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October 25, 2013

BREAKING: GAFCON Movement Bishops Vote to Expand - Across Boundaries

The leadership of the GAFCON 2 meeting here in Nairobi have just announced their intention to “expand its leadership role in supporting and recognising Anglicans in placing where Biblical faith has been compromised”.

All the bishops attending the conference agreed without dissent to the following resolution:

To affirm and endorse the position of the Primates Council in providing oversight in cases where Provinces and Dioceses compromise biblical faith, including the affirmation of a duly discerned call to ministry. This may involve ordination and consecration if the situation requires.

Archbishop Wabukala of Kenya and Chair of GAFCON said

We came to Nairobi seeking God’s guidance for the future. Should we stop? Should we slow down? The Bishops told us we must go on.

When asked in a Press Conference about what this meant for Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and his relationship with the GAFCON movement, Archbishop Peter Jensen said there was immense respect for Welby personally and for his office, but even Welby himself had recognised there had been a change in relationships. Archbishop Kwashi said he urged Welby to find ways of narrowing the gap in the Communion. “He has that responsibility right now; upholding the Scriptures, the mission of the gospel and the building up of the saints”.

Archbishop Jensen added that it was a “hard job” and it would “take some time”.

We’ll bring you more when we get it.

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I’m not certain how the resolution is any different from what they’ve been doing for years now.  I guess it’s good that they’ve affirmed and endorsed their prior actions formally.

I mean obviously, some of them have been happily ordaining clergy who leave the COE and start Anglican parishes in the UK anyway, and that will continue.  And all the oversight throughout the world.

I just wish that an appropriate Primate could be the oversight—directly—for the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina!

[1] Posted by Sarah on 10-25-2013 at 07:32 AM · [top]

I kinda wish there would be a better plan for missionary work in the U.S. than affirming and continuing the haphazard approach taken thus far.

[2] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 10-25-2013 at 08:28 AM · [top]

[1]  Whom would you suggest, Sarah?

[3] Posted by cennydd13 on 10-25-2013 at 09:24 AM · [top]

Hi Cennydd13, obviously somebody on the traditional side and then secondarily somebody who has a good, substantive relationship with The Diocese of South Carolina.  I don’t know which Primate that might be.

Of course, it’s just me “saying out loud” stuff that may well not happen.

[4] Posted by Sarah on 10-25-2013 at 09:42 AM · [top]

I’d like to see an analysis of what 2 decades plus of “re-evangelizing” the USA has accomplished for Anglicans. Aside from giving cover to conservative, orthodox believers to come out of TEC and have a safe harbor, and also providing a place for converts from other traditions, how many NEW converts have we made in the past 23 years?
I just found an old book from a New Wineskins conference in the early 90’s at my local library, and most of the rhetoric could be copied and pasted to any current Anglican conference. The sentiments are correct, but are we seeing any results?

[5] Posted by Joel on 10-25-2013 at 10:41 AM · [top]

We may be seeing some positive results among our dioceses in the ACNA, but so far, the figures are small and not publicized beyond our borders.  We do have converts from other traditions in our diocese of San Joaquin, and I’m sure there are more in other dioceses.

[6] Posted by cennydd13 on 10-25-2013 at 11:08 AM · [top]

My rather large ACNA parish is over 40% “other traditions,” i.e., never been TEC.  Can’t say I’ve met many “new converts.”

[7] Posted by Avtomat on 10-25-2013 at 11:50 AM · [top]

#1 Sarah, what seems new to me is that these actions in the future will not be overseen by individual bishops but by the Primates’ Council itself.

[8] Posted by James Manley on 10-25-2013 at 01:06 PM · [top]

Hi James Manley—it was my understanding that the bishops offering ordination were doing so in consort with their own Primates, who make up the Primates Council.

[9] Posted by Sarah on 10-25-2013 at 01:48 PM · [top]

Hi Sarah, yes, but this seems to be moving from oversight by individual bishops with the permission of their individual primate, to oversight by the Council itself.

How significant that change might be, I don’t know.  I don’t think it’s a big change myself.

[10] Posted by James Manley on 10-25-2013 at 02:34 PM · [top]

T19 has posted a link to the Draft Communique posted at Anglican Ink.
Presumably this was the version distributed to the delegates today for discussion?

I haven’t had time to read it yet…

[11] Posted by Karen B. on 10-25-2013 at 02:56 PM · [top]

Essentially it calls for defunding the Communion and funding GAFCON instead, as well as supporting the Anglican Mission In England. So, really a slap at the COE.

