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Church of Uganda welcomes the Rt. Rev. Andy Fairfield to its House of Bishops

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 • 7:43 am

Church of Uganda welcomes the Rt. Rev. Andy Fairfield to its House of Bishops
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At the request of the Rt. Rev. Andrew (Andy) H. Fairfield, retired Bishop of North Dakota, the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda voted to receive Bishop Fairfield as a member of its House at its 21st June meeting.  Bishop Fairfield will assist Bishop-elect John Guernsey in providing episcopal care and oversight to the 26 congregations in America that are part of the Church of Uganda .

Bishop Fairfield has written to The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, and resigned from their House of Bishops. 

In considering his new role as a Bishop in the Church of Uganda , Fairfield said, “Now, although I am ‘retired’ (from a jurisdictional and financial point of view), I seek further Christian service, especially in the process of this transition in Anglican orthodoxy.”

The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi, Archbishop of the Church of Uganda , said, “It is an honour for us to receive into our House of Bishops such a man of God.  At the 1998 Lambeth Conference, he proposed the resolution on The Authority of Scripture, which we passed.  We believe he will be a great support to Bishop-elect John Guernsey and all the congregations in America that are under our care.”

Bishop Robert Duncan, Moderator of the Anglican Communion Network, said, “Bishop Fairfield is one of the most respected Bishops in the entire American Church, and has served the Network very well as our ordinations suffragan. I know his work has been especially valuable to congregations in our International Conference.  I am delighted to know that he has found a new ecclesiastical home in the Church of Uganda , a Province which has declared a state of broken communion with The Episcopal Church’s majority, but embraces full communion with all in the Anglican Communion Network.  We look forward to many years of continued fruitful ministry together

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Another wonderful man of God.  Well done.

[1] Posted by Hindustaaniwalla Hatterr on 06-27-2007 at 07:45 AM • top

Bishop Fairfield’s older brother, the Rev. Dr. Leslie Fairfield, was a classmate of mine at St. Andrew’s School, Middletown, Delaware, in the class of 1957. Bishop Fairfield’s parents were missionaries in China, and he was the sole dissenting vote in the Righter trial. His dissenting comments are worth rereading. I honor his conscientious decision to transfer to the Ugandan church.

  Tom Rightmyer in Asheville, NC

[2] Posted by TomRightmyer on 06-27-2007 at 07:54 AM • top

This is good news

(I was worried when I read that Bishop-elect John Guernsey was going to also remain at All Saints [26 parishes is 1/2 a year gone on visitations]).

Appears that the GS is indeed building a college of bishops for their future plans.

[3] Posted by Hosea6:6 on 06-27-2007 at 08:05 AM • top

Interesting pattern emerging.  Newbie bishops partnered with “senior” bishops:

+Minns assisted by +Bena (former suffragan of Albany)
+Atwood assisted by +Cox (former suffragan of Maryland and former Assisting Bp. in Oklahoma)
+Guernsey assisted by +Fairfield (former bp. of N. Dakota)

1. It’s great to see these “retired” Godly bishops continuing to serve actively in ministry.  Thanks be to God.

2. I’m sure it helps the newbie bishops HUGELY to have a more experienced bishop around (and on this continent) to help them learn the ropes.  I know friends in the Anglican District of Virginia have raved about having +David Bena responsible for their pastoral care.

[4] Posted by Karen B. on 06-27-2007 at 08:14 AM • top

Karen, you forgot the AMiA duo of Johnston assisted by Rogers, both very godly men.

[5] Posted by Jeffersonian on 06-27-2007 at 08:32 AM • top

If memory serves, Bp. Fairfield wrote the dissenting opinion in the Righter decision.

[6] Posted by Publius on 06-27-2007 at 08:49 AM • top

Interesting observation, Karen.  Yes, it does look like a pattern, and one more strike against the “alphabet soup” critics.

[7] Posted by Phil on 06-27-2007 at 09:05 AM • top

Once a second province is up and running - looks like a good candidate for the Diocese of the Upper Plains.  I imagine the current Bishop of N. Dakota should have cause for concern.

[8] Posted by chips on 06-27-2007 at 10:50 AM • top


I second that nomination, and move that nominations cease.

[9] Posted by Fr. Chip, SF on 06-27-2007 at 10:57 AM • top

I think the “alphabet soup” is beginning to spell something quite profound! While ECUSA is busy suing the GS is busy planting and growing!
God is sooooo GOOD! grin

[10] Posted by TLDillon on 06-27-2007 at 11:04 AM • top

That distant roll of thunder seems to be getting louder and moving our way.

I know most of you here are not betting people, but I’m now thinking of setting up a line and pool on when this will actually happen (the establishment of an orthodox Anglican province for the US).

