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  ANiC Newsletter: 18 June, 2012 ... pdf version
    

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ANiC news

ANiC and ACNA events calendar
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 23, 1pm EDT – Special (electronic) Synod for voting delegates of ANiC parishes
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 ANiC Clergy Retreat at Cedar Springs, Washington
May 2013 – GAFCon 2 (specific dates and location to be announced)


Provincial Assembly report
The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) College of Bishops reelected our moderator, Bishop Don Harvey, as Dean of our Province. You’ll find much more about the recent ACNA Assembly, Council meeting and House of Bishops meeting in the following pages.


Special electronic synod called for June 23
Parish synod delegates are urged to participate in ANiC’s Special Synod which will be held June 23 via an electronic meeting service called Go To Webinar. To prepare for the meeting, delegates should take a few minutes in the next day or two – and well in advance of June 23 – to review the important meeting information on the ANiC website. Thanks!


Report from ANiC’s Treasurer, Claus Lenk
ANiC’s 2011-12 year-end is June 30. We made good progress toward eliminating our deficit from the previous year – thanks both to deep cost-cutting and to faithful tithing by ANiC churches.

The audit and finance committee now is working on the budget for the new fiscal year with the objectives of:
1. Eliminating fully last year’s deficit
2. Reversing last year’s reduction in staff salaries and
3. Improving our operational cash flow position

To achieve these objectives, we will need one-time contributions from individual ANiC members. Please prayerfully consider your part in this. If God is leading you to help us, we ask that you send your gift as soon as possible, so that we receive it prior to June 30. Information on donating is available on the ANiC website. Thank you!


Rector announces resignation
The Rev Jonathan Gibson, rector of Grace Anglican Church, Calgary, announced to his congregation that he has submitted to the Bishop his resignation from this position, to become effective on July 15, and that it has been accepted. He also stated that it is his intention to relinquish his orders as a priest in the Anglican Network in Canada and to seek admission into the Roman Catholic Church through the terms of the Ordinariate announced by Pope Benedict some time ago. Bishop Don stated that he was very saddened by this news but realized that the decision was only made after much prayer, soul searching and after consultation with his bishops. He also expressed gratitude for Jonathan's+ many years of faithful service as an Anglican priest and the courageous way he led his people into our diocese just over a year ago. Please pray for Jonathan+, Peggy and their two teenaged children during this time of transition, as well as for our faithful people at Grace Anglican as they cope with this unexpected news from a much loved rector and begin to seek their way forward under God's guidance.


Welcome!
St Timothy’s Anglican Church (North Vancouver), led by the Rev Ken Bell, has been welcomed into ANiC by Bishop Don, transferring out of the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA). St Timothy’s holds Sunday services at 9am at Sutherland Church, 630 E 19 St, North Vancouver.

Christ the Redeemer (North Vancouver, BC) held its inaugural service as an ANiC church plant on June 10. Christ the Redeemer is a Farsi ministry reaching the large Persian (largely Iranian) community on Vancouver’s North Shore.

We praise God for both Christ the Redeemer and St Timothy’s and ask you to pray for these congregations during this transition. Pray that God will bless their ministries with much fruit!


Parish and regional news
St John’s Richmond (BC) is moving to new premises at the end of this month. As of July 1, 2012, their new home will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, 7100 Granville Avenue, Richmond, BC. Please remember the people of St John’s Richmond and the Rev Sean Love during this time of transition.

St Peter & St Paul’s (Ottawa, ON) will host Bishop Grant & Dr Wendy LeMarquand who are going to Ethiopia to serve as missionaries in the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti). Bishop Grant was recently consecrated in Cairo as Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa, which is part of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. In addition to overseeing the ministry of the Anglican Church in the Horn of Africa, he will also establish a theological school to equip clergy serving in Sudan, South Sudan and the Horn of Africa. Dr Wendy will engage in medical ministries, including starting community health programs. You can keep up to date on the LeMarquand’s activity by reading their blog. In recent entries, they recount God’s miracles God on their behalf.

