Blog archived

Dear all,

Thank you for following this blog over the 8 years since its inception in 2007.  Quite a bit of water has passed under the bridge since then, and the Canadian Anglican landscape is very different.  People had a lot of decisions to make over that time, to remain within the ACoC, align  with ANiC, or do something completely different.

For now though, most if not all of those decisions have been made, and to chronicle the slow outworking of those choices does not really need the full time attention of  a blog team. Suffice to say, it’s the decision of the editorial team to archive this blog – it will stay at this location for the foreseeable future, but won’t be updated, at least unless something particularly newsworthy happens!  Feel free to check the blogroll – some at least of those blogs are still active, some more than others. :-)

Thank you for all of your comments and thoughtful interaction.

Blessings,

Peter

 

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GAFCON Primates Communique

Find it here.  GAFCON are not playing the Communion Games.  Highlights in purple are mine.

Uniting Faithful Anglicans: GAFCON 2018

We are excited to announce that the next GAFCON conference will be in 2018. This global gathering now serves a critical function in the life of the Anglican Communion as it is an effective instrument of unity which is capable of gathering the majority of the world’s Anglicans.

Delegations representing every continent and all orders of the church (lay and ordained) will again be invited to share in this powerful time of fellowship, worship, and teaching. An organising committee comprising global delegates and local representatives of the likely location has been formed. A further announcement will be made when the details of the venue have been confirmed.

Growing Momentum: Newest Province and Fellowships

We were encouraged to hear reports from some of the newest GAFCON provinces and fellowships.

Province

At the beginning of our meeting, Archbishop Foley Beach of the Province of the Anglican Church in North America was unanimously elected to the GAFCON Primates Council. Archbishop Beach shared about the remarkable growth being experienced in North America, evidenced by the planting of 483 new congregations since 2009.

Fellowships

We celebrated the recent launch of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans Australia (FCA AU), the newest GAFCON fellowship, led by the Venerable Richard Condie, Archdeacon of Melbourne. Over 450 participants attended the inaugural conference in March 2015 and this fellowship is now well positioned to contend for the faith in the years to come.

FCA UK & Ireland, formed at our initiative, continues to welcome and provide support for faithful Anglicans in the British Isles. We are particularly concerned about the Church of England and the drift of many from the Biblical faith. We do not regard the recent use of a Church of England building for a Muslim service as a minor aberration. These actions betray the gospel and discourage Christians who live among Muslims, especially those experiencing persecution.

We support Bishop John Ellison in resisting the unjust and uncharitable charges brought against him by the Bishop of Salisbury, and in view of the Great Commission, we note the sad irony that this former missionary bishop to South America now finds it necessary to defend himself for supporting missionary activity in his own country. We continue to encourage and support the efforts of those working to restore the Church of England’s commitment to Biblical truth. Equally, we authenticate and support the work of those Anglicans who are boldly spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and whose circumstances require operating outside the old, institutional structures.

We remain confident in the great good of gospel ministry, and we see what happens when actions impacting the Communion are taken without the priorities of the faith once delivered.

Wherever they are and whatever their circumstances, GAFCON continues to unite faithful Anglicans under a common confession of Christ’s Lordship and a desire to make disciples.

Structured for the Future

We have planned for the expansion of our movement in order to touch the lives of many more Anglicans with gospel fellowship. As part of this we have identified a clear need for theological education and the training of leaders, especially bishops, and we have started work on both of these priorities. We also recognise an increasing need to be able to respond both to calls for affiliation from other provinces, and requests for support from emerging fellowships where the biblical gospel is under threat.

In order to carry this forward we have put in place the necessary operating structures, people, and financial resources. We invite all of our supporters to be involved in this work.

Committed to the Communion

We are not leaving the Anglican Communion. The members of our churches stand at the heart of the Communion, which is why we are committed to its renewal. We belong to the mainstream, and we are moving forward.

