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  ANiC Newsletter: 6 July, 2011 ... pdf version

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News – ANiC and AEN

Supreme Court of Canada’s refusal to hear appeal taken in stride
St John's Vancouver, St Matthew's Abbotsford, Church of the Good Shepherd and St Mathias & St Luke have exhausted all legal avenues to keep their properties. Please pray for the threeparishes (excluding Good Shepherd) as they prepare to move to new spaces for worship and to carry out their ministriesover the coming weeks. Also pray for all four parishes, that there will be no further litigation or court proceedings, particularly against Trustees personally, as the congregations leave behind the properties they have paid for, maintained and improved over many years.

While the June 16th refusal by the Supreme Court to hear the appeal brought by four Vancouver area parishes was disappointing, it wasn’t entirely surprising. From the beginning, the parishes knew that, although legal precedent regarding church splits was on their side, there was a strong possibility the courts would choose a different approach. In ANiC’s news release, Cheryl Chang, Special Counsel to ANiC said, “
Clearly, we were hoping for a better result when we sought help from the courts. However, we always said that, given a choice, we would choose our faith over our properties, and we have been willing to make that sacrifice if called upon by the courts to do so.”

Please pray for the other ANiC parishes that will also be affected by this decision. (See Diocese of Niagara response below.)

ANiC responses
Bishop Don in his encouraging pastoral letter said:
‘When the history of our Church is written, the date of June 16th will receive very special mention. It was on that day, nine years ago that a relatively few members of the Synod of New Westminster made the fateful decision that they no longer were able to remain in a church that was showing itself unfaithful to the Word of God. They felt that as precious as unity was, it still came secondary to truth and that the time had come to put their strong faith into action.

‘Little did they realize when they took such a step, the worldwide ramifications that would follow. Their brave action not only led to the formation of the Anglican Communion in New Westminster (ACiNW), but it galvanized other concerned Anglicans right across North America into action, ultimately giving rise to the launching of the Anglican Network in Canada and just a little later into our Province of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). But it all officially began when some of you made that first historic step.

“And now, nine years later, on June 16th the Supreme Court of Canada has decided that it will not entertain our request for an Appeal to address the injustices we are suffering. While the occasion will be remembered with great sadness, very quickly, I feel, it will become obvious that God has been in control throughout, not that we ever doubted it, and that this is yet another step in our mission to restore the Anglican Church in our land to be faithful to the Word of God as expressed in Holy Scripture and its historic formularies.”
Read the rest of the letter here.

Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision,
Canon David Short, rector of St John’s Vancouver wrote his parishioners, saying:
“Regardless of the decision… the way we respond is a God-given opportunity to bear witness to Christ… We are still God’s family, and he has placed us in Vancouver to spread his glory… the words of Romans 12 encourage us to “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”.

“I thank God for sustaining and guiding us this far as a family, in partnership with our extended family of St Matthew’s Abbotsford, the Church of the Good Shepherd, and St Matthias & St Luke. I do not know of many churches that have had the privilege of being so purposefully shaped and transformed by the Holy Spirit in such unusual circumstances; and I am constantly grateful to be a member of St John’s praying and expecting to see how God will use this for his own

Anglican Church of Canada responses
New Westminster’s Bishop Michael Ingham wrote his diocese repeating his usual themes, framing the dispute as entirely over same-sex blessings, and declaring that the diocese is “respectful of genuine differences of conviction”. More interesting however, was the reaction of the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz. In his congratulatory letter to Bishop Ingham, Archbishop Hiltz expressed his pleasure, relief and gratitude. He told Bishop Ingham:
“I am especially grateful for the great care you took in preparing for hearings in court… With integrity and insight, you represented the Anglican Church of Canada… Our entire church owes you a great debt of gratitude… You have been the brunt of a lot of slanderous attacks both professionally and personally, but, you stood your ground and upheld the decisions of your synod and the spirit in which they were made and acted upon. You consistently modeled every effort to be as pastorally accommodating of a variety of theological perspectives in these matters as possible... My respect for your leadership is deep and my gratitude for the witness of the diocese to our Lord Jesus Christ and his reign of love, justice and peace for all is profound.

