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3 – Southern Ontario ANiC men’s
breakfast, Saturday, November 3 at 9am
4 – Pastor Shafeghat (Christ the
Redeemer, North Vancouver) to be ordained a deacon
14-16 – ANiC Synod and episcopal election in Ottawa
4-6 – ACNA’s 2013 Anglican 1000 church planting summit in Wheaton, IL
12-14 – 2013 ANiC Clergy
Retreat with Canon Phil Ashey at Cedar Springs, Washington
18-19 – Regional ANiC assemblies in both Vancouver and Burlington
13-15 – ACNA clergy women’s retreat in Woodbridge, Virginia
2013 – GAFCon 2 (tentative)
hand at work…
Victoria, BC – Living Edge, an outreach ministry
to the disadvantaged and marginalized in Victoria’s Quadra district, has taken
the step of becoming an official ANiC Project. This forming church, which is an
offshoot of Church of Our Lord (Victoria), chose its name, with Bishop Don’s blessing,
to signify the Gospel message of new life, especially for those living on the
margins of society. The name also denotes a fresh sense of excitement and
vitality. The congregation’s motto is Transforming community through
The congregation is led by Lay Pastor Neil Van
Heerden. Each Sunday at 4:30pm the congregation meets in a large school gym at
950 Kings Rd, Victoria. After a service of praise and worship, preaching of the
Word and prayer ministry, dinner is served by about 40 volunteers to the rest
of the congregation – about 250 community members, often from difficult
backgrounds. Mid-week food programs are also offered, and there are plans to
eventually offer midweek ministries and worship services to deepen members’ spiritual
growth. See the Living Edge
website for more.
Edmonton, AB – Bishop Donald Harvey was in
Edmonton on October 12 for a “service of recognition of ministry” which
welcomed into ANiC the Rev Robert Gomowed and the congregation of Holy Trinity
Filipino Anglican Church. More than 70 attended the launch service. Holy
Trinity now meets at 3pm on Sundays in the chapel of the West Edmonton Mall
with around 33 in regular attendance. The Rev Gomowad was a priest in the
Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches in the Philippines before
transferring to ANiC. Holy Trinity is ANiC’s first congregation in
Winnipeg, MB – On October 14, Bishop Don was in Manitoba to ordain
the Rev Denys Scully to the priesthood, install him at St David’s the Faithful, ANiC’s first congregation
in the city of Winnipeg. About 70 attended the ordination which was held at Church of the Resurrection (Brandon). Photos are posted on the
Church of the Resurrection website
gift cards – For the third consecutive year, the Anglican Relief &
Development Fund Canada (ARDFC), ANiC’s global aid partner, is selling Christmas gift cards to raise money for our current project. That project is helping the Diocese of
Recife build an education and vocational training centre in a particularly poor
community in northeastern Brazil. The Diocese of Recife plans to use this
centre to train its church planters and missionaries in addition to offering
basic education, literacy, and vocational training for children and unemployed
adults in the community. You can learn more about the project on the ARDFC website.
year cards come in four options - $10, $25 and $50 cards, as well as a card
with no dollar amount printed on it. This "priceless" card is new
this year and will allow the giver to choose the amount of their donation to
ARDFC. (A minimum of $10 is requested.)
many parishes, the Christmas gift cards will be available for purchase through
your local ARDFC ambassador. If your parish doesn't have an ARDFC ambassador or
the cards aren't available to you locally, please contact Marilyn Jacobson to make
arrangements to get cards.
Advent Calendar – ARDFC will be offering an Advent Calendar that will
help children think about giving this Christmas. As they follow the daily
activities, they will learn about Brazil and enjoy novel ways to collect
“mites” in order to bless Brazilians through our ARDFC project. Watch for these
calendars in November. Mite box labels can be printed from the ARDFC website.