GAFCON embodies an inclusive and confessionally grounded orthodoxy in continuity with the Scriptures, apostolic tradition, and ethos of the Book of Common Prayer. There is much room for variety within the boundaries of Christian orthodoxy, but when the Gospel is at stake there can never be a middle way. As followers of Jesus we know that it is the narrow way that leads to life.

We invite all faithful Anglicans to join us in renewing the Communion so that united by a biblical and apostolic faith we can defend and proclaim the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

Primates

The Most Rev. Foley Beach, Archbishop, Anglican Church in North America

The Most Rev. Henri Isingoma, Archbishop, Anglican Church of the Congo

The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop, Anglican Church of Uganda

The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, Archbishop, Anglican Church of Nigeria

The Most Rev. Onesphore Rwaje, Archbishop, Anglican Church of Rwanda

The Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala, Archbishop, Anglican Church of Kenya (Chairman)

The Most Rev. Tito Zavala, Presiding Bishop, Province of South America

Advisors

The Most Rev. Peter Akinola, Archbishop (ret.), Anglican Church of Nigeria

Emmanuel Kampouris, Esq.

The Most Rev. Glenn Davies, Archbishop of Sydney

The Most Rev. Donald Mtetemela, Archbishop (ret.), Anglican Church of Tanzania

The Most Rev. Stephen Than Myint Oo, Archbishop of Myanmar

The Rt Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester (ret.)

The Rt Rev. Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes (ret.)

 

 

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Christmas 2014 Letter from Bishop Charlie Masters

My dear brothers and sisters,

As Christmas 2014 draws close at hand, I send you and all you love warm Christmas greetings and blessings from Bishop Stephen and Nona, Bishop Trevor and Dede, Bishop Don and Trudy, Bishop Malcolm and Mary Lou, Bishop Ron and Jan, as well as from my wife Judy and me. It is our prayer that you would experience, more and more, the joy and peace that “the good news of great joy which is for all people” brings because Christ the Savior has been born in Bethlehem for us.

I confess I have never previously thought of Romans 4 as a particularly “Christmasy” passage, or even an Advent passage, but truly Romans 4:20 and 21 certainly does pertain to all the events around Jesus’ birth.

Speaking of Abraham, it says: “…no distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. ”

The key words are the “promise of God”. What made Abraham the father of faith, is that, in the face of lots of obvious difficulties and evident impossibilities, he remained convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

So it was that Abraham and Sarah gave birth to a son in their old age.

And all the promises concerning the coming King and his birth happened just as God had promised.

He is able to do what he has promised.

In Isaiah 7:14, God promised, “therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shalt call his name Immanuel.” And He caused the Virgin Mary to conceive and give birth to a son because God is able to do what he had promised.

So it was that when the Magi from the East came to Jerusalem and asked “where is he who has been born King of the Jews?,” those who knew the promises of God recorded in Micah 5:2 said “in Bethlehem of Judea, for so it was written by the prophet: And “you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”

And how did God do this such that Joseph and Mary, who lived far in the north in Nazareth, would be moved all the way to Bethlehem in the south? Luke 2 tells us: “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered… [then] all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.” (Luke 2:1, 3-6 ESV)

The God who is able to do what he has promised used a tax decreed by Augustus Caesar of the whole known world, of all things, to move Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem to fulfill what he had promised centuries earlier.

He is able.

And so dear friends, it is a wise person who heeds the message of the Angels and responds in personal faith to our promise-keeping God. His promise of “good news of great joy to all people” holds true because he who promised is true and he is able.

When the shepherds rushed to Bethlehem to see the thing that the angels had spoken of, no surprise, they found him and everything exactly as the angels spoke because the God who sent the Angels with this message is true, faithful and able.

Whatever may lie before us as individuals and congregations, as families and as a diocese we can know that the God who sent Jesus in fulfillment of all his promises and will return as he has promised is well able to care for us. He will lead us and cause us to bear fruit for his kingdom, more and more, and do all he promised. He is able.

