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  ANiC Newsletter: 7 May, 2012 ... pdf version

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News – ANiC and AEN

ANiC and ACNA events calendar
May 12. 4pm – Ordination of the Rev Brian de Visser at St Peter’s & St Paul’s Ottawa
May 26 – Healing retreat at St Luke’s Pembroke
May 27, 3pm – Ordinations of the Rev Anson Ann & Shihoko Warren, Good Shepherd (Vancouver)
June 4 – ACNA Archbishop’s Cabinet meeting, Ridgecrest, NC
June 5 – ACNA College of Bishops meeting, Ridgecrest, NC
June 6 – ACNA Provincial Council meeting, Ridgecrest, NC
June 7-10 – ACNA Provincial Assembly, Ridgecrest, NC
June 10 – Inaugural service for Christ the Redeemer (Iranian) church plant in North Vancouver, BC
June 11-12 – Asian & Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC) conference, Vancouver
June 20 – Melvin Chen will be ordained deacon at Christ the King, Toronto
June 22-23 – Anglican Fourth Day Province-wide Grand Ultreya, Montgomery, Alabama
July 31 – Aug 1 – ACNA Archbishop’s Cabinet meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
August 1-2 - ACNA Executive Committee meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
October TBA – ACNA Bishops/Clergy & Spouse Retreat
November 14-16 – ANiC synod, clergy day and lay conference in Ottawa

Our condolences
It is with sadness mixed with great hope that we learnt of the death of Ceri Hynes, wife of the Rev Howard Hynes, rector of St Stephen the Martyr (St John’s, NL). Ceri had battled cancer for many years. Her requiem was held on May 5 with Bishop Don presiding and Bishop Charlie preaching. Our love and deepest sympathy go to Howard and their three teenaged children: Mafanwy, Anwen and Liam.

Healing ministry
May 26 St Luke’s Pembroke, ON is offering a "Healing the Whole Person" retreat on Saturday. May 26 9:30am to 4pm led by the Rev Canon Dr Mark Pearson. Canon Mark has led retreats for ANiC churches before and comes very highly recommended. He is a prolific author, speaker and director of a Christian renewal and healing centre in New Hampshire. Registration is $25 and people are asked to bring a bag lunch (snacks and drinks provided), however subsidies are available. You can register by emailing St Luke’s or by calling the church office at 613-735-5000.

May 27, 7pm – Canon Mark then will lead a healing service at St Peter & St Paul’s on Sunday evening May 27 (Pentecost).

May 25, 7pm – On the Friday evening prior to these events, Canon Mark will hold a training session at St Luke’s for people involved in healing ministry. Those involved in the ministry of healing and prayer are welcome. There is no charge.

Melvin Chen will be ordained on June 20 at Christ the King, Toronto, as a transitional deacon. Mel, who recently graduated from Wycliffe, is planting a multicultural church in Toronto which will be a pioneer project of our Asian and Multicultural Ministry (AMMiC). Mel and his family come from Singapore and have ministry experience in Thailand. Please pray for Mel and his family as they embark on this new faith adventure.

Julian Gibb will be ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Trevor Walters in Phoenix, Arizona on behalf of the local ACNA Bishop, Bill Thompson. Julian was a Regent student, Artizo intern, and member of St John’s Vancouver.

Bishop Don Harvey reports on the GAFCon leaders conference in London
While attending the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) / GAFCon meetings in London, I was invited to attend local parishes on the two Sundays I was in the area.

On April 29, I spend the morning at St Nicholas, Tooting where a large, dynamic congregation has grown out of a church that was ready to be closed. The congregation, in excess of 200, is family-oriented with a wide range of ages and ethnic backgrounds. The Vicar, C J Davies (known to all as "CJ") interviewed me about the situation in Canada that led to the formation of ANiC and drew parallels to what is now happening in England. At the potluck luncheon – for which well over 100 stayed – many questions were asked and much appreciation was expressed for our efforts to remain faithful to Holy Scripture and yet continue to be part of the Anglican family.