Bishop Trevor leaves to
minister in South Sudan
Bishop Trevor Walters,
ANiC’s suffragan bishop for western Canada will be joining three others on a
missions trip to South Sudan with SOMA USA (Sharing of Ministries Abroad). The team was invited by Bishop Abraham of Aweil
Diocese in the Episcopal Church of the Sudan. They will lead a large clergy
conference as well as preach in churches on Sunday. The team will also show by
their presence that the people there are not forgotten; we support our
Christian brothers and sisters in Sudan and South Sudan. (To see a series of blog
reports from another ACNA visitor to Sudan and several other African countries,
you can begin with the first
Bishop Trevor leaves
October 30 and asks prayer for safety as they travel in a country still beset
by violence, most perpetrated by the Islamist government of Sudan. Also please
pray for Christians in both Sudan and South Sudan who continue to suffer so
much persecution and hardship.
priest has book published
Dr Rod Ellis, co-rector of Church of Our Lord (Victoria, BC) has a new book
billed as an “interactive experience in Christian living” drawn from the life
of King David in 1& 2 Samuel. For much more information and to order copies
of King of Hearts, David: Man of Devotion, Living with Passion, Power and
Purpose, see the
church website or call 250-383-8915. Books will also be available
for sale at synod.
of many endorsements, pastor and author Mark Buchanan writes, “Rod deftly weaves many threads – deep
insight, pastoral wisdom, biblical depth, rich experience – on the loom
of David’s story and Jesus’ story, and comes up with a majestic tapestry. For
anyone wanting to lead better – actually, for anyone just wanting to live
better – dwell a while in this wise book.”
users, it’s “like” this…
Christians we are commanded to love each other. But, as 21st century Christians
living in a world of social media, we also need to “like” each other. If your
ANiC congregation has a Facebook page, please let us know so ANiC can “like”
you. And please “like” ANiC’s
Facebook page… and also ARDFC’s page.
We promise not to overwhelm you with posts.
those managing ANiC congregation websites are urged to place a link to the ANiC
website on your home page. If you need an ANiC logo for your website, please contact us.
see two cartoons created by the Rev Douglas Patstone. One honours the October 7th merger of the
Christ the King and Church of Our Lord congregations. The other is a
lighthearted take on ANiC bishops travel plans for synod in Ottawa (November
and regional news
Burlington office – ANiC staff members Jessica and Pat participated in a
boot camp to raise awareness and funds to fight human trafficking in Canada…
and they have the photo to prove it. Astonishingly, it is reported that more people are enslaved today
than at any time in world history. According to the www.freethem.ca website, 27 million people
are in slavery now – 80 per cent of these are women and children and 70
per cent are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Ottawa-area – If you are in the Ottawa area, tune into CRFA radio at 6:30 on Sunday mornings. Church of the Messiah rector the Rev George
Sinclair is one of four local pastors ministering God’s Word on the "Good News in the Morning". The program has
more than 6000 listeners.
there is a media outlet (broadcast or print or electronic) in your area that
might be open to hosting a “spiritual” column or program. Doesn’t hurt to ask!
Please email parish news to Marilyn or call 1-866-351-2642 ext 4020.
Anglican Church in North America
ACNA task force on Holy
The ACNA website
reports that Archbishop Bob Duncan has appointed Bishop David Hicks, (REC Diocese of the Northeast &
Mid-Atlantic) to lead a Theological task force that will lead the College of
Bishops through an in-depth study regarding the ordination of women to Holy
Orders. The article notes that when ACNA was launched “…it was
understood that there were differing understandings regarding the ordination of
women… but there existed a mutual love and respect for one another and a desire
to move forward for the good of the Church. This commitment was deeply embedded
in the Constitution and Canons overwhelmingly adopted by the Inaugural Assembly
the ACNA constitution and canons, the authority to establish a diocese’s
practice with regard to ordaining women to the diaconate and priesthood resides
with the diocese. The College of Bishops has given time and energy to this
topic during several face-to-face meetings but there is now a desire to address
the matter in a deeper more systematic way. Archbishop Bob says, “It is time to
appoint a continuing body to help us with the study that was never previously
undertaken… “As a Church we do not avoid our disagreements. Rather, we face
them in love and charity and, above all, with a Kingdom mindset.”
addition to Bishop Hicks, the task force is proposed to include two additional
ACNA bishops and four theological scholars. Bp. Hicks has also proposed that at
least two members be women. The task force will report frequently to the
Archbishop and College of Bishops for review and revision. In addition, Bishop
Hicks would like to get feedback from the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans
Theological Resource Group throughout the process, as well as seek comments
from our ecumenical partners.