Dear friends, even when our path is difficult and our world seems dark, we can rejoice because our confidence – and our joy – is firmly anchored in our promising-keeping God. So rejoice, and again I say rejoice!

Every blessing to you and all you love this Christmas and throughout the coming year as we await and prepare for his coming!

 

The Right Rev Charlie Masters

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Canon Andrew White to speak in Burlington

Dear Ontario ANiC Clergy and congregations…

We are thrilled to announce again that Canon Andrew White, who is known as the Vicar of Baghdad and is one of the most high-profile Anglican leaders in the world today, will be at St Georges Anglican Church (Burlington, ON) on Sunday December 7th  at 6 pm  to baptize his grandson.  Reverend Ray David Glenn will be interviewing him regarding the church in Iraq and the intense persecution faced by the church in that region, as well as his new work in Israel. This will be a special and likely large event, so don’t miss the opportunity to hear this man speak. The service will be held at the Crossroads Center in Burlington, ON in the Founders Hall.  

It is my joy and honour to welcome Canon Andrew White for this special event and I would really like to encourage you to participate – not only to hear him speak, but to pray together, and to encourage and bless Canon White in his ministry.

In Christ’s love,

The Right Rev Charlie Masters

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New ANiC Diocesan Bishop installed

Anglican Network in Canada NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  6 November 2014

Ottawa, Ontario – The Right Reverend Charles Masters was installed this evening as the diocesan bishop of the Anglican Network in Canada by Archbishop Foley Beach, primate of the Anglican Church in North America.

The Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) comprises churches spread from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland to New England, and counts more than 4500 worshippers attending each Sunday.  Bishop Masters succeeds ANiC’s founding diocesan bishop, Bishop Donald Harvey – who is now Episcopal Vicar of the diocese.

The installation service took place at St Peter and St Paul’s Anglican Church, in the heart of our nation’s capital, Ottawa.  The service coincides with ANiC’s annual diocesan synod – an assembly of church leaders from the 71 congregations which form ANiC, gathering for spiritual renewal, Bible teaching, fellowship, direction setting and diocesan governance.

The theme of synod, which runs from November 5-7, is “Now a People: A Bible People, a Gospel People, a Global People” and denotes the fact the diocese has matured, moving from formation into mission.  In its early years, ANiC’s focus was on gathering disaffected Biblically faithful Anglicans.

Yesterday, synod members walked to Parliament Hill to meet with elected leaders and pray for the nation of Canada.  Earlier today, in his Bishop’s Charge, Bishop Masters outlined his five priorities for the diocese and its members.  These are:

Bold witnesses – Each one equipped to share the Gospel
Biblically grounded – Each one having a solid knowledge of the Word of God.
Loving children – Every church focused on vital ministries to children and youth

On mission – Engaged in our communities, nations and world, showing and sharing the love of God
Planting & growing churches – Every congregation focused on planting another congregation

In addition to Archbishop Foley Beach, a number of bishops participated in Bishop Masters’ installation including:

  • from outside North America, Archbishop Greg Venables (Argentina);
  • from the Anglican Church in North America, Bishops Peter Beckwith, Bill Atwood, John Guernsey, Julian Dobbs, Felix Orji, Eric Menees and Charles Dorrington; and
  • from the Anglican Network in Canada, Bishops Donald Harvey, Ron Ferris, Malcolm Harding, Stephen Leung and Trevor Walters.

ANiC became an ecclesiastical body in 2007 and, in 2009, a founding diocese in the Anglican Church in North America.  The Anglican Church in North America now unites more than 112,000 faithful Anglicans across the continent.

Members of the Anglican Network in Canada are committed to remaining faithful to Holy Scripture and established Anglican doctrine and practice.  Through the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, ANiC is in full communion with Anglicans worldwide – the vast majority of whom are committed to established, Biblically based Christianity and historic Anglican traditions.

ANiC’s mission is “Building Biblically faithful, Gospel sharing, Anglican churches.”

