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Press Release: CANA Supports New Initiative from Anglican Church of Kenya

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 • 8:08 pm

CANA Supports New Initiative from Anglican Church of Kenya 

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

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More signs of imminent doom and dissolution…sure they speak of cooperation and coordination…but we all know better right? Success, after all, is impossible apart from Canterbury’s blessing. This will go the way of the continuum. They are doomed.

[1] Posted by Matt Kennedy on 06-13-2007 at 08:19 PM • top

Canon Atwood seems to have made friends with lots of people round the world.  One can but wish him well in his new role.

[2] Posted by Pageantmaster ن on 06-13-2007 at 08:28 PM • top

Now, Fr. Matt, I suspect you’ve borrowed my sarcasm tags that don’t work…

What a wonderful day, a great day to bear witness to.  My brothers and sisters, we have turned a corner.  If only this could have been scheduled for St. Crispin’s Day!

[3] Posted by James Manley on 06-13-2007 at 08:43 PM • top

More signs of imminent doom and dissolution…sure they speak of cooperation and coordination…but we all know better right? Success, after all, is impossible apart from Canterbury’s blessing. This will go the way of the continuum. They are doomed.

All I have to say is, remember the goodwill, enthusiasm, backslapping and cooperation (and new websites!) we got out of the First Council of Plano? My how that seems ages (and about 4 ACN rifts) ago.

Without articulating a sustainable ecclesiology and distinct Anglican identity that addresses the peculiar challenges that face a post-Canterbury Anglicanism (if indeed that is what we are looking at), yes, indeed Matt, I do remain skeptical that all of this will result in much more than The Purpose Driven Continuum.

Just exactly who is going to be the Richard Hooker of the Common Cause?

[4] Posted by Dave on 06-13-2007 at 08:55 PM • top

He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian:’
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.’
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

[5] Posted by rob-roy on 06-13-2007 at 09:21 PM • top

I’m here - and now I’m going to bed!

[6] Posted by Pageantmaster ن on 06-13-2007 at 09:24 PM • top
[7] Posted by BabyBlue on 06-13-2007 at 09:34 PM • top

Baby blue, you rock! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[8] Posted by rob-roy on 06-13-2007 at 10:00 PM • top

The early invitations to the HoB has increased the schismatic and divergent forces. The Americans are less inclined to be conciliar and the orthodox have shown that they have had enough of the American hubris as evidenced by the Kenya announcement and the laudatory statements from orthodox around the world such as this.

The ABC’s machinations are blowing up in his face. Plotting and subterfuge do not engender confidence in leaders, especially church leaders.

[9] Posted by rob-roy on 06-13-2007 at 10:09 PM • top

Thanks BabyBlue - I really needed that.

Are my scars showing?


[10] Posted by wdgreen340 on 06-13-2007 at 11:59 PM • top

We few, we happy few! (Thanks, BB.)
Indeed, I am greatly comforted by the company of such a devoted band brothers and sisters.

[11] Posted by AnnieCOA on 06-14-2007 at 09:11 AM • top

Speaking of war . . .

[12] Posted by Newbie Anglican on 06-14-2007 at 09:55 AM • top

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