Sunday, 20 July 2008

a GAFCON fragment

According to Chris Sugden writing in Evangelicals Now August 2008 edition

Gafcon takes off…. [emphasis added]

…A preparatory Conference for 140 was held in Jordan from June 17. However on June 18 the Jordanian authorities announced that sufficient high level permission had not been granted for the conference to take place. the conference hall was shut and no meeting allowed. At the same time Archbishop Akinola, travelling on his diplomatic passport was denied entry. So on June 19, the 140 people relocated early to Jerusalem. the hotels concerned, in the chain, transferred the costs. A miracle…

This doesn’t seem to have been mentioned anywhere else before.

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So what many of us suspected (Jordanian authorities being less-than-thrilled to welcome this collection of Christian, and likely anti-Muslim, fundamentalists) turned out to be true after all!

Posted by: JCF on Monday, 21 July 2008 at 3:33am BST

I was not at GAFCON but from reports it seems clear that bishops from Pakistan and Sudan and from other muslim majority countries could only go to the Amman pre-GAFCON conference. This was because of the choice of Jerusalem as the location for the main conference. Their countries would never grant visas for a conference in Jerusalem. So, it seems that voices of bishops from muslim majority countries were not heard properly.

Then came the strange decision to abandon the Pakistani and Sudanese bishops in Amman as the pre-GAFCON conference was abrubtly halted, almost before it got started. Chris Sugden gives some new information about this as well as what was already in the public domain ie that Peter Akinola was refused a visa for The Jordan at the border. The choice was made to leave the Pakistani and Sudanese bishops and take most of the pre-GAFCON conference to Jerusalem to be with him. Bob Duncan stayed behind to be with the Pakistani and Sudanese bishops and did not go to GAFCON at all.

It would be interesting to know whether the article in Evangelicals Now mentions these Pakistani and Sudanses bishops.

Posted by: Graham Kings on Monday, 21 July 2008 at 7:17am BST

Anglican Mainstream has published an 'EFAC commitment' following the meeting of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion at Trinity College, Bristol, 8-10 July 2008. It gives the headline 'Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion ‘heartily endorses’ GAFCON declaration'.

In reading the 'commitment', this headline is misleading. The 'commitment' 'heartily endorses' the Jerusalem Declaration (of GAFCON) but does not mention at all the rest of the Statement of GAFCON, which surrounds the 14 points of the Jerusalem Declaration, and which goes on to outline the strategic way forward of alternative episcopal oversight.

The commitment states: 'We heartily endorse the fourteen points of the Jerusalem Declaration of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) and, like those at GAFCON, are fully committed to remaining within the Anglican Communion, and to bearing joyful witness to evangelical distinctives.'

It is worth noting that the GAFCON petition, which Anglican Mainstream has been urging people to sign, mentions both the 'Jerusalem Declaration' and the 'Statement on the Global Anglican Future'.

'I stand in solidarity with the Jerusalem Declaration and Statement on the Global Anglican Future.'

Posted by: Graham Kings on Monday, 21 July 2008 at 7:34am BST

Graham Kings: " seems clear that bishops from Pakistan and Sudan and from other muslim majority countries could only go to the Amman pre-GAFCON conference."

And yet this blogger claimed to have met two Sudanese bishops in Jerusalem:

"Of the 1200 delegates here at GAFCON, somewhere between a third and a half are from Africa. I've already met Bishop Bernard and Bishop Paul from Sudan..."

Posted by: MJ on Monday, 21 July 2008 at 10:09am BST

But, Graham, many others are not evangelical, and will continue to hold their liberal views. Imposing one set of doctrinal approaches upon the entire church is not feasible.

The only question is, given that people are absolutely not going to shift their position, is whether they can co-exist, and to what extent, given that there will have to be acceptance that some are going to think and do differently from others.

Posted by: Merseymike on Monday, 21 July 2008 at 10:19am BST

Hi Merseymike:

The Church, even in the Anglican context, has always (or at least repeatedly) faced the "breadth" of allowable doctrine and practice question. The instant circumstance is no different from others in that respect. Decisions will ultimately be made. However, I no longer believe that a break-up need be inevitable, as long as the right lines are drawn.