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ANiC statement on yesterday’s terrorist attack in Ottawa

Anglican Network in Canada – Statement

23 October 2014

Today, Canadians are grieving the deaths of two members of the Canadian Armed Forces at the hands of terrorists this week.

Our military has a proud history; hundreds of thousands have given their lives in the defence of freedom – not only for our freedom, but for the freedom of people in distant nations.  They serve valiantly to maintain our security.  This week they were attacked on home soil.

Please join me in praying for everyone in our armed forces and specifically for the families and friends of the fallen men – Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.

The attack yesterday on our Parliament was an attack on every Canadian, because it was an attack on our democracy, our values and our way of life.  Although it was intended to instill fear, I pray God will cause us – and our leaders – to turn instead to Him.

Pray for wisdom for our leaders and all those who serve us in government, both elected and unelected.  Pray for safety for our police and emergency response personnel.  And pray for comfort for each one who was directly affected by the attacks.

Yesterday’s events make the war on terror very personal.  As Christians, we know that violence such as we have witnessed this week is a manifestation of the spiritual battle in which we are called to be engaged.  As the Apostle Paul instructs in Ephesians 6, “…take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day… ” God has given us all we need to stand firm.  We are defended by the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation.  We are to be armed with the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.   And our footwear is the gospel of peace.

Let us pray for those who are caught up in this hatred, and actively seek to extend to them the gospel of peace.

My prayer is that we, as individuals and as a nation, will be shaken from our complacency and turn to God.

In just a few days, when the Anglican Network in Canada holds its annual synod at St Peter & St Paul’s Anglican Church in Ottawa, just blocks from yesterday’s shooting, we will devote focused time on praying for our nation.

The Right Reverend Charles Masters

Anglican Network in Canada Diocesan Bishop

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More: The Anglican Church in North America and the Anglican Communion

Interesting article from the AAC – view the last paragraph if nothing else:

GlobalView from Bishop Bill Atwood

A “Communion” is a relational network of churches and people who are “in Communion.” What that means in the literal sense is that they have Eucharistic fellowship, in other words, they have Holy Communion together. In the case of Anglicanism, it has been expanded to include a number of institutional protocols, but the heart of the arrangement is the ability to share Holy Communion.

When the Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) moved away from Anglican faith and practice (especially in regard to sexual practice), many provinces broke Communion with them. The previous Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, and the current one, Justin Welby remained in Communion with TEC and the ACoC. They also have put heavy emphasis on the institutional structures. When many people in the US and Canada separated from TEC and the ACoC, the institutional structures did not respond. The GAFCON Provinces were quick to recognize the new Anglican Church in North America. Very shortly after that, the regional fellowship called the Global South recognized the ACNA as well.

Recently, in response to questions from the Church of Ireland Gazette, the Archbishop of Canterbury stated that the Anglican Church in North America was not part of the Anglican Communion. It was a very bad week to posit that. Some very significant things happened that demonstrated that most of the Anglicans in the world do not agree with his assessment.

Shortly after the TEC House of Bishops met in Taiwan, a group went to West Malaysia. They announced that they had heard the consecration of a new assistant bishop was about to take place and they were there to participate. Leaders in the Anglican Church in Malaysia said, “You are welcome—to our country. You cannot participate in the service however, because of the actions you have taken to tear the fabric of the communion and you remain unrepentant. We are not in Communion with you, so you cannot participate in the service.” 

The visit was part of TEC’s initiative to demonstrate that they are fully part of the Communion and are in relationships with other Anglican Provinces. The tactic has been used in a number of places in Africa where they visit, are received with hospitality (because that is the culture of those people), and then take pictures to demonstrate that there are no significant issues even though there may be disagreement over things like sexuality.