Earlier in May, at the Diocese of New Westminster’s synod, a motion directing the bishop to negotiate with the four ANiC parishes to settle the matters then before the courts was defeated.

The Diocese of Niagara, where disputes with ANiC churches continue, issued a news release in which Bishop Michael Bird, says, “The decision clears the way for us to proceed to a trial involving the disputed ownership of three parishes in the Diocese of Niagara.” The release concludes, “The Diocese of Niagara has instructed its legal counsel to move forward expeditiously to bring this matter to trial.”

Moving onward and upward
This Sunday, July 10, Saint Matthew’s (Abbotsford, BC) plans a liturgy of departure followed by a solemn procession to Grace Church’s facilities where they will make their new home.

Although plans for some or the churches are not yet finalized, God is graciously providing places for each to continue its ministries. St John’s Vancouver’s website has a joint statement reporting on a recent meeting with the diocese to discuss transition. According to this statement the diocese does not intend to begin using the building until the fall. The statement adds,
“During the transition, ministry and services [in the building] will continue to be administered by St John's Vancouver clergy and staff.”

Media coverage included:
Vancouver Sun – June 16 2011 - New West Anglican Bishop relieved by decision…
Church of England Newspaper – June 26 2011 – Canadian Supreme Court denies ANiC appeal
Anglican Journal – June 16 2011 – Canada’s top court denies appeal to dissident… churches
National Post – June 16 2011 – Breakaway Anglicans lose last legal avenue to claim ownership…
Abbotsford News – June 24 2011 – Parishioners prepare to move from St Matthew’s Church…
VirtueOnline – June 22 2011 – Canada: Liberal Anglican leaders rejoice over… victory…
Anglican Samizdat – July 2 2011 – Why I support the fight for ANiC church buildings…

Church of the Messiah (Ottawa) walks
As part of a settlement negotiated with the Diocese of Ottawa earlier this year, Church of the Messiah (Ottawa) – formerly known as St Alban’s the Martyr – left their building on June 26 and processed to their new meeting location just down the street. The Ottawa Sun, Ottawa Citizen, National Post and June 27th edition of 24H all covered the congregational march – some with photos on the front cover of the paper. The church will now meet in the Ottawa Little Theatre.

Fervent prayer requested
Prayer is requested for the wife of an ANiC rector diagnosed with a large tumour in the abdomen. Ceri (pronounced “Keri”) Hynes, the wife of the Rev Howard Hynes, rector of St Stephen the Martyr (St John’s, NL), has had from two past bouts of cancer. Please pray that test results will lead to effective medical treatment. Pray also for Howard and their three teenaged children.

Asian Mission in Canada team returns from Thailand
A team of ten, including Bishop Stephen Leung, completed a two-week mission trip to Thailand designed to survey the opportunities for partnership with the Diocese of Singapore’s Deanery of Thailand in its outreach to Karen refugees. The team spent the first three days in Singapore getting oriented to the missions and ministries of the diocese, followed by three days in Bangkok working with Christ Church. In Bangkok, the team participated in children’s ministries in slum areas, as well as ministered to residents of Shalem House, a ministry offering housing to poor people from remote communities who have come to the city to care for seriously ill relatives in Bangkok hospitals.

The final week of the mission trip was spent in the mountainous region along the Myanmar border where Karen refugees who have fled from the fighting in Myanmar are concentrated, many living in refugee camps. Karen ministries there include community nursery schools, elementary and secondary schools, a small Bible school training current and future Karen church leaders, and boarding houses for orphans and children whose parents still live in Myanmar. The team was able to participate in some of these ministries – including conducting children’s programs, visiting and praying with Christians in their homes, giving testimonies, and (Bishop Stephen) preaching and teaching in the Bible school.

