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  ANiC Newsletter: 21 May, 2012 ... pdf version

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News – ANiC and AEN

ANiC and ACNA events calendar
May 26 – Healing retreat at St Luke’s Pembroke, ON
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 in Vancouver
June 20 – Melvin Tai will be ordained deacon at Christ the King, Toronto
June 22-23 – Anglican Fourth Day Province-wide Grand Ultreya, Montgomery, Alabama
June 29 – Ordination of Jesse Martin to the diaconate at St Peter & St Paul’s, Ottawa
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
March 12-14 – 2013 Clergy Retreat at Cedar Springs, Washington

ANiC welcomes the Rev Barclay Mayo and his wife Mary who are building a street mission in Squamish, BC. Mountain Valley Mission is
“focused outwards in Christian service to the Squamish Community”… pursuing “an intentional commitment to helping those from the Squamish area who are at risk through poverty and addictions”. You can see Bishop Don’s welcoming announcement.

Jesse Martin, a recent Regent grad and a product of the Artizo ministry leadership training program, will be ordained a deacon by Bishop Charlie Masters at St Peter & St Paul’s (Ottawa, ON) on June 29. Jesse will assume his duties as assistant curate as St Peter & St Paul’s on July 1. Please pray for Jesse, his wife Jen and two young children. Jen has served as director of children’s ministries at St John’s Vancouver.

Please also remember in prayer the three others being ordained in the next few weeks:
The Rev Anson Ann (priest) & Shihoko Warren (deacon) at Good Shepherd (Vancouver) on May 27, 3pm.
Melvin Tai (deacon) at Christ the King, Toronto on June 20

Please pray for our bishops
The following overview of activities will help us pray more specifically for our bishops’ ministries.
On May 18, Bishops Don, Charlie and Stephen met with Dr George Sumner, principal of Wycliffe College, regarding the theological training of ANiC students.
All of ANiC’s active bishops will participate in the ACNA College of Bishops and the Provincial Assembly meetings in North Carolina in early June.

Bishop Don Harvey, this time accompanied by Trudy, begins his annual "Busman's Holiday" on May 22 by driving through the Maritimes, down into New England, and finally to North Carolina. They will be with ANiC parishes in New Brunswick on Pentecost Sunday (May 27), then drive down to Rutland, Vermont, where Bishop Don will confirm seven candidates at All Saints on May 30. This will be followed by ministry at Sunday service at Holy Trinity, Marlborough, MA. And finally to North Carolina for a full week of meetings beginning with the Archbishop’s Cabinet meeting and ending with the Provincial Assembly. The following week they will spend at Ridgecrest, North Carolina for meetings of the Cabinet, the Executive and the Provincial Assembly. Finally, he say’s, “a relaxing drive back home” should get them to St. John's by mid-June.

On Pentecost Sunday (May 27), Bishop Don marks the 48th anniversary of his ordination to the sacred priesthood. We join him in expressing our gratitude to God for these years of ministry.

Bishop Charlie Masters will preside at a confirmation service at Grace Anglican (Mississippi Mills, ON) on May 26 – which is also the congregation’s fifth anniversary celebration. Then, on May 27, he joins the people of St Hilda’s (Oakville, ON) as they mark their transition from their long-time worship and ministry facilities to their new place of worship. Later, on the weekend of June 16 and 17, he will be with the people of St Peter & St Paul’s Ottawa to fete long-time rector David Crawley+ and lead the induction service for Paul Donison+.

Please continue to pray for Bishop Charlie as he represents ACNA in working with current and former AMiA (Anglican Mission in the Americas) bishops to resolve this situation for God’s glory.

Bishop Stephen Leung, in addition to his ongoing ministry as rector of Good Shepherd, Vancouver, gives leadership to ANiC’s Asian and Multicultural Ministry (AMMiC) which is currently evangelizing, discipling and growing congregations in Calgary, Toronto and Greater Vancouver. In the coming month he will be:
preparing three ordinands for their ordination and subsequent ministry within AMMiC;
preaching at the June 10 inaugural service for Christ the Redeemer, ANiC’s Farsi-speaking congregation in North Vancouver, BC; and
preparing for and leading a mini-conference at Regent College (Vancouver) on June 11-12 for Christian leaders focused on intergenerational issues in the Asian community. All are welcome! Please pray for God’s blessing on this conference.

