CANA’s Missionary Bishop Martyn Minns said on June 13, “I’ve read of the proposed consecration of the Rev’d Canon Bill Atwood by the Anglican Church of Kenya to serve as a suffragan bishop for Kenyan-related priests and churches in North America. This is welcome news. It is just one example of the willingness of various provinces in the Anglican Communion to support the mission and ministry of Anglicans in North America who can no longer be part of The Episcopal Church.”
Canon Atwood, founder and leader of the Ekklesia Society, is a long-time friend and ministry colleague of Bishop Minns. Bishop Minns also said, “I look forward to continuing to work with Bill in his new role. I anticipate that this development will result in new creative partnerships with CANA and the wider Common Cause cooperative.” Common Cause is a cooperative fellowship of Anglican groups in North America. “As others have noted, there are now more than 250 congregations in North America related to the Global South in the Anglican Communion. These missionary and pastoral initiatives demonstrate the deep divisions caused by The Episcopal Church which has departed from the biblical traditions of the church and has refused to listen to the requests made by the Anglican Communion’s Windsor Report,” Bishop Minns added.
CANA is the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, a growing umbrella for faithful Anglican congregations and clergy. CANA is a constituent part of the Anglican Communion through its host province, the Church of Nigeria. The Anglican Communion is a worldwide association of 38 member provinces and a total membership of more than 75 million. CANA was initially established to provide a safe harbor for Anglican Christians in North America who were alienated by the actions of The Episcopal Church. CANA’s Missionary Bishop is the Right Reverend Martyn Minns, who had served for sixteen years as the senior priest at Truro Church (Fairfax, Virginia). He was elected to be a bishop on June 28, 2006; consecrated (i.e., authorized to begin serving as a bishop) on August 20, 2006; and was installed (i.e., inaugurated) as the Missionary Bishop for CANA on May 5, 2007. The Rt. Rev’d David Bena serves as CANA’s Suffragan Bishop. For more information, please visit CANA at www.CanaConvocation.org.