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December 9, 3pm – Ahmed Shafeghat ordained deacon at Good Shepherd (Vancouver,
January 13, 3pm – Shihoko Warren ordained to the priesthood at Good Shepherd (Vancouver,
BC) February 16 – Liveword Women’s Conference, Vancouver, BC
– Theme: “On eagle’s wings”
March 4-6 – ACNA’s 2013 Anglican 1000 church planting summit in Wheaton,
March 11-13 – 2013 ANiC Clergy
Retreat with Canon Phil Ashey at Cedar Springs, Washington
April 18-19 – Regional ANiC assemblies in
both Vancouver and Burlington
May 13-15 – ACNA clergy women’s retreat in
October 2013 – GAFCon 2 planned for Athens, Greece
Co-adjutor bishop elected
Bishop Charlie Masters was elected as co-adjutor
bishop for ANiC on November 14. He
will take over from our moderator and diocesan Bishop Don Harvey when he steps
down in mid-2014. Bishop Charlie
has served as suffragan bishop for eastern Canada and ANiC’s national
The Rev Brian Kirby was featured in
his local newspaper which published a photo of Brian+ with Bishop Charlie
shortly after the election. Bishop Charlie’s election was also featured in Anglican
Some of the presentations from synod are now posted on the ANiC website. You’ll also find Bishop Don’s Moderator’s
Charge posted online,
as well as photos. You’ll especially enjoy the photos from
the first ANiC Hockey Night in Canada game. Additional photos of the opening Eucharist are posted on
In addition, we are posting audio of the sessions
as we receive it. Technical difficulties
have delayed the posting of audio from the first two days of synod.
Treasurer, Claus Lenk, reported that ANiC’s
finances are improving and we have been able to reduce last year’s deficit.
It is anticipated that synod 2013 will be
electronic and will be focus on the budget and council elections.
New ANiC council members elected
On the final day of synod, members elected council members to fill
||Two lay members were elected: Claus Lenk
(re-elected) and Victoria Huyer
||Five clergy members were elected: the Rev Darrell
Critch (re-elected), Archdeacon Paul Crossland, the Rev Paul Donison,
Archdeacon Michael McKinnon, and the Rev George Sinclair (re-elected).
These join three council members whose terms are
continuing: David Gibbs, Ed Lewis and Joel Reinhardt. Council is chaired by ANiC’s moderator Bishop Don.
council meeting highlights
of ANiC’s council meeting
at the end of November include:
||Bishop Don formally
designated Bishop Charlie Masters, our newly
elected coadjutor, as chair
of council and the executive committee
of council. In order to take on this new responsibility, Bishop Charlie stepped down
from his long-time role as ANiC’s national director. John
MacDonald will now assume this position.
||Gratitude was expressed to Bishop Don for his
long-time chairmanship of council and to retiring council members: Michael
Bentley, Archdeacon Dan Gifford, the Rev Ray David Glenn and the Rev Mike
Charlie appointed Bishop Ron Ferris to head a taskforce to consider the
relationship of the various components of all aspects of Church governance.
||The following were appointed: Treasurer, Michael
Bentley; Secretary of Council, the Rev Paul Donison; members of the Executive
Committee of Council will be Bishop Charlie, the Rev George Sinclair, Victoria
Huyer, Dave Gibbs and Claus Lenk; Chair of Canons and Constitution Committee,
Victoria Huyer;Chair the of Audit and Finance Committee, Ed Lewis; Chair
of the Legal Committee, Chancellor Mike Donison; Chair of Church Planting,
Archdeacon Michael McKinnon. The Nominating Committee Chair will be determined
||Council approved a motion to allow Asian &
Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMIC) to be incorporated in order to
facilitate its ministry.
||The financial report for the first four months of
our current fiscal year – which runs from July through June – was
encouraging, showing we are doing slightly better than anticipated.
||Council is planning to meet in person three more times before
Asian & Multicultural Ministries in Canada
gathered in Ottawa for ANiC’s synod were treated to an inspiring presentation
on AMMiC’s work ministering to immigrants from a variety of different ethnic
backgrounds. As these ministries
take root, congregations are forming and churches are being planted. AMMiC has set a goal of growing to 1000
members – from visible minorities – within five years.
excellent 6-minute video shown to synod is now posted on the AMMiC
website and YouTube. This would be an excellent video to
show your congregation to give parishioners a sense to the multi-cultural
breadth of ANiC’s ministry.
