"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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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.

Monday, June 22, 2009

ACNA Constitution Adopted this Afternoon

All of the proposed provisions of the Constitution of the Anglican Church in North America were adopted this afternoon, with only a scattered handful of "no" voice votes on any of them. It was clear that the mind of the Assembly was to "get this done," and there was little appetite for General Convention-style endless debate on minor provisions.

Thus the Anglican Church in North America was officially constituted at 4:25PM Central Daylight Time this evening. Glory to God in the highest!!


Blogger Robin_G_Jordan said...

Minor provisions, Tex? The constitution establishes the direction of the ACNA, where it is going in terms of doctrine, structure, and governance. The failure of the Provincial Council and Provincial Assembly to adequately deal with concerns related to the provisions of the constitution is going to come back and haunt the ACNA. You reap what you sow. If how the Assembly handled the constitution is how that body is going to handle future legislation, the Assembly may as well be dissolved and the power to ratify the legislative acts given to the dioceses were it rightfully belongs. As it is, the Assembly is a body that can be easily manipulated by persuasive charismatic speakers, skilled lobbyists, and experienced pressure groups. The response of the congregation to Bishop Duncan's sermon at the opening Eucharist was clear evidence of its vulnerability to persuasive charismatic speakers. The delegates cannot be depended upon to represent the interests of the dioceses that chose them.

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