Bishop Trevor Walters recently accompanied Bishop Charles and Claudia Dorrington on a mission trip to Cuba where there are now 12 churches and six church plants as a result of the Dorrington’s faithful ministry. Bishop Dorrington, who is the diocesan bishop for the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) Diocese of Western Canada and Alaska and the Mission District of Cuba, has ministered in Cuba, together with his wife, for one month each year for the past 10 years. Please pray for official recognition for these REC churches in Cuba so they will be allowed to gather in larger buildings. Currently, since the REC is not a recognized denomination, these churches are restricted to gathering in homes.

Bishop Trevor was inspired by the many testimonies he heard of transformed lives and by the eagerness of non-Christians to discuss spiritual matters. He plans to work with Hungry for Life to
“take a group of ANiC clergy at no cost to themselves to see this miracle in Cuba. Of course we hope that the clergy upon being inspired would adopt a Cuban clergy for less than a hundred dollars a month covering salary and expenses.”

Bishop Trevor also recently had a confirmation service at St John’s Vancouver and a baptism at Saint Matthew’s Abbotsford. On June 20-27, he will participate with four other ACNA bishops and five Anglican Mission in America (AMiA) bishops in a leadership program designed to build relationships.

Parish and regional news
St Peter & St Paul’s (Ottawa, ON) has a busy June planned. On June 16 the Rev David Crawley who has served for 19 years as rector will be feted at a celebration service and banquet. Then on Sunday, June 17, current assistant priest, the Rev Paul Donison will be instituted and inducted as rector at the 10am service. David+ will move into a new, part-time ministry at St Peter & St Paul’s in pastoral care and healing. Finally, on June 29, the Feast of St Peter and St Paul, Jesse Martin will be ordained to the diaconate and will become assistant curate in the parish on July 1.

On May 27, St Hilda’s (Oakville, ON) will mark the last Sunday the congregation will worship in its long-time building. The new facility is the Knights of Columbus hall at 1494 Wallace Road, Oakville. Despite the upcoming move, the congregation has been busy with their usual ministries. For example, you can see photos of St Hilda’s annual garage sale give-away. Please pray for this congregation during this time of transition.

Good Shepherd (Vancouver, BC) will hold a summer conference at Summit Park Conference Centre in Abbotsford, BC on the weekend of June 29 – July 2 which is open to all. 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. You are welcome to join in and bring your non-Christian friends. More information is on the Good Shepherd website.

Grace Anglican (Mississippi Mills, ON) is celebrating its fifth anniversary on May 26, 1pm with a service of confirmation with Bishop Charlie.

All Saint’s (Rutland, VT) – Bishop Don will confirm seven candidates on May 30.

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

News – Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

More bishops and churches move from AMiA to join ACNA
Anglican Ink reports that Bishop Todd Hunter has come under the ecclesial authority of Archbishop Bob Duncan. Bishop Hunter will not be a diocesan bishop but will continue to lead his “churches for the sake of others” (C4SO) church planting movement. The article indicates that Bishop Hunter made the move because he was, as a matter of first principles, wanting to further the cause of unity. It continues,
“Bishop Hunter also stated that he had asked for and had received forgiveness from the Primate of Rwanda, Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje for “my part in actions, attitudes or communications that were hurtful to him or to my brother bishops in Rwanda.””

The same article states that
Bishop Silas Ng, the sole Canadian bishop in AMiA, has announced that he will remain in AMiA and follow Bishop Chuck Murphy to the Congo, under Congolese Primate Archbishop Henri Isingoma. However, this ecclesial arrangement seems to be short-term.

In their latest weekly video commentary,
Anglican Unscripted, journalists Kevin Kallsen and George Conger corrected their earlier mistake in suggesting that the way in which bishops have been admitted to ACNA from the AMiA was uncanonical and unAnglican. It’s worth listening to ACNA’s Canon Phil Ashey explain how the admission of former AMiA bishops is being handled in accordance with ACNA’s – and the dioceses’ – canons. (The interview starts at about the 22 minute mark of the program.) Kevin and George conclude by giving kudos to ACNA for their gracious response to the reporting error.

