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  ANiC Newsletter: 16 January, 2012 ... pdf version

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News – ANiC and AEN

Newsletters resume on a more limited basis
Synod 2011 voted to address ANiC’s deficit by implementing the budget cuts recommended by ANiC’s Council. As a result of these cuts, communication functions – including newsletters – have been curtailed. After a 10 week hiatus, newsletters are now resuming but will be more tightly focused on ANiC and ACNA news. Thank you for your patience and please accept our apologies for this long silence.

If you wish to be kept informed about happenings in the broader Anglican Communion, please consider subscribing to:
the ACNA newsletter
the American Anglican Council’s weekly newsletter and its weekly Anglican Perspective two-minute video  
the Anglican Unscripted video newsmagazine
Anglican Ink, a new website that consolidates Anglican news

In addition, there are many excellent blogs you can follow, including:
the Anglican Essentials Canada blog for happenings in Canada
VirtureOnline, StandFirmInFaith and TitusOneNine

For prayer resources, please take advantage of ANiC’s monthly prayer calendar and 1st Friday of the Month mediation and prayer guide. For news and prayer requests related to persecuted Christians worldwide consider subscribing to the Barnabus Fund’s email list.

Synod 2011
Presentations and information from the November 2012 synod are posted on the ANiC website.

2012 Liturgical Calendars
A very limited number of ANiC’s beautiful 2012 liturgical calendars are still available – but not for long! The sale of these calendars has raised over $1000 for church planting in ANiC – after covering production, printing and distribution costs. Our calendar, which was largely the fruit of volunteer efforts, was featured by the Anglican Church in North America in an article entitled, “Artists showcase the beauty of the liturgical year”. The work of talented ANiC artists graces the monthly calendar pages and the back pages contain information on our diocese and our province, as well as the full text of the Jerusalem Declaration. Depending on the response we receive, this calendar could be repeated next year. Please let us know what you think. Send your comments to Jayne or Marilyn.

ANiC clergy retreats
January 18 – Bishops Don Harvey and Charlie Masters will lead a one-day clergy retreat, from 10am-3pm, at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario. Please RSVP today to Jessica in the ANiC office by email or phone 1-866-351-2642.

March 20-22 – ANiC’s annual clergy retreat at lovely Cedar Springs, just south of Abbotsford, BC, on the US side of the border will feature the ministry of Dr Lyle Schrag, director of the Fellowship Centre for Leadership Development at the Northwest Baptist Seminary. For more information, see the ANiC website, then register online.

ANiC’s Asian Mission changes its name and plans another conference
The Asian Mission in Canada (AMiC) has changed its name to better convey the scope of its ministry. Effective January 1, it became Asian and Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC). AMMiC is pursuing both Cantonese and Mandarin speaking ministries and is working with St John’s Vancouver to support a Farsi-speaking ministry in North Vancouver. In addition, AMMiC is growing mission partnerships in Asia, sending short-term mission teams to minister to abandoned disable orphans in China and Karen refugees in Thailand.

Encouraged by the spectacular success of its inaugural conference last spring, AMMiC is planning a second conference on June 11-12, 2012 at Regent College, Vancouver. For information, see the AMMiC website.

Bishop Don Harvey interviewed
The November Anglican Planet published an interesting interview with Bishop Don, covering such topics as the choice between unity and truth in established Anglican denominations, his vision for ANiC, border crossing, litigation, ANiC’s financial shortfall, church planting, and the role of bishops.

ANiC ordinations
The Rev Dwight MacPherson, All Saints Anglican Catholic Church, Rutland, Vermont, was ordained to the priesthood on November 20.
The Rev Dr Michael Dobson, St Andrew’s (Delta), will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Trevor Walters on February 5, 3pm at St John’s Richmond (8140 Saunders Road, Richmond, BC).
Mr James Carriere will be ordained to the diaconate on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 at 7:30pm – the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul – at Good Shepherd, St Catharines, ON by Bishop Charlie Masters.
The Rev Garth Hunt will be ordained to the priesthood, on Sunday, 29 January 2012 – Epiphany 4 – at 10am at St George’s, Burlington, ON by Bishop Charlie Masters.

Sojourners Fellowship launched
ANiC’s synod received a presentation on a new fellowship within ANiC which will be know as the Sojourners Fellowship The group is intended to encourage, disciple and connect “Anglican orphans” – those who do not have a Biblically faithful Anglican church nearby. The group will rely heavily on the Internet and social media, creating an online church community that will also reach out to seekers.