Texas Supreme Court hears ACNA
Diocese of Fort Worth argument
Following the brief appeal hearing, The ACNA Diocese
of Fort Worth posted a report on its
website saying its leaders and legal team “were encouraged… by the thoughtful questioning by the justices of the
Texas Supreme Court during oral argument.” A decision is anticipated by next
Haley provides a legal
analysis of this ongoing church property case. He says, that under
the "neutral principles" approach, the question at issue was “how do
courts resolve intra-church disputes over who has control of the entity holding
title to the real property? …The central point, then, was what writings, agreed to before the
dispute ever arose, vested the religious organizations with that authority?” His
view was that TEC’s lawyers were ineffective in their attempts back their claim
that TEC has hierarchical authority over its dioceses, while ACNA Diocese of
Fort Worth’s legal council argued effectively that TEC had no jurisdiction over
the affairs of its member dioceses.
ACNA church planter profiled
The Rev Dr Winfield Bevins, church planter and
rector of Church of the Outer Banks, North Carolina, is profiled on
the ACNA website. His observation that the “the western Church has not been doing well in making disciples” led him to
write Creed: Connect to the Historic
Christian Faith. The book ties the needs of our shifting culture to
the deeply rooted faith of the church. He says, “It began as small group Bible
study. It’s very simple, readable and… follows the Anglican path of focusing on
the Creed, the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer.”
ACNA leaders join other
denominational leaders in first ecumenical summit
An ecumenical leadership summit met recently to seek ways to work together – particularly in the areas of church
planting and theological education and training. The group included leaders
from various Biblically faithful organizations, including branches of the
Lutherans, Presbyterians, Reformed, Methodist and Anglicans.
Other news in brief
Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) – The governing body of Anglican Communion is meeting in New
Zealand October 27 – November 7. The last meeting, held in 2009 virtually
ensured the demise of the Anglican Covenant. In his weekly commentary, Canon
Phil Ashey predicted this meeting of the ACC would take the official structures
of the Anglican Communion even further “down that road of a false gospel” and
try to redefine Anglicanism in terms of a unity and identity based on good
works, a unity that is “absolutely divorces from the Bible”. Quoting Ephesians
2:19-20, Canon Ashey says that true Anglican identity, by contrast, continues
to be based on the authority of Scripture, the historic Creeds and Councils and
the 39 articles.
from the meetings in Auckland, writes that the Nigeria delegation
– Archbishop Ikechi Nwosu (Aba), Archdeacon Abraham Okorie, and ACNA/CANA
Bishop Julian Dobbs – declined to take Holy Communion at the opening
Eucharist of the ACC meetings due to the irreconcilable doctrinal chasm
dividing those present.
The Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC)
ecclesial province of Rupert’s Land posted the following statement on its
website. (The ACoC organizes its dioceses into four groups called
ecclesial provinces.) “On September 30, 2012, the Bishop of Saskatoon ordained
as deacon an individual who is civilly married to a person of the same sex… The
House at its meeting September 28 discussed this situation and issued the
House of Bishops of the Province of Rupert’s Land disassociates itself from the
decision of the Bishop of Saskatoon to ordain a candidate living in a civilly
recognized “same sex marriage” This decision was made without our consent or
consultation and will cause division and confusion within our Province.
bishops voted in favour of the above statement, two were opposed, and the
Metropolitan abstained, as is customary.
