Archive for February, 2010

TEC priests and deacons who have been uncanonically inhibited, deposed and/or released (updated)

Monday, February 15th, 2010

February 13th, 2010 Posted in TEC |

There have been further additions and amendments to our originally published list of 404 priests and deacons, so we are re-posting it here.  We encourage our brothers and sisters in the US to keep us up to date.

The Rev. Foley T. Beach (July 2004)
The Rev. Garland L. Watts, Jr. (July 2004)

The Rev. Mark Hansen (Jan. 2006)
Father allyn Benedict
Father Bryan Bywater

East Carolina
The Rev. Alfred Marie Moncla (Jan. 2008)
The Rev. Fredericka A. Steenstra (July 2007)
Deacon Aldo Erazo (June 2006)

Eastern Michigan
Rev. Steve Dewey (Aug 2005
The Rev. Gene Geromel (Aug. 2005)
Rev. David G Kulchar (Aug 2005)

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Anglican Church of North America a member of Anglican family says Church of England General Synod

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Please note that the links lead to some useful comment as well as reflecting some of the various perspectives that commentators can take.  Fr Gavin

Anglican Church in North America, Church of England |

The General Synod of the Church of England passed the following motion on Wednesday February 10:

That this Synod, aware of the distress caused by recent divisions within the Anglican churches of the United States of America and Canada

a) recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family

b) acknowledge that this aspiration, in respect both of relations with the Church of England and membership of the Anglican Communion, raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further; and

c) invite the Archbishops to report further to the Synod in 2011

Votes for 309, against 69, abstentions 17

Press conference

Audio of debate

Lorna Ashworth’s opening speech on audio

Lorna Ashworth’s opening speech on video

ACNA debate – Part 1

Part 2

ACNA website

TEC Episcopal News Service Report

Update: A motion that this Synod

a) express the desire that the Church of England be in communion with the Anglican Church in North America

b) recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family

c) acknowledge that this aspiration, in respect both of relations with the Church of England and membership of the Anglican Communion, raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further; and

d) invite the Archbishops to report further to the Synod in 2011

which incorporated Lorna Ashworth’s amendment was lost by 223 votes to 166 “through the doors” after the electronic voting system failed. The Bishops of Winchester and Chichester spoke and voted in favour of this addition to Lorna Ashworth’s motion and the Archbishop of York voted in favour of it.

Two motions to pass to next business and to adjourn the debate were lost.

General Synod Affirms Anglican Church in North America

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Today, the General Synod, the national assembly of the Church of England, meeting in London February 8-12, affirmed the Anglican Church in North America’s desire “to remain within the Anglican family.”

February 10, 2010

imageToday, the General Synod, the national assembly of the Church of England, meeting in London February 8-12, affirmed the Anglican Church in North America’s desire “to remain within the Anglican family.”

The Most Rev. Robert Duncan, archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, thanked Mrs. Lorna Ashworth of Chichester for bringing the church to the attention of the General Synod.  “We are very grateful to Mrs. Ashworth and the scores of other friends in the Synod of the Church of England for all they did to give us this opportunity to tell our story to the mother church of the Anglican Communion.  It is very encouraging that the synod recognizes and affirms our desire to remain within the Anglican family.” said Archbishop Duncan.

A private member’s motion, put forward by Mrs. Ashworth, and subsequently amended by the Synod, states that “this synod…recognize and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family.”  The motion passed by a resounding 309 – 69 margin (with seven abstentions).

The motion was amended by the Right Reverend Michael Hill, the Bishop of Bristol.  His purpose, in his own words, was “(1) to encourage those who are part of the Anglican Church in North America; (2) to commend the process of recognition afforded by the Instruments of the Anglican Communion; and (3) to ask the Archbishop of Canterbury to report progress back to Synod in a year’s time.”

The discussion at Synod presented an important opportunity for members of the Anglican Church in North America, joined by many friends in the United Kingdom, to share the vision and mission of the church with fellow Anglicans.  “We are deeply thankful that we were given the opportunity to tell the Synod about our church, and our vision for reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.  This chance to speak directly to our Anglican family was very rewarding.  We look forward to working with the friends we made and reaching out to others in the years ahead,” said Bishop Donald Harvey, who, with Mrs. Cynthia Brust, Dr. Michael Howell, and the Rev. Dr. Tory Baucum, represented the Anglican Church in North America in preparation for the Synod vote.

