"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.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Global South's Meeting in Singapore issues a Communique

Stand Firm has published the Communique produced by the fourth Anglican Global South-to-South Encounter's just-concluded Singapore meeting. The most important section for my purposes is paragraph 19 (bold-faced emphasis added by me):

19. We are pleased to welcome two Communion Partner bishops from the Episcopal Church USA (TEC) and acknowledge that with them there are many within TEC who do not accept their church's innovations. We assure them of our loving and prayerful support. We are grateful that the recently formed Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is a faithful expression of Anglicanism. We welcome them as partners in the Gospel and our hope is that all provinces will be in full communion with the clergy and people of the ACNA and the Communion Partners.

RWF resumes: This is a very important statement from a gathering that represents the overwhelming majority of the world's Anglicans. This paragraph amounts to the leaders of more than 75% of the world's Anglicans expressing their conviction that the ACNA is a worthy partner with whom to be in full communion. It is an unalloyed recognition of our status as faithful Anglicans.

After reciting some of the recent actions of TEC and the ACC that have set them on (para. 16) "a course that contradicts the plain teaching of the Holy Scriptures on matters so fundamental that they affect the very salvation of those involved" and which (para. 18) "have brought discredit to our witness," Paragraph 18 "encourages our various Provinces to reconsider their communion relationships with the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada until it becomes clear that there is genuine repentence."

Thank God that many parts of the Anglican world have such faithful leaders!

A full list of the participants in this meeting may be found here.

More on this Communique and the Global South meeting's significance will follow.


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