Friday, 3 April 2009

Anglican news catchup

Following the conclusion of the G20 summit, we now resume our regularly scheduled programmes.

Living Church GAFCON Primates Invite Bishop Duncan

The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) primates’ council will meet in London April 13-18. The Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh in the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone and Archbishop-designate of the Anglican Church in North America, has been invited to attend as a guest, according to the Rev. Peter Frank, director of communications for the diocese.

Pat Ashworth Church Times Dr Nazir-Ali steps down to work in persecuted Church

THE BISHOP of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, has announced his resignation. He is leaving to under­take a new global ministry in places where the Church is under pressure and Christians are in a minority. The Archbishop of Canter­bury has described his move as “a courageous initiative and a timely one”.

The news, which was announced in a statement on Saturday, appears to have come as a complete surprise to many. Dr Nazir-Ali has been in­creasingly outspoken on the threats posed by the rise of radical Islam — something he believes is filling a moral and spiritual vacuum left by the loss of Christian faith and the fall of Communism…

…The Bishop will effectively stand down at the end of June, when he has completed his diocesan visita­tions. His farewell service will be held at Rochester Cathedral on 12 September.

Anglican Mainstream Be Faithful! July 6, Central Hall Westminster. Book online

UK LAUNCH OF FELLOWSHIP OF CONFESSING ANGLICANS

JULY 6, 2009, WESTMINSTER CENTRAL HALL, LONDON

THE launch in the UK and Ireland of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA), an orthodox Anglican movement for mission at global and local level, is to take place on July 6 in London…

… Speakers at the July 6 gathering, where around 2,300 bishops, clergy and laity are expected, will include contributors from across the Anglican Communion, including Bishops Keith Ackerman (President of Forward in Faith International), Wallace Benn (Bishop of Lewes), John Broadhurst (Chairman of Forward in Faith UK) and Michael Nazir-Ali, Dr Chik Kaw Tan plus Archbishop Peter Jensen (secretary of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans www.fca.net)…

Anglican Mainstream Bishop Nazir-Ali - a Christian Public Intellectual

“We wish to express warm appreciation for the ministry of Bishop Michael Nazir Ali as a senior Bishop in the Church of England, and in and beyond the Anglican Communion. He has exercised a ministry as a ‘Christian public intellectual’ and apologist for the Christian faith in our public life which has made a very significant contribution to our national life. Our prayers and good wishes are with him and his family for God’s blessing on the new ministry to which he is being called to strengthen and encourage Christians and churches in minority situations.”

Dr Philip Giddings Convenor, Anglican Mainstream
Canon Dr Chris Sugden, Executive Secretary

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Re: Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. I always have to ask...what are they confessing to?

The Anglican Communion has always been and remains a creedal church, not a confessing one.

Posted by: Pat O'Neill on Friday, 3 April 2009 at 4:11pm BST

It is important to remember that Robert Duncan has been meeting with this same bunch--give or take a new guy here and there--since at least 2003. We actually have the meeting notes, thanks to the discovery process in Calvary v. Duncan. All that has changed is that they have given themselves fancy titles. They are GAFCON and he is the archbishop-designate. But it is the same guys, plotting the same stuff. Changes in titles change nothing on the ground, the ardent desires of the Living Church nothwithstanding.

Posted by: Jim Naughton on Friday, 3 April 2009 at 6:40pm BST

{The Anglican Communion has always been and remains a creedal church,}

When did the Anglican Communion become a church?
News to me.

Posted by: David Green on Friday, 3 April 2009 at 7:14pm BST

Re creedal church: How does one counter the nonbeliever argument that creedal ≡ don't confuse me with the facts, my mind's made up.

Posted by: D. C. Toedt on Saturday, 4 April 2009 at 11:12am BST

Well, D. C., I've also seen "confessing" folks leave the same impression.

God bless the Church of England now that the Confessing Anglican folks are there. Considering their efforts to divide Anglicans in North America, one wonders just how welcome they'll be in the Province of Canterbury.

Posted by: Marshall Scott on Saturday, 4 April 2009 at 10:28pm BST

Marshall, I can't help but wonder, given Rochester's sudden retirement, if Rowan Williams might soon have a Bob Duncan of his very own.

Posted by: JPM on Sunday, 5 April 2009 at 2:18am BST

I wish that someone would ask the FOCA crowd about this proposal in Orthodoxy's Homeland, Uganda: http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=9784

Posted by: JPM on Sunday, 5 April 2009 at 4:12am BST

DC:

By pointing out that the creeds all begin with "I believe...." and noting that belief is not the same as knowing. I know how gravity works, it is demonstrated to me every day and I understand (somewhat) the math behind Newton's and Einstein's theories.

I do not KNOW the Trinity is true...but I believe it to be true, because it speaks to me of how I have seen God operate in my life.

Posted by: Pat O'Neill on Sunday, 5 April 2009 at 11:55am BST

"The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) primates’ council will meet in London April 13-18. The Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh in the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone and Archbishop-designate of the Anglican Church in North America, has been invited to attend as a guest, according to the Rev. Peter Frank, director of communications for the diocese." - Article - Living Church

The question might be asked: "What on earth are these people doing, plotting against the polity of the Anglican Communion on the turf of the Founding Church of that Communion"? It seems to me to be a bit cheeky to hold such nefarious meetings in the U.K. - when South America is crying our for tourist dollars. Accommodation expenses alone would help the Southern Cone to balance its budget, so why meet on foreign soil?
Or is there a visa problem for these foreigners in other places?

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Monday, 6 April 2009 at 12:19pm BST
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