Posted by: Steven on Monday, 21 July 2008 at 4:18pm BST

GAFCON's misfortunes continue after they have left Jerusalem.

It turns out that their critique of the St Andrew's draft Covenant for backsliding on the St Nassau draft was actually based, not on the St Nassau draft Covenant, but on a totally different document prepared by the leading lights of the GAFCON movement themselves in 2004.

Greg Venables has disassociated himself from the GAFCON latest, saying that he never saw it, and also appears a bit shaken to discover that "actions have consequences" and he is experiencing a lack of warmth amongst his fellow bishops at Lambeth.

Posted by: badman on Monday, 21 July 2008 at 5:31pm BST

Two other signatories (the Primates of West Africa and Tanzania) are also at Lambeth - doubtless experiencing a similar stand-offishness from some of their colleagues.

Given the long-standing practice the schismatics have of appending peoples' names to documents without their permission, I rather suspect that neither of these Primates signed off on the latest document either.

This isn't the first time - nor even the second or third - that the "conservatives" have done this.

Isn't it time someone called them on it?

Posted by: Malcolm+ on Monday, 21 July 2008 at 7:44pm BST


Chris Sugden in the same article ( Evangelicals Now, August 2008) also asserts that:

" the movement ( gafcon) is Global, including 291 bishops who declare they have no intention of leaving the Anglican Communion."

Sorry more distortion..over a hundred of these are bishops who are not members of the Anglican Communion nand repressent miniscule sects who's proportion of bishops to laity is considerably higher thatn the TEC and Cof E proportion!

In fact notice how GAFCON has been very coy in releasing the names of who was at GAFCON and who signed!

Plus Chris gets his Maths wrong again...there are 55 million Anglicans according to Sugden calculations of which 40 million are GAFCONITES.

Does that I wonder include the poor folk of Rochester?

Posted by: Robert Ian Williams on Tuesday, 22 July 2008 at 7:15am BST

Simon wrote: "This doesn’t seem to have been mentioned anywhere else before."

But can this be verified, per chance?

(Record of truthiness does non seem impressive on the whole)

Posted by: Göran Koch-Swahne on Tuesday, 22 July 2008 at 7:15am BST

Robert Ian makes some very good points. There is a clear attempt to deceive.

Ruth Gledhill has already told us that the one piece of information that she, our media representative Iain Baxter and probably all the other serious journalist at GAFCON wanted to know was A LIST OF THE BISHOPS ATTENDING.

This information was not forthcoming.

In the circumstances - the claims that 291 bishops attended cannot be substantiated or independently verified. Yet it is the claim of such a large number that is THE NEWS.
Even then, as Robert Ian shows, the number is misleading.

In the light of all the spin and disinformation that emerged from GAFCON about the Jordan disaster and their continued publication of statements in the names of those who have not read or agreed them - one is left wondering just what one can believe that comes from this lot.

It is strange the way the media just swallows the spin - even Ruth who recognises that there may be some sleight of hand here – reports their figures without qualifying them with “claimed” etc

Posted by: Martin Reynolds on Tuesday, 22 July 2008 at 8:17am BST

Just watched the GAFCON documentary....shocked that Archbishop Akinola took the Lord's name in vain twice...otherwise he came across as a very sincere man, with a keen sense of humour.

Archbishop Kwashi also impressed me.

With leadership like that, I don't think you liberals have much to fear.

I wonder which American millionaire bought his Mercedes.

I was impressed by the good pastor burnt out of his Church though.,

Archbishop Jensen played the anti-colonial theme.. I liked his joke about people thinking he was Jimmy the way he sent his auxiliary bishop to meet the Pope rather than attend himself.

If you missed the documentary,,..there is a link to it on Anglican Mainstream

Posted by: Robert Ian Williams on Tuesday, 22 July 2008 at 11:19pm BST
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