[12] Posted by Joel on 10-25-2013 at 03:01 PM · [top]

Wow:  Bold statement in the Draft Communique -

We are conscious that we have become an important and effective instrument of Communion during a period in which the other instruments of Communion have failed both to uphold gospel priorities in the Church, and to heal local divisions among us.

Strong words.  But very true.

[13] Posted by Karen B. on 10-25-2013 at 03:57 PM · [top]

More snippets which really resonate with and/or strike me:

The character and boundaries of our fellowship are not determined by institutions but by the word of God.  The church is a place where truth matters ... our adherence to the Jerusalem Declaration expresses both our willingness to submit to the written word of God and our unwillingness to have fellowship with those who will not….

I wonder if such BOLD STRONG language (“unwillingness to have fellowship” will survive to the final version?!

I LOVE the emphasis on transformation, both for individual believers and for churches.  This statement is strong in the confidence in the Gospel and the power of God to revive, renew & restore:

Just as individual lives can be transformed, so can the life of churches.  We therefore call on our brothers and sisters throughout the Communion to join in rediscovering the power of the gospel and seeking boldness from the Holy Spirit to proclaim it with renewed vigor.

AMEN!  Hallelujah!  Preach it! grin

[14] Posted by Karen B. on 10-25-2013 at 05:00 PM · [top]

I am reporting from an all-night session of the GAFCON statement committee. We are processing comments from a dozen provincial delegations based on the Draft circulated earlier on Friday and published without authorization by George Conger.

I think I can say, on the one hand, that the main thrust of the draft will be present in the final version. On the other hand, many sentences are being edited or even deleted. Therefore it would be premature to make a great deal from any particular item.

Hold your fire, if you would.

Thank you.

[15] Posted by Stephen Noll on 10-25-2013 at 05:09 PM · [top]

I hope that wasn’t a jab at Conger. This is the year 2013 - expect scrutiny of your gathering and its statement. Publishing a draft shouldn’t hurt anyone. Or are Anglican journalists just supposed to do as they are told?

[16] Posted by Joel on 10-25-2013 at 05:14 PM · [top]

I will like to see the transitions from the draft to the final statement.

[17] Posted by James Manley on 10-25-2013 at 05:25 PM · [top]

I know our former AMiA, now ACNA parish was about 25% former TEo members and about 75% new members from the unchurched or other denominations.

[18] Posted by Bill2 on 10-25-2013 at 08:42 PM · [top]

I’d be extremely interested to hear how new members from other denominations are being catechized in the ACNA.  My observations in TEC led me to realize that, more often than not, new members were fully enrolled without even a whiff of conversion.  They were not new Episcopalians/Anglicans but former Baptists, former Catholics, former Methodists with all of the hurts and indignations they schlepped along with them.

[19] Posted by Nikolaus on 10-26-2013 at 08:58 AM · [top]

We are using the traditional adult inquirer’s classes, and we bring them into the ACNA gradually.  No schlepping them in at our church.

[20] Posted by cennydd13 on 10-26-2013 at 10:11 AM · [top]

#17 James Manley:
I made a list of several changes here:

[21] Posted by Joel on 10-26-2013 at 10:18 AM · [top]

James Manley, I suggest caution is warranted when reading the page which Joel linked at #21.  He makes a number of assertions on that page as to the reasons why changes were made between drafts, but at no point does he ever state his basis for those assertions, i.e. how he knows that a change was made for a particular reason.  He does not say he was at Gafcon, or that he has had communication with any person who was there. 

Stating that a particular change was made between drafts is one thing.  Stating that one knows why it was made (during a debate between hundreds of delegates, no less!) is another thing entirely.

[22] Posted by MichaelA on 10-27-2013 at 02:16 AM · [top]

Joel wrote at #5:

“I’d like to see an analysis of what 2 decades plus of “re-evangelizing” the USA has accomplished for Anglicans. Aside from giving cover to conservative, orthodox believers to come out of TEC and have a safe harbor, and also providing a place for converts from other traditions, how many NEW converts have we made in the past 23 years?”

I found this a little confusing.  What happened 23 years ago that was connected with “giving cover to conservative, orthodox believers to come out of TEC”?

[23] Posted by MichaelA on 10-27-2013 at 02:19 AM · [top]

Not much attention has been focussed on the point of David’s article.  I think the main implication of this is for England.  AMiE is likely to be doing more after this.

[24] Posted by MichaelA on 10-27-2013 at 05:21 PM · [top]

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