St Matthias and St Luke’s (Vancouver) will enjoy the ministry of the Rev Ben Roberts (curate at St John’s Richmond) this summer following the Rev Simon Chin’s retirement at the end of June and pending the arrival of the new rector, the Rev Timothy Fong, who is now ministering in Plano, TX. 

The
Ottawa Theological College, which is affiliated with ANiC’s Church of the Messiah, now has a calendar which you can explore on the college’s website.

Saint Timothy’s Anglican Bible Church (Montreal, QC) is holding its second annual Great Garage (Sale) Giveaway – a community outreach event – on June 30.

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


AMMiC conference meets pressing need
The recently concluded conference,
“Journeying Together: A cross-border conversation on inter-generational North American Asian Christianity”, was deeply appreciated and addressed pressing needs common to Asian churches in North America – of all denominations. KaMan Ng, AMMiC ministry coordinator, reports that the conference, which was hosted and co-sponsored by Asian and Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC), provided a platform for discussion on subjects of common interest among Christian Asian-Americans and Asian-Canadians. Participants were most appreciative and asked for more similar opportunities in the future. The high profile speakers offered practical advice specifically related to the intergenerational issues common to Christian ethnic communities. For further information on the conference see the AMMiC website.


Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) news

Provincial Assembly highlights
Thank you for praying for our Province’s Assembly earlier this month. For full Assembly coverage, see the ACNA website.

The Provincial Assembly resembled a missions conference more than a legislative meeting. Three days were focused on the mission of our Church and the ministry of our congregations, leaders, and global partners. One evening was devoted to governance matters – considering changes to the constitution and canons.

Special guests came from Anglican Provinces around the globe, including Africa, Asia and South America. These guests included: Archbishop Eliud Wabukala (Kenya), Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje (Rwanda), Archbishop Henri Isingoma (Congo), Archbishop Justice Akrofi (West Africa), Archbishop Hector Zavala (Southern Cone), Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak (Sudan), Archbishop Stephen Than Myint Oo of Myanmar, Bishop George Katwesigye, representing Archbishop Henry Orombi (Uganda) and two bishops and four clergy members from the Diocese of Recife in Brazil.

College of bishops meeting highlights
New rules to govern the College of Bishops were adopted.
ACNA’s College of Bishops approved the election of the Rev Stephen Wood, rector of St Andrew’s Church, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and current vicar general of an ACNA diocese-in-formation, the Diocese of the Carolinas.


Good has come from the tragic splintering of AMiA (Anglican Mission in the Americas)

Future diocese – The ACNA Council approved a diocese in formation – called Christ the King – which is centered on Houston, Texas and composed of former AMiA congregations. Some other former AMiA congregations have joined existing ACNA dioceses, including ANiC.

Formalized relationship – A protocol was approved to govern the relationship between the ACNA, and the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda (PEAR), and PEAR’s mission churches in North America (PEAR-USA). This protocol, which is posted to the PEAR-USA website, effectively gives PEAR-USA participation in ACNA as if it were a diocese. 

Clergy transfer into ACNA – Following the Eucharist on the Thursday afternoon, in a moving and gracious act, Archbishop Rwaje of Rwanda asked all of the PEAR Anglican Mission bishops, priests and deacons in attendance to stand; he then read the Rwandan canon law regarding transfer of ecclesiastical membership and said this process had been followed so he was transferring these clergy from the Rwandan “room” of the Anglican “house” to the ACNA “room”. This was met with enthusiastic applause. Thus the PEAR bishops, priests and deacons who had requested transfer to ACNA are now canonically under the care of Archbishop Duncan. Other PEAR clergy in North America have elected to remain within the Province of Rwanda and will form PEAR-USA.

