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The last, the least, and the lost are being reached with the transforming love of Jesus Christ and YOUR GIVING IS MAKING IT POSSIBLE.

Dear friends in Christ,

We are living in a time of significant upheaval and change. Our nations have endured a massive amount of damage and displacement from hurricanes and wild fires. Earlier this month tragedy struck again with yet another mass murder, this time in a church. There are wars and rumors of wars. We are watching our culture change, shifting away from truth and attempting to redefine history and reality.

Yet, both personally and as your Archbishop, I find myself more and more encouraged by the hope of the Gospel and the proclamation of this Gospel by the local congregations we find in the Anglican Church in North America. We are a people of great hope and courage!

This past June, we experienced the presence of God at our Provincial Assembly. In October, I saw first-hand the energy and passion of a group of leaders at the Matthew 25 Gathering in Phoenix. YOUR GIVING IS MAKING IT POSSIBLE for the last, the least, and the lost to be reached with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. This is happening through a diverse range of church-sponsored ministries: half-way houses, after-school programs, assisted living facilities, and food pantries. There is so much ministry taking place in the Anglican Church in North America that gives me encouragement.

Each week, as I travel around the province, I see people committed to prayer. I see youth ministers reaching out to the next generation and nursery workers serving the littlest among us. I see volunteers, the unsung heroes of the church, serving selflessly and leaders teaching the Scriptures. I am convinced that God, who began a work in us as the Anglican Church in North America, will carry it on to completion.

This coming summer, the Anglican Church in North America will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Gafcon conference in Jerusalem. We will share in global fellowship with our brothers and sisters from around the Anglican Communion and host our annual Provincial Council meeting at the same time. These relationships connect us with millions of people around the world.

Then, in the summer of 2019, we will celebrate our tenth anniversary as a Province at our Assembly in Plano, Texas. The dates are June 18-19, 2019, and I hope you will make plans to join us. Before we get there, though, we have much to do to continue carrying out our Gospel work with hope and courage, and we need your help.

To meet the needs of the people and support all of our mission projects, we need to raise $345,000, and we cannot do that without your help. By clicking here or simply texting “GIVE” to 724-655-4198, you can help the Anglican Church in North America carry out its Gospel mission.

Will you prayerfully consider supporting the mission of Christ’s church by giving to the Anglican Church in North America?

With great hope in Christ Jesus,


The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church in North America


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A.M.E.N. Reads Resource for Epiphany: Gracism: The Art of Inclusion


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The Anglican Multi-ethnic Network launches a series of resources entitled AMEN Reads.

The Anglican Multi-ethnic Network exists to help Anglicans in North America better reflect the diversity of the body of Christ in local churches so that our churches’ ethnic make-up manifests the universal saving power of the gospel and its ability to unite all people under the lordship of Christ. Part of that work involves dealing with the historic causes of alienation between different ethnic groups and seeking godly reconciliation. To that end, we are offering to the province a series of resources entitled: AMEN Reads. These resources can be used in sermons, small groups, and Sunday school classes to help churches think through issues of racial reconciliation and social justice from a biblical perspective.

The book we have chosen for our first edition of AMEN Reads is entitled Gracism by Dr. David A. Anderson.  We are encouraging churches, small groups, and individuals to read this book during the season of Epiphany which begins Jan 6th, 2018.  We choose Epiphany because this feast celebrates God’s desire for his son to be revealed to “the peoples of the earth.” More information about the book can be found here. We hope that a significant number of churches, small groups, and individuals in the Province will take advantage of this opportunity to think and pray together about God’s desire to reconcile all peoples to himself.

How can you get involved:

  • If you are a Rector or Vicar, use this book as the basis for a sermon series during Epiphany
  • If you lead a small group or oversee a small group ministry, recommend the use of Gracism during Epiphany.
  • If your church doesn’t have a small group consider hosting a church-wide evening discussion group for the season of Epiphany on the book
  • Consider partnering with other churches in the area to host the group.
  • Participate in the Facebook live discussion groups around the various chapters of the book (details upcoming)
  • Use the AMEN Reads logo and FB, Social Media, and your church website to spread the word!
  • Rectors, sign your church up to be a part of the 50
  • We are hoping to get at least 50 churches participating in this initiative. So we are asking that pastors of churches sign up below and agree to invite at least two other pastors to participate in this program.

    Prayer for the Second Sunday of Epiphany:

    Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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    Original story from A.M.E.N. can be found here.

     


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    Learn more about insurance benefits offered to dioceses, clergy and lay employees of congregations, and affiliated ministries.

    If you are a rector of an Anglican Church in North America congregation or director of an Anglian Church in North America ministry or affiliated organization, you and your employees may qualify for this important benefit. If you are on staff at an Anglican Church in North America diocese, congregation, or affiliated ministry, ask your administrator if they have considered enrolling in the Anglican Benefits Program for Life, AD&D and Disability Insurance.

    Your [designated] administrator can get started by going to the Benefits Page on the ACNA website. There, you will find all the tools you will need.

    We will help you to enroll your employees with 4 Easy Steps:

    Step 1:  Review the Benefits Guide to see what is offered and the respective costs, and view the summaries or certificates (for more in-depth information) on the plan offerings.

    Step 2:  If you decide to offer these benefits to your employees, fill out the Benefits Election Form and send to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Step 3:  Employees of participating ACNA organizations, who qualify* and want to sign up, can do so by completing, signing, and dating the Enrollment Form and sending it to the Benefits team within the 30-day timeframe.

    Step 4:  Contact Linda Mathesius, Account and Benefits Clerk, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 724-266-9400 ext. 105 if you have any questions about the offerings or the process of getting started.

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    *Per the terms of the ACNA contract with UNUM Insurance, employees who wish to enroll must be full time employees of ACNA affiliated organizations. This requires employment of 20 or more hours per week with an ACNA organization or congregation.  Each ACNA organization or congregation will define for itself the meaning of full time as long as it equals the minimum of 20 hours per week.


    Rector, King of Kings Anglican Church, Charlotte, North Carolina



    Rector,  Anglican Church of the Redeemer, Chattanooga, TN



    New Study Guide on the Anniversary of the Reformation


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    The Anglican Church in North America and the North American Lutheran Church release joint study guide highlighting our common understanding of Jesus Christ, the Scriptures, Baptism, and Communion.

    October 31, 2017

    From Archbishop Beach:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    On this 500th anniversary celebrating the beginning of the Reformation, I am deeply aware that we are in the midst of a new Reformation that is sweeping the globe, not just within Anglicanism, but all of Christendom.  People are returning to the plain teaching of the Scriptures, and embracing Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior.

    imageIt is in that spirit that I am pleased to commend to you a new resource (see below) that has been developed in conjunction with our Lutheran brothers and sisters.  “Four Pastoral and Educational Affirmations” is a study guide produced by The Anglican Church in North America and The North American Lutheran Church which highlights our common understanding of Jesus Christ, the Scriptures, Baptism, and Communion.

    If you are part of an Anglican congregation and live in a community where there are also North American Lutheran churches, I encourage you to consider joining together in grassroots ecumenical conversations to deepen your faith by learning more about the biblical truths that we share in common.

    I am thankful for the hard work of the NALC/ACNA dialogue committee, the co-chairs, Bishop Charlie Masters (ACNA) and Pastor David Wendel (NALC), and Bishop Ray Sutton, Dean of Ecumenical Affairs.

    May God continue to lead us as we seek to faithfully live out the next Reformation by leading people to a living relationship with Jesus Christ.

    In Christ,


     
    The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
    Archbishop and Primate
    Anglican Church in North America

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    Dear friends of the Anglican Church in North America and the North American Lutheran Church,

    Grace to you and peace, from God our Father and the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

    We bring you greetings on behalf of the participants of the ecumenical consultation of the Anglican Church in North America and the North American Lutheran Church.

    As a part of our ongoing conversations, we have developed four pastoral and educational affirmations addressing the topics of “Jesus Christ, the Gospel and Justification,” “Holy Baptism,” “Holy Communion,” and “Holy Scripture,” with accompanying study guides designed to involve local lay people of all ages in learning, reflection and conversation. All are included in the attached booklet which may also be printed as hard-copy.

    Our hope is that these materials will be used for study, reflection and discussion within congregations, families, small groups or other activities within parishes and congregations of ACNA and NALC.

    More importantly, it is the hope of the consultation participants that neighboring ACNA and NALC parishes will seek out each other and develop opportunities to study these four affirmations together. More information about such study groups is provided in the introduction to the booklet.

    In service to Christ our Lord,

    The participants of the ACNA/NALC Ecumenical Consultation


    Ferrying the Primates across the Rubicon


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    Lambeth Resolution I.10 and the 2017 Primates Meeting: An Analysis of the 2017 Primates’ Meeting Communiqué by The Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll

    Nearly one year ago I wrote an essay titled “Crossing the Rubicon: Lambeth Resolution I.10, the Church of England, and the Anglican Communion,” which began this way:

    Earlier this year I was speaking with an English friend concerned about the direction of the Church of England. “Where do we draw the line?” he asked. “That’s easy,” I replied: “It’s called Lambeth Resolution I.10.”

    I then analyzed (“fisked”) a letter by Mr. William Nye, the Secretary General of the Archbishops’ Council, who had clearly been authorized to speak for the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. In this letter Mr. Nye attempts to relativize the 1998 Lambeth Resolution I.10 on Human Sexuality as speaking for that Conference only, hence having no ongoing normative authority.

    In the light of the Communiqué from the October 2017 Primates Meeting, I would go a step further and say that in the view of the Lambeth Establishment, Resolution I.10 was a huge mistake and aberration, the effects of which will be undone at Lambeth 2020.

