Wednesday, 11 May 2011

GAFCON expands its organization

GAFCON has a press release: Plans announced for GAFCON 2 and London and Africa offices.

GAFCON primates meeting in Africa have announced plans for another international conference as well as opening offices in London and Nairobi.

The council of Anglican leaders was established by the Global Anglican Future Conference in 2008, representing more than 35 million Anglicans.

Now, the Primates are planning for a second GAFCON in 2013 preceded by a leadership conference in New York in 2012…

…In a 13 point statement issued after their Nairobi meeting, the Council said “if we are offer adequate support to our member provinces, sustain our various initiatives, and strengthen our communications capabilities we must add capacity to our current secretariat.”

A Chairman’s office would be established in Nairobi, Kenya and a GAFCON Global Coordination office would be established in London under the direction of the Rt. Rev’d Martyn Minns, Missionary Bishop of the Church of Nigeria, serving as Deputy Secretary and Executive Director.

The meeting discussed the challenges confronting the Anglican Communion and the Primates said they were “disappointed that those who organized the Primates meeting in Dublin not only failed to address these core concerns but decided instead to unilaterally reduce the status of the Primates’ Meeting. This action was taken with complete disregard for the resolutions of both Lambeth 1978 and 1998 that called for an enhanced role in ‘doctrinal, moral and pastoral matters’. We believe that they were seriously misled and their actions unacceptable.”

“We continue to be troubled by the promotion of a shadow gospel that appears to replace a traditional reading of Holy Scriptures and a robust theology of the church with an uncertain faith and a never ending listening process. This faith masquerades as a religion of tolerance and generosity and yet it is decidedly intolerant to those who hold to the “faith once and for all delivered to the saints”.

The thirteen-point statement is available in full via the above link, and also as a PDF. It includes:

9. Confident of the power of God’s Word to renew His church we are creating a network for theologians and theological educators who embrace the Jerusalem Declaration to give further support for our seminaries and Bible Colleges. We have also reviewed and approved plans for the leadership conference now scheduled for April 2012 and the beginning preparations for an international gathering of Primates, Bishops, Clergy and Lay Leaders now scheduled for the first half of 2013 and provisionally designated “GAFCON 2”.

10. We are delighted in the election of the Most Rev’d Eliud Wabukala, Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya to serve as Chairman of the Primates’ Council and also the Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh, Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) to serve as Vice-Chairman. We were pleased to appoint Bishop Greg Venables and Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini as trustees. We also welcomed the Most Rev’d Hector Zavala, Province of the Southern Cone and the Most Rev’d Onesphore Rwaje, Anglican Church of Rwanda as new members of the Council.

11. We also recognized that if we are offer adequate support to our member provinces, sustain our various initiatives, and strengthen our communications capabilities we must add capacity to our current secretariat. Consequently it was agreed that a GAFCON/FCA Chairman’s office would be established in Nairobi, Kenya and a Global Coordination office would be established in London under the direction of the Rt. Rev’d Martyn Minns, Missionary Bishop of the Church of Nigeria, serving as Deputy Secretary and Executive Director.

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As always, the question must be asked--who is paying for all this? Is money from the provincial coffers of the constituent provinces being used? Has such usage been approved by the lay contributors to those treasuries...or is lay approval of how money is spent something not done in the GAFCON provinces?

Or is the money coming from some undisclosed third party? If so, what is the agenda of that third party?

Posted by: Pat O'Neill on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 11:37am BST

Since this Statement castigates 'an uncertain faith and a never ending listening process', may we deduce that what it would support is a faith with no room for doubt and an end to listening to one another?

Posted by: Lister Tonge on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 12:39pm BST

What is meant by saying GAFCON represents 35 million Anglicans ? How many of this alleged 35 million have ever heard of Gafcon ? - whether or not they agree or disagree with aspects of Gafcon's views about which I myself am not commenting. Does this figure include church-going members of the Diocese of Sydney - a fairly small minority of all those who identify themselves as Anglicans or Church of England in the Diocese but who rarely if ever attend church ? (Many of the latter of course are fine Christians as I know from having met with a good sample of literally thousands over the last 12 years or so, as an honorary hospital chaplain). If Sydney Diocese IS included, Gafcon can really only speak for the Sydney bishops and a majority of the diocesan synod in a largely calvinist and neo-Puritan Diocese where so many church people have been marginalised. Gafcon's position must be argued on its merits, not on the grounds of names or alleged numbers.