Stronger, greater unity – a In his “State of the Church” address to the Provincial Council, Archbishop Bob Duncan said, that as a result of the AMiA crisis:
“Greater unity globally has also been achieved. The partnership of the Anglican Church in North America to the Anglican Church of Rwanda has never been closer, and it is our immense privilege to have Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje here with us as a sign of that deepened partnership. The GAFCON/FCA Primates Council has also gone far deeper in relationship because of the AMiA crisis and we are far more committed to one another personally than ever before. The Chairman of GAFCON/FCA, the Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala will be joining us later today and will preside at the Assembly’s closing Eucharist. Greatly heightened unity has emerged out of serious challenge to that unity. To God be the Glory.

“The second blessing to emerge from the AMiA crisis is a much deepened commitment to repentance and reconciliation. PEARUSA has modeled this behavior for us all. We owe an immense debt to Bishops Glenn and Barnum and those who have led alongside them, for breathing this into our common life in a new way. I am not faultless in the AMiA breakup. We are not faultless in the sad events of these last years. The Anglican Church in North America emerges from the challenges of this last year with repentance on our lips and a desire to restore broken relationships in our hearts. Any Church with these desires stirred up within it is a Church wonderfully blessed. To God be the glory.

“We would not have asked for the relational challenges of this last year, but we emerge from these pains and confusions a much stronger, much more unified Church. It is a Romans 8:28 testimony: “God works all things together for those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.””


You can read more about PEAR-USA on the VirtueOnline website: here, here, and here.

Other news from the Assembly and the Primate’s “State of the Church” address
The ACNA Provincial Council admitted a new diocese, the
Diocese of the Carolinas. The Rev Steve Wood is the diocese’s bishop-elect.

ACNA’s
Catechesis Task Force is well along in producing a “classical Anglican catechism for 21st century pagans.” According for Archbishop Bob, “What is being done is stunningly accessible and totally faithful.”

Ecumenical relationships are flourishing our Primate reports. In fact, so many denominations are approaching ACNA for conversations aimed at building the unity in the whole Body of Christ, that the ACNA team charged with this task is almost overwhelmed.

Many Anglican Communion Provinces were represented at our Provincial Assembly by their Primate or his delegate. These included: West Africa, Congo, Sudan, Middle East, the Southern Cone, South-East Asia, Myanmar/Burma and Uganda.

Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) – Archbishop Bob noted the importance of our commitment to ARDF (and ARDF-Canada), saying “As Anglican 1000 is our domestic signature, so the Anglican Relief and Development Fund is our global signature. We are about reaching North America and about reaching the world with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.”

ACNA statistics for 2011 have been published but are sadly incomplete as only 499 ACNA parishes bothered to provide congregational data. The report is on the ACNA website.

You can watch Archbishop Duncan’s full address on AnglicanTV.


ACNA Assembly keynote speaker highlights
Bishop Todd Hunter – The ACNA website recounts Bishop Todd Hunter’s message to the Assembly based on his years of church planting experience. He noted that “obedience always precedes understanding”; that we must approach ministry as learners, as apprentices of Jesus; that there is no formula for church planting; and that we must tell the Christian story with our lives. He said, “It is how God uses your actual life that matters. Today, most seekers are observing their way into the faith… We have to lay down our life and become apprentices of Jesus.”

Dr Ed Stetzer – Issued a call for churches to focus on disciple-making. According to the ACNA website report, “Stetzer noted that people are attracted to Anglicanism and to the beauty of the liturgy and worship, but cautioned there’s a danger of ending up with “a room full of people who love how you do church and want to watch you do it.” We cannot pastor churches filled with consumers of religious goods and services rather than disciple co-laborers who are engaged in God’s mission, said Stetzer… Teaching from 1 Peter 4:10, Stetzer pointed out that everyone has gifts and based on the gifts they have received, everyone should use them to serve others… “All of God’s people are called to ministry. All of God’s people are sent on mission. The only question is where and among whom.”