In this case, the TEC plan did not work in Malaysia. The leaders in the Diocese of West Malaysia are very well informed and steadfastly faithful. Not only did they turn TEC away, they knew I was traveling in South East Asia so they sent me a message. “Can you change your travel plans to be at the consecration we are having in Kuala Lumpur? We want to demonstrate that we are not in Communion with TEC, but we are in Communion with the ACNA. If you can get here, we’d like to make your visit highly visible.”

I was able to change my itinerary and arrived in time to participate in the Consecration including the laying on of hands for Charles Samuel, consecrated as Assistant Bishop for the Panang district of the Diocese of West Malaysia. Here is the official photo:

 

malaysia consecration

I’m on the left with Bishop Rennis Poniah (Singapore). Newly consecrated Bishop Charles Samuel is in the middle flanked by his daughter on the right and his wife on the left. Directly behind Bishop Charles and just a bit left is Archbishop Bolly Lapok (Archbishop of South East Asia). The Bishop of West Malaysia, Ng Moon Hing is right behind Bishop Charles’ daughter. Bishop Peter Tasker of Sydney is on the back row right.

My invitation to participate in this consecration is not particularly significant because of me, but it is very significant. When the Diocese of West Malaysia (Province of South East Asia) refused to allow representatives of the Episcopal Church to participate in the service and made a point of inviting me, they demonstrated the fact that there has been a paradigm shift in the Anglican Communion.

Historically, there have been four “Instruments of Unity” in the Anglican Communion. They are:

  • The Archbishop of Canterbury
  • The Primates’ Meeting
  • The Lambeth Council of Bishops (every ten years)
  • The Anglican Consultative Council

Over the last fifteen years, all four of the Instruments have been compromised. Repeatedly, the Primates would meet and make a decision and The Archbishop of Canterbury would either modify it or nullify it. That was done most stridently by ABp Rowan Williams overturning the Primates’ call from Dar es Salaam for the Episcopal Church to turn back from their revisionist agenda. There were also decisions in Dromantine, Ireland, and well…actually it was all the Primates meetings where decisions were made and then overturned. As a result, a large group of Primates have refused to attend Primates Meetings until the provisions of previous decisions are actually put in place.

The Lambeth Bishops’ Conference in 2008 failed to gather all the bishops. More than 300 bishops refused to attend because those who had consecrated Gene Robinson as a bishop were invited. It was in that environment that the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) was born and met in Jerusalem.

The Anglican Consultative Council’s agenda has been completely dominated by revisionists, causing many of the orthodox Provinces to lose interest.

Over the length of his tenure, Archbishop Rowan Williams skillfully steered the communion in a way that has institutionally enshrined the practices that deeply tore the fabric of the Communion. Initially, there was great enthusiasm for the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Archbishop Welby shares the testimony that he came to faith in Christ through the Alpha movement and has experienced charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit. His comments two weeks ago that the Anglican Church in North America “is not part of the Anglican Communion” were met with stunned surprise by many Anglican leaders.

In 2008, GAFCON in Jerusalem called for the launching of a new Province in North America; one that would be faithful to Anglican formularies. Upon the launching of the ACNA in 2009, all the GAFCON Provinces made declarations of Communion. Even more significantly, they wrote:

While acknowledging the nature of Canterbury as an historic see, we do not accept that Anglican identity is determined necessarily through recognition by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

GAFCON then claimed for itself the ability to recognize “authentic Anglican bodies” where they were encountered. The efficacy of their decision to recognize the ACNA as genuinely Anglican is seen in the fruit that many of the Provinces of the Communion—and certainly the vast majority of the world’s active Anglicans—not only share Holy Communion with the ACNA, but they also share in ministry together.

My invitation to the consecration in Kuala Lumpur (and the dis-invitation of the people from TEC who had volunteered to attend) is a graphic example of the new reality. What actually happened at the consecration was not dictated by what the Archbishop of Canterbury thought or said, it was constrained by the realities of relationships, both good and bad.

Last Thursday night, Primates from the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (the ongoing ministry of GAFCON) and from the Global South led the investiture of Archbishop Foley Beach as the new Primate of the ACNA. In the course of the service, the eight Primates who represent the leadership of the vast majority of the world’s active Anglicans said:

“Foley, we receive you as Archbishop and a Primate in the Anglican Communion.”