Posted by: John Bunyan on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 1:31pm BST

"...a GAFCON Global Coordination office would be established in London under the direction of the Rt. Rev’d Martyn Minns...."

Does this mean that Minns is going back to England?

(If so, is there any way we can get him to take Andrew Sullivan with him?)

Posted by: JPM on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 2:00pm BST

Refusing to accede to threats and ultimatums is not intolerance. It is wise that they put "the faith once and for all delivered to the saints" in quotation marks since it is a fiction and never for a moment actually existed.

The listening process may be never ending only because they never genuinely participate. It is hard to listen when one is constantly on the attack.

Good to know they have all this new money for prices and secretariats. I wonder where it comes from.

Posted by: Michael Russell on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 3:00pm BST

GAFCON says, "We continue to be troubled by the promotion of a shadow gospel."

An old hymn says:

Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.

Posted by: Jeremy on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 3:31pm BST

So far GAFCON has been an uneventful flop, so this is obviously going to be a relaunch with intent at entryism via Martyn Minns in England. Unless they actually do some international oversight and shadow institutions, it will continue to be a flop.

Posted by: Pluralist on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 4:16pm BST

The press release that goes along with this says that GAFCON represents 35 million Anglicans. Whatever about how accurate a claim that might be, it's hard not to think, reading between the lines of the statement, that they are gearing up for some kind of split.

Posted by: Fr Levi on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 5:47pm BST

The consequences of nurturing a viper at one's breast are becoming clearer.

Posted by: Lapinbizarre on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 7:25pm BST

We were pleased to appoint Bishop Greg Venables and Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini as trustees¨ GAFCON

Yes, these men have a history of trustworthiness through ongoing ¨fundraising¨ acts that are worthy of much expensive/extensive legal scrutiny in North and South America (ACNA)...one might say they are as ¨experienced¨ and ¨charismatic¨ as Charles Ponzi and the Rev. Amy Semple McPherson were--combined.

Posted by: Leonardo Ricardo on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 8:43pm BST

The ruling in the Virginia lawsuits should come some time in the next month or so. If Minns' side loses, this will give him something to do besides finding new spaces for the CANA churches to worship. Somehow the clergy and their followers involved in this don't strike me as being happy to rent a high school auditorium. We'll see.

Posted by: Cynthia Gilliatt on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 9:26pm BST

"GAFCON primates meeting in Africa have announced plans for another international conference as well as opening offices in London..."

Well, don't say we apostate TEC Yanks didn't warn you, CofE!

"Now, the Primates are planning for a second GAFCON in 2013 preceded by a leadership conference in New York in 2012…"

I trust we Yanks (in TEC, and perhaps others, esp. from the greater LGBT community in NYC) will give the GAFCONians an appropriate "welcome" in the streets. (I just wish we could provide the gay-bashing enablers the sort of ARRESTING event they deserve! >:-0)

"We continue to be troubled by the promotion of a shadow gospel"

So STOP PROMOTING IT, GAFCON! Return to the Gospel of the loving Lord Christ. Put away the sin of hateful homophobia, and embrace the Imago Dei that God made LGBT!

Posted by: JCF on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 10:27pm BST

It might be more accurate to talk of a listening process which has never begun. If it never begins it can't ever end, so the two are compatible.

Posted by: Mark Bennet on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 11:21pm BST

This faith masquerades as a religion of tolerance and generosity and yet it is decidedly intolerant to those who hold to the “faith once and for all delivered to the saints”.


I wonder if the people who wrote this have any knoweldge of church history at all; well obviously only a sanitised version if any. Those who want a world in which there are only black and white contrasts (nothing pejorative intended in using such a metaphor) have always struggled to make the gospel and the carpenter of Nazareth fit their paradigm.

Posted by: Jonathan Kirkpatrick on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 11:53pm BST

With Lambeth ignorantly and deliberately ignoring the needs of the conservative Evangelical community in its appointment of flying bishops, maybe Bishop Minns will be able to minister to them.