In subsequent addresses, Dr Stetzer addressed church planting – saying we are sent to all people with a message of repentance and forgiveness empowered by the Spirit – and the role of the local congregation in community transformation by joining
“Jesus in His mission of serving the hurting and saving the lost”.

Archbishop-elect Rennis Ponniah (Singapore) – Bishop Ponniah, a renowned Bible teacher, lead the Bible studies which explored, through texts in Isaiah: 1) a fresh vision of the majesty of God (Isaiah 6,); 2) the calling of the Church to be God’s transforming agent in the world (Isaiah 42); and 3) the need for perseverance in these “in between times” in which “salvation has been accomplished and yet the fullness of salvation has not been experienced” (Isaiah 60).. Bishop Ponniah said, “God has chosen not to remove the forces of darkness but to harness them…to form the people that he will call his own.”

Baroness Caroline Cox – Baroness Cox, a peer in the British House of Lords and honourary chair of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund, is a “tireless campaigner for human rights around the world”. According to an ACNA report, she told the assembly, “I spend a lot of my time crossing borders illegally and completely shamelessly to gather evidence of oppression and persecution.” The report continued:
“Cox has witnessed firsthand the effects of the persecution of Christians. Destruction of church buildings and Christian homes was a recurring motif of her presentation. “No other faith has faced such systematic destruction. In ruined churches the people worship with such joy. The Church grows under persecution,” she said. She particularly focused on the forced Islamization of Christian populaces in countries like Nigeria and Sudan, where aid from Islamic groups is contingent on conversion to Islam. Christians are literally starving to death for their faith in Jesus Christ...

“She emphasized the need for Western Christians to form local partnerships with the neglected and persecuted people of the world. She refers to these local partners as “people of the mustard seed” because they “multiply the little we give in ways beyond anything we can imagine.” By promoting local partnerships, Cox hopes to empower the oppressed and break the cycle of financial dependence on the West. “I cannot do everything, but I must not do nothing,” Cox concluded.”



Additional insights into the Assembly
Media coverage – The StandFirm blog expressed approval that proper Anglican discipline was followed in ACNA’s relations with former AMiA clergy, saying: “Kudos to the House of Bishops and to Archbishop Duncan for not winking at schism and for maintaining ecclesial discipline.” It also approved ACNA’s transparency in providing statistics, such as they were. However, it expressed concern regarding the large number of bishops and the small size of dioceses.

In today’s edition of Anglican Unscripted, Anglican journalists George Conger Kevin Kallsen provide an interesting perspective on the Assembly. Conger reports,
“I was really pleased to be able to go to a church conference that was upbeat and positive and focus on prayer and on telling the Good News. This was not a legislative session at heart. This was a session celebrating the Kingship of Jesus Christ…. a really strong sense of unity and that God was moving through this Church.” They discuss some of the funny moments at the Assembly and some of the undercurrents.

Additional coverage is posted VirtueOnline and on Anglican Ink – including an interesting article on Metropolitan Jonah’s address to the Assembly in which he focused on women’s ordination and the other doctrines that divide us from his church, the Orthodox Church in America.

Photos from the Assembly and the ACNA youth gathering are posted on the Flickr website.

ACNA’s church planting movement gets new vicar
The Rev Alan Hawkins has been named the Vicar (Provincial director) of the Anglican1000 movement. He will be based at the ACNA head office near Pittsburgh, PA. He is currently rector of Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, NC.


US Supreme Court refuses to hear church property cases
The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to hear the church property petitions brought by two churches, thus allowing the lower court decisions to stand. Canon law expert A S Haley has full details on his Anglican Curmudgeon website.


Global Anglican Communion news

Is a name change ahead for the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA)?
In an interview with David Virtue, the chairman of the GAFCon Primates, Kenyan Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, suggested that a name change is under consideration for the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and GAFCon. The proposed name is the Fellowship of Global Anglicans. A new name might eliminate the confusion around the FCA and GAFCon. (GAFCon, which stands for Global Anglican Future Conference, is the gatherings of the FCA.) A decision is expected in July at the GAFCon Primates meeting.