After the GAFCon meetings, I spent a delightful weekend at Christ Church, Beckenham as the guest of the Vicar, Nicholas Wynn-Jones and his wife Harriet. On Friday night, there was an information sharing evening with people present from nearby parishes. On Sunday, after preaching, I again was "interviewed" by one of the staff in a manner much like the previous week. While wanting to share our message, the overall objective was to awaken people from their complacency of thinking "it can't happen here".

In all respects, the GAFCon meeting, held at St Mark's in Battersea, was extremely rewarding – both from the perspective of excellent presentations, and even more so, for the "networking" and chatting with others from around the Communion that was constant between sessions.

One afternoon I was interviewed in the plenary session by Archbishop Peter Jansen (Sydney) concerning the situation in Canada and the witness we are attempting to make. The long and sustained applause that followed indicated strong approval and appreciation for what we are doing and was a confirmation that we are recognized as part of our worldwide Anglican family. Throughout the Conference I was delighted to have the Reverend Ray David Glenn as the other ANiC representative. He was chosen to chair one of the morning sessions – which he did efficiently and well.

People making news, marking milestones
Bishop Malcolm Harding celebrates 50 years of ordained ministry on May 20. He was ordained deacon at Trinity Church, Galt, Ontario on 20 May 1962. Eleven years later, he was priested on 19 August 1973 at St Paul’s Church in Dauphin, MB. His consecration as fifth Bishop of Brandon was on 11 June 1992 at St Matthew’s Cathedral, Brandon, MB. Bishop Malcolm and Marylou will also celebrate 50 years of marriage on October 27.

Congratulations to the
Rev Emmanuel Sadarak, rector of St John’s Surrey, who graduated from a one-year course in English and theology at Christ for the Nations College on April 21. Emmanuel+ was ordained in Sudan and pastors a primarily Sudanese congregation.

Bishop Ron and Jan Ferris’ son Ramesh was interviewed by CTV recently in his role as an ambassador for the eradication of polio. Bishop Ron is rector of Church of the Ascension in Langley, BC. 

Parish and regional news
Christ the Redeemer (North Vancouver, BC) – A Persian (Iranian) congregation has formed and is ministering to North Vancouver’s large Farsi-speaking community – including people with roots in Iran, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan. Known as Christ the Redeemer, the congregation is a church plant initiative of St John’s Vancouver in partnership with ANiC’s Asian and Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC) under Bishop Stephen Leung. The congregation of about 30 has been meeting regularly since 2011 for Sunday services (3pm) and mid-week Bible studies.

Archdeacon Dan Gifford is acting as priest-in-charge with Pastor Ahmad Shafghat assisting. An official inauguration service will be held on June 10 at 3pm at Silver Harbour Senior’s Centre, 144 East 22 Street, North Vancouver. All are welcome.

The 22 May 2011 St John’s Vancouver Parish Life Notes tell us a little about Pastor Shafghat’s amazing story prior to coming to Canada:
“Pastor Shafghat was a leader in the underground church in Iran for many years and was jailed for five years in notorious Evian prison because of his Gospel work in Tehran. He and [his wife] Muzjgan were smuggled out of Iran thirteen years ago and were separated from Azita and Siavash [their daughter and son-in-law and St John’s parishioners] then. They ended up in Athens, Greece where they began a ministry to refugees from Tajikistan, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. On weekdays Muzjgan feeds 600 refugees a day from a very simple kitchen. Pastor Shafghat shares the Gospel after the meals and many have come to faith in the Lord Jesus as a result. On Sundays he works as pastor of an Iranian church in Athens.”

St Luke’s (Pembroke, ON) is rejoicing in the blessings of a busy spring and thriving E100 groups reading and studying Scripture. A three-week series of leadership training nights were just kicked off with twenty-five registrants. Breakfasts for women and gatherings for seniors have been launched to rave reviews. Other parish ministries include marriage preparation classes and confirmation classes for both adults and teens.

Saint Matthew’s (Abbotsford, BC) has launched a website for its School of Life & Ministry. The school is designed to “systematically train the laity in the fullness of Christian doctrine and practice with a view to making mature disciples who in turn can make disciples.”