The next day, they reiterated that and expressly pledged their partnership and commitment to shared ministry in a written statement.

Next month, representatives from many mission minded Provinces will join the Diocese of Singapore for a Mission Roundtable. The ACNA will be there. TEC will not. Canada will not. The people who believe the same things are getting on with the mission of the church. Those who believe different things are left stuck in an institutional quagmire that isn’t doing Gospel ministry.

 Here’s the rub: The Anglican Communion is not going to re-align, it has re-aligned. It is true that the structures have not yet caught up with that reality, but the re-alignment has taken place. Increasingly, those who pursue the liberal agenda of TEC and insist on maintaining partnership with them are finding that the fruit of their actions will continue to be increased marginalization.

The Rt. Rev. Bill Atwood is Bishop of the ACNA International Diocese and an American Anglican Council contributing author

 

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ACNA and the Anglican Communion

I’ve been following with some interest the recent articles around whether ACNA is a member of the Anglican Communion, or not.  For me personally it’s not a major issue, but I understand for many it is, and this does show some of the dynamics behind our broken communion.

This started with an interview the Archbishop of Canterbury gave to the Church of Ireland Gazette.  In it he is reported to have said:

The ACNA is a “fellow member of the church of Christ in the world,” but added the “ACNA is a separate church. It is not part of the Anglican Communion.”

On the 9th October, during the investiture of the second Archbishop of ACNA:

the primates of Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Myanmar, Jerusalem and the Middle East and South America, and bishops representing the primates of the Congo, Sudan and South East Asia laid hands on Archbishop Beach. Giving him their primatial blessing, they also acknowledged him by word and through laying on of hands to be a fellow primate of the Anglican Communion.

Well then, that certainly  raises the question.  Who gets to decide who is in the Anglican Communion?  The Archbishop of Canterbury seems to think he makes the call.  Other have a different opinion. The Rev. Dr Mark Thompson of Sydney, Australia, amongst others, disagrees:

We must deny categorically and in the strongest possible terms that communion with the see of Canterbury is the determining factor when it comes to Anglican identity. It is not and never can be. A church, diocese or national body does not have to be in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury in order to be a legitimate member of the Anglican Communion, especially if a majority of other Anglicans around the world recognise it as part of our fellowship. Anglican identity is fundamentally a matter of certain theological commitments, anchored ultimately in the authority of Scripture as God’s word written (Article 20), together with an agreement to operate with a common pattern of church government (the threefold order of bishops, priests and deacons). The Anglican Church has always been confessional in nature, as witnessed by the history of subscription to the Articles, which began in the time of Cranmer and continues around the world today. Ordination for Sydney Anglicans, for instance, still includes wholehearted assent to the 39 Articles of Religion.

This one is likely to continue rumbling for some time!  Hopefully it won’t prove to be a major distraction though  – too much concentration on who is in and out of the Anglican club obscures the need to be Christians first, and about God’s Great Commission.

One last comment – apparently the Pope has not got the memo yet.  😉

Pope Francis has signalled his blessing to the breakaway traditionalist American church at the centre of the split which has divided the 80 million strong worldwide Anglican Communion over the issue of sexuality.

He sent a message offering his “prayers and support” to Archbishop Foley Beach, the new leader of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), the conservative movement which broke away from The Episcopal Church after the ordination of the first openly gay bishop.

UPDATE: A statement from the Primates of the Global South and the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans

Mercy, grace, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  We, the undersigned primates, were honored to participate in the joyful investiture of the Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach as Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, and to receive him as a fellow Primate of the Anglican Communion.

Though our contexts vary in our different parts of the globe, the heart of our calling is to share the transforming love of God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We celebrate that the Anglican Church in North America shares in that same mission and purpose.  We and our Provinces will continue to share in Gospel work together, and pledge our continued partnership with the Anglican Church in North America to pursue the work of Christ.

