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  ANiC Newsletter: 13 February, 2012 ... pdf version
    

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News – ANiC and AEN

ACNA’s World Missions Sunday, February 19
Our Primate Archbishop Bob Duncan has declared the last Sunday before Lent to be World Missions Sunday each year. He is asking that this day be set aside to focus on mission – through prayers, testimonies, stewardship and education.- as we work together to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth. His request includes a call for each ACNA congregation to collect a special offering for missions, including the Anglican Relief and Develop Fund (ARDF) and ARDF-Canada (ARDFC). For more information on World Missions Sunday see the ACNA website.


Myanmar and Peru microfinance projects
As part of World Missions Sunday, the Anglican Relief and Development Fund Canada (ARDFC) is launching our two new aid projects – both microfinance projects that enable women to escape poverty by helping them start their own small businesses. The two projects are in Myanmar (also known as Burma) and Peru. For more information on how the projects will improve the lives of impoverished women in both countries, see our website and project fact sheet. Additional ARDFC resources, including a poster and presentation, are available on the website.

A big
“thank you” to every parish and person whose generosity enabled us to complete our 2011 project: helping returning refugees become reestablished in the Diocese of Kindu, Congo. More than $70,000 was donated through ARDFC in meeting pressing global needs. With your support, ARDFC has now competed two projects, including the first, a malaria prevention project in the Diocese or Maseno West, Kenya. ARDF, our US partner, has completed over 100 projects in more than 30 countries, raising almost $5 million.


ARDFC’s Children’s Lenten resources
ARDFC has prepared
a children’s Lenten calendar which has activities, information and prayer items connected to the countries of Peru and Myanmar. This calendar, which runs from Ash Wednesday, February 22, to Holy Saturday, April 7, is available from your parish or by emailing info@ardfc.ca. In connection with the calendar, families can create “mite boxes” by printing and taping or gluing mite box labels to empty tin cans or jars. To encourage children in their giving, our US partner, ARDF, has developed Sunday School materials which are posted on its website.


ANiC website trivia
Did you know that ANiC’s website contains over 1500 pages of information? And, while that statistic is trivial, those pages are anything but. You’ll find all sorts of useful information organized on that site. If you have suggestions for making the site more user-friendly, contact Marilyn.


Provincial Assembly 2012 is fast approaching!
All ANiC and Anglican Church in North America parishioners are invited to our Provincial Assembly, June 7-9 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, North Carolina. This Assembly is only the second in our Province’s history. The inaugural Assembly in Bedford, Texas in 2009 launched our Province.

Attendees can expect powerful worship that embraces the fullness of Anglican worship and identity and the beauty of our Anglican liturgy – as well as warm fellowship with members of all 21 ACNA dioceses. Assembly 2012 will feature keynote speaker Dr Ed Stetzer, Bible teacher the Rt Rev Rennis Ponniah, and renowned humanitarian Baroness Caroline Cox, along with several other wonderful guests.

If you are considering attending, please register as soon as possible. You can register on the ACNA website by clicking “register now” in the top right corner. Observers should register as “general assembly attendee”, or “youth and student attendees, as appropriate. If you have any questions, please call the Provincial ACNA office at 724-266-9400.


Our condolences
ANiC’s registrar the Rev Tom Carman is grieving the loss of his mother on February 9. The funeral for Margaret Susan Carman was to have been held today. Condolences can be left online at www.rskane.ca. Please join us in praying for God’s comfort and strength for Tom, Yvonne & family.


Anglican Essentials Canada (AEC) ceases operations; AEC blog soldiers on
Effective 31 December 2011, Anglican Essentials Canada ceased operations. The AEC website states that its board voted unanimously to wind down operations, saying “
the mandate of Anglican Essentials Canada (AEC) had been fulfilled and was being carried on by the ACA [Anglican Communion Alliance, formerly known as the Anglican Essentials Federation] and ANiC.”

The AEC blog, which began in June 2007 at the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod, continues to keep Canadians informed about happenings in Canadian Anglicanism.


ANiC priest helps explore “the cosmic scope of Christ’s redemption”
ANiC priest the Rev Craig Bartholomew will address a conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee, March 2-4 focused on understanding all facets of life through the lens of Jesus Christ. This 2012 Paideia Centre for Public Theology gathering will explore business innovation, community economic development, medicine, the arts, law, sciences, education, and many other spheres, searching for ways to “deepen Christian practice in these vital areas of life”. More information is available on the Paideia Centre website.