Posted by: Robert ian Williams on Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 6:29am BST

Surely, this is the punch line ....
"7. We believe, however, that we are fully the church in our various settings, ......(etc)"

Reminiscent of a famous front page headline from some years back with its catchy internal rhyme and photo of a hand giving a V sign, it ran:

"UP YOURS, DELORS!"

Posted by: Martin Reynolds on Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 7:48am BST

The stuff on the Primates unilateralism is shameful tosh, stoked up by that tiny rabble in the ACI/Fulcrum axis. Shame on them!

Posted by: Martin Reynolds on Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 7:52am BST

Now I understand the real reason for Archbishop Oko’s recent visit to Nigeria Priests in the UK and his request that Nigerians should have a church in a church. Sorry GAFCON you will not succeed in the UK.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayers !!!

Posted by: Davis Mac-Iyalla on Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 8:41am BST

The reference to "Shadow Gospel" is presumably based on Charles Raven's analysis of Rowan Williams theology( see website SPREAD) in a book recently published by the Latimer Press, and thus a deliberate attack on the Archbishop.GAFCON appears to be notching things up but presumably hold back from an explicit split knowing that would cause internal problems within provinces. I know, for example ,the Abp of West Africa does not have the support of many bishops in Ghana or Sierra Leone .
I trust Martyn Minns will not be granted a Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of London.You would assume that is impossible but some presbyters of the (schismatic) Church of England in South Africa have managed it,with insufficient questions asked.

Posted by: Perry Butler on Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 9:14am BST

"I trust Martyn Minns will not be granted a Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of London."

From your lips to God's ear.

Who ultimately issues Permission to Officiate? If it's the ABC, I hope he has the common sense not to issue such a document.

If he does, he will not be happy with what may happen, but will have nobody to blame but his own fuzzy self.

Posted by: Cynthia Gilliatt on Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 5:36pm BST

"The consequences of nurturing a viper at one's breast are becoming clearer."

Posted by: Lapinbizarre

Crazy Rabbit would seem to be speaking good sense here. What now for all those prelates in the U.K. who have sided with GAFCON's hubris in their issuing an alternative Anglican Constitution with the 'Jerusalem Declaration'?

Will the Church of England see the danger on its own doorstep? Or will it take a wholesale invasion of CANA-style clerical and episcopal ordinations from Nigeria and Uganda - for the purpose of the infiltration of the U.K. Church - to put a stop to this faux-Orthodox-Anglicanism from infecting the world-wide Communion?

Martyn Minns will be heading this sad galaxy of faux-bishops created by GAFCON in its bid to bring the sola scriptura doctrine into the very bosom of the Anglican Communion. Will it succeed in the U.K., where it has failed in the US & Canada? One can only hope and pray for a wake-up call at ACO!

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Friday, 13 May 2011 at 2:10am BST

"If it's the ABC, I hope he has the common sense not to issue such a document."

Oh . . . . oh my! Cynthia, *that* is the best laugh I've had since the first time I saw Lewis Black.

Mr. Williams and common sense. Hilarious!

Posted by: MarkBrunson on Friday, 13 May 2011 at 6:08am BST

Permission to officiate, if granted, would come from the Bishop of London, wouldn't it? The Church of England in South Africa people were refused permission by Bishop Butler of Southwark, in whose diocese they were planted, but were approved on appeal by the Bishop of Winchester. Will his ruling be precedent-setting in the case of Minns?

Posted by: Lapinbizarre on Friday, 13 May 2011 at 5:41pm BST

Lapinbizarre, I don't understand: why would the Bishop of Winchester hear an appeal from a decision of the Bishop of Southwark?

Posted by: Bill Dilworth on Saturday, 14 May 2011 at 2:17am BST

I think you will find Presbyters of the Church of England have been licensed in the C of E since the time of Abp Coggan who, it seems, decided the Overseas Clergy Act could be stretched to cover them. Im suprised the Church of the Province of South Africa didnt make more of a fuss....but perhaps they didnt know.

Posted by: Perry Butler on Saturday, 14 May 2011 at 5:45pm BST

Thinking Anglicans links on the 2006 Coekin appeal, Bill - http://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/archives/001702.html

Posted by: Lapinbizarre on Saturday, 14 May 2011 at 10:13pm BST

Also this short piece at Virtue Online - http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/print.php?storyid=4170

Posted by: Lapinbizarre on Saturday, 14 May 2011 at 10:14pm BST
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