Church of England leaders send greetings to Essentials Conference

Greetings have been sent to the Essentials Conference by The Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir Ali, Bishop of Rochester, and by a group of eleven other Church of England leaders, including The Rt Rev Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes.

From Bishop Nazir Ali:

I greatly regret the necessity for this step, but I am glad that an agreed way has been found for biblically minded and orthodox Anglicans to receive appropriate primatial oversight from the province of the Southern Cone and episcopal care from Bishop Don Harvey. I pray that this arrangement will be a blessing for many.

Bishop Michael Nazir Ali

This is the opening paragraph of the greeting from Bishop Benn and other evangelical leaders in the C of E, followed by the list of signatories:

To the Essentials Meeting

We want to assure you of our prayers and fellowship in our shared Anglican heritage as you take your stand on the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures as the rule and ultimate standard of faith, contrary to those innovators both here and elsewhere who wish to give primacy to the demands of contemporary culture.

. . .

Signatories

“signed with pleasure and delight”

+Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes & President of Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC); Dr Philip Giddings, Convenor, Anglican Mainstream; Paul Boyd-Lee, Chair of the 1990 Group in General Synod; Rev John Coles, Director of New Wine; Canon Andy Lines, General Secretary of Crosslinks; Stephen Parkinson, Director, Forward in Faith; Revd Paul Perkin, Convenor of the Covenant Group for the Church of England; Revd David Phillips, Director of Church Society; Canon Dr Chris Sugden, Executive Secretary, Anglican Mainstream; Rev Dr Richard Turnbull, Chairman and for the Executive of the Church of England Evangelical Council; Rev Roderick Thomas, Chairman of Reform

Read the whole thing at Anglican Mainstream.

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7 Responses to Church of England leaders send greetings to Essentials Conference

  1. obituary says:

    it’s very apt that this is all taking place in the diocese of Niagara where the ACC went over the cliff.

  2. Rev says:

    I note that Bishops Don and Malcolm are already retired. Whilst I value the messages of support from around the world, how about a comment or two from presently serving orthodox Canadian Bishops. Thus far they have been conspicuous by their silence! We of the Federation who are watching events unfold in our church with increasing despair and alarm would greatly value some comfort and direction!
    Rev.

  3. Rev.2 says:

    Correction: Bishops Don and Malcolm were retired (past tense) and are now under the jurisdiction of the Province of the Southern Cone. I admire both of these men greatly for their courage and Godly leadership in these difficult times in our church. I, too, would appreciate hearing from any of our orthodox bishops presently serving the Canadian Church. And may I forcefully say to them, “Where are you guys? It’s time you stood up!”

  4. Wendy says:

    I agree it is time for all Orthodoc Clergy in Canada to take a stand
    I also feel that we need to pray protected for all them and that they will have the Courage to Stand for the Gospel of Jesus Christ

    I also would like to hear from Bishop Harvey and Bishop Harding as well

  5. Gerry O'Brien, SJTE, Topsail, Nfld. says:

    I think it is gratifying to see the results from other Provinces that have poured in, I am particularly inspired by the communications from the U.K.

    I have a feeling that others within the ACoC will start to get off their fenceposts soon, I am amazed at how lethargic most appear to be…..my goodness, there must be, there just has to be more people in the Church that believe in the Supremacy of Scripture and that will take a stand against SSB than what we are seeing presently.

  6. Gerry O'Brien, SJTE, Topsail, Nfld. says:

    I think it is gratifying to see the results from other Provinces that have poured in, I am particularly inspired by the communications from the U.K.

    I have a feeling that others within the ACoC will start to get off their fenceposts soon, I am amazed at how lethargic most appear to be…..my goodness, there must be, there just has to be more people in the Church that believe in the Supremacy of Scripture and that will take a stand against SSB than what we are seeing presently.

  7. Gerry O'Brien, SJTE, Topsail, Nfld. says:

    I think it is gratifying to see the results from other Provinces that have poured in, I am particularly inspired by the communications from the U.K.

    I have a feeling that others within the ACoC will start to get off their fenceposts soon, I am amazed at how lethargic most appear to be…..my goodness, there must be, there just has to be more people in the Church that believe in the Supremacy of Scripture and that will take a stand against SSB than what we are seeing presently.

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