Parish news
Grace Anglican (Calgary, AB) has launched a well thought out, user-friendly website.

St Peter & St Paul (Ottawa, ON) – (A clarification of the item in the last newsletter) This June, the Rev David Crawley will transition from the role of rector to the part-time position of rector-emeritus responsible for pastoral care ministries, allowing him to take on additional ministries within ANiC and elsewhere.

St John the Evangelist (Calgary, AB) – A former Anglican Church of Canada parish – which was also formerly an Anglican Essentials Network parish – has become the first Anglican church in Canada to accept the pope’s 2009 offer and become a Roman Catholic “Anglican use” parish. St John the Evangelist was allowed to continue to use it church building through a lease arrangement with the ACoC diocese, according to the Anglican Journal. As an Anglican use parish, it will continue to use Anglican liturgical and traditions, but now as a Roman Catholic church.

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


ANiC and ACNA events calendar
February 19 – World Missions Sunday
March 6-8 – Anglican 1000’s 2012 Church Planting Summit in Plano, TX.
March 20-22 – ANiC clergy retreat, Cedar Springs, WA
June 7-9 – ACNA Provincial Assembly, Ridgecrest, NC
June 11-12 – Asian & Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC) 2nd annual conference, Regent College, Vancouver


News – Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

ACNA leaders convene
Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) leaders from across the US and Canada met recently in Florida for ACNA Executive Committee and Archbishop’s Cabinet sessions. Their agendas included consideration of upcoming events including the June 7-9 Provincial Assembly and the GAFCon leadership conference in London this April. A highlight of the meeting was a report on the progress being made by the ACNA Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force. The goal is to have new liturgies ready for use at the 2012 Provincial Assembly.

The ACNA news report explains that
“The Executive Committee is comprised of clergy and laity and serves as the Board of Directors for the Anglican Church in its capacity as a non-profit corporation. It provides temporal oversight for the Church and ongoing governance between Provincial Council meetings. The Archbishop’s Cabinet includes bishops, priests and laypeople who serve as advisers on issues within the province and the wider Anglican Communion."


Calling church planters and those interested in youth ministry
ACNA’s annual Anglican1000 church planting summit is coming up March 6-8 in Plano, Texas. This is a highlight every year that inspires, blesses and reignites those with a heart for church planting. You can expect inspiring speakers and like-minded fellowship. You can watch a video invitation, read about the event, see the schedule, and register online. Special discounts are available for seminarians and active church planters. Spouses of active church planters can register for free; this means that a church planter and his/her spouse can attend the Summit for $125. For more information, contact ANiC’s church planting.

A pre-conference on
Youth Ministry in Church Plants and Small Churches, March 5-6, is hosted by ACNA’s Young Anglicans Project. Registration is just $30 if you are also attending the Anglican1000 Summit. This conference is designed to explore new ways for small churches and church plants to do effective youth ministry – primarily focused on mentoring and inter-generational ministry. More information is on the ACNA website.

By the way, you can find audio of past Anglican1000 church planting summits, as well as the recent Anglican Worship conference on the Anglican1000 website. (Select the Audio tab.)


Inspirational ACNA church plant testimony
The ACNA website has an inspiring and challenging article about how God is using a new church plant to help transform the “dark side” of their Texas town after they committed to
“hard-core discipleship and hard-core ministry”.


More on AMiA
The Washington Post ran a story recently on the schism within the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA). We need to pray that the root causes of this rift will be addressed and that God will bring healing and renewal of spiritual vitality. The issues are not theological; rather they pertain to authority.


Other news in brief

Anglican Church of Canada Vancouver Island churches for sale - The Anglican Essentials blog notes a Victoria News story about what is becoming of a number of Victoria-area churches put up for sale recently by the Diocese of BC.

The Episcopal Church (TEC)
Noting TEC is in “traumatic decline”, Church of England reporter George Conger summarizes the key numbers from a presentation recently made to TEC Executive Council. In the past decade, for example, there has been a decline of 41 per cent in marriages performed and a 40 per cent decline in adult baptisms and in 2010 “72 per cent of congregations reported they were in ‘financial stress’.”

The Episcopal Church (TEC) Diocese of Central Florida, one of the few remaining Biblically orthodox dioceses in TEC, has elected the Rev Greg Brewer as its next bishop, succeeding retiring Bishop John Howe. His election is subject to approval by a majority of TEC’s diocesan bishops and standing committees within 120 days.