Pastor Stephen Boissoin was vindicated when the
Alberta Appeals Court dismissed an
appeal of a lower court decision which, in turn, had ruled he was
not guilt of “hate speech” in his letter published in a Red Deer, Alberta
newspaper in 2002. A provincial human rights tribunal had found him guilty in 2007 and ordered him to stop expressing his views
on homosexuality in any public forum, pay thousands in damages, and issue a
on the ACoC Diocese of Edmonton’s decision to allow same-sex blessings, the Church of
England Newspaper notes that seven ACoC dioceses now allow “gay
reports that “The Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Ms Rebecca
Kadaga, took Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to task at an
international summit in Quebec City for his remarks criticizing Uganda’s ban on
same-sex “marriage”.” She accused him of colonialism, arrogance and ignorance
in his efforts to impose western sexual values on other sovereign nations.
reports that a Saskatchewan Member of
Parliament “…is standing by his decision to nominate two jailed pro-life
activists for Canadian national awards, despite being hounded by the mainstream
media… In a release sent to various Canadian media outlets Maurice Vellacott compared
the two women to civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr., and denounced
abortion as “butchery” and “savagery.” Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner were among
60,000 recipients of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded by the Governor
General of Canada.
Church (TEC) Diocese of South Carolina website
reports that, “…Bishop Mark J Lawrence, the 14th Bishop of the
Diocese of South Carolina was notified by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal
Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, that on September 18, 2012 the Disciplinary
Board for Bishops had certified his abandonment of The Episcopal Church. This action by The Episcopal
Church triggered two pre-existing corporate resolutions of the Diocese, which
simultaneously disaffiliated the Diocese from The Episcopal Church and called a
Special Convention. That Convention will be held at St. Philip’s Church,
Charleston, on Saturday, November 17, 2012... We feel a deep sense of sadness
but a renewed sense of God’s providence that The Episcopal Church has chosen to
act against this Diocese and its Bishop during a good faith attempt [to]
resolve our differences peacefully. These actions make it clear The Episcopal
Church no longer desires to be affiliated with the Diocese of South Carolina.”
In his brief
history of events, Canon Kendall Harmon asks for prayer. “We
encourage you to pray for the Bishop, Standing Committee, and diocese in a
focused way between now and the special Convention.” Full information and
documentation is posted on the diocese’s
It is widely thought that TEC “shot itself in the
foot” with this action. North Carolina is one of its larger, more vibrant
dioceses and one of the few that is growing rather than shrinking. However, it
appears that TEC leadership will not brook public dissent within its ranks
– despite its proclaimed inclusivity. In a
brief but insightful
commentary on the action of TEC in deposing Bishop Lawrence, the Rev
Matt Kennedy reflects on the nature of good and evil.
Letters of encouragement and support for the
diocese and Bishop Lawrence have been poured in, including from: the Global South
Primates Steering Committee, the ACNA’s Archbishop Bob Duncan, TEC
Diocese of Springfield’s Bishop Daniel
Martins and Bishop
William Love of TEC’s Diocese of Albany.
In his letter, Bishop Martins says, “…it strains every notion of common sense to apply the charge of
“abandonment” in this case… He [Bishop Lawrence] has abandoned nothing, and to
accuse him of doing so is ludicrous on its face.” Bishop Love said, “Sadly,
we seem to have reached a point… that any action taken by a conservative bishop
or diocese to uphold their understanding of Holy Scripture and the traditional
teaching, polity and Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church risks
having charges brought against them if their actions are deemed to threaten or
challenge the majority view, particularly in regard to polity issues and the
control of Church property and assets.”