Good Shepherd (Vancouver, BC) will hold a summer conference at Summit Park Conference Centre in Abbotsford, BC on the weekend of June 29 – June 2. The Rev Eric Thurston, Director of Training, Artizo Institute, is one of the speakers, ministering in English, while the Rev Paul Chan will minister in Cantonese. More information is on the Good Shepherd website.

Please email parish news to Marilyn or call 1-866-351-2642 ext 4020.

News – Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

Archbishop Bob Duncan video interview
In a surprisingly candid interview, Archbishop Bob discusses behind-the-scenes of the Anglican Mission in the Americas debacle, the GAFCon conference, the Fellowship of Confession Anglicans movement. He speculates that upwards of a dozen Primates will join the GAFCon Primates Council by the May 2013 GAFCon 2 gathering. He also announced that10 Primates will attend ACNA’s provincial assembly in June.

Legal update
In a welcome move, seven current and retired US Episcopal Church (TEC) bishops, together with the three TEC theologians behind the Anglican Communion Institute, have signed and submitted a legal brief in the Fort Worth case which contradicts a key plank of TEC’s legal argument. The 29-page document argues that TEC’s polity, as expressed in its canons and constitution, is in fact hierarchical only at the diocesan level.
“These amici curiae support the traditional polity of The Episcopal Church founded on the autonomy of its constituent dioceses and therefore submit that the trial court erred both as a matter of fact and as a matter of law when it found that The Episcopal Church has a hierarchical authority superior to the diocese and its bishop.”The signatories make it clear, however, that they disagree with the Diocese or Fort Worth and Bishop Jack Iker’s decision to realign out of TEC.

While applauding the courage of these TEC bishops and priests, canon lawyer A S Haley (aka the Anglican Curmudgeon) expresses concern that they may now be subject to disciplinary actions by the presiding bishop for having the temerity to weaken her attorney’s case.

Developments related to AMiA and former AMiC clergy and parishes
ACNA Archbishop Bob Duncan and the Primate of Rwanda, Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje released a join communiqué outlining the status of clergy and congregations within (and formerly within) the Anglican Mission in the Americas.

There are three options available: remain with Rwanda through PEARUSA, transfer to another Anglican jurisdiction through letters dismissory, or follow the Anglican Mission into its new venture. Provision and procedure for each of these options is available or is being developed as rapidly as possible. (These materials will be available through the website as they are developed.)

The Rwandan House of Bishops asked that those AMiA bishops resigning from their house declare their intention to move to another jurisdiction before the end of April. Bishop Chuck Murphy and those remaining in AMiA have announced that they will be received into the Congo House of Bishops.

Two former AMiA bishops have recently joined the ACNA and will serve as honourary temporary assistant bishops. Anglican Ink reports that,
“The Rt Rev TJ Johnston will serve as an assistant bishop to the Rt Rev Foley Beach of the Anglican Diocese of the South and the Rt Rev John Miller will serve as an assistant bishop to the Rt Rev Neil Lebahr of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese…”. This is in keeping with the Archbishops’ statement which said: “An AMiA bishop received into ACNA will be received in the following manner:
Graciously and willingly, as the Lord has received all of us, and with the understanding and expectation that God’s love constantly transforms and renews us into the image of Christ
Into a diocese or diocese in formation, that is, through proper ecclesiastical interaction between Rwanda and the diocesan bishop
As an assisting bishop, which does not automatically seat one in the ACNA College of Bishops
Able to give episcopal care to former AMiA churches and clergy that follow them into that diocese, under the blessing of the diocesan bishop
Prepared to engage a process of full reconciliation with all parties wounded through the actions of recent months

Bishop Chuck Murphy issued a statement saying the AMiA had successfully established a multi-jurisdictional mission society under retired Archbishops Emmanuel Kolini, Moses Tay and Yong Ping Chung, as well as current Primates Henri Isingoma (Congo) and Eliud Wabukala (Kenya). However, Anglican Ink reports that Archbishop Wabukala has since withdrawn.

