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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
1pm EDT – Special (electronic)
Synod for voting delegates of ANiC parishes
– Ordination of Jesse Martin to the diaconate at St Peter & St Paul’s, Ottawa
– Aug 1 – ACNA Archbishop’s Cabinet meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
- ACNA Executive Committee meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
TBA – ACNA Bishops,
Clergy & Spouse Retreat
14-16 – ANiC Synod, clergy day and lay conference in Ottawa
– 2013 ANiC Clergy Retreat at Cedar Springs, Washington
– GAFCon 2 (specific dates and location to be announced)
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.
electronic synod called for June 23
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Theological College, which is affiliated with ANiC’s Church of the Messiah, now
has a calendar which you can explore on the
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.
conference meets pressing need
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
Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)
Provincial Assembly highlights
you for praying for our Province’s Assembly earlier this month. For full Assembly
coverage, see the ACNA
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
of bishops meeting highlights
||New rules to
govern the College of Bishops were adopted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.””
read more about PEAR-USA on the VirtueOnline website: here, here,
news from the Assembly and the Primate’s “State of the
ACNA Provincial Council admitted a
new diocese, the Diocese of the Carolinas. The Rev Steve Wood is the
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.”
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
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.
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.”
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
watch Archbishop Duncan’s full address on AnglicanTV.
ACNA Assembly keynote speaker
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.”
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.”
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”.
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.”
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:
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...
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
insights into the Assembly
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.
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.
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.
from the Assembly and the ACNA youth gathering are posted on the Flickr website.
ACNA’s church planting movement gets
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.
Supreme Court refuses to hear church property cases
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
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
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
Brunswick-based Threshold Ministries, previously known as the Church Army, has named Shawn Branch as its new national director effective October 1.
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
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.”
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.”
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.”
summary preface of the CoE’s submission states:
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.
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
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
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
The Scottish Episcopal Church General Synod has voted against adopting the Anglican Covenant.
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.
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.
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!
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.
US, Canon Kendall Harmon’s address on Christian marriage can be found here.
Enslaved by porn
Mohler offers a two-part series on The Seduction of Pornography and the
Integrity of Christian Marriage here and here.
“… 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?!”
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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