Having seen the pressing ministry needs among the Karen people, Bishop Stephen, ANiC’s suffragan bishop responsible for ethnic ministries in Canada, is committed to an ongoing partnership with these church ministries in the border area of Thailand. This partnership will likely include financial support and future mission trips. Stay tuned for opportunities to participate. Some photos from the mission trip are posted on the ANiC website.

A second mission team is currently in China working with disabled orphaned children in Sanmenxia, a project of International China Concern. You can follow this team by reading their regular posts on the Good Shepherd (Vancouver) website.

Ordinations in BC
Bishop Stephen Leung will ordain the Rev Paul Seung-Choi Leung to the priesthood and Mr Anson Ann to the (transitional) diaconate in the Church of God on Saturday, July 23 at 7pm in the Anglican Network Church of the Good Shepherd, 189 West 11th Ave, Vancouver, BC. Both Paul and Anson will be placed in curacy at Good Shepherd. Your attendance, prayers and support for Paul and Anson and their families is much appreciated.

New ANiC clergy ordained
The Rev Dr Michael Dobson and the Rev Ben Roberts were ordained by Bishop Trevor Walters on June 24 in Richmond, BC to the diaconate. The Rev Dobson now serves St Andrew’s (Delta, BC) as part-time minister, effective July 1.

Anglican Agenda series needs volunteer business manager
The Ginger Group of theologians who write the Anglican Agenda series of book is looking for someone with proven administrative and marketing skills who will be able to help them market their books and manage their inventory. The group now has 21 titles in print and needs help marketing these excellent resource books. Although not essential, it would be helpful if the volunteer was in the Vancouver area. Please email the Very Rev Dr Archie Pell or call 604 540-0506.

A wealth of clergy retreats
Maine, New England, September 22 – 25, ANiC traditional silent clergy retreat – Bishop Don will lead a three-day retreat for clergy serving ANiC in New England. There are four spots open to any ANiC other clergy who would like to attend. The retreat runs from Thursday afternoon, Sept 22 through Sunday morning, Sept 25 and will be held at a beautiful Franciscan guest house & monastery, 26 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk, Maine. There are sandy beaches (only a .5 mile walk away), walking trails along the river’s edge, and 60+ acres of land to explore. The Daily Office and the Holy Eucharist will be offered each day. Cost is still to be determined (approx. $300). For more information or to sign up, please email Archdeacon Michael McKinnon or call 508-330-2179.

Ottawa, October 15-17 – ANiC Clergy gathering with Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali – St Peter & St Paul's Ottawa is hosting a clergy gathering with featured speaker, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali. This will be a time of retreat as well as of learning and sharing together.The gathering, which has Bishop Don's enthusiastic endorsement, begins Sunday evening, October 15 with supper and Evensong and ends at noon on Tuesday, October 17. However, those who wish to extend their stay may be interested in attending the Sunday morning service at St Peter & St Paul's with Bishop Michael preaching, and/or stay for Bishop Michael's Hill Lectures (sponsored by Cardus) on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also, while we will not be organizing a complete clergy spouses gathering, we will arrange some opportunities for accompanying clergy spouses to fellowship together. More information to come. Please email the Rev'd Paul Donison if you have questions.

Vancouver, BC – Fourteen BC clergy met for a retreat June 13-14 in Vancouver withAustralian Bible teacher Bishop Paul Barnett. See the photo on the ANiC website.

Bishop Don interviewed on Anglican TV
In a recent, wide-ranging interview with AnglicanTV, Bishop Don discussed the Supreme Court decision to not hear the ANiC parishes’ appeal and his role as dean of ACNA among other topics.

ANiC’s Theologian Emeritus honoured
A YouTube video shows the presentation in absentia of the Leslie K Tarr Award to the Rev Canon Dr James Packer by the Word Guild of Canada – representing Canadian Christian writers. Dr Packer, ANiC’s Theologian Emeritus was honoured for outstanding career achievement.