The way it would work is you pick a day when you think it will happen and put up $1.00 for each pick you make. You add a time to each pick as a tiebreaker.

When it actually happens, the person who picks the date closest to the actual date (including time) wins 75% of the pot. I get 25% because it was my idea. I will donate my winnings to the Curch of Uganda.  grin

My first pick is October 10 at 12:01:01 p.m.

[11] Posted by Forgiven on 06-27-2007 at 11:53 AM • top

Ooops. That’s October 10, 2007 at 12:01:01.

That’s important because others have suggested it will take years.

[12] Posted by Forgiven on 06-27-2007 at 11:55 AM • top

Been There….
Gambling is the same as “casting lots” probaby not a good idea wink

[13] Posted by TLDillon on 06-27-2007 at 11:57 AM • top

One Day Closer,

May God grant that we are truly…one day closer!

[14] Posted by Fr. Chip, SF on 06-27-2007 at 12:15 PM • top

Been There… wrote:

My first pick is October 10 at 12:01:01 p.m.

Might I humbly suggest that, the internet being a global medium of communication, we need to specify a common time zone to which the “tiebreaker” refers.  My recommendation would be that we all use UCT/CUT which is a 24-hour system (ergo no need for am/pm) and, in addition to being the standard used for satellite clocks and GPS, is, essentially, the same as Greenwich Mean Time—GMT—(and, appropriately, the same zone as Canterbury, for that matter), also known in naval circles as “Zulu” time (from the naval & military phonetic alphabet—you know, “Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, ..., Xray, Yankee, Zulu.”

Blessings and regards,
Martial Artist

[15] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 06-27-2007 at 01:11 PM • top

Oops, an afterthought,

Just in case you need to know what the current GMT time is relative to your current location, it can be found on this publicly accessible web page of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Just click the “USNO Time in Standard Time Zones link and read the top entry on the returned page, labeled UCT, which acronym of the French translation of Coordinated Universal Time. If you happen to be located in U.S. territory, you will also see the current time for those time zones as well. UCT is NOT altered for “daylight savings.”

Blessings and regards,
Martial Artist

[16] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 06-27-2007 at 01:18 PM • top

So, there seems to be a theme developing here.  Is pretty much accepted that all of the “alphabet soup” bishops are going to unite at some point in the not-so-distant future and establish some credibility and confront the ABC?  Have there been any proposals as to what such a union would look like and how it would operate?  Will there be closer-to-Catholic order in order to preserve against the winds of democracy and the fallacy of depending on untrained laity to re-establish and reinterpret doctrine every four years?

In all sincerity and in Christ,


[17] Posted by MarkTXK on 06-27-2007 at 01:51 PM • top

Gambling is the same as “casting lots” probaby not a good idea

ODC—heh, heh…that’s why I put the disclaimer in there. If we use virtual money is that still the same as casting lots? I always wondered why the Romans have been so big on bingo which seems very close to casting lots as well.

we need to specify a common time zone

MA—spot on. I had intended specifying EDT but forgot. GMT is probably better since we are a global blog. I’ve always had a problem converting my time(eastern) to GMT. I think it’s five hours more except that during daylight time, it’s four hours more…or is it less?

Since UCT is not altered for DST, it would mean that 2:55 p.m EDT, is actually 14:55 UCT which would 19:55 GMT????

That would mean I must change my time of 12:01:01 p.m. to 16:01:01 GMT…right???? Help me!!!!

[18] Posted by Forgiven on 06-27-2007 at 01:52 PM • top

Ohhh meeee!!! I checked the USNO link. I went the wrong way. 2:55 p.m. EDT is 14:55 p.m. EDT is 18:55 UCT. And that’s 18:55 GMT, so it’s plus 4 for me. So, I was right that 12:01:01 is 16:01:01…right, right???

[19] Posted by Forgiven on 06-27-2007 at 02:04 PM • top

From Bishop Duncan’s comments, I take it that Bishop Fairfield will no longer serve as ordinations suffragan for the ANC?

[20] Posted by James Manley on 06-27-2007 at 03:45 PM • top

Hey!!  Where are you guys!  I’ve been reading SF, T19, AAC for several months (do you call that lurking?).  Had to register to ask why you haven’t posted Uganda’s HOB letter of decline to Lambeth.  It’s over on AAC blog….

[21] Posted by sives on 06-27-2007 at 04:35 PM • top

Sives, it’s Rwanda that has issued a statement that they won’t attend Lambeth.  And Stand Firm posted it yesterday. It had something like 70 or 80 comments last we checked this morning.

