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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
Myanmar and Peru
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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
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
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 &
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.
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
19 – World
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,
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
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
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".
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."
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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