    Let me briefly state why the 1998 Lambeth Conference and its key Resolution constitute an historic “Rubicon” moment for Anglicanism:

    • The Resolution addressed the major theological issue of our time: God’s creation of mankind in his image, male and female, and the “unchangeable standard” of “faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in lifelong union” and of “abstinence as right for those who are not called to marriage.”
    • The Resolution, backed up by several others affirming the authority of the Bible, claims that this standard of marriage and abstinence is held “in view of the teaching of Scripture” and therefore that “homosexual practice is incompatible with Scripture” and “cannot be advised.” The Church, in the words of the Articles, has no authority to “ordain any thing that is contrary to God’s Word written.”
    • The Resolution was formulated by and approved overwhelmingly by bishops from the Global South, in opposition to the Conference organizers and those in the West who were promoting the homosexual agenda, now called “LGBTI.”
    • The Resolution, in line with other Resolutions since 1978, assumed an enhanced role of the Primates, who would see that it was carried out for the entire Communion. This assumption was tested in a series of Primates’ Meetings from 2000 through 2007, culminating in a specific call from the 2007 meeting in Dar es Salaam for repentance by the Episcopal Church, with exclusion from Lambeth 2008 as a consequence of refusal. When the Archbishop of Canterbury chose not to carry out this Resolution, a large number of Global South bishops convened the Global Anglican Future Conference in Jerusalem in 2008.
    • Finally, Resolution I.10 was a Resolution of the church’s moral and spiritual authority, in continuity with those of Lambeth Conferences that preceded it. Since that time, resolutions have been replaced by “indaba,” reducing Lambeth to an extended tea party with agenda and conclusions controlled by conference facilitators. By contrast, the Jerusalem Conference in 2008 produced a concise theological statement – the Jerusalem Declaration and emergency legislation establishing a Primates’ Council and inviting formation and membership of the Anglican Church in North America.

    The 2017 Lambeth Primates’ Communiqué makes no mention of Lambeth I.10 and indeed seeks to undo all of its effects. It expresses “sadness” that the Scottish Episcopal Church, like the Episcopal Church USA before it, has proceeded to bless same-sex marriages in the church in the Name of the Triune God. The “consequences” of this action are a 3-year suspension from representation or voting in certain councils.

    What, I might ask, follows when these consequences expire? I think the answer is quite obvious: by 2020 same-sex marriage will have been accommodated as a moral option within the Anglican Communion. The Communiqué goes on to say: “We welcomed the news that the Church of England has embarked on a major study of human sexuality in its cultural, scientific, scriptural and theological aspects and anticipated considering the results of this work at a future meeting.” Is there any doubt that the new study will discover that the unchangeable standard of marriage and abstinence is, well, changeable after all? Is there any doubt the “cultural and scientific” aspects of postmodernity will open a way around the clear teaching of Scripture?

    The 2017 Primates’ Meeting was, contrary to appearances, a disenfranchising of the Global South and a dis-enhancing of the Primates’ authority. The agenda and Communiqué were clearly prepared in advance, and the indaba process prevented any real dissent. The false tears for the absence of three major Provinces were accompanied by the back-hand of fellowship to the Anglican Church in North America: “you are not Anglican, but we love you as Christian brothers anyway.” Read carefully, the 2017 statement is the utter reversal of the Primates’ Communiqué ten years ago.

    As I see it, the 2017 Primates Meeting was an attempt, using the prestige of Canterbury and funds from New York, to undo Lambeth I.10 and the Global South movement that resulted from it.

    The Archbishops of Canterbury (and York) have crossed the Rubicon and taken the Church of England with them. Now they are seeking to ferry the Global South with them.

    So how many Global South Primates are actually in this boat – a relevant question since there are no signatories to the Communiqué? And if certain Primates are on board with Canterbury, then how many bishops and churches of their Provinces are willing to go along for the ride?

    This is a Joshua 24:15 moment: whom will you serve? We remember the costly answer of our forefathers in the faith: “Here I stand; I can do no other.”

    The Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll is Professor Emeritus of Trinity School for Ministry and former Vice Chancellor of Uganda Christian University. This essay is adapted from his forthcoming book [2018] The Global Anglican Communion: Contending for Anglicanism 1993-2018.


    Caminemos Juntos Conference 2017


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    Passion for Gospel Centered Unity and Mission was emphasized at the Caminemos Juntos conference in Brazil

    The conference gathered Anglican representatives from across the Americas in Recife, Brazil the week of October 5 – 7.

    “Passion for the Americas” was the theme of the Caminemos Juntos 2017 conference, a conference with more than 200 Anglican representatives from North, Central and South America held in Recife, Brazil, with the goal of catalyzing mission and church planting throughout the continent.

    This second annual gathering of Caminemos Juntos in South America brought clergy and a diversity of lay leaders from more than 9 countries together. The three themes of the conference were: Mobilizing, Equipping, and Planting, in order to walk together as the Anglican Church in the Americas.

    The conference was organized by the Greenhouse Movement, the ACNA, the Diocese of Recife in Brazil, the Anglican Church in Chile, and GAFCON.

    It is important to note that this year’s gathering included a visit from Charles Raven, Secretary of Membership Development for GAFCON, who shared about the Anglican movement worldwide.

    The three day gathering was hosted by Parróquia Anglicana Espíritu Santo (PAES), the largest anglican church in Latin America, with more than three thousand members. The program was comprised of plenaries, workshops, and small working groups, along with a special worship and prayer night on Thursday, which was attended by more than 800 people.

    For the first time this year, there were pre-conference equipping sessions 2 days prior to the main conference gathering. One of the workshops was led by MOCLAM and was focused on teaching the panorama of scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Similarly, there was a training for those interested in becoming church planters and global missionaries sent out from Latin America. Caminemos Juntos’ worship movement, United Adoration led a retreat for songwriters where new songs were written and then sung throughout the conference. You can listen to one here.

    Rev. Jonathan Kindberg, co-director of Caminemos Juntos, said that having the conference in Brazil was key as participants were able to experience first hand the spontaneous growth and revival being lived out in Brazil, a dynamic similar to what happened in the Anglican church in East Africa. This fire and passion that God is awakening is not only for Brazil but is spreading throughout Americas.

    PASSION FOR MOBILIZATION

    The first day focused on Mobilization. The focus was how to mobilize the Latin American church on global mission. One of the key questions was: “How can the Anglican Church in Latin America shift from being a mission field that simply receives missionaries to being a church that sends missionaries throughout the world?”  The day began with a talk by Carlos Scott, former president of COMIBAM (a consortium of Latin American mission and sending agencies) and the current facilitator of an organization called Misión Glocal (Glocal Mission) in Argentina.  In his presentation, Scott described the evolution of the Latin American missionary movement in recent years and how we are experiencing an enormous paradigm shift in how mission is seen and practiced.

    As Scott emphasized, if at the end of the 90’s there were four thousand missionaries, today Latin America has a total of twenty five thousand missionaries both in Latin America and being sent from Latin America throughout the world. He said there is a growing missionary expansion and that the Church in Latin America is beginning to understand its purpose of extending the Kingdom of God to all nations.

    Rev. Jonathan said that this awakening is also beginning to happen in the Anglican church in Latin America. For example, in recent years there has been a growing reciprocal sending and receiving of Latin American Anglicans to and from the US. “Today we are seeing how Chile, for example, is sending missionaries to serve in Latino or Central American communities in the United States. We also have the example of Chilean Anglican missionaries like Verónica Vega who is serving in India.”

    This first day of the conference also included a talk by Filipe Santos, mission pastor of City Church in Sao Paulo, the largest Baptist church in Brazil, who spoke on how to develop a church culture that values mobilization in order to creatively reach the key cities of the world.

    Participants once again were not only able to hear about examples, but got to experience this kind of creative mobilization first hand by visiting congregations throughout the Diocese of Recife, which since separating from the Episcopal Church in 2005, has planted more than 30 churches in only 12 years, thanks to missional strategies such as Casas de Paz (“Houses of Peace”) and is on it’s way to becoming a province.

    As Bishop Miguel Uchoa explained, “Houses of Peace is a lay-led initiative and evangelistic tool to enter non-Christian homes and has led to the planting of new congregations… and the mobilization of the entire church.” Some of the other innovative missional initiatives of the diocese are: social ministries aimed at reaching the poor and marginalized like House of Hope, church-based outreach Karate classes, the planting of congregations inside prisons and an evangelistic marriage ministry and video curriculum for couples which has millions of hits on youtube (see here).

    PASSION FOR EQUIPPING

    A second focus of the conference was “passion for equipping.” One of the sessions this second day of the conference was led by a team from Chile. Diocesan Bishop Héctor (Tito) Zavala spoke about “passion for formation,” and how this has facilitated the ongoing growth and maturity of the Chilean Anglican Church.

    On this same topic, some of the leaders from Chile spoke aboutthe Center for Pastoral Studies (CEP), the Chilean Anglican seminary which started in 2003, and also about other Chilean equipping initiatives for leaders, which have led to the planting of 19 churches and the ordination of almost 50 clergy in the past 17 years.

    Bishop Zavala said, “I believe that the reason we have had this fruit these last years is that we have been seeking to be truly evangelical, in the fullest sense of that word: centered on teaching the Word, the formation of leaders, and the empowerment of the entire local church for mission.”

    Along these same lines, the importance of being able to share equipping resources between the different countries in the Americas thanks to Caminemos Juntos was highlighted. One example of this is the exchange that has taken place between Mexico and Chile. Chile this last year brought their highly successful Anglican Marriage Encounter program (EMA) to the fledging ACNA deanery of churches in Mexico. Also this last year a leader from the Chilean seminary came to the church of Iglesia del Gran pastor in Fresnillo, Mexico to do a week long intensive course on Anglican Mission and Identity.

    “The Anglican church in Mexico today is weak in terms of equipping and these kinds of exchanges greatly motivate us because without formation there is no vision” said Juan Manuel Herrera, one of the lay ministers of Gran Pastor, one of the larger ACNA churches in Mexico.

    PASSION FOR CHURCH PLANTING

    The Greenhouse Movement (known as Sociedad Misionera San Pablo in Latin America) presented on the third focus of the conference: “passion for church planting.” Greenhouse’s Missioner General, William Beasley, along with Bishops Marcio Meira and Flavio Soares of Brazil, spoke on the work of lay church planting both in the US and in Brazil.

    The Greenhouse Movement has been deeply shaped by Anglican Church in East Africa which has also experienced explosive growth thanks to the move of God through lay leaders. William Beasley explained that we are seeing God pour out this same fire of revival in Latin America. While holding firm to the gospel and the historic roots of Anglicanism, lay leaders throughout the Americas are engaged in a creative missional effort that opens the door for the spontaneous expansion of the church that is able to reach all kinds of cultures and communities.