Other news in brief

Canada
According to a statement on the Anglican Church of Canada website, a third “
Continuing Indaba” meeting was near Toronto involving “Seventeen bishops from Africa, Canada, and U.S. met for prayer and discussion of two topics: mission and the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant.” The 10 African bishops and two Primates came from Kenya, Central Africa, South Africa, Burundi, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, Sudan, Ghana and Malawi.

New Brunswick-based Threshold Ministries, previously known as the Church Army, has named Shawn Branch as its new national director effective October 1.

According to the Church of England Newspaper,
“The Anglican Church of Canada will draw upon its endowment funds to close a 7.25 per cent deficit in its budget for fiscal year 2011….” The $873,000 deficit was reduced through the use of income from “undesignated legacies”.

Writing in the National Review, Michael Coren warns Americans of the intolerance of dissenters seen in Canada since same-sex marriage became law in 2005. He says,
“What we’ve… discovered in Canada is that… once gay marriage becomes law, critics are often silenced by the force of the law… Although precise figures about gay marriages in Canada are elusive, there are thought to be fewer than 30,000, after an initial surge of around 10,000 as soon as the law was passed. But if large numbers of gay people failed to take advantage of the law, the law certainly took advantage of its critics. Again, definitive figures are almost impossible to state, but it’s estimated that, in less than five years, there have been between 200 and 300 proceedings — in courts, human-rights commissions, and employment boards — against critics and opponents of same-sex marriage. And this estimate doesn’t take into account the casual dismissals that surely have occurred.”


United States
The Episcopal Church (TEC) is losing a high profile leader. House of Deputies president Bonnie Anderson has announced that she will not seek reelection at General Convention this summer. The Church of England Newspaper says,
“While sharing many of the social and theological views of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, President Anderson has clashed publicly with the Presiding Bishop’s clericalization of the church – objecting to the centralization of power in the office of the presiding bishop.”


England
The Church of England (CoE) has officially joined the debate in Britain on the issue of same-sex marriage. In a submission to the government, the CoE expressed its opposition to proposed changes which would allow “"all couples, regardless of their gender, to have a civil marriage ceremony", saying, “Such a move would alter the intrinsic nature of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, as enshrined in human institutions throughout history.”

The summary preface of the CoE’s submission states:
To change the nature of marriage for everyone will be divisive and deliver no obvious legal gains given the rights already conferred by civil partnerships. We also believe that imposing for essentially ideological reasons a new meaning on a term as familiar and fundamental as marriage would be deeply unwise.

The consultation paper wrongly implies that there are two categories of marriage – civil and – religious. This is to mistake the wedding ceremony for the institution of marriage. The assertion that – religious marriage will be unaffected by the proposals is therefore untrue, since fundamentally changing the state‘s understanding of marriage means that the nature of marriages solemnized in churches and other places of worship would also be changed.

To remove the concept of gender from marriage while leaving it in place for civil partnerships is unlikely to prove legally sustainable. It is unlikely to prove politically sustainable to prevent same sex weddings in places of worship given that civil partnerships can already be registered there where the relevant religious authority consents. And there have to be serious doubts whether the proffered legal protection for churches and faiths from discrimination claims would prove durable. For each of these reasons we believe, therefore, this consultation exercise to be flawed, conceptually and legally.



In a Telegraph article, former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey also expressed his opposition to the proposed redefinition of marriage saying it would
“bring about serious unintended consequences for our country”. He is a supporter of the Coalition for Marriage which presented the Prime Minister of England with a petition signed by 500,000 people.

The Church of England Newspaper reports on new academic research showing – perhaps unexpected – church growth in England. While mainline denominations have been in decline, there has been substantial church growth among ethnic minorities and in newer denominations. Within the Church of England, the Diocese of London stands out for the trend of decline. It has experienced 70 per cent growth in adult membership since 1990. The full study –
Church Growth in Britain from 1980 to the Present – has just been published.