Report on the 5th ANiC Plant & Grow conference held in Moncton, New Brunswick
A report on ANiC’s Plant and Grow conference held in Moncton is posted to the Anglican1000 website. These conferences – which are being held across the ANiC – help equip churches and church planters to grow the church both spiritually and numerically. The report from Moncton quotes the Rev Don Hamilton, rector of Christ the Redeemer (Moncton) saying
“It was an uplifting and encouraging day with very practical teaching. It left us with the sense that “We can do this!”. Another attendee, Alex Cameron said “It is exciting to hear about, and actually see, the new wineskin that God is raising up being filled with new wine.” Together with the other dioceses in ACNA, ANiC is enthusiastically committed to supporting our Primate’s call to plant 1000 new churches by 2014.

Parish news
St John’s (Surrey, BC) plans to mark the historic July 9th Independence Day for Southern Sudan with prayer and celebration. Please join them in praying or the people of Sudan: that God, in mercy, would bring peace to both Northern and Southern Sudan; that the Sudanese people would come to know Christ; that there would be forgiveness and reconciliation. Pray especially for the Darfur, southern Kordofan and Nuba Mountain areas where fighting continues.

Church of the Ascension (Langley, BC) will offer internships this fall for university and college students wanting to explore ministry in an Anglican, evangelical and liturgical setting.

All Saints (Rutland, VT) has started a
Daughters of the King chapter for women in the parish.

St Timothy’s (Montreal, QC) – Conducted their first Great Garage (Sale) Giveaway 2011. Photos are posted on the church website. Parishioner Lois De Jean reports that the rain cleared in time for the barbeque following the garage “sale” and more than 200 people participated.

Calendar of upcoming events – for your interest and prayer support
July 1 - 15 – ANiC’s has a short-term mission team in China, working with disabled children
July 10 – Saint Matthew’s processes down the street to their new “home” at Grace Church
July 22-24 – St Matthias & St Luke’s church camp with Bishop Don
July 23, 7pm – Ordination at Good Shepherd Vancouver of the Rev Paul Leung and Mr Anson Ann
Aug 5-6 – ACNA Grand Ultreya, Sewickley, PA
Sept 12-14 – Simeon Fellowship annual gathering in Dallas, TX (of ACNA clergy & church planters)
Sept 22-25 – A traditional silent retreat is planned for ANiC’s clergy in New England
Oct 15-17 – A clergy retreat with Bishop Nazir-Ali will be held at St Peter & St Paul’s (Ottawa)
Nov 2 – ANiC Clergy Day & laity spiritual life conference – both in Victoria, BC
Nov 3-4 – ANiC synod, Victoria, BC
Nov 10-11 – Liturgy & the Arts conference, Durham, NC
Mar 6-8 – Anglican 1000’s 2012 Church Planting Summit in Plano, TX.

On the front lines:Growing and planting churches
Parish profile: Grace Anglican Church, Calgary, AB
ANiC’s first parish in Calgary now has a name. Initially known simply as the ANiC Calgary Project, the congregation of about 76 families is now officially Grace Anglican Church (Calgary, AB). On June 19, Bishop Don joined the people of Grace Anglican to celebrate their new name and give official ANiC licences to the priests – the Rev Jonathan Gibson, rector, and the Rev Ruthy Lillington. (Photos are on the ANiC website and the AEC blog.)

The Rev Gibson reports that the journey has been a long one. About five years ago he and the people in his parish, St Augustine’s in the Diocese of Calgary, began to voice their concerns about the direction taken by the Anglican Church of Canada. Two years ago the vestry started developing a discernment process, and when General Synod 2010 did nothing to reverse the trend, the church proceeded with their discernment. The result was that, by decision day, April 10, 80 per cent were convinced that God was calling them personally to realign with ANiC and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). Their last Sunday at their former building was Easter Sunday.

One of the great blessings of the transition, says the Rev Gibson, has been the warm welcome they’ve received from the New Life Pentecostal Church which is gladly sharing its facilities – located just a stone’s throw from the old building – with Grace. He adds that he is
“so grateful for how people have adapted to the change of locale and worship times. Although the sense of loss has been real it is secondary to the sense of peace in being a part of ANiC and ACNA.” On a personal level, the Rev Gibson says that he recently watched ACNA’s Archbishop Bob Duncan’s “state of the church address”, and so appreciates being part of a much larger North American – and global – movement.