Writing to a
local newspaper, retire diocesan Bishop FitzSimons Allison notes, “With
all its claims to inclusion, the increasingly intolerant Episcopal Church has
excluded this diocese from its fold.” He then details the many ways in which
TEC has abandoned the Christian faith and its own canons and constitution.
situation in the Diocese of South Carolina is discussed at length on the always
interesting Anglican Unscripted video newsmagazine – both on the October 19th
edition and again on the October 26th
segment. The Church of
England Newspaper reports that the diocese has 29,000 members.
law expert A S Haley notes that two of the three charges against Bishop Lawrence were dismissed in 2011. He
predicts Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will follow the same path
she took with Bishop Jack Iker and other orthodox, dissenting TEC bishops and
declare that Bishop Lawrence has voluntarily renounced his orders, thus
dispensing with the need for a meeting of the House of Bishops to deal with the
reports that a TEC reference panel has found that a case of
misconduct can be made against nine serving and retired TEC bishops under that
Church’s controversial Title IV disciplinary canons. The case against these
bishops proceeds from two separate actions: 1) having endorsed an amicus brief presented to the Texas Supreme Court which contradicted TEC’s legal argument in
the case involving the ACNA Diocese of Fort Worth; and/or 2) or having given
court testimony in a proceeding involving the Diocese of Quincy that was
contrary to TEC’s legal position.
expert A S Haley argues here and here that the entire process is fraught with hypocrisy and conflicts
of interest, and “there is no reason to expect a fair outcome”. He concludes: “…these
kangaroo [court] proceedings… would be laughable, were they not so tragic for
the future of our Church”.
In an interview
with David Virtue, ACNA Bishop David Bena calls TEC’s actions “atrocious”
and “vicious”. He says, “This whole thing was cooked up by the Episcopal
establishment to wipe out any orthodox bishops who speak their minds… It is
simply a very dangerous time for any orthodox believer, lay or clergy, to
remain in the Episcopal Church. One by one, these orthodox bishops will be
picked off. And no one will support them. The Episcopal Church will continue to
dwindle while its members leave for Anglican churches or churches of other
denominations.” He concludes by assuring Biblically faithful Episcopalian that
“Crossing over from TEC to ACNA is like crossing the Red Sea to freedom.
Whether you take your property or not, you will find a whole new freedom to
preach the Gospel and stand for biblical truth.”
draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure is due
to be debated by the Church of England General Synod on 20 November 2012. You
can see discussion papers which show that the measure is
unjust in its treatment of significant minorities within the Church.
The Archbishop of
Canterbury’s website says that he “has begun a campaign to persuade General Synod members to back the new
women bishops legislation”. He seems to urge those who are not theologically
bound to oppose the measure but who are not satisfied that it is just to simply
abstain from voting. He argues that, if the measure is defeated it would be “publicly
embarrassing” and would result in “internally draining indecision” and
The Church of England Evangelical Council has
expressed its concern at Dr Williams pressuring synod members. Its chairman, the Ven Michael Lawson, issued a media release saying "Many evangelicals, both
supporters and non-supporters of the ordination of women to the episcopate, are
deeply concerned about provision for those who in good conscience cannot accept
women bishops. We believe it is a matter not just of justice but of godliness
to treat well this minority of those with whom God has joined us together in
fellowship and mission”.
Reform, a network of those committed to reforming
the Church of England, has stated that its members in Synod will “…oppose
this measure and urge those who want to see a strong evangelical presence
continuing in the Church of England to join us in doing so." A resolution passed by a recent Reform conference
stated that the measure “…represents a step in an unbiblical and
therefore wrong direction for the Church of England. Its provision is entirely
inadequate for those who believe the Bible's teaching of male headship in the
family and the church.
which claims to represent the evangelical centre, states that it “fully supports women bishops and hopes that the Measure passes…” They
recommend that those opposed to the measure abstain from voting, “…recognizing
that it is clearly the will of the Church to proceed…” (For further disturbing
analyses of theological positions taken by Fulcrum leaders, see the Stand Firm blog and the
Rev John Richardson’s Ugley Vicar
Michael Nazir-Ali’s most recent book is now in print. Anglican
Mainstream notes, “In Triple
Jeopardy for the West: Aggressive Secularism, Radical Islamism and
Multiculturalism, Bishop Michael argues that these three seemingly
diverse pressures are a profound threat to British life.”