The Anglican Church in North America, founded in June of 2009 with 703 congregations, today unites 800 Anglican congregations across North America.  The church’s mission is to reach North America with the Transforming Love of Jesus Christ.

LONDON: ACNA Debate Will Focus On Listening to Historic Biblical Anglicanism

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

New Province should be recognized, says Winchester Bishop Michael Scott-Joynt

By David W. Virtue in London

When Synod members sit down to debate a resolution recognizing the Anglican Church of North America tomorrow they will not be requesting a formal process of acceptance, it will be about fellowship and communion for the sake of the gospel, says Lorna Ashworth, lay delegate to Synod who has put forward the motion as a lay Anglican delegate.

“In proposing this motion, my desire is that the members of Synod would have the opportunity to express their own view on the consequences of the behavior of those in authority in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church in Canada,” said Ashworth.

“Most lay members, like myself, have little understanding of the technical ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of canon law with it uses and misuses. What is clear however is the shocking, unjust treatment of historical/biblical Anglicans as they seek to continue living out their faith within these provinces.

“Doctrinal innovations have been imposed on these churches leaving bishops, clergy and lay people uncertain as to where they belong in the Anglican family.

“As a result, they have come together with the support of many other Anglican provinces to form ACNA.

“It is humbling for us in the Church of England that they could have joined any other church, but have, at great cost, sought to remain within the Anglican Communion.

“I hope that this upcoming debate will be a contribution to the listening process as we hear the experience of those who are maintaining historical/biblical Anglicanism.”

Defending why the Church of England Synod should recognize the new North American Anglican province, Bishop David Anderson (CANA) and president of the American Anglican Council (AAC) said ACNA is made up of individual, clergy, bishops and dioceses that have come out of TEC and Canada to form this new body and which traces its spiritual lineage back to colonial churches which in turn traces to the Church of England and the Bishop of London. “We have fond and warm feelings for the Church of England, the mother church.”

Anderson reeled off a series of statistics justifying why ACNA should be recognized by Synod.

“The Anglican Church of North America has grown to the size that we are larger than 12 Anglican provinces worldwide; larger than Wales and Scotland, Jerusalem and Japan, Southeast Asia, the Southern Cone and six other provinces.”

The Bishop of Winchester, the Rt. Rev Michael Scott-Joynt said he had been engaged as a friend with the minority in The Episcopal Church at least since 2001 when he first agreed to speak up about the situation in The Episcopal Church.”I have spoken. I put my name on Ashworth’s motion. My sense of where we are going is an opportunity for Synod to recognize the good and godly life of the ACNA and the way in which God seems to be using it at present. There is space for more than one expression of Anglicanism in North America and I don’t see what I see as an attack on TEC or the Canadian Anglican Church. I believe Synod should be positive of the ACNA and to celebrate its presence and intentions and stand with it through its future.”

The Rev. Phil Ashey, Chief Operating Officer for the AAC and secretary of the ACNA said that a declaration of communion is the planting of 1000 churches as an expression of missional

“We have exciting stories to tell. We are quite happy not to have the formal processes sown up, we just have a desire for communion with great encouragement from the C of E. and entering into a partnership. We share the same fundamentals of the faith and Christology unlike the leadership of the Episcopal Church who have denied doctrines of Jesus Christ, His uniqueness and resurrection. We can offer an Anglican partner with whom they can engage seriously in a serious ecumenical engagement. We believe it will provide fruit for the Kingdom.”

Asked by Anglican-TV blogger if he was in favor of the motion what happens next, the bishop replied that a vote of any kind of a motion or amended doesn’t immediately affect anything. “It is a statement of where the Synod is prepared to lead. Structural questions remain. Any formal sense or communion with the C of E is not for general synod to decide. There are legal hurdled, two archbishops and the Anglican Consultative Council. The point to bring before the Synod is the existence and good and godly life to gain the synod’s affirmation. I think it is very important for the future.”