Kendall has so far not posted the Rwanda statement on T19, though I think he might this evening.  (Frankly, I think he’s deeply saddened by the whole Lambeth invitation situation and its consequences. (He’s said as much in some of his blog comments.)  It does well to recall how deeply committed to catholicity he is.  The evident fracturing must be deeply painful for him and many.  I imagine the Rwanda statement was very hard reading for him.  But enough speculation from me.  Here I am breaking all our elfing rules… assuming intent and guessing motives! But hey, I’m free from those rules over here on SF aren’t I?!?  LOL wink)


[22] Posted by The_Elves on 06-27-2007 at 05:26 PM • top

Been There ...

12:01:01 is 16:01:01…right, right???

That would appear to be correct. UCT never goes to Daylight Savings, whereas the UK does go to it (but called British Summer Time), so during the winter months, the UTC/GMT time in London is five hours later than is EDT. In the spring, when we shift to Daylight Savings, we make our time one hour later than the sun indicates, thus narrowing the difference between UCT/GMT and U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

But no one has to go through the mental gymnastics of figuring that out if they use the link. One easy way to do it is to:

(1) decide what time you want to pick in terms of your own location,
(2) note the current time where you are,
(3) refresh the link that I provided and note the number of hours difference between your local time and the UTC time displayed by the link, and
(4) whether your local time is later or earlier than UTC (don’t forget to compare the dates). 

Finally, if you local time is earlier in the day, add the time difference from (4), if later, subtract it.

Blessings and regards,
Martial Artist

[23] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 06-27-2007 at 06:07 PM • top

<i>whereas the UK does go to it </I.

In all of my 40+ years of sailing and dealing with UCT/GMT, etc., I never knew this. I never heard of British Summer Time until your post.

As an old dog, I continue to learn new tricks, and this about something that can only be tied to the blog by a really long stretch. Thank you!

While I was proposing the line/bet tongue in cheek, I still think it might be interesting to post our “bets” to see what evolves.

My optimism about an early establishment of a US orthodox Anglican province has been challenged by some of the best among our theological bretheren and I have had nothing other than the word of those involved to support my position.

It is now coming to pass. I would like to see how those of us among the orthodox really believe and understand what we have been hearing and what has been taking place for months.

I would like to put it in a betting mode, but that is offensive to some. So, let’s just put it in a projecting mode. My projection of October 10 at 16:01:01 GMT still stands. I may make another projection later, based on real-life changes in the process which will be presented to all of us.

How ‘bout it Greg…can we hang it out there? It would be like a real-time clock to a return to orthodoxy. Just for fun!!!!!

[24] Posted by Forgiven on 06-27-2007 at 08:36 PM • top

Sorry about the unplanned italics.

[25] Posted by Forgiven on 06-27-2007 at 08:39 PM • top

I’m free from those rules over here on SF aren’t I?!? 

Why sure, just be warned, they seem to like BBQ over here ...  cool hmm

[26] Posted by Hosea6:6 on 06-27-2007 at 10:46 PM • top

PS—Tell Kendall to take some comfort, the Lord is good & still in control, in fact, we for certain have the prerequisite to see a mighty work of His ... the mighty mess!

[27] Posted by Hosea6:6 on 06-27-2007 at 10:49 PM • top

Been There ...

Are you a Brit (expat, transplant or otherwise)?

The only reason I am aware of all of this is that I served 241 months (day for day) in the U. S. Navy, the last 14 years 5 months as a commissioned officer (Naval Oceanographer—Restricted Line Officer—the specialty responsible for Meteorology, Oceanography, Hydrography, Astrometry and Precise Timekeeping. I learned about BST via a (predominantly internet) friendship with a fine gentleman in Bingham, Notts, with whom I share a number of interests including fast motorcycles, and whom we visited in May 1999. (Can’t wait to get back over there, perhaps to take up long-term residence).

And no need to apologize for the unintended italics. I don’t get on others for errors of haste in posting (and I never make <strike>misteaks</strike> mistakes.

Finally, I may hazard a guess that it will happen just a bit earlier, sometime on the 9th of the same month, the birthday of John Lennon, Robert E. Lee, Chester R. “Chet” Smith, LTC, USA (ret), and a fellow who goes by the screen name of,

Yours truly with God’s blessings and kindest regards,
Martial Artist
(Keith Töpfer)

[28] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 06-27-2007 at 10:50 PM • top

For all you clock OCD’ers out there: Go to yoru control panel and set your time zone and daylight savings time. Timestamps and everything should adjust properly.

Been There - are you talking about a countdown clock? I think Ould had one of those at his old blog. If that’s what you’re looking for, send him a private message and see if he still has the code lying around.

[29] Posted by Greg Griffith on 06-27-2007 at 10:53 PM • top

I stand corrected.  SF posted the Rwanda info yesterday afternoon.  I just hadn’t gone down far enought on the “News” screen.  Sorry, my bad.  (I’m pretty new at this—not an excuse, just a reason)


[30] Posted by sives on 06-28-2007 at 08:17 AM • top

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