Time is running out for those wishing to apply to
accompany Bishop Trevor Walters on a mission trip to Cuba. This trip is open to leaders and clergy
from ANiC parishes which are willing to seriously consider entering into a
financial partnership with a Cuban Anglican church. There is no cost to trip participants. More information is on the ANiC
Consider this short-term mission trip opportunity
consider participating in a short-term mission trip to minister to abandoned
and disabled children in Sanmenxia, Henan Province, China, 16-31 July
2013. The mission team will serve together to demonstrate Christ’s love and
offer hope and opportunity to these abandoned and disabled children living in a
welfare centre. This video of the
children and the opportunity – posted on the AMMiC home page as well as on YouTube – will tug at your heartstrings!
information, please see the brochure. January 8 is the deadline for
expressing your interest by contacting
AMMiC. This will be the second missions team AMMiC will have sent to these
little ones. The first team went
in the summer of 2011.
is tentatively planning another short-term mission trip to Thailand/Myanmar in
2014. Stay tuned for more information.
Clergy retreat, March 12-14
Canon Phil Ashey will be the speaker at our next
clergy retreat, March 12-14 at Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Centre, near
Abbotsford, BC. His topic is
leadership. Parishes, this is a
great investment in your clergy. Please consider making it possible for them to participate. More information is on the ANiC
Canon Ashey is COO of the American Anglican Council
(ACC) which has been developing resources for Anglican leaders. ACC offers
leadership training through both Sure Foundation and the Clergy Leadership Training Institute and now is developing a program to help clergy coach other clergy. The goal is
to have a network of ACNA clergy around North America who are well-trained and
capable of helping their peers through ministry challenges. You can learn more
through this week's two-minute Anglican
The Rev Peter Robinson was ordained to the
priesthood, December 2 at St George’s (Burlington, ON). Peter serves at St Peter by
the Park (Hamilton, ON).
The Rev Jim Carriere was
ordained on December 2 at Church of the Good Shepherd (St Catharines, ON). Jim serves at
The Rev Shihoko Warren will be ordained as a priest
on Sunday, January 13 at 3pm at the Church of the
Good Shepherd Vancouver. Shihoko has begun conducting monthly Japanese language services in
Vancouver. Sixteen were present at the first service, including some
Bishop Don heads to Recife
edition of the Anglican Unscripted newsmagazine video mentions that
our moderator Bishop Don Harvey will be in South America for the December 7th consecration of Bishop-elect
Miguel Uchoa of the Diocese of Recife. This diocese is now coming under the ecclesial authority of the
Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans with oversight exercised by Archbishop Bob
Duncan of the ACNA and Presiding Bishop Tito Zavala of the Southern Cone.
The Anglican Relief and Development Fund Canada’s current project is building a training
centre connected to a church in the Diocese of Recife.
Parish and regional news
Christ The King (Toronto, ON) celebrated its second
anniversary with a service on November 25.
Please email parish news to Marilyn or call 1-866-351-2642 ext 4020.
Church in North America (ACNA) news
Church of England to consider recognizing ACNA
In response to a question at the Church of England
General Synod, the Chairman of the Council for Christian Unity revealed that a special committee will review the orders of clergy in the ACNA and
advise CoE archbishops on whether the CoE could recognize ACNA orders.
The Apostle, ACNA’s magazine is now online
ACNA’s magazine, The Apostle, is now available
online here. You’ll read about mission partnerships,
church planting, training and equipping clergy and congregations, and the merger
of congregations in Victoria, BC which formed the current Church of Our Lord.
The magazine also contains ACNA’s four-page annual report covering July 2011 –
ACNA priest and wife die in car accident
Father Wolfgang and LaDonn Krismanits of ACNA’s
Diocese of San Joaquin were killed in a traffic accident on November 27. They leave two daughters, 15 and 24 and
a grieving parish, St James Anglican Church in Sonora, California.
news in brief
The long time church building of ANiC’s Church of
the Messiah (Ottawa, ON) now houses a Diocese of Ottawa (Anglican Church of
Canada) ministry to the homeless. The renovations needed to accommodate this ministry in the 145-year-old
building cost a million dollars according to
the Ottawa Citizen.
reports that the bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese
of Quebec “has authorized his clergy to perform rites for the blessing of
Diocese of South Carolina – A special diocesan convention endorsed the withdrawal of the diocese from
the US Episcopal Church (TEC). Bishop Lawrence told the
convention the resistance movement within TEC, of which the diocese
had been a part, had proved fruitless and it was time to get on with ministry
to a broken world. He said, “We have spent far too many hours and days and
years in a dubious and fruitless resistance to the relentless path of TEC… I
believe it is time to turn the page.” He noted that the “collision” with TEC
leadership was caused by theology, morality and church polity. Speaking of the diocese’s new status,
he said "For now and the foreseeable future, having withdrawn from our
association with the Episcopal Church, we remain an extra-provincial Diocese
within the larger Anglican Communion.”