Ireland
The Church of England Newspaper reports that
“The Primate of All Ireland, Dr Alan Harper, has announced that he will step down by 1 October 2012, leaving his successor the task of moderating the church’s spirited debate over homosexuality.”


Scotland
The Scottish Episcopal Church General Synod has voted against adopting the Anglican Covenant.


Nigeria
Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Primate of the Church of Nigeria, has urged Christians in that country to not lose heart over the ongoing terrorist attacks on churches and Christians by militant Islamists in north and central Nigeria. Anglican Ink reports, “
At least 500 people have been killed in mass terror attacks in Northern Nigeria so far this year – church leaders in Nigeria report the death toll is much higher as sectarian murders in the countryside are seldom reported in the media. “

The Toronto Star reports that just this past weekend a further 50 people have been killed in Islamist attacks on Christian Churches and the ensuing tumult. International Christian Concern reports that a suicide bomber killed and maimed a number of worshipers two weeks ago, while the army, which tried to restore order, then killed and wounded even more. 20 people died and 45 were injured.


Tanzania
Anglican Ink reports that churches in Tanzania are coming under attack from Islamists. Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa called for government action saying that 25 churches had been burned so far in various areas of Zanzibar.


Soul food

Resources
Hearing God Christian Audio offers a free audio book download each month. During June, Dallas Willard’s Hearing God can be downloaded at no charge.

Election and predestination – The May edition of Credo magazine centres on the theme of “Chosen by Grace”: it explores the contentious doctrines of predestination and election. One article by Bruce Ware deals with election and suffering and demonstrates that God ordains suffering as a means of spreading the Gospel.

Evangelism? There’s an app for that!


Marriage
With Australia looking weighing same-sex marriage, Archbishop Peter Jensen (Sydney) wrote an opinion piece published in the Sydney Morning Herald in which he counters the slogans used in “a sustained and brilliantly orchestrated campaign to radically alter the marriage laws of this country to allow same-sex marriage.” The slogans are:
''marriage equality'', ''marriage won't change'', ''it's inevitable''. Another article on the Sydney Anglican website explores the assumptions and claims of proponents of same-sex marriage.

In the US, Canon Kendall Harmon’s address on Christian marriage can be found here.


Enslaved by porn
Dr Albert Mohler offers a two-part series on The Seduction of Pornography and the Integrity of Christian Marriage here and here. He concludes:
“… every man must decide who he will be, whom he will serve, and how he will love. In the end, a man’s decision about pornography is a decision about his soul, a decision about his marriage, a decision about his wife, and a decision about God.

“Pornography is a slander against the goodness of God’s creation and a corruption of this good gift God has given his creatures out of his own self-giving love. To abuse this gift is to weaken, not only the institution of marriage, but the fabric of civilization itself. To choose lust over love is to debase humanity and to worship the false god Priapus in the most brazen form of modern idolatry.

“The deliberate use of pornography is nothing less than the willful invitation of illicit lovers and objectified sex objects and forbidden knowledge into a man’s heart, mind, and soul. The damage to the man’s heart is beyond measure, and the cost in human misery will only be made clear on the Day of Judgment. From the moment a boy reaches puberty until the day he is lowered into the ground, every man will struggle with lust. Let us follow the biblical example and scriptural command that we make a covenant with our eyes lest we sin. In this society, we are called to be nothing less than a corps of the mutually accountable amidst a world that lives as if it will never be called to account.”



Just for laughs
A father of five children came home with a new toy. He summoned his children to gather around him and asked which of them should be given the present: "Who is the most obedient one here? Who never talks back to Mommy and does everything that Mommy asks?"

After a few seconds of silence, the oldest, in a quiet voice said, “So, I guess you get it, right Daddy?!”

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Thought
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.

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