    Adrian Torres, a lay leader at San Pedro, a church in Buenos Aires Argentina, similarly iterated: “Today we are seeing a thriving movement that grows through the laity. It is crucial that we shift our missional paradigm to include this new reality. Argentina needs this missional effort because we yearn new church plants.”

    A NEW REFORMATION

    One of the main emphases during the conference was that the Global Anglican Church is currently in the midst of twin reformation: a doctrinal reformation and a missional reformation.

    Charles Raven, who led a workshop on this very topic, explained that this year, as the Church celebrates the 500th year since the Protestant Reformation, we have come to grips with the fact that we are not simply celebrating a historical event. The Church has always been and is always reforming. Today, we are working to recover and restore the truth of the Gospel. It is this Gospel of grace rooted in the Bible that ultimately drives us to fulfill the Great Commission.

    Rev. Jonathan Kindberg, co-director of Caminemos Juntos, referred to this same theme of reformation:

    “We are continuing to work alongside GAFCON to expand our network to share resources and training in all 35 countries of the Americas and the Caribbean. We are striving towards mission centered unity, while also holding firmly to our biblical foundations, knowing that it will result in the formation of new Anglican church plants all across the Americas and throughout the world.”

    We expect that this vision will continue to spread, and, at our next conference in Chile (Oct 4-6, 2018), we hope to witness even more countries walking together under the same vision and passion of reaching all the Americas with the love of Christ.

     


    In Memory of Professor Daniel Westberg


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    A Prayer for the Nashotah House Community

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    I have just learned of the death of The Rev. Dr. Daniel Westberg, Professor of Ethics and Moral Theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary.  Fr. Westberg died yesterday while boating on Lake Nashotah.  Please join me in praying for the repose of his soul, and the Holy Spirit’s comfort and peace to be upon his wife, family, friends, and the whole Nashotah House community:

    Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding: deal graciously with those who mourn, especially the Westberg family and Nashotah House community. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    For more information regarding the passing of Fr. Westberg, please view the Nashotah House announcement here.

     


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    GAFCON Chairman’s October 2017 Letter


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    Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, GAFCON Chairman, responds to Primates’ Meeting Communiqué

    To the Faithful of the Gafcon movement and friends from Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the Gafcon Primates Council.

    My dear people of God,

    On the 31st October, it will be 500 years since Martin Luther’s 95 Theses triggered the Reformation. He was fired by holy indignation because of the way ordinary Christians were being abused by a church which was turning the need for divine forgiveness into a money making machine through the sale of indulgences, but that led him on to see the root of the problem.

    The message of God’s free grace in the gospel had been buried under layers of superstition and human tradition, which Luther and the Reformers then exposed to the light of God’s Word. The recovery of the Bible as the first and foremost source of authority in the Church was the basic principle of the Reformation. Everything else depended on this and still does.

    Anglicanism claims to be an expression of Reformed Catholic Christianity, but the Canterbury Primates Meeting held earlier this month shows once again that the Anglican Communion is in urgent need of a new reformation. I and a number of brother Primates (representing between us over half of practising Anglicans worldwide) did not attend as a matter of conscience. We cannot ‘walk together’ with those who have abandoned the teaching of the Bible, but that is what the Communiqué issued from the meeting encourages us to do. The painful truth is that the authority of Scripture is being replaced by the authority of Canterbury.

    There is no mention in the Communiqué of Lambeth Resolution I.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference where the vast majority of the Communion’s bishops reaffirmed the Bible’s teaching on marriage and sexuality, including the clear statement that homosexual practice is contrary to Scripture.

    Same-sex ‘marriage’ is referred to merely as a difference of understanding while the only call to repentance is to those who have crossed provincial boundaries to support orthodox brothers and sisters unchurched by leaders who have rejected God’s Word.

    The Conference also affirmed the LGBTI community and their lifestyle, while unequivocally disowning the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), an orthodox Anglican Province.

    If we may be reminded, it was the unwillingness of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, to provide oversight to dissenting orthodox Anglicans in the USA as advised by the Primates Meeting that led to the formation of ACNA, to keep it in the Anglican Communion fold. ACNA is therefore authentically orthodox, Anglican and Gafcon altogether.

    It appears that the Episcopal Church of the United States (TEC) and other revisionists have now got what they failed to get at the 1998 Lambeth Conference. It seems it is now ‘officially’ possible to teach the opposite of what the Bible teaches and still be fully part of the Communion, with the only penalty being a few procedural handicaps which in practice amount to very little.

    Is this now how the Primates of the Anglican Communion understand ‘Walking Together’? It has become clear that the Communiqué does not represent the reality of the meeting.

    Some Gafcon Primates did attend the meeting in the hope that they could make a difference, including Archbishop Gregory Venables of the Anglican Church of South America who was one of the original members of the Gafcon Primates Council in 2008. Commenting on the Communiqué, he has said ‘It does not reflect what I experienced and heard in the meeting.  That’s fine, it might be somebody’s perception, but it wasn’t my perception and that leads me to ask more serious questions.

    Our Gafcon Jerusalem Statement and Declaration of 2008 got to the heart of a painful truth when it concluded that ‘we are a global Communion with a colonial structure’ and the appearance of a few African faces in those structures does not mean that anything has changed. The Primates Meeting Communiqué does not embarrass the Archbishop of Canterbury who, as widely reported just before the meeting began, refused to answer a journalist’s direct question about whether or not homosexual practice was sinful, but it should embarrass all Anglicans who seek to live under the authority of the Word of God.

    Also, the outcome of the meeting helps the Archbishop of Canterbury to continue tolerating almost routine breaches of Lambeth Resolution I.10 in the Church of England, but it does not help the global majority of ordinary Anglicans who wish to see their families and societies enjoy the great blessing of godly living.

    So how should we move forward? The process of reformation is never smooth sailing, but we can be sure that as we remain faithful to our vision of restoring the Bible to the heart of the Anglican Communion, we shall have success in God’s good time. Already, Gafcon is enabling training, building global mission relationships, gathering the marginalised and resourcing Anglicans worldwide. Our next conference in Jerusalem in June 2018 will mark a further step in the great project of reformation begun ten years previously and by the grace of God will enable Anglicans around the world to walk together in the true communion of gospel partnership.

    The Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh

    Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the GAFCON Primates Council


    New 2018 Liturgical Calendar


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    Introducing the New 2018 Liturgical Year Collection by Modern Liturgic

    This collection highlights the re-ordering of time around the story of God’s mission to the world in Jesus Christ. Running from Advent to Trinitytide, December 2017 through November 2018, the collection illustrates various aspects of the Christian liturgical tradition – seasons, colors, feast days, and more. All of the feast days, seasons, and other dates, etc., are aligned with the ACNA Texts for Common Prayer.

    The collection is comprised of: An 11×17 “evergreen” liturgical year circle print that showcases the liturgical seasons and features the more prominent holy days in the Anglican tradition. A full-year calendar (starting in Advent!) that highlights and explains the various seasons, feast days, and commemorations that exist each month throughout the year.

    Pre-order now and your item will be shipped by November 1st, 2017.  Go to modernliturgic.com.


    Rector, The Falls Church Anglican, Falls Church, VA



    Assistant Rector/Co-Adjutor, Epiphany Anglican Church, Eustis, FL



    Rector, St Peter’s, Cheyenne, WY



    Special Event: Liturgy Taskforce Webinar


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    Register for the ACNA Liturgy Taskforce Webinar today!

    On October 10 and 11, LeaderWorks will facilitate two webinars from the meeting of the ACNA’s Liturgy Taskforce as they work on common texts for liturgical use for our province. We hope to provide an opportunity to hear from the faithful men and women who have put in years of hard work on our prayer book. They will share the principles that have guided them in creating and revising the texts, and they will address some of the common questions that have arisen through the process.

    Panelists will include the chair of the Taskforce, the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan and Senior Reader, Dr. J.I. Packer. Rev. Canon David Roseberry will moderate the discussion.

    For more information and to register click here


    Director of Children’s Ministry, Eucharist Church (San Francisco, CA)



    Jerusalem Tours June 2018


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    A number of study tours to Jerusalem and the Mediterranean are are being led by members of the Anglican Church in North America this coming June.

    Below is a brief description of each opportunity with links to the schedules, itineraries, and registration information for each.




    imageSailing into the New Testament World
    Led by: New Testament Scholar Dr. Peter Walker and Archbishop Emeritus Robert Duncan
    June 24-July 1, 2018

    Next June’s trip will be a great opportunity to see a good number of Pauline sites within just one week, including places Paul visited on both his second and third missionary journey’s (Acts 16-20). Walking the streets of Ephesus, Rhodes, Athens, and Corinth, traveling across the Aegean Sea: these are all ways of seeing Paul’s world that will make the New Testament come alive for you in a whole new way. And then there’s the added bonus of sailing to Patmos to see the place where St. John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelation.

    Please join us as we enjoy this beautiful part of the world, so rich in its history and significance. It will also be great fun! Traveling together will give us the experience of being on vacation with fellow GAFCON attendees and friends, giving us time to reflect on all that we have experienced together in Jerusalem, as well as the opportunity to meet new people and see new places. $2,795 per person.

    For more information click here or call 1-800-856-1045, ext 5


    CANA East Bible Tour of the Holy Land
    Led by: Bishops and Leaders of CANA East
    June 4-15, 2018

    This will be the eighth tour that Bishop Julian & Brenda Dobbs have coordinated. The total cost of the tour is $4,395, which includes 10 nights in four star hotels, full breakfasts and dinners, transportation to and from the departing US airport, as well as all transportation and entrance fees related to the guided tour. The tour guide will be the same guide that has led all previous tours and there will be regular Bible study, worship and prayer at Holy sites with the Bishops and Archdeacon of CANA East. Among the planned sites for the tour are: the Elah valley where David slew Goliath, the Mount of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee, Muhraka where Elijah confronted the priests of Baal, Nazareth, Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives. These are only a few of the many sites that will be visited during the eleven day trip.