A handful of congregations and clergy who oppose
the decision are expected to choose to “re-associate” with TEC. The departing diocese has confirmed to
the Christian Post that any congregation which lawfully elects to
return to TEC “may do so and take their properties with them”. TEC’s presiding bishop, her
chancellor and a lawyer they have hired in South Carolina have been
busy pulling together TEC loyalists from the departing diocese to
act at plaintiffs in the anticipated litigation.
Members of the Anglican
Communion Institute write, “It is becoming increasingly apparent as
we witness developments unfolding in The Episcopal Church that secular
litigation objectives are paramount, trumping other principles such as the
fundamental norms of Christian conduct, the canonical integrity of the church, ancient
standards of catholic ecclesiology and even the pastoral care of TEC’s own
people.” The paper then goes on to
detail TEC’s unprincipled actions and pursuit of “a strategy of adversarial
attack” in its dealings with the Diocese of South Carolina. A follow-up article is
Finally, in an open letter to TEC bishops, the Anglican Communion Institute accuses the presiding bishop
and her associates of uncanonical and “perhaps even unlawful” behavior and urges
the bishop to “take the necessary steps to restore the good order of our church”. They tell the bishops that “the
evidence is overwhelming that they have violated canons and engaged in
discussions deceitfully… We believe that you are called upon to pursue all
canonical and spiritual means to bring these matters into the light before your
college and the church at large. Your vows require you to rectify misdeeds that
have been committed. You are called upon to rein in the misuse of authority and
canons by those, like the Presiding Bishop and her legal staff, who have
supervised the squandering of our human and material resources.”
Although the practice is long-standing in parts of
TEC, the first Sunday of Advent marked the official launch of a new TEC rite to bless same-gender unions.
notes that 69 US Episcopal Church dioceses now “fully embrace” same
sex blessing ceremonies.
The Church of England general synod
meeting in mid-November narrowly defeated a measure to allow women bishops. The vote passed the two-thirds majority threshold in the house of
bishops and clergy but fell short by five votes in the house of laity. Those who opposed the measure stressed
that their no vote was motivated by the inadequacy of protections offered in
the measure for those within the Church who are not able in good conscience to
accept the ministry of women bishops.
One supporter of women bishops who chose to vote
against the measure explained, “It simply is not true that [the measure] made appropriate provisions for the
two minorities of less than a third of Church members who cannot accept the
ordination or consecration of women as being consistent with their
understanding of scripture and tradition… People seem to have forgotten the
promises that were made to the minority that their integrity would not be
challenged as fully-fledged and authentic members of the CofE during the
current and ongoing "period of reception" of the whole issue of
ordaining and consecrating women. It would have been disastrous for a Church to
flagrantly over-ride assurances it once gave.”
Reactions have been predictable. The secular media and “liberal” wing of
the Church have characterized the outcome as a rejection of women’s ministry, a
blow to equality and an embarrassment for the Church, although The Guardian
noted that 33 of the 74 lay members who voted against the measure
were women. Canon Dr Chris Sugden provides a response to the mischaracterization of the vote while Canon Phil Ashey of the American
Anglican Council responds to the vitriol leveled at the theological conservative and traditional
Anglo-Catholic minorities in the Church who helped defeat the measure. Anglican Mainstream has compiled a wide range of the responses.
In response to the “uncomprehending fury and
frustration that have greeted the failure of the Measure and the one-sided
reporting on the issue”, eight members of general synod have written a letter published in
the Times of London explaining that, while they support having women
bishops in the Church, they voted against the measure “out of a sense of
over-riding concern for the Church of England’s minorities, and for the
promises made to those minorities. Our vote against stemmed from the Measure’s failure to honour the
inclusiveness which we believe fundamental to the future of Anglicanism.”
The Daily Mail
reports that “…members of the General Synod’s House of Laity have
secretly called an emergency meeting so they can hold a vote of no confidence
in their Chair, Dr Philip Giddings, who spoke forcefully against the reform.”