According to founder, Mark Larratt Smith,
“Our purpose is to create a virtual fellowship of faithful Christians living in widely differing circumstances and locations, connected to the Worldwide Anglican Communion through the Anglican Network in Canada and committed to sharing the Gospel, building up the Church, and supporting one another as disciples of Jesus Christ.”

For information, or to get involved, email Mark or call (613)476-6539. The Fellowship also needs help from those with technical – and other – abilities who could help develop this online ministry.

ANiC parishes and members in the news
ANiC member
Tolson Chapman of St John’s, Newfoundland had a letter to the editor published in the January edition of the Anglican Church of Canada’s diocesan Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador newsletter (p5). In the l letter Tolson expressed grave concerns about the direction taken by the Anglican Church of Canada, citing numerous examples.

The Rev Paul Donison, of St Peter & St Paul’s, was interviewed by CBC Ottawa regarding his dramatic pre-Christmas presentations. Portraying the 4th century bishop Saint Nicholas, the Rev Donison, a trained actor, walked the streets of downtown Ottawa regaling shoppers with tales from his life and handing out “gold” coins. The interview is here and a photo of “St Nick” is here.

St Timothy’s Great Garage Give-away was noted in the Montreal Gazette last June.
The Rev Ron Corcoran and other members of Christ the King (Victoria) were interviewed by Radio Canada (French language CBC) on why they left the Anglican Church of Canada. A TV crew also filmed a Christ the King Sunday service and a session of the parish’s
Parables in the Pub ministry. The resulting TV broadcast was aired on the program Second Regard.

Parish and regional events
Ontario men’s breakfast – A breakfast is slated for January 21, 9-11am near Newmarket, ON. The theme is “Advancing shoulder to shoulder following Jesus” and Bishop Don Harvey will be the speaker. See the poster for more information. Register today! For more info call 705-999-2911.

St Andrew’s (Delta, BC) is offering a one-day healing workshop on February 11 entitled “The Healing Gifts of God's Kingdom: God's Amazing Grace When It Hurts”. Full information is on St Andrew’s website.

Church of the Ascension (Langley, BC) and Saint Matthew’s (Abbotsford, BC) will have a table at the Trinity Western University job fair on February 2, raising ANiC’s profile within the university community.

All Saints (Rutland, Vermont) is inviting the community to their “A Taste of Chocolate” event on February 11, 5:30pm at the Godnick Center (Woodstock Ave and Deer Street). The” family fun” event will feature chocolate tasting, and entertainment by an Elvis impersonator.

Holy Cross, Abbotsford, BC has a new phone number: 604 302-2422.

Please email your parish news and communication ideas to Marilyn or call 1-866-351-2642 extension 4020.

ANiC and ACNA events calendar
January 26-27 – ACNA Southeast Asia mission symposium in Bedford, Texas
Mar 6-8 – Anglican 1000’s 2012 Church Planting Summit in Plano, TX.
Mar 20-22 – ANiC clergy retreat, Cedar Springs, WA
June 7-9 – ACNA Provincial Assembly, Ridgecrest, NC

News – Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)
ACNA Provincial Assembly set for June 7-9 in North Carolina
Our province was founded at an inaugural assembly (synod) in Texas in 2009. It’s almost three years later and the ACNA is planning its second gathering of the whole Church, this time in Ridgecrest, North Carolina, June 7-9. The tentative schedule is on the ACNA website.

Speakers include: Dr Ed Stetzer, an authority on church planting, Baroness Caroline Cox, member of the British House of Lords and tireless global campaigner for human rights, the Rt Rev Rennis Ponniah, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Singapore, one renowned Bible teacher, the Rev Dr Michael Youssef, rector of the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia, and Archbishop Robert Duncan, primate of the Anglican Church in North America.

You don’t have to be an official delegate to attend. Road trip anyone?!

SE Asia mission symposium in Texas, January 26-27
Anglican Global Mission Partners (AGMP), a mission branch of the Anglican Church in North America, is sponsoring a symposium on ministry in SE Asia on January 26-27 at St Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, Texas. The organizers say,
“There is an urgent need for Anglican Church in North America diocesan and church partnerships to assist the Province of Southeast Asia” in its mission to evangelizing the millions in SE Asia who have never had the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus. You can read more about what promises to be a very interesting event.

