Bishop Charlie Masters’ Easter Letter

My dear Friends of the Anglican Network in Canada,

It is with immense joy that I write you during this Holy Week on behalf of the Bishops of the Anglican Network in Canada. It is an honour to represent this godly House of Bishops but the joy I speak of is primarily because of the message together we bring in the gospel.

Imagine someone announcing that:

  • The problem of death has been dealt with completely.
  • The power of sin has also been broken so that complete forgiveness is available to all and so that guilt is gone and the power to live a new and worthy life is now possible
  • Satan and all his demonic realm – who have long ruled this dark world wreaking evil havoc, cruelty, violence, all sorts of injustice and abuse, filling the world with lies – has received a death blow that guarantees his and their condemnation.

This, of course, is exactly the message we bring and would remind you of, the message we have all received in the Bible, the message we happily pass onto you again this week and with you would share with this whole world that God loves. (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)

It is the message of Jesus. His death and resurrection accomplished all this and his resurrection “declared him with power to be the Son of God.” (Romans 1:4)

Dear friends, rejoice – because the sting of death is gone. (1 Corinthians 15:50-58). Jesus is himself “the resurrection and the life“. (John 11:25)

Rejoice, because wonderful forgiveness, and his righteousness has been made available to us sinners by Jesus substituting himself for us on the Cross (2 Corinthians 5:21, Isaiah 53:6). Our sins were nailed on the Cross. (Colossians 2:13, 14, Romans 8:11)  And now in him we can, by faith, live new lives.

Rejoice because Satan and his demonic realm have been disarmed and defeated. (Colossians 2:15).

No wonder Peter could write with such joy and passion: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:3,4)

Yes friends, if you are in Christ Jesus (which means you have put your faith in him and entrusted your life to him and therefore have his Holy Spirit living in you), whatever is happening in your life right now, you have every reason to rejoice.

If, to date, you cannot say with confidence: “I am in Christ Jesus” then why not, this day, this Easter, entrust yourself to him and thus enjoy for all eternity the benefits of the victory he won by his cross and resurrection. “For Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of them that slept.” (1 Corinthians 15:20)

Finally, because of the victory that Jesus has accomplished and because of the glorious life we are called into by his grace, may I quote Paul one more time? “If you then have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1)

In his Easter joy!

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St. Aidan’s Windsor: Supreme Court denies Leave to Appeal

On 4 September 2013, the Court of Appeal, upheld the conclusions of the trial court judge, Justice Little, on both the matter of St Aidan’s property and the St Aidan’s bequeathment and finance fund. In addition, the Diocese of Huron was awarded partial costs in the amount of $100,000.

St. Aidan’s applied for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada; it has been denied.

From the ANiC newsletter:

St Aidan’s rector, Canon Tom Carman writes, “Yes, sadly the Supreme Court has decided not to grant us leave to appeal.  It’s
not really surprising – not from a human standpoint - but we were hoping for a miracle.  Sometimes, though, God simply calls us to bear reproach for his name’s sake.  And we know that in the end our reward is with Him and in Him.  He will see us through this. Please do continue to keep us in your prayers.”

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New Blog Address

Hello all,

OK, I think we are back.  We’ve been having various problems with our hosting provider, which have at last been resolved by moving away from them.  Because of this, and because the Essentials name is due to be retired at the end of this year, the blog now has a new address that you need to bookmark  – http://www.aecblog.net.

The old address will continue redirecting to here until the end of the year, so I think that’s enough advance notice to make your bookmark changes.  :-)

More articles to come up shortly….

Peter

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Admin notice #3

Lot’s of these admin notices right now, I know. The site was down for a few days due to a site overload. Hopefully David’s fixed that with a new theme.

If it does go down again we might be off for a while before we can restore the database elsewhere.

The nice thing is that commenting is now restored.

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A Statement on Nashotah House

From here:

At the request of the Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America, meeting in conference call on Tuesday, February 25, I have been asked to make the following statement:

“The Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America deeply regret the invitation by Dean Edward Salmon to Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori to preach at Nashotah House. The insensitivity of this invitation to many of the loyal friends of the House is compounded by the proposed eucharistic context. What is far more concerning, however, are the fundamental spiritual, biblical and institutional issues that the visit to Chapel raises. We have trusted Nashotah House with our students, our prayers and our support, recognizing that the House also serves the Episcopal Church, and that a remarkable community has been built there. We hope that ways can be found to restore the trust that this particular invitation has seriously shaken.”