Last week, the Archbishops of the CoE issued a
statement saying they had “…decided that a process to admit women to
the episcopate needed to be restarted at the next meeting of the General Synod
in July 2013”. Anglican Ink
reports that the chairmen of Anglo-Catholics and the conservative
Evangelicals have issued a joint statement pledging to cooperate with the
Archbishops’ plan and calling for future legislation to include adequate
safeguards to protect those in the Church who are opposed to the innovation of
Prior to the vote, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali called
attention to a report which had been commissioned “…to prepare the
Church for a theological and ecclesiological debate on the question of women in
the ministry and especially in the episcopate.” However, the report, known as The Rochester
Report, had been largely ignored as “many were not interested in
such a fundamental debate but wished to initiate a process for the appointment
of women bishops in the Church as soon as possible. This process takes for
granted secular assumptions about justice and equality rather than asking what
the Bible means by such terms.”
The Anglican Journal reports that the Anglican Consultative Council has turned down the request of the
Diocese of Uruguay to move from the Province of the Southern Cone to the
Province of Brazil. The Diocese of
Uruguay has been at odds with the Southern Cone. In its request, Uruguay indicated that Brazil theologically
views are more similar to those of the diocese.
the Zimbabwe Mail, “The five-year property wrangle between the
Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) and its defrocked
Bishop Nolbert Kunonga came to an end last week when the former won the right
to control the properties at the Supreme Court.” Bishop Chad Gadiya and the Diocese of Harare were awarded costs. However, Kunonga, who
started his own denomination when he was deposed in 2007, is attempting to block implementation of the ruling and refusing to vacate, even
resorting to violence. Anglican
Ink has the background.
Amid growing protests and violence, the
Egyptian president and parliament have begun enshrining Sharia law in the country’s constitution, consolidating power, and
dashing hopes for real democracy. Please pray for Presiding Bishop
Mouneer Anis, the Anglican Church in Egypt and all Egyptian Christians. The Economist has more
Renewed fighting in parts of this
vast country has led the Anglican Church there to declare a week of prayer, from November 26 through December 2. Archbishop Bob Duncan asks that we
join with these suffering brothers and sisters in praying for peace.
One of the greatest threats to Christianity
Well-known Christian apologist Josh McDowell believes that internet pornography is perhaps “the greatest threat to the cause of
Christ in two thousand years of church history”. He says:
“Well, the stats which I have documented,” explains
Josh, “show that upwards of fifty percent of pastors struggle with pornography.
Sixty-two percent of men who attend evangelical churches regularly struggle
with pornography, and upwards of sixty-five to sixty-eight percent of
teenagers. This is probably the greatest threat to the cause of Christ in two
thousand years of church history, because it so undermines your life, your walk
with Christ and your beliefs. My fear is that many pastors are not addressing
it because they’re involved in it. Somehow, we’ve got to get the leadership in
the body of Christ addressing this…
“Once you become involved in pornography, it takes
over all your thinking, your morals, and your life. You have to understand:
pornography just takes over your life. It takes over your relationships—your
view of people, of women of children. And as a result, it doesn’t leave room
for your walk with Christ. You can’t become involved with pornography and have
a healthy walk with Christ.”
To help address this threat, McDowell has launched “Just
1 Click Away”, a website devoted to helping those struggling with porn as well
as to providing resources and training for parents who want to prepare and
forearm their children for this threat.
Persecution of Christians growing
The Zenit reviews Cristianophobia,
a book by journalist Rupert Shortt, in which Shortt claims that about two
hundred million Christians are being persecuted – more than any other
faith group – and this persecution has grown dramatically in the last
decade. He also says that this
persecution is under-reported and Christians in jeopardy are seldom supported
by those in the west since the prevailing secular view is that religion is an
irrational and the greatest cause of violence.
Good Christmas video: Have a look at this
compelling, 3-minute video that would
be great for use in services or youth groups.
Confident Christians – Apologetics Canada is planning its third
conference, this time in Abbotsford, BC on the weekend of March 1
-2. Speakers include Dr William Lane Craig and John Patrick, MD. Past conferences have been
excellent. Resources and
information is on the Apologetics
Doing good – You’ll be inspired by this article on the Gospel Coalition website about one church’s decision to love their
community and how that affected their city.
Just for laughs
A woman invited some people from church to dinner.
At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, "Would
you like to say the blessing?"
"I don't know what to say," the girl
"Just say what you've heard Mommy say before.”
The daughter bowed her head and said, "Lord,
why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"
Christmas is weird. What other time of the year do
you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?
He who has no Christmas in his heart will never
find Christmas under a tree.
And now a word from our sponsor
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Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New
wonder of God’s great Gift fill you with joy.
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