A question rating Rowan Williams’ leadership, Ashey said he thought the ABC has faced one of the most difficult crises in the Anglican Communion. He has faced questions of trust and whether words can be trusted by The Episcopal Church. He has done his best to make the instruments of communion work. It would be fair to say in today’s communion if we are going to be viable to our ecumenical partners in Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches we must recover the primacy of bishops and primates themselves in ordering the doctrine and discipline for the Anglican Communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury and not just a committee.”

“We need to know how to understand and work with and interpret what the Episcopal Church is saying and doing. It is a learning curve for all of us. We need to see where the trajectory is going. TEC’s words don’t mean exactly what they mean in plain English. Certainly that was the case with Frank Griswold (former Presiding Bishop) It is a process of…a learning curve and hopefully Dr. Williams is successful in keeping the Anglican Communion together,” said Anderson.

“Our belief is that the ACNA is very much Anglican. People can either be in communion or see Anglicanism as a way of worshipping and living.”

The Bishop of Winchester said he had talked with Dr. Williams both privately and after the Lambeth Conference and he told him that he thought the communion was effectively divided and he should recognize that act and publicly say so. Scott-Joynt described Dr. Williams as “remarkably courageous” with the painful task and costly leadership of keeping it together. “This motion is not an attack on TEC and Canada. We are engaged in affirming it as critical friends.”

Asked if Bob Duncan was an Anglican bishop, Scott-Joynt said he regarded him as a Episcopal colleague as much now as he did in 2001. “He has worshipped and confirmed with me in my diocese and stayed with me. I would do the same again and so would my diocese.”


The Anglican communion “is over”

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

BBC News Hardtalk

The Anglican communion “is over”

When it comes to issues of gender and sexuality the Church of England is a church divided.

From women bishops to gay clergy Anglican leaders have papered over the theological cracks by avoiding taking decisive action.

This week the church’s governing body, the General Synod, meets in London.

Stephen Sackur asks the Bishop of Fulham John Broadhurst, how much longer Anglicans will stay together in a communion of convenience.

You can watch the full interview on BBC News Channel on Tuesday 9th February 2010 at 04.30 and 23.30 GMT

And on BBC World News at Tuesday 9th February 2010 at 04:30, 09:30, 15:30, 21:30 GMT.

Watch video interview with the Bishop of Fulham here

The English General Synod: The Centre Cannot Hold

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The Revd Charles RavenBy Charles Raven, SPREAD

If Lorna Ashworth’s Private Member’s Motion ‘That this Synod express the desire that the Church of England be in communion with the Anglican Church in North America’ is passed by the Church of England’s General Synod tomorrow, she will have done a great service to English Anglicans as well as the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) because it is as much about the English Church as the Church in North America.

She poses precisely the sort of question that the Church of England’s leadership wants to avoid because the ACNA represents a choice which must be made between two incompatible forms of religion – historic biblical Anglicanism and that pseudo- Anglicanism being promoted by TEC and its allies which derives its energy from the spirit of the age rather than the Spirit of Christ.

Unsurprisingly, the English House of Bishops has proposed an amendment, to be put by the Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Rev Mike Hill, which will dilute and delay the original motion by asking Synod to recognise and affirm the desire of ACNA to remain in the Communion with the Archbishops being invited to report back to the Synod in 2011. While such prevarication is no doubt not his intention, according to the Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Rev Michael Scott-Joynt  the Bishop of Bristol’s amendment is simply a recognition of the church constitutional reality that ‘it is not in fact the role of the Church of England to make these kind of decisions, nor is it for Synod to make these kind of decisions’.

But in that case something pretty odd is happening – the Church of England through its Synod has considered itself perfectly competent to change fundamentally the Church’s historic orders by assenting to the ordination of women to the presbyterate in 1992 and then proposing not only their consecration to the episcopate in 2007, but also attempting to force conscience by making no legal provision for those who cannot as a matter of principle accept the validity of female orders. Now the Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, as chair of the legislative Steering Committee, has confirmed to Synod that any such provision has been ruled out. And yet it is held that a Synod which can introduce such drastic changes is not competent to express a view on what should be the much less controversial question of recognising unquestionably orthodox Anglicans in North America who are being systematically harassed by official Anglican Churches with a increasingly implausible claim to orthodoxy.

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