This week’s Anglican Unscripted newsmagazine video provides some background and a video interview with Archbishop Bob Duncan which offers detailed insight into the matter.
Please continue to pray for ANiC’s Bishop Charlie Masters as he, together with Archbishop Leonard Riches, works on behalf of ACNA to facilitate reconciliation and restored relations among all the parties involved in this messy situation.

Legal matters
Christ Church Savannah (Georgia), one of three churches that had appealed to the Supreme Court of the US over issues of property, has withdrawn its appeal and settled with the Episcopal Church diocese. The diocese had sued the church leaders for over $1-million. This settlement relieves the church leaders of this threat. For a full discussion of this settlement see canon law expert A S Haley’s blog, Anglican Curmudgeon.

How Anglicans in TEC and ACNA work together
Bishops John Guernsey of ACNA and Mark Lawrence of the Episcopal Church Diocese of South Carolina joined forced to speak at Holy Trinity Claygate on the subject of how it is possible to fellowship and work together for sake of the Gospel across organizational boundaries. Audio of the session is available online.

Tearing the fabric of Communion documented and updated
The American Anglican Council (AAC) has updated its 2009 summary of actions and statements by US Episcopal Church leaders that violate Biblical doctrine and Communion teaching. "Tearing the Fabric 2012" is available on the AAC website. The document catalogs heresies, describes the fruits of TEC’s new theology, documents its declining membership, and details litigation, harassment and uncanonical actions.

Global Anglican Communion update

GAFCon Leaders Conference marks milestone for evangelicals in the Communion
The recently concluded Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCon) leaders’ conference, April 23-27, in London was a great encouragement to all participants. Over 200 leaders from 30 countries and 25 Anglican provinces participated in the conference. [Note: Meetings of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) are known as GAFCon meetings, while the global movement itself is known as the FCA.]

Documents, audio and video of selected sessions, photos, media documents and some very encouraging interviews are posted on the GAFCon website as well as on Facebook. (Be sure to “like” FCA on Facebook!) The final statement for the conference is on the FCA website.

From the news-making standpoint, there were several key developments:
The GAFCon primates, meeting prior to the conference, issued a statement calling for the chair of the Primates meeting, one of the so-called “Instruments of Unity”, to be elected by the Primates rather than to automatically fall to the Archbishop of Canterbury. For more on this, see a Church Times article.
GAFCon 2 (ie the second Global Anglican Future Conference) is planned for May 2013 at a venue to be announced.

The chairman of GAFCon primates’ council and the FCA,
the Most Rev Eliud Wabukala (Kenya) opened the conference with a keynote address on the identity of confessing Anglicans in light of the current crisis. He noted that, “The heart of the crisis we face is not only institutional, but spiritual.” He called for a renewed focus on evangelism and for new Communion structures that would help, not hinder, the task of evangelism – built on the model of councilor leadership modeled by the GAFCon Primates’ Council.

In speaking of the work of the GAFCon primates, he commented,
“Since 2008, we have acted, perhaps not always as quickly or as clearly as we should, but there has been action. In accordance with the Jerusalem Declaration, the GAFCON primates sponsored the Anglican Church in North America as a new province and ceased to be in communion with The Episcopal Church of the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada. It is a cause of great joy to see that despite aggressive use of the courts and the loss of property which previous generations intended for the work of the gospel, the ACNA is far from being just a place of shelter for the wounded. It is dynamic missionary body which is growing remarkably through visionary church planting.”

According to a media release, in his plenary address, “
Bishop [Michael] Nazir-Ali concluded that the Anglican “Instruments of Unity” have failed dramatically and that the FCA is called to model a biblical way for the churches of the Anglican Communion to gather and relate to one another so as to carry out the Great Commission in the coming decades.”

Conference participants formed a number of networks in order to pursue ongoing work in areas vital to the FCA movement. These networks include:
Episcopal leaders – a forum for bishops to encourage one another, improve communication and welcome new members to the FCA
Pastors – a forum for pastors to provide mutual encouragement and develop Christian discipleship
Evangelists – a forum to equip lay evangelists and church planters to proclaim the gospel, edify the church and serve society
Women in ministry – a forum for women to share challenges and resources and pray together
Theological educators – a forum to encourage and train theological educators in developing Biblical patterns of theological education, to resist revisionist intrusions and to share theological resources
Cross-cultural workers – a forum for cross-cultural workers to share their needs and to connect to available resources and networks
Aid and development workers – a forum to promote a biblical theology of development, which includes economic empowerment and self-sustainability
Lawyers – a forum for lawyers to assist the FCA in the pursuit of its mission and to offer members counsel in matters of civil and canon law.