The Most Revd Robert Duncan, D.D. (Nashotah)
Archbishop, Anglican Church in North America
On behalf of the College of Bishops

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Archbishop Stanley Ntagali Comments on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, the Church of England’s “Pilling Report,” and the Open Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

From here:

30th January 2014

The Church of Uganda is encouraged by the work of Uganda’s Parliament in amending the Anti-Homosexuality Bill to remove the death penalty, to reduce sentencing guidelines through a principle of proportionality, and to remove the clause on reporting homosexual behaviour, as we had recommended in our 2010 position statement on the Bill. This frees our clergy and church leaders to fulfill the 2008 resolution of our House of Bishops to “offer counseling, healing and prayer for people with homosexual disorientation, especially in our schools and other institutions of learning. The Church is a safe place for individuals, who are confused about their sexuality or struggling with sexual brokenness, to seek help and healing.”

Accordingly, we are grateful for the reminder of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to fulfill such commitments as stated in the 2005 Communique of the Primates Meeting held in Dromantine, Northern Ireland.

We would further like to remind them, as they lead their own church through the “facilitated conversations” recommended by the Pilling Report, that the teaching of the Anglican Communion from the 1998 Lambeth Conference, from Resolution 1.10, still stands. It states that “homosexual practice is incompatible with Scripture,” and the conference “cannot advise the legitimising or blessing of same sex unions nor ordaining those involved in same gender unions.”

It was the Episcopal Church USA (TEC) and the Anglican Church of Canada’s violations of Lambeth 1.10 which caused the Church of Uganda to break communion with those Provinces more than ten years ago. We sincerely hope the Archbishops and governing bodies of the Church of England will step back from the path they have set themselves on so the Church of Uganda will be able to maintain communion with our own Mother Church.

Furthermore, as our new Archbishop of Canterbury looks toward future Primates Meetings and a possible 2018 Lambeth Conference of Bishops, we would also like to remind him of the 2007 Primates Communique from Dar es Salaam, which says that there are “consequences for the full participation of the Church in the life of the Communion” for TEC and those Provinces which cannot

  1. “Make an unequivocal common covenant that the Bishops will not authorize any Rite of Blessing for same-sex unions in their dioceses or through” their governing body;
  2. “Confirm…that a candidate for episcopal orders living in a same-sex union shall not receive the necessary consent.”

It is clear that the Episcopal Church in the USA and the Anglican Church of Canada have not upheld these commitments, and so we do pray for the Archbishop of Canterbury as he considers whether or not to extend invitations to their Primates for the next Primates Meeting or to their Bishops for the 2018 Lambeth Conference. To withhold these invitations would be a clear signal of his intention to lead and uphold the fullness of the 1998 Lambeth Resolution 1.10.

The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali

ARCHBISHOP OF CHURCH OF UGANDA.

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Admin notice #2

On from David’s notice here, it appears that some fundamental work will need to be done with this website to allow comments on posts.

The question is whether there is enough continuing interest to put the work in. Back when this site started in 2007, and for a number of years after, it served a good purpose. However, now (for the most part) people have decided what they are going to do, and news articles are pretty thin on the ground.

So, if you are interested in this site remaining active, please email aecbloggers [at] gmail [dot] com and let us know.

Thanks,

Peter

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Anglican Church of Canada marriage canon commission formed

C/p from David.

Fred Hiltz has assembled the commission that will seek “broad consultation” for introducing a synod motion to change the marriage canon to include same-sex marriage. They will pay particular attention to:

a) the Solemn Declaration in relation to this matter;

b) the immunity under the civil law and the Human Rights Codes of the various Provinces and Territories within Canada of those bishops, dioceses and priests who refuse to participate in or authorize the marriage of same-sex couples on the basis of conscience; and

c) a biblical and theological rationale for this change in teaching on the nature of Christian marriage.

Notice in particular point c): it does not ask whether there is a “biblical and theological rationale for this change in teaching”, that is taken for granted. The commission is expect to come up with a rationale whether it is there or not. The members of the commission are:

Canon Robert Falby (Chair)
Dr. Patricia Bays
The Very Rev. Kevin Dixon
The Rev. Dr. Paul Friesen
The Rev. Canon Paul Jennings
Dr. Stephen Martin
The Rt. Rev. Linda Nicholls
The Most Rev. John Privett

I don’t see any conservatives in evidence. It seems fairly clear that after a couple of years of nugatory “broad consultation” by the regular morosophs, there will be a motion before Synod 2016 to change the marriage canon.

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Christmas Greetings from Bishop Charlie Masters

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