    If you are interested in learning more about this tour, please click here.


    imageDiscover Israel – A Leaderworks Exclusive
    In partnership with Imagine Tour and Travel
    Hosted by: The Rev. David Roseberry
    June 13-17 or June 23-26, 2018

    Join one or more of the three amazing 5 day/4 night excursions for GAFCON attendees from North America. Each of these excursions will include hotel accommodations in 4 star, First Class hotels, breakfast and dinners, licensed guide, all entrance fee, taxes, tips, and associated costs. I have been leading tours or laity and clergy of Israel for over 22 years.

    Excursion I: Survey the Ministry of Jesus: From the coastal plains to the Sea of Galilee; the cool heights of the North and the mountains of Jerusalem.
    Excursion II: The Negev, Ramon Crater, Red Sea, Petra, and Masada. Israel and the Desert Like You’ve Never Seen or Imagined
    Excursion III: Discovering the Holy City: A detailed experience and tour of the riches and beauty of Jerusalem. (may be adjusted to accommodate Provincial meeting)

    For more information click here.
    Imagine Tours Phone: 863-709-9208


    imageIsrael Familiarization Tour for Leaders. The Life & World of Jesus, A Shoresh Study Tours Itinerary

    Led by: Bishop Neil and Marcia Lebhar
    June 7-17, 2018

    On this Familiarization Tour especially designed for bishops and other ministry leaders, we will focus on the life of Jesus from his home in Galilee to Jerusalem, giving particular attention to the influence of Jewish thought and culture of the period on the origins of the Christian faith. Our goal is a better understanding of Jesus’ ministry, his place among the Jewish people, and the application of his teachings for us today. The FAM tour will also include sites from the Old Testament. The tour is designed to prepare leaders to lead future trips if they feel so called. Spouses are very welcome to join us as well. We will be staying on the shores of the sea of Galilee he and Christ Church in the Old City in Jerusalem. Thursday, June 7th is Departure from USA. Tour will begin Friday June 8th after 4pm.

    Land Price: Per Person, Double Occupancy $1,699
    Single Supplement $499

    If interested please call 904-701-4230


    Church-Planter/Rector, Christ the Foundation Anglican Church,  Kailua, HI (Oahu)



    Hurricane Irma brings flood waters, loss of power, and havoc to the southeastern United States


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    On the heels of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma has brought flood waters, loss of power, and general havoc to the southeastern United States.

    After causing widespread devastation across the Caribbean, Irma’s damage to the mainland U.S. was—in some ways—not as grave as expected.

    However, for a storm as big as Irma, this still means many places were damaged by flood waters and high winds. We are receiving word from Holy Trinity Anglican and Grace Anglican (both in the Jacksonville, FL area) of damage to their communities. We expect to get more reports in the coming days from others as power is restored and the damages assessed.

    Effectively working through the local church
    Fortunately, the local church is in a position to reach out to those in need. In Houston, Church of the Apostles has organized a backpack drive, where volunteers can fill backpacks with necessities for kids and families who are struggling to regain a sense of normalcy after losing so much to Harvey.

    In Florida, Grace Anglican Church is coordinating clean-up crews and is in need of strong equipment—and strong backs! All Souls Anglican Church (also in Jacksonville) is mobilizing to help in recovery efforts. Follow us on Facebook where we will post ongoing needs and opportunities as we receive them.

    Share a story, encourage a donor
    And if you have an Irma story to share, please let Christine at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) know! When others can see God working in the midst of a crisis, everyone is encouraged.

    Help from afar
    Even if you live far from Florida you can support the local church in their community efforts with your donations to ARDF. We are partnering with several dioceses in the affected regions so as to get aid to the places that need it most.

    Donate to Hurricane Irma relief.

    Support Harvey relief efforts.


    Convergence Conference at Asbury Seminary November 7-8th


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    Register for Convergence, a two-day gathering designed to help Anglican church leaders engage a new generation.

    Convergence is an annual two-day gathering at Asbury Theological Seminary designed to help Anglican church leaders engage a new generation with ancient pathways for formation and mission in contemporary ministry by bringing together Scripture, Spirit and Sacrament. During our time, we will worship corporately in liturgical chapel services and also explore topics such as “The Power of Liturgy,” “Sacramental Preaching,” “Sacramental Church Planting,” “21st Century Catechesis” and more. We believe that exploring the historic practices of the church will bring new life and substance to the leaders of our day and we would be delighted if you joined with us for this incredible opportunity!

    Register before October 15th to receive a free electronic copy of Our Common Prayer by Dr. Winfield Bevins. In addition, we have the ability to offer Continuing Education Credits for Convergence. To see if you qualify for earning CEU credits, contact us through our “Contact” page and let us know!

    Visit http://convergenceasbury.com for information.


    Live Stream Sing! Conference September 18-20


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    The Sing! Conference is for church leaders to learn about building a Biblical understanding for congregational singing.

    The Sing! Conference exists to help pastors, musicians, and leaders build a Biblical understanding and creative vision for the congregational singing in their churches. Bringing together speakers and artists from many traditions and walks of life, our desire is to encourage churches towards a deeper, more dynamic view of theology, artistry and mission in congregational singing.

    The FREE live simulcast of the Getty Music Worship Conference: Sing! includes all 7 plenary session talks from pastors and speakers such as Alistair Begg, David Platt, Joni Eareckson Tada, Paul Tripp, Don Carson and many more, along with exciting new musical content from the Gettys and other top artists.  It will also feature the 5000 person hymn-sing at the Grand Ole Opry House and EXCLUSIVE content and special appearances from the panel of over 50 speakers at the event.

    Over 4000 pastors, church leaders and believers from over 16 countries are gathering in Nashville, TN for a conference that seeks to encourage and reform congregational singing.

    RSVP today at here and receive a digital songbook with 25 free songs from Keith & Kristyn Getty!


    Statement on DACA from Caminemos Juntos & A.M.E.N


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    Caminemos Juntos and AMEN make a statement in regards to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

    Caminemos Juntos and the Anglican Multi-Ethnic Network (AMEN) are entities of the Anglican Church in North America dedicated to helping the province better reflect the diversity of North America in our local churches.  We join together at this time to express our love and concern for those who are affected by the recent revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  These brothers and sisters of ours, most of whom are of Latino ethnicity, are experiencing grief, pain and fear as well as uncertainty about their future. We want to make it clear to them that they have our support.

    The Latino community in the United States is and will continue to be a vital part of the Church in this country and for this, we give thanks to Almighty God.  As fellow members of the Body of Christ, we rejoice in the gifts they bring to our Church family (1 Cor. 12:22) and the contributions they make to local communities.  We therefore ask those entrusted with the role of governing and legislating to provide a comprehensive solution to the wider immigration issue that includes a path to citizenship for those children raised here who only know this place as their home.

    To develop an awareness of the various facets of DACA, DREAMers and immigration, we encourage everyone to take the time to become informed about the legal and personal issues that impact so many.

    As co-workers in the vineyard of the Lord, we hope and pray that members of our province will avoid hurtful and hateful language and instead foster attitudes that unite us in Christ rather than divide. Furthermore, we encourage our fellow Anglican Christians to reach out with tangible expressions of the love of Christ to those whose lives are directly affected by these circumstances, be it through words of encouragement or deeds of provision. May the peace of Christ which surpasses all understanding be the true path that leads us to citizenship in God’s eternal kingdom.

    For more information about Caminemos Juntos:

    www.caminemos-juntos.com

    https://www.facebook.com/CaminemosJuntosEnglish/

    For more information about A.M.E.N:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Anglicanmultiethnicnetwork/

    https://anglicanmultiethnic.org

    https://twitter.com/anglicanME


    Relief effort now underway to help Hurricane Irma victims


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    Anglican relief efforts are now getting underway as Hurricane Irma brings devastation all across the State of Florida and beyond.

    CLICK HERE TO DONATE

    Not again

    Just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey flooded southern Texas, Irma is hammering Florida. Southern Floridians are no strangers to storms. However, according to experts at the National Hurricane (as quoted in the Washington Post), Irma could very well be a “once in a generation storm.” Churches cancelled Sunday worship services and the estimates are that five million people are without power.

    Preparations underway

    ARDF is partnering with several Anglican Dioceses to help get relief to people affected by Hurricane Irma: the Diocese of the Gulf Atlantic, based in Jacksonville, FL, The Anglican Diocese of the South, based in Atlanta, GA, and the Diocese of the Carolinas, based in Pleasant, SC. States of emergency have already been declared in Florida and Georgia.

    How to help

    You can donate funds even now to support Irma relief.

    CLICK HERE TO DONATE

     


    Global South Primates’ Communique


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    The following is from the Primates of the Global South who met in Cairo from September 8-9, 2017.

    We, the Primates of the Global South, met in Cairo from 8-9 September 2017 to work together in service of the Church, to follow up the recommendation of the 2016 Global South Conference and to discuss arising issues.  We give thanks to God for our time of prayer, worship, and communion.  In particular, we benefitted greatly from the ministry of Dr. Os Guinness who led us in a Bible Study on the topic of biblical Covenants and the love of God. We were blessed by the tremendous hospitality of All Saints Cathedral, the Diocese of Egypt, and Bishop Mouneer Anis.  We are also grateful to the Egyptian government for all the efforts taken to ensure granting visas and the security of the meeting.

    We remembered and gave thanks for the encouraging fellowship that our delegates shared here in Egypt last year at the 6th Global South conference.  We were reminded of that conference’s theme “Being Found Faithful.” By God’s grace we have been saved and there is nothing in this life that matters more than our faithfulness to Christ.

    We shared together the challenges and blessings that we are experiencing in our provinces.  We noticed common themes across our fellowship.  For many of us, natural disasters and political unrest have created new waves of refugees, yet at the same time this instability is being accompanied by an extraordinary outpouring of God’s Spirit.  We heard testimonies from areas in our provinces where people are coming to Christ in thousands, new schools and hospitals are being built to care for the poor, and new provinces and dioceses are emerging.  We pray that God will provide more labourers to disciple these new believers that He is bringing into His kingdom, and pray that He will provide us with the resources to share His love with all in our communities.