In concluding the conference, Archbishop Peter Jensen (Sydney, Australia), the FCA General Secretary, challenged participants to commit to:
reaffirm the Jerusalem Declaration
commend the Jerusalem Declaration to others as the basis for resolving the spiritual crisis currently besetting the Anglican Communion
invite Anglicans around the world to join FCA in order to serve Christ and his mission
promote and fund the networks in their various aims to strengthen the Church
create a network for ministry among young people
pray for the work and ministry of FCA and for each other

At the conference, a statement from the Anglican Mission in England and FCA England reminded members of the Church of England, that through FCA England “
those who might otherwise have been under pressure to leave the Church of England [CoE] can remain within the family of global Anglicanism” regardless of what transpires in coming months with the CoE on matters of theology and ministry.

Media coverage of the conference included a Church Times article which provides an overview of the event and comprehensive coverage on VirtueOnline.

Journalists Kevin Kallsen and George Conger bantering in a recent edition of the Anglican Unscripted newsmagazine video take a swipe at GAFCon and the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans for their poor communication and branding – and the confusion between the two entities.

Other news in brief

The annual Cranmer Conference will be held at Church of St John the Divine in North Bay, Ontario, August 24-26. It aims to provide 19-29 year olds with sound theological teaching.

The Church of England Newspaper reports that some Anglican Church of Canada dioceses in eastern Canada – including Montreal, Quebec, Fredericton, Nova Scotia and PEI, Western Newfoundland, Central Newfoundland and Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador – may merge to form fewer larger dioceses. In addition to realigning dioceses, there is consideration of
“centralizing diocese-based administrative functions such as human resources, payroll and information technology”. The actions are proposed to decrease costs and address dwindling numbers of parishioners.

All Souls Church Langham Place (London) is appealing for volunteers to help tag its 3600 archived sermons and talks – including many delivered by the Rev John Stott. For information on how you can help, see the church website.

The Anglican Communion News Service reports that Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak “
…who was instrumental in delivering peace to Sudan has raised the spectre of full-blown war and appealed for restraint from the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan.” He said, “We should learn from the 55 years of war not to return to it so hastily. The blood of those who fought for peace should not have been poured in vain. We call on all sides to exercise restraint and pursue peace at all costs. God is on the side of those who seek peace.” The report adds that with the rise in tensions, “…there have been attacks against Christina churches in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital.”

The Church Times reports Archbishop Nicholas Okoh (Nigeria) told the British House of Lords that the violence against Christians in Nigeria was perpetrated by Muslim extremists known as Boko Haram. He speculated that Boko Haram’s attacks were, in part, politically motivated. Writing for the BBC, a former resident describes the affects of the violence on his home area.

Soul food

Did you know?
The Book of Common Prayer – at least the 1662 edition – is 350 years old. The first Prayer Book was published in 1549.

Church websites
The Sydney Anglican website offers good advice for those responsible for parish websites. The author suggests that newcomers and seekers should be seen as the primary audience. He writes,
“Our websites are an easy entry-point to Christian things, for people who want to know more, but aren't ready to visit yet. This doesn't mean the church website should be unhelpful for members - it just means that their needs are secondary to the needs of those who aren't yet there.” The article links to particularly good examples of church websites.

Just for fun
The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the fourth time. (Her previous 3 husbands had passed away.) The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband's occupation. "He's a funeral director," she answered.

"Interesting," the newsman thought.

He then asked her if she wouldn't mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living. She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years.

After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her early 20's, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40's, and a preacher when in her 60's, and now in her 80's, a funeral director.

The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.

She smiled and explained, "I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go."

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Ephesians 4:17-32 ESV

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