Already two ANiC bishops have visited – Bishops Trevor and Don. And the congregation is eagerly partnering with New Life in joint ministries – including a Stampede pancake breakfast next Sunday to which the community has been invited. While Grace Anglican plans to take some time to get reestablished and think through its vision for ministry, the process the congregation went through in selecting a new name proved energizing and fostered a deeper sense of community.

News – Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

Provincial Council and House of Bishops meetings hear of tremendous growth
Gathering in Long Beach, California, ACNA council members from across the continent met to oversee the work of our province.
Two dioceses were officially admitted to ACNA – the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic and the Diocese of Cascadia. Council also admitted two groups of congregations forming additional dioceses in the Carolinas and the southwest US. A report on the ACNA website says that “The newly-admitted Diocese of Cascadia has grown from seven congregations in the northwest region of the US to 21 congregations in a little over one year.” The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic is comprised on 31 congregations and 9 missions from the Anglican District of Virginia which was part of the Convocation of Anglican Church in America – also a diocese in ACNA. There are now 22 dioceses in ACNA.

In his “State of the Church” report, our
Archbishop Robert Duncan said that:
“Two years ago we were 706 congregations. The annual parochial and diocesan reports for 2010 … identify 952 congregations as part of the dioceses of the Anglican Church in North America and its ministry partners. Statistically this represents a 34 percent growth in congregations at the end of the first 18 months of Church life…

“According to the data submitted in the Annual Parochial Reports there were, in the year 2010, 987 baptisms of adults over thirty, 424 baptisms of young people aged sixteen to thirty, and 1647 baptisms of children in the ACNA dioceses... What is so stunning about this data is that the number of baptisms of those 16 and older is almost equal to the number of children baptized. What this says is that we are reaching adolescents and adults who have never known Christ, never been part of a church.”

In an AnglicanTV video interview Archbishop Duncan mentions that an observer from the Church of the England Faith and Order Commission attended the provincial council meeting at ACNA’s invitation.
Archbishop Ian Ernest (Indian Ocean), chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa, also attended and addressed the meeting, encouraging us to “recapture our love and confidence for God’s Word.” The full text of his address is on the ACNA website.

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali tours the US
In a series of meetings across the US, called the “Hold Fast” tour, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali lectured on the threats of radical Islam and aggressive secularism to our rights to worship freely and without persecution. Video and audio recordings of Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali's lecture is now online.

2012 Church Planting Summit announced
Early bird registration – with discounted rates – is now open for ACNA’s annual Anglican 1000 Church Planting Summit, March 6-8, 2012 in Plano, TX. This is an opportunity for leaders, church planters, and anyone interested to come together for a time of equipping, networking, worship, encouragement, prayer and reports from the front lines. Featured speakers include Scot McKnight, Mike Breen, and David Taylor.

Liturgy and the Arts conference planned for November in North Carolina
A Liturgy and Arts conference is planned for November 10-11, 2011 in Durham, NC for church planters, pastors, associate pastors, worship pastors, artists, liturgists and those interested in the beauty and power of Anglican liturgy. Featured speakers include Mark Galli, David Taylor, and more. More details and registration information will be announced soon.

Anglican Fourth Day Provincial Grand Ultreya, August 5-6
St Stephens' Church in Sewickley, PA will host the 2011 Provincial Grand Ultreya, August 5 - 6, 2011.You can join others from around the USA and Canadaas Provincial A4Der's come together to learn, fellowship, and break bread together at the Lord's Table. The Anglican 4th Day (A4D) movement is an initiative of the Anglican Church in North America and is dedicated to bring people to Christ, encourage Christian fellowship, and nurture godly leaders. It is modeled on the well-known Cursillo movement.