Anglican1000 church planting summit, March 6-8, in Plano, Texas
Registration is now open for ACNA’s annual Anglican 1000 Church Planting Summit, March 6-8, 2012 in Plano, TX. This is an opportunity for leaders, church planters, and anyone interested to come together for a time of equipping, networking, worship, encouragement, prayer and reports from the front lines. Featured speakers include Scot McKnight, Mike Breen, and David Taylor. Special discounts are available for seminarians and active church planters.

Disappointing court decisions in the US
A Virginia court has turned over the property of seven ACNA churches in the state to the Episcopal Church Diocese, including the historic Falls Church. An earlier decision had awarded the property to the ACNA congregations. The seven ACNA churches are members of the newly established
Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, under Bishop John Guernsey, who was a speaker at ANiC’s 2011 synod in Victoria last November. The churches are prayerfully considering their legal options.

For more information see the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic website, A S Haley’s legal analysis, and an interesting Institute on Religion & Democracy article which questions the TEC diocese’s ability to maintain the church properties given the few Episcopalians remaining in those parishes. It gives the example of The Falls Church ACNA congregation which numbers 2000 and expends $750,000 annually to maintain the church property, while the corresponding TEC congregation numbers about 74 and currently spends $9000 annually to rent property.

Earlier, ACNA’s
Christ Church Savannah (Georgia) had to leave its property. This historic church, founded in 1733, pre-dates TEC and included John Wesley and George Whitefield among its early rectors. For more information on Christ Church’s history see its website.

A 16-minute American Anglican Council video offers an interesting overview and perspective on the 107, often complex, lawsuits brought by TEC and its dioceses against departing congregations. Canon Phil Ashey, a trained lawyer, offers insight into TEC’s Dennis Cannon which US courts tend to unquestioningly accepted in their decisions, and discusses differences in conviction on the Biblical view of litigation.

Controversy envelops AMiA
The Anglican Mission in the Americas, which recently took the name Anglican Mission, has dominated Anglican news over the last few weeks. In early December, an article in Christianity Today reported that all but two AMiA bishops had followed AMiA chairman Bishop Chuck Murphy and resigned from the Rwandan House of Bishops where AMiA bishops have been resident for 11 years. The issues are complex and murky; however, it is clear that the break with the Anglican Church in Rwanda was not precipitated by theological differences. Last year, AMiA chose to move out of the ACNA, citing the difficulty of holding “dual citizenship” in both the Church of Rwanda and the ACNA. The status of AMiA churches is not entirely clear.

Bishop Bob Duncan, primate of ACNA, wrote in a pre-Christmas pastoral letter:
“…The present reality is brokenness… The resignation of nine Anglican Mission bishops, including the Bishop Chairman, from the House of Bishops of Rwanda, changed relationships with Rwanda, with fellow bishops and with the Anglican Church in North America. The resigned bishops lost their status in our College of Bishops as a result of their resignation from Rwanda. The Anglican Mission also lost its status as a Ministry Partner, since that status had been predicated on AMiA’s relationship with Rwanda. In addition, confusion and hurt has been created in Rwanda and in North America, and there is much serious work ahead of us… We made a partial beginning [in addressing the issues with AMiA, between AMiA and Rwanda, and between the two factions of AMiA and the ACNA]. Bishops Leonard Riches and Charlie Masters agreed to lead the negotiations from the Anglican Church in North America.

The current reality is that AMiA is split and in confusion. Much of the leadership of AMiA is estranged from the Rwandan Church and no longer has any connection to the Anglican Communion. ACNA seems to be taking leadership to working towards clarity, reconciliation and resolution. In addition, there was a meeting of key parties in the dispute in Kenya recently hosted by the Chairman of the GAFCon Primates Council and primate of Kenya, Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud Wabukhala; no report has emerged from that meeting, however.

In spite of all the controversy roiling their denomination, AMiA held its annual Winter Conference this past week. See VirtueOnline for coverage.

For more background on the AMiA debacle, see Anglican Ink, VirtueOnline and watch recent Anglican Unscripted videos. For another perspective – the perspective of the Rwandan House of Bishops – see this article. For a poignant but brief commentary on Biblical reconciliation, see the most recent Anglican Perspectives video.

ACNA fully recognized by the Episcopal Church of the Sudan
In his Advent letter, Archbishop Bob Duncan noted:
“We received word this week of a decision by the Province of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan that their House of Bishops had taken action to recognize "fully" the Anglican Church in North America as a "true faithful Orthodox Church" and to commit to "work with [us] to expand the Kingdom of God in the world." I pray we will prove worthy of the trust this Province has expressed. I pray we will do it in the same fidelity to the Word of God and with the same Christ-like charity they have shown. I pray we will do it with the same courage and unity in adversity as the Church of the Sudan has shown through thirty years of civil war, suffering and martyrdom. What trust they place in us!

