Archive for December, 2008

Atheist Outwits and out-theologizes Episcopal Presiding Bishop

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

December 29th, 2008 Posted in TEC |

By David Virtue, Virtueonline

It took an atheist to finally outwit and tell the truth about what development work works best in Africa. It isn’t the Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs) that are so much heralded and ballyhooed by Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

The “gospel” of The Episcopal Church these days is MDGs. It is no longer the Great Commission. MDG’s are mentioned in nearly every address given by Mrs. Jefferts Schori, whether it is to lowly and slowly dying Episcopal diocesan conventions, upbeat and hopeful parishes or to press clubs and reporters with twitchy iPods and laptops.

Now she has been exposed, not by an orthodox Episcopal/Anglican blogger (like VOL), but by one of Britain’s leading atheists, one Matthew Parris.

After a recent trip through Africa, Parris wrote the unthinkable in an article in the “London Times”. He said that missionaries, not aid money, are what Africa needs. “Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs, government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do. In Africa, Christianity changes people’s hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good.”


“I used to avoid this truth by applauding – as you can – the practical work of mission churches in Africa. It’s a pity, I would say, that salvation is part of the package, but Christians black and white, working in Africa, do heal the sick, do teach people to read and write; and only the severest kind of secularist could see a mission hospital or school and say the world would be better without it. I would allow that if faith was needed to motivate missionaries to help, then, fine: but what counted was the help, not the faith. But this doesn’t fit the facts. Faith does more than support the missionary; it is also transferred to his flock. This is the effect that matters so immensely, and which I cannot help observing.”

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Will Egypt Primates Meeting “Finally help?”

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Canterbury won’t block or bless new province:

Posted by geoconger in Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England Newspaper, GAFCON.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will not block the creation of a third Anglican province in North America, sources familiar with Dr. Rowan Williams’ Dec 5 meeting with five traditionalist archbishops, tell The Church of England Newspaper.

However, the archbishop will not give it his endorsement either, arguing his office does not have the legal authority to make, or un-make, Anglicans.

On Dec 5, five members of the Gafcon primates council: Archbishops Benjamin Nzimbi of Kenya, Peter Akinola of Nigeria, Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda, Gregory Venables of the Southern Cone, and Henry Orombi of Uganda met with Dr. Williams in Canterbury for approximately five hours to discuss the current state of affairs within the Communion.

In a half day meeting interspersed with prayer and lunch the archbishops had a “full and frank” discussion of the issues, sources familiar with the proceedings said. “There was no indaba-ding on Friday,” one senior Gafcon bishop told CEN, referring to the ‘Indaba’ process of directed listening used at the 2008 Lambeth Conference. The Gafcon bishop said the conversation was a direct and forthright discussion of all of the presenting issues.

According to several sources familiar with the proceedings, the archbishops discussed the boycott of Lambeth 2008 by 214 bishops, the on-going ramifications of the election of Gene Robinson, and the disquiet many Global South leaders felt with the innovations of doctrine and discipline advocated by the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada. While the idea of an Anglican Covenant was sound in theory, fears that the elastic interpretation given to language and law by the American Church would render the document meaningless, some conservatives said.

Dr. Williams sounded several familiar themes in his remarks, the sources said, stressing the need for on-going dialogue amongst the disparate parties. He shared his disquiet over ecclesiastical border crossings, saying that it implied that the trespassing bishops were stating that Christ was absent from the ecclesiastical structures who were their unwilling hosts.

The third province movement and the Wheaton constitution was presented to Dr. Williams as well—and was offered as a resolution to the archbishop’s concerns over border crossings. However, the gafcon primates did not ask Dr. Williams for his formal blessings of the project.

Legal advice given to the Archbishop of Canterbury held that his office had no role in the creation of provinces independent of the primates meeting and Anglican Consultative Council, sources told CEN.

However, Dr. Williams was able to come away with an undertaking by the primates who boycotted Lambeth 2008, that they would attend the Jan 31 to Feb 6 primates meeting in Alexandria.

Following their meeting, the Gafcon archbishops released a statement affirming their support for the third province. “The steps taken to form the new Province are a necessary initiative,” the primates said, as a “new Province will draw together in unity many of those who wish to remain faithful to the teaching of God’s word, and also create the highest level of fellowship possible with the wider Anglican Communion.”

By freeing the church from its seemingly intractable legal wrangling, a new province “releases the energy of many Anglican Christians to be involved in mission, free from the difficulties of remaining in fellowship with those who have so clearly disregarded the word of God,” they said.