    We welcomed The Most Rev. Ezekiel Kondo of the new province of the Sudan, and we rejoiced in the news of the desire to form new provinces in Chile and Egypt.

    As faithful members of the Anglican Communion, we are working on a new structure for the Global South to ensure fellowship in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and the advancement of the kingdom of God, with emphasis on Ministry Formation, Economic Empowerment, Mission Partnerships, Discipleship and Youth Ministry.  Under the chairmanship of Bishop Rennis Ponniah the Structure Committee will convene its work in Singapore at the end of October 2017.

    We express our sadness for the decision taken by the Scottish Episcopal Church to change its doctrine of marriage and are thankful for the faithful remnant of the Scottish Anglican Network that continues to contend for God’s Word.  We are also saddened by the decisions of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada to allow same-sex marriage.  If this decision is ratified it will further tear the fabric of the Communion.

    We invited Bishop Julian Henderson, President of the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC), to address us about the challenges facing orthodox Anglicans in England.  We commend the recent CEEC statements reaffirming the biblical definition of marriage. We encourage Anglicans in England to continue to stand firm in defence of the Gospel and to speak up for the central place of Scripture in the life of our Church, particularly in this 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

    We are saddened that the 16th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka, Zambia, did not unequivocally accept the decisions of the last Primates Meeting. While we expressed a desire to walk together as a Communion, this was contingent upon our decisions regarding The Episcopal Church being respected and upheld.  Unfortunately, this agreement was not enforced and The Episcopal Church has been allowed to take part in decision making regarding “matters pertaining to polity and doctrine.”  They have also represented us in ecumenical meetings.  This has led to a further breakdown of trust and confidence.

    In light of this reality, we discussed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s invitation to the upcoming Primates’ Meeting.  The conscience of some does not allow them to attend.  Some intend to go in defence of the Gospel and some are continuing to discern what the Lord is asking of them in this hour. We have all agreed to pray that the outcome of the upcoming meeting will be decisive and lead to coherent and responsible action regarding the issues which continue to tear apart the fabric of the Communion, issues that have eternal consequences.

    We rejoice and pray for the upcoming meeting of Gafcon in June 2018 in Jerusalem and give thanks for this renewal and reformation movement.

    We gave thanks for the sacrificial and significant service of Bishop Mouneer Anis, asking him to continue as our Chairman.  Our next Global South Primates Meeting will be 8-13 October 2018.

    We ask you to continue to pray for the Church, especially that we might be found faithful stewards contending for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3


    The Rt Rev. Mouneer Anis (Chairman)
    Diocese of Egypt, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa

    The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh (Vice Chairman)
    The Church of Nigeria

    The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali (Secretary)
    The Church of Uganda

    The Most Rev. Ng Moon Hing (Treasurer)
    The Church of the Province of Southeast Asia

    The Most Rev. Foley Beach
    The Province of the Anglican Church in North America

    The Most Rev. Masimango Katanda
    The Anglican Church of the Congo

    The Most Rev. Ezekiel Kondo
    The Church of the Province of Sudan

    The Most Rev. Daniel Sarfo
    The Church of the Province of West Africa

    The Most Rev. Paul Sarker
    The Church of Bangladesh

    The Most Rev. Stephen Than Myint Oo
    The Church of the Province of Myanmar

    The Most Rev. Gregory Venables
    The Church of the Province of South America


    Worship Leader, St. Thomas Church,  Fort Collins, CO



    College of Bishops Statement on the Ordination of Women


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    A statement from Archbishop Beach and the College of Bishops on the ordination of women to the priesthood.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    I am writing to you from the airport in Vancouver, British Columbia following the meeting of our College of Bishops. We met this week, September 5-7, 2017, in order to discuss the report of the Theological Task Force on Holy Orders.  As we met, we were deeply aware that North America is reeling from devastating natural disasters: we heard first-hand accounts of hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, the smoke from widespread wildfires in the Western parts of Canada and the United States filled the air of Victoria where we met, and we followed the latest reports of hurricane Irma in Haiti, Cuba, and the Caribbean.  With that hurricane now threatening the southeastern United States, some bishops in the affected areas had to leave early to make preparations in their dioceses and in their own homes.  In the midst of these challenges, we gathered to do the important work of discernment that had been laid before us.

    I write to thank you for your prayers for our meeting. Each bishop shared his personal position on the ordination of women, and the position of his diocese. We spent time listening to each other and to the Lord. The deliberation was frank and, at times, poignant and painful. We worshiped, prayed, read Scripture, and spent much time in silence, earnestly seeking to hear God’s voice and saying often throughout our time together, “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him” (Habakkuk 2:20).

    Words cannot convey all that the Lord did in our midst, but we leave more unified than ever, and I give thanks for your faithfulness to lift us up in prayer.  Below is the statement by the College of Bishops, unanimously adopted.


    In Christ,


     
    The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
    Archbishop and Primate
    Anglican Church in North America

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    A Statement from the College of Bishops on the Ordination of Women


    September 7, 2017

    PREAMBLE

    In an act of mutual submission at the foundation of the Anglican Church in North America, it was agreed that each Diocese and Jurisdiction has the freedom, responsibility, and authority to study Holy Scripture and the Apostolic Tradition of the Church, and to seek the mind of Christ in determining its own convictions and practices concerning the ordination of women to the diaconate and the priesthood. It was also unanimously agreed that women will not be consecrated as bishops in the Anglican Church in North America. These positions are established within our Constitution and Canons and, because we are a conciliar Church, would require the action of both Provincial Council and Provincial Assembly to be changed.


    STATEMENT

    Having gratefully received and thoroughly considered the five-year study by the Theological Task Force on Holy Orders, we acknowledge that there are differing principles of ecclesiology and hermeneutics that are acceptable within Anglicanism that may lead to divergent conclusions regarding women’s ordination to the priesthood. However, we also acknowledge that this practice is a recent innovation to Apostolic Tradition and Catholic Order. We agree that there is insufficient scriptural warrant to accept women’s ordination to the priesthood as standard practice throughout the Province. However, we continue to acknowledge that individual dioceses have constitutional authority to ordain women to the priesthood.


    COMMITMENTS

    As a College of Bishops, we confess that our Province has failed to affirm adequately the ministry of all Christians as the basic agents of the work of the Gospel. We have not effectively discipled and equipped all Christians, male and especially female, lay and ordained, to fulfill their callings and ministries in the work of God’s kingdom. We repent of this and commit to work earnestly toward a far greater release of the whole Church to her God-given mission.

    Having met in Conclave to pray, worship, study, talk, and listen well to one another, we commit to move forward in unity to carry on the good witness and work that God has given us to do in North America (Ephesians 4:1-6; John 17). We invite and urge all members of the Province to engage with us in this endeavor to grow in understanding the mission and ministry of all God’s people.


    Adopted Unanimously by the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America
    The Church of Our Lord, Victoria, BC, Canada

    To download the PDF click here

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    Archbishop Beach provides an update on the relief efforts following hurricane Harvey, and asks for prayer for those in the path of Hurricane Irma.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    This hurricane season seems to be particularly severe.  I am writing to share with you some of the good news coming out of Houston, as well as to ask you to pray.

    Please lift up those affected by these hurricanes.  Although the exact trajectory of hurricane Irma is not yet determined, the Caribbean Islands are beginning to be hit, and Florida has already declared a state of emergency.  Please pray for wisdom for all those facing difficult decisions, for government leaders preparing their communities, for individuals and families deciding whether to stay or evacuate, and especially for those who have no choice but to ride out the storm.

    Please continue to pray for the victims of hurricane Harvey.  Your generosity in caring for those recovering from hurricane Harvey continues to bring the love of Christ to those who have most needed encouragement.  There are excellent reports from those coordinating the relief effort and you can hear some of them for yourself below:



    If you and/or your church would like to bring a work team, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  Those who would like to give financially can do so through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund here.

    In Christ,


     
    The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
    Archbishop and Primate
    Anglican Church in North America

     


    Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus and the Apostles


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    A Call to Prayer for the Bishops’ Meeting


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    Archbishop Beach issues a call to prayer as the bishops meet to discuss the ordination of women.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    As many of you may have heard, the College of Bishops is gathering this week (September 5-7) in conclave (a private assembly of the bishops) to discuss the report we have received from the Task Force on Holy Orders earlier this year, specifically women’s orders. This is the beginning of our formal discussion as bishops, and I sincerely doubt it will be the end of our prayerful deliberation on this important issue. We are seeking to hear God’s will for us as Biblically orthodox, and faithful North American Anglicans, who are part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

    There are two things which I want to share with you, as members of the Anglican Church in North America.

    First, as Anglicans we are a conciliar Church in which decision-making and authority are shared amongst the clergy and laity. If the College of Bishops were to be united in discerning that it is God’s will to move in a different direction than that which is established in our Constitution (see Article VIII, Section 2), it would need to be brought to the full leadership of the Church for discernment (ie. Provincial Council and Provincial Assembly, see Article XV).

    Second, I believe in the power of prayer, and that God provides prayer as a means to further his purposes in the world and in the Church. I ask you to keep the bishops (and specifically your bishop) in your personal and corporate prayers as we gather to discuss this issue and how we move forward together. Our bishops are godly men and are committed to seeing the Anglican Church in North America flourish and prosper under the authority of Holy Scripture and the Tradition of the Church. Please pray for us. “To him who is able to do more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20,21).

    Forward, Always Forward. Everywhere Forward!

    In Christ,


     
    The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
    Archbishop and Primate
    Anglican Church in North America


    Worship Arts Pastor, Church of the Advent, Denver, CO



    What we learned from Hurricane Katrina


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    It is very, very hard to watch images coming out of Houston in the wake of Harvey. Katrina left deep scars. When I see an image of my hometown under water, I can look past the damage and heart ache. And what I see is the church there about to experience its finest hour. 

    By the Very Rev. Canon J.A. (Jerry) Kramer

    Twelve years after the levees broke and New Orleans went under water, images and conversations still race through my head.

    The day I remember most, however, came several months after the landfall and devastation.

    Our tiny Broadmoor neighbourhood church managed to acquire a very used double-wide trailer. Deposited in the middle of our parking lot, it would serve as a makeshift church, community center, and relief site (for years).

