 14 at hotel near Heathrow airport.

Joining the archbishops in the three-day meeting are the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh in the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone and the archbishop-designate of the ACNA; the Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker, Bishop of Fort Worth in the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone; the Rt. Rev. Charles Murphy; the leader of the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA); the Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns, Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America and one of his bishops suffragan, the Rt. Rev. David Anderson; the Rt. Rev. John Guernsey, Provincial Bishop Suffragan for the Anglican Church of Uganda; the Rt. Rev. Bill Atwood, Bishop of All Saints Diocese in the Anglican Church of Kenya; and the Rt. Rev. Don Harvey, leader of the Anglican Network in Canada.

Details of the meeting will be made public at a press conference on April 16, according to a spokesman for the archbishops, but participants told The Living Church the group, which is meeting as the GAFCON (Global Anglican Futures Conference) primates’ council, will discuss the formation and strengthening of the Fellowship of Confession Anglicans (FCA), the formation of the ACNA, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s proposed Anglican Covenant, and the on-going divisions within the Anglican Communion.

(The Rev.) George Conger


Blogger Robin G. Jordan said...

What struck me as ironic is that while the GAFCON primates recognized the emerging Anglican Church in North America as "genuinely Anglican," the ACNA provisional constitution and draft canons do not recognize as orthodox Anglicans a large segment of Anglicans in the evangelical and Reformed tradition in Anglicanism who do not subscribe to the ACNA partisan position on episcopacy, that is to say, the episcopacy is of "esse," or essence, of the church. They hold that is of the "bene esse," or well-being of the church. Under the provisions of the draft canons only those ecclesiastical organizations that "unreservedly" subscribe to the Catholic "esse" position may become "mission partners" with the ACBA. This excludes from mission partnership with the ACNA a number of groups of Anglican evangelicals in the Church of England and other Anglican provinces who have supported the formation of the a new province in North America but subscribe to the Evangelical and Reformed "bene esse" position.

In response to Bishop Duncan's letter of April 3, 2009 I have submitted three papers to the ACNA Goverance Task Force. They are "The ACNA Provisional Constitution: A Blueprint for Radical Innovation in Church Government," on the Internet at: http://anglicansablaze.blogspot.com/2009/04/acna-provisional-constitution-blueprint.html ; "The ACNA Draft Canons: An Analysis of Their Provisions with Proposed Changes - Part I," on the Internet at: http://anglicansablaze.blogspot.com/2009/04/acna-draft-canons-analysis-of-their.html ; and "The ACNA Draft Canons: An Analysis of Their Provisions with Proposed Changes - Part II," on the Internet at: http://anglicansablaze.blogspot.com/2009/04/acna-draft-canons-analysis-of-their_18.html . The first two papers draw attention to this problem.

It seems in drafting the fundamental declarations of the ACNA the language of the declarations on the Thirty-Nine Articles and 1662 Book of Common Prayer were modified to accomodate Catholic Anglicans but nothing was done about the language of the declaration on episcopacy to accomodate Evangelical and Reformed Anglicans.

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