The Church of Scotland is seeking to seize the
property of one of the most prominent churches in Glasgow, St George’s Tron,
after that congregation quit its denomination over growing evidence of
The Church of
England Newspaper reports that the Church of Ireland House of
Bishops has elected another “centrist” and “liberal churchman” as that Church’s
Primate. Bishop Richard Clarke will succeed Archbishop Alan Harper.
Bishop Rennis Ponniah was installed as the bishop of the Diocese of Singapore, October 20. Bishop Ponniah was the
Bible teacher as ACNA’s general assembly last June.
Post reports that 80 rockets were fired by Hamas from Gaza into
Israel’s western Negev on October 24, “…in the second day of one of the most
severe rocket barrages on southern Israel in recent years”.
Christian Concern reports that as many as 400 evangelical
Protestants have been arrested in the last two weeks by Iran’s intelligence
service. It says that arrested church members are typically tortured and
pressured to confess to crimes they did not commit. Please pray for these
Bishop Peter Majeed is appealing for aid to rebuild the church, bishop’s house, school, library and principal’s
house severely damaged on September 21 when inflamed mobs protested against an
online movie they considered blasphemous.
30 Christians are reported to have been killed in their village in central Nigeria on October 17 and at
least seven more were killed by a Boko Haram suicide bomber on Sunday while at Roman Catholic mass. These
attacks follow the murder of 40 Christian university students several weeks ago.
Hundreds of Christians have been brutally murdered this year.
The Church of
England Newspaper reports that “…monsoon rains have caused the Niger
River to flood, forcing tens of thousands from their homes” and killing at
least 148 others. An Anglican cathedral has been flooded and several churches
interview an Anglican missionary that has fled the intensifying
violence in Zanzibar, where Muslims are attacking churches, Christians and now
the historic cathedral. He says that Christians, who comprise less that two per
cent of Zanzibar’s population, live in fear. International
Christian Concern reports that “Poor Muslim coastal areas in Kenya
and Tanzania have proved fertile recruitment ground for Somalia’s al Shabaab
[Islamist] militants… threatening stability along the east African seaboard.
Tanzanian police suspect that Arab money is behind the violence in Zanzibar.
reports that the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe has dismissed all legal
appeals launched by “The ex-communicated Anglican Bishop, Nolbert Kunonga… in
his controversial campaign to take over Anglican Church properties from the
main church (CPCA).”
Is Christianity dying in
Ed Stetzer, an author,
researcher and church planting expert who has been featured at ACNA and
Anglican1000 gatherings, writes that reports of Christianity’s demise in America a grossly exaggerated. He says
that the increases in those claiming no religion in survey’s simply reflects a
decline of nominal and cultural Christians. However, the number of devote
Christians is holding strong. He concludes: “Christianity in America isn't
dying, cultural Christianity is. I am glad to see it go.” Stetzer wrote a similar
article posted on the USA Today website.
Redeeming the time – Redeemer Church in Ajax, Ontario is offering a free app to
help busy workers “redeem the commute” with courses on marriage, parenting and
other topics, as well as information on basic Christianity. Redeem the Commute
is the brainchild of a church planter and pastor who was a high tech
entrepreneur before entering pastoral ministry.
Youth ministry – Resources
for effective youth ministry can be found online here.
God’s love and puppies – In his brief weekly Anglican
Perspective video, Canon Phil Ashey quotes C S Lewis and reflects on
the depth of sacrifice God made in order to reconcile us to Himself –
using the analogue of his new puppy.
Just for laughs
visiting my son and daughter-in-law last night and I asked if I could borrow a
is the 21st century, old man," I was told. "We don't waste money on
newspapers. Here, you can borrow our iPad."
tell you, that fly never knew what hit it!
learned to kiss the wave which dashes me against the Rock of Ages. ~ Charles Spurgeon
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