Diocese releases trial modern language Prayer Book
An announcement from the REC Diocese of the West says a trial modern language
Book of Common Prayer 2011 has been made available. Diocesan Bishop Richard Boyce says, "The prayer book is a tool and embodies our theology and common life as Christians. There has been a need among new congregations for a prayer book which uses the 'language of the people' while keeping the ancient worship of our Christian origins. This does not replace the 1928 Book of Common Prayer used by most of our congregations or the REC Prayer Book. However, for many of our parishes, this revised Book of Common Prayer will assist the starting of additional congregation groups for whom the traditional language of the 17th century is a challenge." More information is available on the diocese’s website.

ACNA’s Simeon Fellowship is holding it annual gathering, September 12-14 in Dallas
The Simeon Fellowship is billed as “a peer to peer fellowship of rectors to facilitate and encourage Gospel-centered Anglican church planting throughout North America by emulating the life and ministry of Charles Simeon.
It is a brotherhood comprised of men who are at the forefront of raising up new leaders and catalyzing new works in their own context.” ANiC clergy are encouraged to investigate this fellowship to see if it might be an encouragement to them. A gathering for Simeon Fellows is planned for September 12-14 in Dallas. Hugh Halter is the featured speaker.

Nigerian Primate to visit ACNA parishes in Canada
VirtueOnline reports that Archbishop Nicholas Okoh will visit two Saskatchewan churches in mid-July, one in Regina and the other in Moose Jaw. The churches are both members of the Anglican Church in North America and affiliated with the Province of Nigeria.

More ACNA news
Anglican Curmudgeon – June 2 2011 – Fort Worth requests Texas Supreme Court to hear appeal
Church of England Newspaper – July 1 2011 – ACNA up 34% in 18 months

News – Canada

Diocese of Nova Scotia and PEI approves same-sex blessings
The Anglican Journal reports that the synod of the Diocese of Nova Scotia and PEI, on May 27th, passed a resolution “giving priests and parishes the option to bless same-sex unions”. The article says eight dioceses now embrace the blessing of homosexual relationships. However, the article quotes the Rev Stephen Ashton, rector of Trinity Anglican Church (Halifax) expressing his deep disappointment, saying it contravened the teaching of Scripture. A notice on the parish website states that the Rev Ashton has tendered his resignation, effective July15.

In a letter on the Christ Church (Windsor, NS) website, the Rev David Curry comments on the confusion surrounding this motion. He says that constitutionally the synod has
“no jurisdiction over matters affecting the doctrine or worship of the Church”, and no rites were approved.

“Gracious Restraint” Bishops of Canada
Six Anglican Church of Canada bishops have joined together to establish an association of bishops committed to a policy of “gracious restraint” by observing the moratoria of the Windsor process The members are Bishops Stephen Andrews (Algoma), Fraser Lawton (Athabasca), William Anderson (Caledonia), Andrew Atagotaaluk (Arctic), Michael Hawkins, (Saskatchewan), and Larry Robertson (Yukon). The full statement is on the Diocese of Athabasca website.

Anglican Church of Canada issues report on Covenant for dioceses to study
The Anglican Church of Canada’s Governance Working Group has issued its report on the Covenant as requested by General Synod. The report is to be considered by dioceses and parishes in their evaluation of the Covenant. The Church also issued a study guide. The Council of General Synod will bring a recommendation regarding possible adoption of the Covenant to General Synod 2013. The Episcopal Church in the US also released a report on the Covenant saying adoption of the Covenant would impact the autonomy of the Church in the US and impinge on the constitutional authority of its General Convention, bishops and dioceses.

More Canadian news
Anglican Journal – June 6 2011 – Discussion on future of Moosonee continues
The Church of England Newspaper – June 10 2011 – Canadian diocese calls it quits
News – United States
More US news
VirtueOnline – June 27 2011 – Five NY Episcopal bishops support New York’s new marriage law
Church of England Newspaper – June 17 2011 – Disappearing data challenge for Presiding Bishop
Church of England Newspaper – June 29 2011 – Lawsuit charges US Presiding Bishop knowingly ordained a paedophile
Church of England Newspaper – July 1 2011 – NY passes gay marriage law

News – International

Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) launched
On June 22, the Anglican Mission in England was launched
"as a society within the Church of England dedicated to the conversion of England and biblical church planting." This week’s brief Anglican Perspectives video points out that this mission society, focused on the re-evangelization of England, is a gift from the very Global South Anglican provinces that were initially evangelized by Church of England missionaries. AMiE is a product of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglican and is supported by the GAFCon primates.