The Episcopal Church has issued a news release stating that Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will visit some Anglican churches in Asia during February – specifically the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Bombing continues in the Sudan – The Washington Post reports that the Sudanese air force recently attacked a Bible school in the Nuba Mountains near the border with the newly created country of South Sudan. Two of the eight bombs dropped by the planes hit school buildings. Although it was the first day of school and the campus was full, miraculously, no one was killed. The school had been built by Samaritan’s Purse. Please pray for safety and peace. If the conflict continues, it could precipitate a famine because Sudan is preventing aid groups from reaching the affected parts of Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

Egypt – The Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East, Bishop Mouneer Anis, asks in an email for prayer for the country of Egypt during these days of upheaval. Please also pray for wisdom for church leaders as they seek to cooperatively play a role in shaping the countries future.

Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) leadership met recent in Burundi. The newly elected Chair is the Most Rev Bernard Ntahoturi, Archbishop of Burundi. He replaces Archbishop Ian Ernest of the Indian Ocean.

Church of England General Synod has just concluded, having:
Debate on the contentious matter of allowing women bishops dominated this general synod. Bids to offer compromises that would better accommodate those who in conscience cannot accept the oversight of a woman bishop where defeated by general synod. According to the Anglican Journal, “During the past 18 months the legislation supporting women bishops has been given the nod by 42 of the 44 diocesan synods throughout England, but it now requires a two-thirds majority in each of the three houses of General Synod – bishops, clergy and laity – for it to be adopted. Before the legislation comes to synod for final approval, likely when it next meets in July, the House of Bishops will have one last chance in May to tweak the text of the draft measure.”

Issued a statement on the violence against Christians in Nigeria, urging the British government to support the protection of religious minorities.

There has been further discussion about the report on the Church of England’s relationships with the ACNA posted on Anglican Mainstream and in the Church of England Newspaper. In a nutshell, the report seems to intentionally offer no clarity on the relationship and takes no stand in terms of the underlying doctrinal issues.

Responding to developments in the Church of England regarding same-sex marriage, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali issued a statement which is reproduced below in full:
"We affirm the value of all friendships and strong relationships between people, whether in the family or with friends. We want a society with such strong friendships and relationships. Marriage, however, is a special kind of relationship and should not be confused with other relationships which have their own integrity. This is rooted in the Bible’s understanding of man and woman being created together and created together in God’s image. This means that men and women are ordered to one another and it is their similarity and also their difference which makes for the complementarity needed for a stable union.

"This complementarity has a number of aspects to it. There is the sexual aspect, which is not just about biology but about motivation that the love that the one has for the other and the way in which it is manifested is distinct from how, for example, friends might love one another. The complementarity is also social. This does not necessarily mean men can do certain tasks and women other tasks but that each approaches their task distinctively. This complementarity is very important in the bringing up and nurture of children, where all the research shows that children relate to each parent in a different way and this is why we welcome the government’s plans to give children access to their fathers. However, such complementarity is also important for that aspect of marriage which has to do with the love, comfort and support that the one ought to have for the other, even when there are no children involved. Again, this is distinct from the love and support that friends might give one another because it is related to the way in which man and woman are similar but also distinct. It is very important to respect the similar yet different ways in which men and women reflect the image of God in them. The Bible sees marriage as a sign between Christ and his Church. Clearly, this is a union of similarity and difference which marriage should reflect.

"Whilst we affirm the value of friendships, we cannot put every kind of lifestyle and behaviour on the same level. Not every expression of love is appropriate and we would want to uphold the continuous teaching of the Biblical tradition that the proper expression of sexual love belongs properly within that ordered relationship of man to woman which we call marriage. Anything less than that or other than that falls short of God’s purposes for human beings".


Soul food

Thought
In light of Bishop Nazir-Ali’s statement above, the speech made recently before the State of Washington’s legislative hearings on redefining marriage by Dr Jennifer Roback Morse and posted on the Ruth Institute website. She begins,
“I am here today to hold you to account, for the predictable harms you have already caused and will continue to cause by redefining marriage.” Dr Morse then zeroes in on the injustice to children perpetrated by same-sex marriage.


Just for fun
A young woman woke up one morning and told her husband, "I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine's day. What do you think it means?"

"You'll know tonight," he said.

That evening the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it, only to find a book entitled "The Meaning of Dreams."

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Thought
Love may not make the world spin around, but it certainly makes a lot of people dizzy.


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Luke 20:45 - 21:4



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