As one of those charged with developing ACNA’s canons, Canon Ashey ably explains the principles governing the canons – especially the principle of subsidiarity, which means that power is pushed down to the lowest level possible within Anglican polity. He explains that the canons of the dioceses’ which have admitted these bishops as assisting bishops explicitly allows this and the ACNA canons give the dioceses this power. However, the ACNA canons require that bishops with jurisdiction – diocesan, coadjutor, and suffragan bishops – must receive the consent of ACNA’s House of Bishops. ACNA canons do allow for non-jurisdictional bishops with special missions. Canon Ashey also explains that drafters of ACNA’s canons, tried to ensure they were as transparent and readable as possible. The entire ACNA canons document is only 36 pages long.

A booming church plant
The Washington Post has a great article on an ACNA church plant in Virginia that is growing rapidly despite meeting in a school cafeteria. One “take away” is the importance of being rooted and actively involved in the life of the community.

A “province among provinces”
Reflecting on the recent meeting of global Anglican leaders organized by the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, the Ven Dr Jack Lumanog, ACNA’s Canon for Provincial and Global Mission a conference delegate, said:
“It was encouraging to see the Anglican Church in North America treated as a Province among Provinces. We’re no longer a fledgling Province in the eyes of the other Primates. FCA is the future of what’s happening in the Anglican Communion – in Africa, Asia, North America and South America. We’re seeing a revival take place. We have to go where God is leading and this is the future.”

More than 200 bishops, clergy and laity from 30 countries and 25 provinces attended the event in London April 23-27. GAFCon 2, a Global Anglican Future Conference modeled on the game-changing GAFCon 1 in Jerusalem in 2008, is planned for next May at a yet-to-be-named location.

Legal update
The Los Angeles Times reports that A California court has “ruled in favor of the Episcopal Church in its long-running legal dispute over the rightful ownership of the properties of two congregations that seceded from the church years ago”. The two churches are: St David's Anglican Church in North Hollywood and All Saints Anglican Church in Long Beach.

Global Anglican Communion update

Addresses from the GAFCon leaders conference in London
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali’s address at the GAFCon leaders conference, entitled "Jesus, Lord of His Church and of the Church’s Mission", is now available online. Other addresses, as well as video and audio from the conference which was organized by the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, are available on the GAFCon website. Papers on Anglican ecclesiology might be of particular interest to some.

Other news in brief

Bishop William Anderson of the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of Caledonia argues that theologically marriage cannot be redefined in an Anglican Journal article precipitated by President Barack Obama’s announced support of “same-sex marriage”.

According to a report on the diocese’s website, the recent Diocese of New Westminster synod, held in part in the facilities of St John’s Shaughnessy, passed a motion “…requested that the Bishop lift the partial moratorium that has been in place since 2005 and authorize priests of the Diocese of New Westminster to bless the civil marriages of gay and lesbian couples in those parishes that support this pastoral act…. Bishop Michael responded by saying that he will think about this decision...”

United States
The Church of England Newspaper reports that “On 3 May 2012 delegates to the church assembly meeting in Tampa voted by a 60 per cent to 40 per cent margin to affirm the church’s traditional teaching in the Book of Discipline on human sexuality” which states that homosexual practice is “incompatible with Christian teaching”.

The Telegraph reports that,
“the Church’s House of Bishops gave its approval to legislation to admit women to the episcopacy and rejected a series of attempts to significantly water down the powers of future female bishops… In theory the vote clears the way for the church’s General Synod to have a final vote on the issue in July. But there were signs… that the compromise failed to satisfy either side in the debate.”

The Times reports that “
The Church of England faces a significant rebellion from thousands of women from within its own ranks tomorrow when they launch a protest against the ordination of women bishops. More than 2,200 Anglican women who oppose women bishops will present a petition to the Church’s bishops who are meeting in York in preparation for the General Synod in July which will debate the issue.”

Archbishop Barry Morgan (Wales) was added to the committee charged with nominating the next Archbishop of Canterbury. Archbishop Morgan like the majority on the Crown Nominations Commission for Canterbury is theologically “liberal”.

The Anglican Communion News Service reports that “The historic Anglican mission agency CMS (Church Mission Society) is re-advertising for an Executive Leader… The agency, founded in 1799, now has more than 2500 members and over 200 global mission partners. It is seeking "a spiritually mature, committed Christian, passionate about mission and prayer… someone with experience of cross-cultural working, collaboration and partnership and a strong track record of leading change in an influential, complex organisation.” For more information see the CMS website. The closing date is May 21.