Tax webinars for US-based clergy
US based clergy who were not able to participate in the American Anglican Council (AAC) "Clergy & Their Taxes" webinar will find the session – recording and slides – posted on the AAC's website. The second session,
“Tax and Legislative Developments Affecting Ministers”, was held on January 12, but will also be posted on the AAC website. The final session in the series, “Do's and Don'ts: Preparing Your Personal Return”, will be webcast on Thursday, February 2 at 2 pm EST. See the AAC website for more information.

Anglican Church issues 2011 ministry report
The Anglican Church in North America has issued its first ministry report, called The Apostle.

Youth get “Anglican Fever”
The Christian Broadcasting Network featured an article on the phenomenon of Christian youth “flocking” to orthodox Anglicanism, specifically ACNA churches in the Chicago area. It states,
“A possible reason for the growth is the authenticity. Many congregations in the new denomination gave up buildings and property in order to break from the Episcopal Church and its increasingly liberal theology… [What’s] drawing young people to the Anglican Church is what many would not expect. It's about sacraments, like weekly Communion and traditional prayers that the entire congregation participates in reading… [and] the integrity that comes from standing for one's faith.”

Other news in brief

A professor at Trinity School for Ministry,
the Rev Dr Grant LeMarquand, has been appointed as assistant bishop to the primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Dr LeMarquand will serve as area bishop in the Horn of Africa, based in Ethiopia. He is to be consecrated on April 25 in Cairo and installed in Addis Ababa on October 27. An Anglican Planet article notes that Dr LeMarquand, who is Canadian, says his focus will be on the growing, largely Sudanese Anglican churches near the border.

The former secretary general of the Anglican Church of Canada,
the Ven Dr Michael Pollesel, has been elected bishop of Uruguay. The election has yet to be approved by the province of the Southern Cone. The Diocese of Uruguay has been in dispute with the rest of the Southern Cone over the issue of women’s ordination to the priesthood.

The Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC)
Diocese of Toronto has voted to ask General Synod to change the marriage canons allowing the marriage of any who are legally married instead of restricting marriage to a man and a woman. The diocese also asked the ACoC House of Bishops to withdraw its 1979 statement disallowing the ordination of those in “committed same-gender relationships”. There is a good discussion on the AEC blog about these developments and common arguments in support of same-sex blessings which misuse scripture.

A number of
Canadian Lutheran churches are voting on possibly leaving the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada as that denomination goes down the same path as the Anglican Church of Canada. The Solid Ground website is tracking the votes of individual churches.

The Pope has appointed the former bishop of TEC Diocese of Rio Grande, Jeffrey Steenson, to lead the Roman Catholic
Anglican Ordinariate in North America.

Attacks on churches and Christians by radical Islamist continue in
Nigeria. In an AnglicanTV interview, Archbishop Ben Kwashi discusses the violence faced by Christians in his region.

The Anglican Province of the Southern Cone has voted to approve the
Anglican Covenant – as Archbishop Rowan Williams again exhorted all provinces to do in his Advent letter. The Anglican Communion Institute has posted an article giving “Ten reasons for voting positively” for the Anglican Communion Covenant.

VirtueOnline posted an interesting analysis of the
Global South, naming provinces which are most vulnerable to the lure of western aid in exchange for accepting the US Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada’s moral and theological positions.

The Primate of Uganda, Archbishop Luke Orombi, has announced he will step down at the end of this year to focus on a ministry of evangelism.

Soul food

Next Christmas
Although it’s 11 months until Christmas, this short “Advent Conspiracy” video is worth watching.

Just for fun
Little Bobby was spending the weekend with his grandmother after a particularly trying week in kindergarten.
His grandmother decided to take him to the park on Saturday morning. It had been snowing all night and everything was beautiful.
His grandmother remarked, "Doesn't it look like an artist painted this scenery? Did you know God painted this just for you?"
Bobby said, "Yes, God did it and he did it left handed."
This confused his grandmother a bit, and she asked him "What makes you say God did this with his left hand?"
"Well," said Bobby, "we learned at Sunday School last week that Jesus sits on God's right hand."


And now a word from our sponsor
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that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
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Psalm 67 ESV

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