The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Chairman of the Anglican Global South; Bishop of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa; President Bishop of the Anglican Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East

The Most Rev. Dr. Eliud Wabukala
Archbishop and Primate of Kenya and Chairman of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans

The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh
Archbishop, Primate, and Metropolitan of All Nigeria, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and Vice-Chairman of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans

The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali
Archbishop and Primate of Uganda; Bishop of Kampala

The Most Rev. Dr. Onesphore Rwaje
Archbishop and Primate of Rwanda; Bishop of the Diocese of Kigali

The Most Rev. Stephen  an Myint Oo
Archbishop of Myanmar; Global Trustee of  e Anglican Relief and Development Fund

The Most Rev. Hector (Tito) Zavala
Archbishop of the Southern Cone and Bishop of Chile

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Lambeth Conference Cancelled

News of the cancellation was made public by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori on 23 Sept 2014. In response to a question from the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt. Rev. Prince Singh, who asked if money was being set aside to fund the Episcopal Church’s participation in the 2018 meeting, the Presiding Bishop told the Fall Meeting of the House of Bishops gathered in Taipei, Taiwan, that she had been told by Archbishop Welby the meeting had been cancelled.

According to a report of the exchange printed by the Episcopal News Service, the Presiding Bishop said Archbishop Welby had “been very clear that he is not going to call a Lambeth until he is reasonably certain that the vast majority of bishops would attend. It needs to be preceded by a primates meeting at which a vast majority of primates are present.”

 

From Anglican Ink.  Read it all here.

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An Anglican church with a resident imam

From here:

Anglican ImamCALGARY – A unique Imam in Residence program is being launched at St. Martin’s Anglican Church in October in conjunction with the Al Madinah Calgary Islamic Assembly.

“This type of program does help us understand each others’ beliefs and traditions. There’s more misunderstanding and misinformation (out there),” says Imam Syed Soharwardy, with the Muslims Against Terrorism group and with the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, who is the Imam in Residence for the program.

“We are bringing congregations together. It’s not just the imam and pastor talking. It is the grassroots congregation coming together to have food together, to be together. It’s a very good thing that even children participate, families participate, women participate. It removes the barriers between people.”

The Imam in Residence program takes place October 17-19.
[….]
The Rev. Natasha Brubaker Garrison, of St. Martin’s Anglican Church, says the idea for an in-residence program actually began two years ago with the parish. It started with a Rabbi in Residence initiative with a friend of hers from the United States.

“It was just a really enriching experience to see what we had in common and to learn things about each other – to have a chance for us in a very intentional setting to sit down and really learn about other faiths,” says Brubaker Garrison.

The program includes:

Friday, October 17th, 1:15 p.m. – Services at Genesis Centre of Community Wellness (gymnasium) with conversation afterward.
Saturday, October 18th, 10:00 a.m. – “Qur’an and Its Different Interpretations” & 1:00 p.m. – “Islamic Sharia and Muslims in the Western World: Issues, Limitations, and Enforcement” at Knox Presbyterian Church
Sunday, October 19th, 10:00 a.m. – Worship at St. Martin’s with the sermon offer by Imam Soharwardy

It’s hard to overlook the fact that the “learning” is all one-sided: Rev. Brubaker Garrison and her congregation seem to be hearing a lot about the Koran and Sharia law but the imam isn’t being told much at all about Jesus, his divinity, atoning death upon the cross, resurrection and the fact that he is the only way to God the Father. If Brubaker Garrison actually believed that herself, she would probably be less eager to encourage her congregation to absorb the finer points of Sharia law.

Syed Soharwardy, whose sensibilities were outraged by the Western Standard ‘s publishing of the  Mohammed cartoons, filed a human rights complaint against Ezra Levant. As a result, Ezra, unlike Rev. Brubaker Garrison, doesn’t get along too well with the imam:

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