AMiE intends to work within the Church of England structures as it seeks to evangelize and plant new churches in England but will need the Archbishop of Canterbury and senior Anglican leaders to make room for this new missionary initiative.

The Church Times reports that,
“the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE), already has three newly ordained clergy waiting to minister in the UK”… The three unnamed clerics were ordained in Kenya on 11 June by the Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud Wabukala, who chairs the GAFCON Primates’ Council.” Dr Wabukala has asked Dr Rowan Williams to grant the three clergy permission to officiate under the Over­seas Clergy Measure. Dr Williams was in Kenya in late June, joining Archbishop Wabukala in laying the foundation stone for the first Anglican University in Kenya.

The Rev Charles Raven writes that AMiE, which is led by a panel of Church of England bishops, is “
prepared to provide alternative episcopal oversight in cases where it is clear that diocesan bishops are failing in their canonical duty to uphold sound teaching”. The bishops are Michael Nazir Ali, John Ball, Colin Bazley, Wallace Benn and John Ellison.

Reform, an evangelical Anglican organization in England welcomed the news saying, “
The formation of the AMiE is the first major practical step the FCA [Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans] has taken in this country to help churches which are in impaired or non-existent communion with C of E bishops and it puts the emphasis positively on mission rather than division.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury issued his response on July 5 saying this development
“prompts concern for a number of reasons”… it is not at all clear how the proposed panel of bishops relate to the proper oversight of the diocesan bishops of the Church of England.” He says there have been “…misunderstandings of the precise requirements of English Canon Law” and that the “issue is one of episcopal collegiality.” AMiE’s excellent response (of July 6) reiterates efforts to follow due process within the Church of England and the 4½ years of futile meetings with Canterbury bureaucrats prior to the formation of AMiE to support Biblically-faithful priests and parishes within the existing structures.

Whither the Anglican Communion… and GAFCon?
In a recent AnglicanTV interview, Bishop Greg Venables discusses the current state of the Anglican Communion and GAFCon. While he does not hold out much hope for the Anglican Communion structures, he believes
“Anglicanism has a great future”. He also says that the real Communion is not an organizational construct but is the unity experienced among true followers of Jesus Christ.

Another AnglicanTV video worth watching features veteran Anglican journalists George Conger and Kevin Kallsen discussing the current state and future prospects of the Anglican Communion as well as of the Anglican Church in North America.

From around the Communion and the world
Sudan – On July 9th South Sudan is to become a separate nation. However, a statement from the Anglican Church in North America says that “Northern Sudanese attacks on the southern region of Sudan have erupted as the South prepares to secede from Africa’s largest country in July.” Please pray for peace in both Northern Sudan – where the Muslim government seems determined to drive out or kill Christians – and Southern Sudan.

Zimbabwe – In early June, priests were evicted from their homes and 16 church-goers arrested in the Province of Central Africa’s Diocese of Harare where the Anglican Church is facing persecution at the hands of an ex-communicated bishop who is close to infamous Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe. Since his excommunication in 2007, Dr Norbert Kunonga has used his influence in government and with the police to systematically harass clergy and church members, seizing church property and violently breaking up church services.

England – The Church of England House of Bishops has announced it will review its earlier 2005 pastoral statement on homosexuality and “…has committed itself to a wider look at the Church of England’s approach to same-sex relationships… in the light of the listening process launched by the Lambeth Conference in 1998. The Bishops will produce a consultation document in 2013.”

Egypt – The Anglican Journal reports that “The security situation in Egypt has "deteriorated considerably" since former president Hosni Mubarak stepped down on February 11, leaving a security vacuum and Christians feeling "threatened more than ever," according to aid workers.”