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Bishop Duncan births the Anglican Church of North America

Monday, December 8th, 2008

December 7th, 2008 Posted in Anglican Church in North America |

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Proposed North American Province Rocks Anglican Boat

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Contact:  Jeff Walton 202-682-4131
December 5, 2008

“While disaffected groups have split from the Episcopal Church in the past, the fact that many of these groups are now unifying is unprecedented.”
— Faith J. H. McDonnell, Director of the IRD’s Religious Liberty Program

Washington, DC—Five Anglican archbishops will hold an emergency meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury today to discuss the recent developments in North America centering on a proposed new Anglican province.

The meeting between Dr. Rowan Williams and the primates of Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and the Southern Cone (much of South America) comes after conservatives in the U.S. unveiled a provisional constitution of the new Anglican Church in North America earlier this week.

In the past year, four U.S. dioceses have broken from the Episcopal Church, citing disagreement over issues such as the authority of Scripture and the exclusivity of Christ as the savior of mankind. In forming the proposed province, those dioceses will join with eight other groups that departed the Episcopal Church over many years.

IRD Religious Liberty Director Faith J.H. McDonnell commented:

Some liberals in the Episcopal Church are undermining their own talking points by the spitefulness with which they are being delivered. If the proposed new Anglican Church of North America were so insignificant, their response would be dismissive but gracious. Instead, a mean-spirited hostility has broken out.

Ultimately, this is not a schismatic movement. While disaffected groups have split from the Episcopal Church in the past, the fact that many of these groups are now unifying is unprecedented. The stated intent is to remain within the Anglican Communion.

Having more than one Anglican province occupy a single geographic area is not completely new. The Church of England’s Diocese in Europe exists alongside both the Convocation of American Churches in Europe and the Old Catholic Church, which are both in communion with Canterbury.

Gafcon Primates welcome North American Province

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

December 6th, 2008 Posted in Anglican Church in North America, Global Anglican Future Conference, News |

Primates of the GAFCON Primates’ Council meeting in London have issued the following statement about the Province of the Anglican Church in North America.

We welcome the news of the North American Anglican Province in formation. We fully support this development with our prayer and blessing, since it demonstrates the determination of these faithful Christians to remain authentic Anglicans.

North American Anglicans have been tragically divided since 2003 when activities condemned by the clear teaching of Scripture and the vast majority of the Anglican Communion were publicly endorsed. This has left many Anglicans without a proper spiritual home. The steps taken to form the new Province are a necessary initiative. A new Province will draw together in unity many of those who wish to remain faithful to the teaching of God’s word, and also create the highest level of fellowship possible with the wider Anglican Communion.

Furthermore, it releases the energy of many Anglican Christians to be involved in mission, free from the difficulties of remaining in fellowship with those who have so clearly disregarded the word of God.

Constitution Approved for New Province

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

December 3rd, 2008 Posted in Common Cause |

From Virtueonline


WHEATON, IL: Constitution Approved for New Province
Christ Awakening Event draws 70 Anglican leaders from multiple jurisdictions to explore Mission

By David W. Virtue in Wheaton, Illinois

Virtueonline has learned that a Constitution has been approved of by the Common Cause Council with no abstentions to establish a new North American Anglican Province. Canons for a new province are being voted on and should receive approval shortly.

A Christ Awakening event is being held here on the campus of Wheaton College prior to the formal announcement of a new Anglican Province later tonight. The event has drawn some 70 Anglicans from multiple jurisdictions who have come together to offer a vision of mission. To date there have been four Christ Awakening events, in Chicago, Akron, Vancouver and New England. There purpose is to raise Jesus up, said the Rev. Doc Loomis.

More news as it becomes available… .Provisional Constitution

Provisional Canons

Historic Common Cause event

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

December 3rd, 2008 Posted in Anglican Network in Canada, Common Cause |

From ACL Sydney

Bishop Bob DuncanFrom the Anglican Network of Canada:

“The Common Cause Partnership bishops (including ANiC’s Bishop Don Harvey) met Monday and today near Chicago. Today and tomorrow the full Common Cause Council… meets to finalize a draft constitution for a new North American Church which will be officially launched on Wednesday evening at a celebration service.

AnglicanTV plans to live stream the Common Cause celebration service from Wheaton, Illinois on Wednesday (Dec 3) at 7:30pm Central Standard Time [Noon Thursday Sydney time].  Earlier in the day, AnglicanTV will also live stream a news conference – at 5:30pm CST [10:00am Thursday Sydney time] – at which the constitution of the new Anglican Church in North America will be released.”

Other details from Anglican TV.