    As a gaggle of hardy New Orleanians managed to return “home,” we embarked on what appeared to be a fools’ errand of trying to save our neighbourhood from being demolished by city planners. With 100% of all homes and buildings in our community destroyed or severely damaged, our little church offered up the double-wide as home base for our civic association.

    One Saturday morning, we asked all returning residents to meet up near the church from where we would canvass the neighbourhood, assessing the damage and leaving messages for our neigbhours. Afterward, we hosted a lunch cobbled together from relief supplies for the resident volunteers.

    As neighbours and new friends left the trailer after lunch, I heard two statements over and over again; these still ring in my ears. After hugging my neck, over and over they said to me on the way out of the parking lot, “Thank you for doing this. Today was the first time I could sit on a chair, at a table, and just talk with people who understood what happened to me.” Followed by, “I never knew what this building (the old flooded church) was. I never knew what people did here.”

    I was to stunned to learn the depth of irrelevance to which our 163-year-old parish had sunk. Although I had only been installed as Rector (pastor) a few weeks before Katrina hit, I knew that things would have to change. Quickly.

    Flash forward five years and our neighbourhood was mostly repaired and rebuilt. It was far better than before on many levels. The parish worked hand in glove with the local civic association to bring residents home, helping to rebuild their lives. It was the church’s finest hour. We experienced resurrection.

    The transformation was so profound, and so improbable that the Harvard Kennedy School of Government studied us for five years. The academic question being: How did one of the poorest communities in New Orleans (median household income $10,000) experience a 93% return of its residents?

    While our Harvard colleagues had no idea of the power of prayer or the Holy Spirit or the promises of God, they did conclude that the church played a significant, vital role in our community’s comeback. There was “something” about the church that made it both “different” and highly effective in disaster events.

    It is very, very hard for me to watch images coming out of Houston (my hometown where my sister and parents still live) in the wake of Harvey. Katrina left deep scars. However, when I see an image of my hometown under water, I can look past the damage and heart ache. And what I see is the church there about to experience its finest hour.

    Here is what we learned in Katrina and how Christ followers in south Texas can shine Jesus’ light for all to see:

    1. Sharing water, food, shelter, etc. is not enough for people in crisis. They need to know the love and faithfulness of God. We refused to accept relief supplies from a particular denominational provider because we were not allowed to use the Name “Jesus.”

    2. With Jesus front and centre, while relief is happening, pray with people. Share words of love, comfort and hope from Scripture. People are not merely physically broken but spiritually and emotionally hurting. Jesus is their healer. Tend to their hearts not just their bodies and buildings.

    3. Rumour Phase: Do NOT believe everything you hear from the media. Wild rumours are a normal part the crisis. Remember all the people who were supposedly killed in the New Orleans’ Superdome? I can see this already starting in Houston. You can help by not spreading false stories on social media or by email.

    4. This is a marathon, not a sprint. An initial crush of “volunteers” will inevitably race in to help. There will need to be a thoughtful evolution of capacity building taking time to put into place. Churches will need to think about housing volunteers in the days and even years ahead. There must be platforms for launching relief operations and recovery initiatives. Note, too, that crises attract pedophiles and “fake” clergy. Ill- intentioned people know there will be vulnerable children in a chaotic environment upon whmo they might prey. Vet your volunteers. And don’t be offended if you are vetted.

    While almost all are well-intended, the majority of dear people arriving on the scene in the early days caused more harm than good. We weren’t ready for people to come and stay with us; some needed rescuing themselves or became a tremendous burden on us. If you or your church wish to enter the disaster zone and help, coordinate this with locals. Find out how you can be of greatest help, not becoming one more issue causing stress.

    5. Listen! Don’t presume what people need. This is why almost all large charitable organisations failed miserably. These groups were too large to truly hear from the grassroots and adapt as needed. Needs will change as the crisis cycle moves from relief to recovery and then resolution. Our slogan was, “Be fluid, not flexible, because flexible is too rigid.” Be ready to turn on a dime; people and communities recover at different paces. Denominations especially felt the pull towards centralised response with predictably terrible results.

    6. Help and recovery as a community. It was proven in Katrina that “victims” who went out and helped others in need recovered at a faster rate. The people who stayed inside and looked inward did not do well in the long-term. Get people involved in your relief and recovery ministries. The only way you will endure – and hopefully thrive – is by committing to one another. Stand together and fight, leaving no one behind.

    7. Relief and recovery are best directed at the lowest level. The church should already be engaged with the lives of the community (we had to make up for generations of disengagement very quickly). The church can be a voice for their needs, hopes, and dreams for recovery. Highly centralised operations failed miserably. We learned the key to effective help is for outsiders to look for grassroots, boots on the ground locals, and support them. Think bottom up, not top down.

    8. Embed deeply with your local community. Sacrifice to the bone. Our little church was asked to give up its campus for five years to host the local civic association’s relief and recovery operation while providing housing for 3,500 volunteers annually. This meant, essentially, giving up our campus and beautiful old church. Jesus gave everything. There is nothing He held back on the cross. Why shouldn’t we give all, to the point of profound pain, not just “inconvenience?” Idols must die. Giving up our wants and comforts goes to the heart of following Jesus.

    9. Churches that simply tried to put things back the way they were ultimately died out. 60 percent of all churches in New Orleans didn’t make it in in the long run. Their focus was “getting back to the old normal.” That is a guaranteed recipe for failure. Work within the community to envision a “new normal.” What would the church look like in the new normal, truly engaged with residents, meeting their deepest felt needs (remembering a relationship with God in Jesus is everyone’s greatest need)?

     

    There is much more to say. But the day is early. The recovery process will take years. While the road ahead looks daunting, it can be your finest hour as a Christ follower and as His Bride, the Church.

    With all blessings and Hope in Him,

     

    The Very Rev. Canon J.A. (Jerry) Kramer

    If you would like to see how it all began in New Orleans, you can watch me paddle into the city here less than one week after the levees broke. If you go this page, you will see many short videos on Katrina relief and recovery from a Church-based perspective.

    For more resources from the Harvard Kennedy School on neighborhood recovery, see: http://www.belfercenter.org/publication/lessons-katrina.

    You can help the relief effort for Hurricane Harvey by donating through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund here.


    Church of the Apostles Anglican opens as official Red Cross Shelter


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    Church of the Apostles Anglican (Houston, TX) has just opened as an official Red Cross shelter for those displaced by the catastrophic Houston floods in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

    Senior Pastor David Cumbie, whose first weekend in the parish was last Sunday, August 20th, is handling the relief effort. Pastor David has been sleeping at the church and offering shelter and help to anyone who needs it, while his wife is coordinating volunteers remotely.  Please pray for Fr. David and Church of the Apostles.  You can help the relief effort by donating through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund here.


    Report from Houston


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    Bishop Clark Lowenfield (Bishop of the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast) is on the ground in Houston and is spearheading the Anglican relief effort now underway. Hear an update on how you can help.


    Hurricane Harvey Relief



    Support the Hurricane Relief Effort


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    Hurricane Harvey has already displaced thousands in south Texas and Louisiana, and the rains and flooding are expected to continue throughout the week to come. Archbishop Beach is calling the Church to pray, give, and prepare.

    You can help by donating through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund here.

    Meteorologists are warning that while the winds have now died down, the greater danger could come from the continual rain that the region will receive.

    Bishop Clark Lowenfield and The Anglican Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast are based in Houston, Texas and will be coordinating the relief effort among Anglicans in the region.  Bishop Lowenfield, who was forced to evacuate his home yesterday, said, “Thank you to all those who have been offering their prayers and expressing their concern to us. The impact of Harvey is already evident, and we are being told to expect days more of rain and ‘catastrophic flooding’. In the Houston area in particular, the devastation will take months if not years of recovery. Your gift to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund will mean that individuals in some of the most hard-hit areas will be able to put their lives back together once this is all over. Above all, I implore you to pray with us in this storm. As Psalm 29:10-11 tells us, ‘The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!’”

    Archbishop Beach is calling the Church to pray, give, and prepare: “Now is an important time for the Church to step forward. First and foremost, please join me in praying for the people of south Texas and Louisiana. Please pray for all those in distress, those who are being called to extraordinary acts of courage, and those who are obediently engaging in small acts of faithfulness.

    Second, please consider giving so that Christians in the area will have the resources they need to show their communities the love of Christ in tangible ways.  We cannot anticipate today all that will need to be done in the days ahead, but we are blessed to have churches in the region who can be the hands and feet of Christ.

    Third, whether you are in Texas, Louisiana, or in the states surrounding the region, please be preparing to serve.  As the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast prioritizes the needs, you will be hearing more about how you and your congregation can serve through volunteer work teams.”

    You can help by donating through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund here.


    Everywhere Forward: Engaging in Mission on Our Doorstep



    The Charlottesville Statement from The Anglican Multiethnic Network


    The Anglican Multiethnic Network exists to help local churches embody the diversity that manifests God’s reconciling of the world to himself through his Son. To do this work effectively churches must be willing to speak plainly about the racism and injustice that continues to plague North America.

    We witnessed this racism again on display over the weekend in Charlottesville when a young woman was murdered and many others were injured during a protest of a white supremacy rally. Our prayers are with her family and all the victims of violence and hatred.


    We want to make it abundantly clear that as Anglicans we believe that all people are created in God’s image and, as image bearers, all are worthy of equal dignity and respect. God does not value one ethnicity above another. His Son shed his blood for us all. We find our meaning and value in his death, resurrection, and ascension for us, which both humbles and exalts people of all ethnicities. Christ is the source of our reconciliation with God and each other. White supremacy, therefore, is an affront to the gospel because it speaks against the Anglican (and wider Christian) doctrines of creation, salvation, and ecclesiology (the one people of God called from all the ethnicities of the earth). Racism and white supremacy have no place in Anglicanism.


    We confess that as Anglicans we ourselves have a long way to go in reflecting in our churches God’s vision for his multicolored Kingdom and addressing the concerns of communities of color, but we are committed for the long haul to seek the fullness of God’s purposes in all these things. We ask you to pray for Charlottesville and North America—that racism would be overcome and that we might live together in harmony. We also ask that you pray for the Church—that God might grant us the wisdom to be salt and light during these challenging times.