Uganda – The Church of England Newspaper reports that the Anti-Homosexuality bill before the Ugandan parliament that cause such an uproar in the west has failed to pass. Ugandan church leaders had also objected to the harshness of the proposed legislation.

Tanzania – The Church of England Newspaper (CEN) reports that tribal politics, combined with western meddling, has created division in the Tanzanian church. The courts have become involved due to a dispute over the consecration of a bishop and, strangely, a court has issued an arrest warrant for Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa. The CEN reports that “sources in Tanzania tell The Church of England Newspaper the conflict in Mount Kilimanjaro has more to do with money and the Anglican Communion’s political wars than with canon law.” In 2006 the House of Bishops of Tanzania had declared it was in severely impaired communion with the US Episcopal Church (TEC) and decided to no longer receive financial aid from TEC. However, some bishops have not honoured this stance, with some dioceses continuing to receive aid from TEC. These same bishops and dioceses are actively seeking to undermine Archbishop Mokiwa who is a member of the GAFCon Primates Council.

Nigeria – The Church of England Newspaper reports that “Muslim militants, including the Boko Haram sect, have burnt over 200 churches and killed at least 800 people since the April 17 election of a southern Christian, Goodluck Jonathan, as President of Nigeria.” In mid-April, Ung Karau was attacked by about 300 armed Muslim militants. The mostly Christian village was burnt to the ground – including the church and183 homes and businesses – and the water supply was poisoned.

More international media coverage
Church of England Newspaper – June 9 2011 – Recife’s Robinson Cavalcanti to retire
Church of England Newspaper – June 17 2011 – …synod to consider Uruguay’s request to secede
Church of England Newspaper – June 27 2011 – Rebuilding begins in Japan following… tsunami
Guardian – June 28 2011 – When is GAFCon going to start listening
Anglican Planet – June 27 2011 – GAFCon plans… conference: Offices to open in London…

Soul food

Just for fun
An African-American preacher in Alabama during the Dust Bowl scheduled a special prayer service to pray for rain. The church was packed out with folks from far and wide.
The preacher stepped into the pulpit, scanned the assembled congregation, and told everyone, "Y'all can head on home. This service is over!"
The people protested, "But we've not prayed for rain yet!"
"Won't do a lick of good," the preacher replied. "Ain't none of you brought your umbrella!"

Food for thought
A European Union conference was told recently that Christians around the world are dying for their faith at a rate of one every five minutes. At this rate, more than 100,000 will die this year.

Please pray...
For our
bishops and clergy and their families – especially for Ceri Hynes, Howard and their children. Pray that God would be pleased to grant healing.

For the
Rev Paul Seung-Choi Leung to be ordained to the priesthood and Mr Anson Ann to be ordained to the (transitional) diaconate on July 23 at Good Shepherd, Vancouver, BC.

ANiC projects, church plants and parishes, and for their proclamation of the Good News to those in their communities who desperately need new life in Christ

For ANiC churches still involved in litigation and property disputes with Anglican Church of Canada dioceses, especially
St Aidan’s (Windsor), which is awaiting a decision in its court case, and St George’s (Burlington, ON), St Hilda’s (Oakville, ON) and Good Shepherd (St Catharines, ON).

For th
e 4 Vancouver-area ANiC parishes as they arrange for facilities to continue their ministries.

For donations to the
ANiC legal defense fund which supports parishes involved in disputes with their former dioceses

ARDFC’s new Congo project which is helping war-torn communities become reestablished and promote peace-making. May God use it to bless Congolese and bring many to Christ

persecuted Christians especially in Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Malaysia, China, North Korea and other Muslim and Communist lands

For peace in the both
Northern and Southern Sudan.

For Christians, churches and aid agencies working in Japan and for the victims of the disaster there

For the
GAFCon Primates & Fellowship of Confessing Anglican leaders as they plan meetings of Biblically faithful Anglicans in 2012 & 2013. Pray also for the new Anglican Mission in England.

For repentance and revival in
our hearts and in our nation, for a hunger for God and His Word

And now a word from our sponsor
Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you…
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

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