Good morning from Burlington. Unlike at General Synod this is not going to be a liveblog. However it might be a not-entirely-dead blog either.
Currently Bp Harvey has given his opening address, and indeed this is going to be a ‘doing’ conference. Cheryl Chang is now giving a chronology of events that have brought us here.
We hear that there will be an important announcement at noon (ET). I will let you know when I can.
Rev Sinclair – study on 2 Tim 1 – to suffer for or to be ashamed of the Gospel? That is our choice.
What sort of church will we be?
We will be missional.
We will evangelise.
We will be biblically faithful
We will declare the whole counsel of God
We will disciple
We will teach gogly leadership
We will discipline
We will be a prayerful community
We will seek to do Gods will His way
Our structures will serve parishes
We will be lean
We will support missionary and compassionate outreach
We will encourage initiative within the bounds of orthodoxy
We will encourage Christ-sentred community
We will plant churches
We will have an Anglican order
We will be part of the Anglican communion
We will be bound together by”original Anglican documents”
We will have a prayer book from the orthodox Anglican tradition
We will encompass the godly spiritual traditions that nutured Anglicans
(two others, including WO, did not have time to record, regarding the latter it was affirming that WO would be part of the church, and that there would be room and place for those who disagree).
Rev Dr JI Packer is now talking about the Anglican Agenda series – here. Details:
Currently published booklets
Taking the Anglican Communion Seriously, by Terry Buckle and Archie Pell
Taking Faith Seriously, by J.I. Packer
Taking Love Seriously, by Dawn McDonald and James Wagner
Taking our Future Seriously, by Rev. Paul Woehrle and Rev. Peter Klenner
Taking Repentance Seriously, by Rev. Dr. J.I. Packer
Taking Evangelism Seriously, by Rev. David Edwards
Taking The Church Year Seriously, by Norah Johnston
Taking The Bible Seriously, by Lloyd Arnett
Taking Church Unity Seriously, by J.I. Packer
Topic is: Who we are and where we stand – a theological perspective
(I shall do my best to summarise, no guarantees of accuracy, this is not a transcript).
We need to know who we are and where we stand. Rev Packer thought when coming from the UK that he was leaving behind the theological battles…heh…. There is no pleasure in walking apart from the ACoC. Anglican Communion is one part of the Church.
What is the Church? The entire community of those who profess faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus’s prayer from John 17 regarding unity – points the way that the unity already there is to be expressed. Church that is one in Christ must express this unity. Our ideal is to build churches that function as a beacon of light.
Schism means unjustifiable and unwarranted dividing of organised Church body. Schism is sin. Those who provoke the division are the schismatic – those who create the problem of concience.
It is not we who are the schismatic, it is those who are unfaithful to the scriptures and the Anglican heritage that have made it necessary for us to walk apart from the ACoC. Those who accuse us of schism should be told that they do not understand what schism is.
We are maintaining communion (with the wider Anglican? church) by seperating from the ACoC.
Why are we maintaining Anglican heritage? Anglican heritage is the most rich, wise and fruitful heritage that I know. I value it highly.
1. Anglicanism is biblical.
2. Anglicanism is creedal.
3. Anglicanism is liturgical in the best sense.
4. Anglicanism is pastoral, centred on the making of disciples (Bishops are ordained for pastoral leadership, and their juristiction are to facilitate pastoral goals).
5. Anglicanism is missional – in the sense of being transformational through the gospel.
6. Anglicanism is not heirarchical, and not maintenance orientated in the first instance (though often has been both). Anglicanism should be service-orientated at every level.
The present project is not to abandon Anglicanism and its values, but to maintain it in its fulness and authenticity. This is the calling from God to us today.
How has this all come about? It is the bitter fruit of liberal theology. Liberal theology knows nothing of a God who use written language to tell us things, and nothing about sin in the human system, not in the heart or the head. In liberal theology the Church must always play catchup to the culture, or the Church will lose all relevance to modern life. Since the Bible, to liberal theologans, is a word from fallible man, there is no great loss to leave it behind.
(Missed the last part of the talk, sorry)
Bp Harvey talking – ABp Ian Earnest, Bp Jensen sending geetings to the ANiC conference.
Rev Short talking – Abp Kenya (Nzimbi), West Africa, Central Africa (Malango), Uganda (Orombi) commending ANiC and Southern Cone, supporting actions. (missed another greeting). Bp Duncan also sending greetings.
Rev Chris Sugden (Anglican Mainstream) talking – greetings and support from Bp Wallace Benn, Dr Giddings (and another 10 I missed) – representing approx 2000 churches in UK. Second letter of support from Bp Rochester. Bp Recife letter of support. (Missed the rest, sorry).