The Church of England Newspaper reports that
“The Church in Wales has declined to endorse the Anglican Covenant. The Governing Body – the Welsh church’s general synod – on 18 April 2012 passed a motion calling for further study of the covenant in light of its failure to be affirmed by a majority of dioceses of the Church of England.”  

TheChurch of Ireland General Synod, despite moves to prevent the issue from coming to a vote, passed a motion which states in part that
““The Church of Ireland affirms, according to our Lord’s teaching that marriage is in its purpose a union permanent and life-long, for better or worse, till death do them part, of one man with one woman, to the exclusion of all others on either side, for the procreation and nurture of children, for the hallowing and right direction of the natural instincts and affections, and for the mutual society, help and comfort which the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity.”

The newly elected bishop-designate of Singapore, replacing Archbishop John Chew, is the Rt Rev Rennis Ponniah. Bishop Ponniah is a highly regarded Bible teacher and will be a speaker at the ACNA Assembly in North Carolina in June.

South Sudan
The Anglican Communion news Service reports that Episcopal and Catholic bishops from South Sudan have released a statement calling for an end to the hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan. Modeled after Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech, the statement also urges the international community to “
apply pressure where it is needed to bring a just and lasting peace”.

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, a widower, married the Rev Rhoda Luvuno in Mombasa recently. However, some clergy expressed concern that the normal announcement of banns had been neglected, setting a poor example for other parishioners.

The Archbishop of Myanmar, Stephen Than Myint Oo, has expressed concern that the changes that have finally come to his country are happening too fast and could prove detrimental to the people. A news release from the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG) says, “The Archbishop of Myanmar has warned that political change is happening so fast that his country could be swamped by consumerism and competition… [Archbishop Stephen] said: ‘Myanmar is at the crossroad of big change. It is more important than ever that people remember us in prayer. Together we must be more active and more conscious, and there must be more learning and more co-operation’.”

The Church of England Newspaper reports that
“At least 20 people were killed in two attacks on churches by the militant Islamist terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria on Sunday, while Islamist extremists have been blamed for a Sunday morning attack on a church in Nairobi that has left one dead… [These] are the latest in a series of attacks that police blame on Boko Haram – a militant Muslim group that seeks to impose Sharia law on Nigeria and to expel or convert the country’s Christians. On Easter Sunday, 36 people were killed… while on Christmas Day 37 people were killed in church bombings.

Soul food

Book of Common Prayer
The Rev John Richardson (aka The Ugley Vicar) provides an informative overview of the origin and evolution of the Book of Common Prayer.

Have we bought into the idol of “self fulfilment”?
There’s a helpful article on the Gospel Coalition website that explains why the continued moral decline in society is happening so quickly and why the church seems to lack both the will and the moral authority to “stand in the gap”. By accepted much of the same idolatrous thinking in excusing our own sins, we eject “a God who calls us sinners… [and who] calls on us to deny ourselves” in favour of a God who blesses “the vain pursuit of self-fulfillment”.

The delicate question of church music
A US Episcopal Church study on the feasibility of revising its 1982 hymnal found that congregants were decidedly opposed to the idea, especially those under 30 and over 60. The opposition to revision was consistent across regions and across the urban/rural divided. Among the clergy, those most likely to favour revision were females and those who were middle-aged. Congregants also stated a preference for singing over listening to music, however choir quality was still considered important. The study also found that
“…those congregations which are using full service bulletins, as opposed to an order of service along with prayer book and hymnal, experience greater growth in average Sunday attendance…”.

Just for laughs
A lady and her husband were out for a walk when the lady collapsed. Immediately, the husband called 911.
Operator: "Where are you?"
Husband: "On Eucalyptus Road."
Operator: "Can you spell that for me?"
Husband: "Um… er… well... How ‘bout I drag her over to Oak Street and you pick her up there?"

I just got a call from a charity asking me to donate some of my clothes to the starving people around the world. I told them to forget it. Anybody who fits into my clothes ain't starving!

And now a word from our sponsor
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Isaiah 55:6-13 ESV

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