    Yours In Christ,

    The Anglican Multi-Ethic Network (A.M.E.N.) Leadership Team


    Archbishop Beach Addresses Lutheran Convocation


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    Read Archbishop Beach’s addressed the North American Lutheran Church at their 2017 Mission Festival and Convocation in Nashville, Tennessee on August 11, 2017:

    Grace and peace to you in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    As the Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, it is my joy and privilege to bring you greetings on behalf of the College of Bishops, the clergy, and the laity of the Anglican Church in North America.

    In this year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I have to confess it is really good to be with Lutherans! Especially Lutherans who believe the Bible and attempt to practice its teaching!

    Thank you, Bishop John, for your invitation and your hospitality over these days. I am deeply grateful.

    The Anglican Church in North America and the North America Lutheran Church have been having ecumenical discussions and fellowship for a number of years now, and we partner in various ways to further of the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    I personally appreciate your clear stand on the moral teaching of the Bible. It seems that God has called us to live in a generation when too many Church leaders have thrown away Biblical morality for the sake of cultural relativity. Even leaders from our various traditions, who wear the same name as we do, Lutheran and Anglican, have abandoned the teaching of the Bible.

    A virus of immorality, has spread to the leadership of the Church and become accepted as “Christian.” It is nothing more, than pagan morality, dressed up and Christianized, with inclusive language and politically correct verbiage. We have become too feeling-oriented in the Church. Yes, we are to love, but we’ve become afraid to tell people of their sin. This is not love at all, it is deception (And you know where deception comes from).

    Because we refuse to tell people God’s truth, refuse to reveal to people God’s holy expectations, in the name of love, we are deceiving people into thinking that “living in sin” is ok with the Almighty. It is not. Thank you, for your clear stand for Biblical Morality.  We in the Anglican Church in North America stand with you.

    Secondly, I want to thank you for your emphasis on discipleship. Jesus said to his disciples: “GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you, and lo, I am with you always.” This is called the Great Commission. Sadly, for too many in our pews and chairs, it is the Great Omission. This is what we are called to be about – making disciples. Jesus ends this commission by saying “Lo, I am with you always.” As we make disciples, He promises to be us. This ought to immediately motivate us – so Jesus will be with us. He says to “Go” literally. Isn’t this what a commission does?  It gives you something to do.  As you go, make disciples.

    We must get out of our churches and go. We must get out of our homes and go. We must get out from in front of the television, and go. We must get out from in front of our computer screens, and go! As you go, make disciples.
    Did he say go and make new members? Did he say go and lead beautiful worship services? Did he say go and build buildings?

    All those things are great, but not if we are aren’t doing what he asked us to do. As you go, make disciples.  Make disciples of all nations.  Make disciples of all people. Not just our kind. Not just people who look like us. Not just people who share our values. Make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.

    We aren’t to just get people to pray a special prayer, and then get them wet in baptism, we are to teach them. Teach them what Jesus taught. Teach them what His Word says. Teach them how to follow Jesus in a world which hates him. As you go, make disciples, of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to observe all that I commanded you, and I will be with you always.

    What a joy to know that you have a vision of discipleship! We are excited about our partnership with you in these Gospel endeavors. Together, we can impact North America, for generations to come!

    Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, and the blessing of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be with you all forever more. Amen.

     


    New Addition to Communications Team


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    The Anglican Church in North America is pleased to announce that this October Ms. Rachel Thebeau will join the provincial staff as a communications associate.

    A member of Christ Our King Anglican Church in New Braunfels, Texas, Rachel earned a Bachelors Degree in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs from Southern Methodist University (SMU).  She then went on to get a law degree from SMU, sits on the State Bar of Texas, and serves as the Assistant Chancellor of the International Diocese. 

    Rachel was a delegate to the Anglican Church in North America’s Inaugural Assembly in 2009, and since that time has also served as a delegate to Provincial Council, Gafcon (Nairobi), and the Global South (Cairo). For the last 10 months Rachel has been working overseas for the International Justice Mission (IJM) combatting the online sexual exploitation of children.

    “I am thrilled to join the provincial staff. It is a privilege and great joy! I love the Anglican Church. I love her people. The Lord is moving mightily in our Church, and I am looking forward to serving her in this capacity,“ Thebeau said.

    The Rev. Canon Andrew Gross, Canon for Communications and Media Relations commented, “The Anglican Church in North America is blessed to have some really talented people, and we had a strong group of candidates apply for this position.  I’m delighted that Rachel is coming on board.  She has a servant’s heart, a diverse skill set, and a love for Anglicanism both in North America and globally.”

    The Anglican Church in North America is built upon the principle of subsidiarity, which in practical terms includes the recognition that most of the ministry of the Church takes place through individuals, congregations, and grassroots networks.  Part of the work of the Provincial communications team is sharing with the whole Church the best of what is being developed locally.

    Canon Gross is excited about the future: “From a communications standpoint, we are just scratching the surface of what is possible. The province continues to grow, and with it the sheer volume of information coming from our task forces and various grassroots initiatives has increased exponentially. Rachel will be working with me to help share these resources. It will require a coordinated effort between members, staff, volunteers, and freelancers.  It is an exciting time to be an Anglican in North America.” 

    Please keep Rachel in your prayers as she finishes up her work with IJM and begins her new role with the Province.


    The Matthew 25 Gathering Grows


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    Conference organizers for Matthew 25 are happy to report great attendance and response to a leadership event called The Matthew 25 Gathering in Scottsdale, Arizona, September 27-29, 2017.

    Archbishop Foley Beach, will be at the event to teach and encourage the group as they share the love of Christ with the last, the least, and the lost.The M25 Gathering, the second in as many years, is a learning community of workers, leaders, ministers, and practitioners who are actively engaged in justice and mercy ministries in North America.

    The M25 Gathering is a pastoral companion ministry to the Matthew 25 Initiative within the Anglican Church in North America. Begun as a vision of Archbishop Beach, M25 is a kick-starter ministry that equips parishes and congregation to begin works of mercy and ministry in their own community in the name of Jesus.  Seeded by a million dollar matching fund grant, M25 churches apply for funding from the Anglican Church in North America and then raise their own match to the funds that are granted.  Since its founding, over $2 million dollars has been granted, raised, and placed into active ministry.

    Recent awards from the Anglican Church in North America include 30 new ministries that are being started across the US and Canada.  New ministries that were awarded grants are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the full event.

    Organizers have also added a ‘field-trip’ to some of the ministries that are meeting human needs on the Mexican border-town of Nogales, Arizona.  Details for this day trip are being made available to all attendees upon registration.  Dr. Soong Chan-Rah of North Park University will not be attending as was previously announced. 

    For more information on Matthew 25 go to: www.matthew25i.org


    Curate for Youth and Family Ministry, St. Thomas Anglican Church, Pittsburgh, PA



    On Lawsuits and Losses: A Meditation from Psalm 37


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    President and CEO of American Anglican Council, The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey, reflects on Psalm 37 after Supreme Court ruling.

    In his book The Contemporary Christian, John Stott writes that a follower of Christ should have a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. Without both, he or she is unarmed. With the newspaper only, you have the calamity and depravity in the world with no hope to offer. With only the Scripture, you have hope but no sense of where to apply it.

    So, on this day of prayer and fasting for the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) Diocese of South Carolina, for the decisions that lie before them in the face of the South Carolina Supreme Court’s decision to award 29 of their churches to The Episcopal Church (TEC), it seems appropriate to take the decision in one hand, and the Bible in the other, and seek God’s mind in this situation to direct our prayers.  As I prayerfully and carefully reviewed the decision, the facts around it, and all the reports and reviews published so far, I believe the LORD directed me to Psalm 37:

    “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon wither away.” (Ps. 37:1-2 NIV)

    Psalm 37 addresses the question “How should God’s people react when ‘evil men’ and ‘those who do wrong’ succeed in their ways?”

    The decision of the South Carolina Supreme Court in the matter of the ACNA Diocese of South Carolina vs. the TEC Diocese of South Carolina (Heard September 23, 2015 and filed August 2, 2017) appears to be such a case.  The net effect of this case seems to be the transfer of the property of 29 congregations from the ACNA Diocese of South Carolina to TEC.  Ultimately this could mean the displacement of thousands of families from the place where they have worshiped for generations.  It could mean the loss of all the ACNA Diocese of South Carolina offices, the bishops residence and more.

    The legal effect is to overturn the South Carolina Supreme Court decision in All Saints Parish, Waccamaw v Diocese 385 S.C. 428 (2009) that neither the then Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina nor the national church (by the Dennis Canon) can create a trust in favor of themselves in any church in South Carolina unless they already have an express property interest in that church.  This 2009 decision was based on long settled common law principles of trusts in South Carolina law.  The legal effect of the Court’s August 2 decision is to reinterpret the facts of this case de novo, and by bare majority of 3-2 to reinstate the validity of the Dennis Canon by turning the “neutral principles” approach to church property disputes (see Jones v. Wolf , 443 U.S. 595 (1979)) into a “deference to internal hierarchical church law,” approach—turning “neutral principles on its head.”  As Justice Kittredge concluded in his opinion (dissenting in part and concurring in part): “The message is clear for churches in South Carolina that are affiliated in any manner with a national organization and have never lifted a finger to transfer control or ownership of their property—if you think your property ownership is secure, think again.”

    I won’t add to the superb analysis by Allan Haley (aka The Anglican Curmudgeon) in the article on how Justice Hearn, a member of the TEC South Carolina Diocese and one of the leaders who actively sought to oust Bishop Mark Lawrence while he was still in TEC provided the swing vote that transferred millions of dollars of property to the church she was actively representing, and how her participation in this case, rather than recusal, violated the South Carolina Appellate Rules of Court and Rules of Judicial Conduct.  “A Massive Conflict of Interest” is an understatement, and worth reading in its entirety.

    But to make matters worse, the Provisional Bishop of the TEC Diocese in South Carolina is Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams—the same TEC Bishop of Central New York who would not sell back Church of the Good Shepherd Binghamton NY to the departing Anglicans (the majority) but instead sold it below market value and the offer of the Anglicans to Muslims who converted the church into a Mosque!

    So, if the August 2 decisions stand, what will happen to the historic Anglican Churches of Charleston?  They are surely historic landmarks that cannot be sold and turned into condos, townhomes or retail boutiques as other TEC bishops have tried to do. These Anglican Churches left en masse (80%) with the clear majority of their members when they left TEC. There are not enough Episcopalians to keep the buildings open and maintained.  Will we see Skip Adams turn the steeples of the Holy City into minarets, yet again—or museums?

    This is a bad situation. Those who do wrong, and who have a history of doing wrong, appear to have succeeded. What can God’s people do?

    The psalmist answers quite simply “There is a place for righteous anger (see Psalm 35), but don’t react to the wicked with their own weapons.  Don’t fret.” Don’t be constantly and visibly worried, anxious and distressed. Don’t get heated. Don’t be envious.  Resist the temptation to play the same games as those who do the wrong thing. Resist the temptation to harbor a spirit of resentment—which is tantamount to doubting God’s final justice.  Don’t plot or gnash your teeth and plan to slay those who do wrong with the sword—let God take care of that (see vv. 10-15)

    Instead…

    “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Ps. 37:3-4)

    In other words, shift your focus from the wrongdoers to GOD.  As followers of Jesus Christ, rest in his perfect work of salvation, receive the promises of the Father, and let the Holy Spirit stir up in you and me every good gift for the furtherance of His Kingdom.  Cultivate an attitude of faithfulness—and do it right where you find yourself!  That’s what it means to “dwell in the land and enjoy good pasture.”  Do good in the place God has given you.

    And what if that place is up for grabs?  No matter.  God works wherever he sends us to wait—even those places where the wrongdoers dominate (see 37:34).  God calls us to seek the welfare of the city where he has “carried us into exile,” and to put down roots however temporary our stay may be (See Jer. 29:4-7).

    I am reminded constantly of the example of The Falls Church Anglican in Virginia.  Under years of costly litigation and appeals, they planted three churches in the DC Beltway (Arlington, Alexandria and Vienna) and one on the outskirts of Northern VA, in Winchester.  All are thriving.  TFC lost their buildings, but their congregation grew even as they gave away hundreds to these church plants!  Now they have a location and a building that exceeds what they had before, as they are growing in mission and evangelism where God has planted them.

    How tragic it would be if litigation and appeals took our eyes off God and the things that delight him—especially reaching those who do not yet know the transforming love of Jesus Christ.

    “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:  he will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”  (Ps. 37:5-6)

    You see, our ultimate vindication lies not with the secular courts, but with the LORD.  “He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”  (emphasis added)

    From the time faithful Anglicans began to leave TEC, the supreme courts of many states have made a mess of Jones v. Wolf and the application of “neutral principles of law” in resolving church property disputes.  The August 2 decision of the South Carolina Supreme Court not only turns neutral principles into deference to a hierarchical church, it turns TEC into a singularly privileged body that can impose a trust on property in which it has no settled express interest. Unlike any other person, corporation or non-profit, it can declare by a mere change in its canons that it is the beneficiary under an implied trust!  Such a privileged position is certainly a violation of the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution.  And that doesn’t even begin to address the constitutional rights to freedom of association that have been violated by making TEC, and any hierarchical church, a “roach motel” where you can check in but never leave.

    But despite the hostility of secular courts and the media, and despite the political agendas that trump the facts and reasoned legal precedent, the Anglican Church in North America is planting new churches and growing. The same cannot be said for TEC.  Many people who were never in TEC and know nothing of the litigation are coming to ACNA because they are attracted to its authenticity of both liturgy and Biblical preaching.  They are coming because of our commitment to Biblical discipleship and local mission.  Young and old, single and families are finding a home in churches that provide both a grace-filled comprehensiveness and Biblical boundaries that lie at the heart of Reformational Anglicanism.

    Could this be a result of the LORD causing the justice of our cause to shine as the noonday sun?

    “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.  Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.  For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land…”  (Ps. 37: 7-9)

    Being still before the LORD and waiting patiently for him is no mere resignation.  It is a positive, faithful effort to replace fretting and doubting by a trust in God, because the solution of the problem can only come from him (see also Psalm 62:5).  This nothing less than the posture of prayer.  Prayer keeps us focused on delighting the LORD and trusting in him.

    The ACNA Diocese of South Carolina has remedies available—not only the petition for rehearing before the South Carolina Supreme Court that Alan Haley mentions in his article, but also petition for hearing before the US Supreme Court on the federal issues that I have mentioned already, including the misinterpretation and misapplication of Jones v. Wolf, it’s last ruling on church property disputes.  This case certainly seems ripe for such a hearing.  We can be sure that Bishop Lawrence, the Standing Committee and their superior legal team are already working on this.

    But our job now is to PRAY for them.  Pray for the Bishop, pray for the Standing Committee and pray for the legal team.  Over the years that I have been with the AAC, I have been blessed to work with Anglican lawyers who pray!  I have been impressed by so many Anglican lawyers who have invited the people in the churches they represent to see such prayer as an even more important work than the research, briefs and oral argument.

    I know for a fact that these Anglican attorneys depend on our prayers!

    But in this time of waiting let’s not forget the other Anglicans affected by TEC litigation—the thousands in the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin who have been removed recently from their churches by the California courts, the pending litigation in the Anglican Dioceses of Ft Worth and Quincy, and the dozen or more churches in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh that are awaiting trial or a settlement with TEC.

    Perhaps we also ought to pray for the leadership of TEC.  Pray that they will let go of the anger and bitterness behind scorched earth litigation, and seek a result which promotes “healing, repentance, forgiveness, restitution, justice, amendment of life and reconciliation” among all parties.  After all, these lofty, even Biblical, goals are the very language they use for reaching “accords” in their own Title IV Canons (see TEC Canon IV.14.1) Wouldn’t such an accord or settlement be better than turning the steeples of historic Anglican Churches into minarets or museums?

    “Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.”  (Ps. 37: 16-17)

    Whatever the result may be, whatever we have left will be better than that which is confiscated and held by wrongdoers.  There are so many stories of Anglicans losing their church buildings in costly litigation, only to find often miraculous provision of new and better buildings than they had before.  There are also many stories from Anglicans who left TEC with only the shirt on their backs, and as a result shifting their focus from buildings to mission!  Our former Archbishop Robert Duncan summed it up so well: “They can have the stuff; we’ll take the souls.”

    That too is the story of our Anglican brothers and sisters who discovered us through this awful conflict, and who remind us that where they live, all it takes to plant a new church is a banyan tree with enough shade and a few people willing to share Jesus Christ with the least, the last and the lost!

    O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply on us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through the things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our LORD, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  AMEN

    The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey is President & CEO of the American Anglican Council.


    Rector, St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Delafield, WI



    Takeaways from ACNA Assembly 2017: Mission on our Doorstep


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    New Wineskins Missionary Network reflects on the 2017 ACNA Assembly.

    I’m sitting on our plane, flying back to North Carolina from Chicago, still reeling and absorbing all that ACNA Assembly 2017:  Mission on our Doorstep was and offered to me.

    This was my first time attending an ACNA Assembly, and this one certainly did not disappoint!  It was also my first time to visit Wheaton College, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect venue.  As a mission-minded person, the Assembly theme of Mission on our Doorstep was intriguing and offered a whole lot of material to chew on and consider.  The Spirit of God was alive and active at Assembly, moving among all of us.  Here are a few initial takeaways on mission from the week in Wheaton.

    Who really is my neighbor?  This is a theme that emerged in one of the Anglican Global Mission Partner’s (AGMP) workshops.  Stories were shared of loving one’s neighbor, and you wouldn’t believe the diversity of the stories that were told!  International students, the elderly, Muslims, teenagers, the people who live down the street from you-all of these are people that can be found outside your door in your own neighborhood.  The takeaway-everyone is my neighbor!
    We must proclaim the gospel without reservation.  This is a theme that came out in Louie Giglio’s teaching, in Bishop Ben Kwashi’s exhortation, and in other teachings and talks.  We must proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without reservation-for the sake of God, for the sake of others, and for the sake of ourselves.  We can repent for the shame of the gospel that we have all had at one time or another.  This is a hopeful message that is vital to the heart of mission.
    Being as the source of Doing.  In another AGMP workshop, Cynthia Buttram (a SAMS missionary serving with her husband, Kerry, in Cairo, Egypt) addressed the need to ‘Be’ before we go and ‘Do’ anything.  When we turn our thoughts to mission, we most often think of what we can do, what we need to do, what we will try to do.  But Cynthia addressed the need to be with God, in his word, in solitude, and in rest before we try to go and do anything.  It is out of the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks, and as we consider stepping out in mission we must first ensure that we are rooted in Jesus and filled and inspired by the Holy Spirit.

    “To the ends of the earth and to the ends of your heart.”  This quote by Amy Carmichael was shared by Geoff Chapman, Senior Pastor of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Pittsburgh, PA, during a morning plenary session.  The dual direction and double mission of the Great Commission is “to the ends of the earth and to the ends of your heart.”  God has a salvific and redemption plan for the entire world, and he has this same individual plan for you.  Stepping out in mission advances the great commission in our actions to the ends of the earth, and in this process, it also advances the great commission to the depths of our hearts.
    A mission appropriate heart response.  During another AGMP workshop Lollie Twyman, from the Missions Committee of the Diocese of Ft. Worth, shared their diocesan experience growing in reciprocal mission with the Anglican church in Malawi.  After years of sending teams and pouring out resources, the folks in the Diocese of Ft. Worth stopped to ask this question-“Is a heart response always a mission appropriate response?”  They came to the conclusion that, no, it is not always mission appropriate, even when it comes from a place of love and compassion.  This question catalyzed their Diocese to develop reciprocal mission, and to aim at developing mission partnerships that maintain the dignity of their international partners and do not foster dependency.  This is a great question for all of us considering missions involvement to consider!

    The major takeaway from Assembly is that mission-opportunity to share the love of Christ with others, to display kindness and compassion, to serve those in need-is literally waiting outside our doors.

    Before we boarded our flight in Midway a few hours ago, we had about 20 minutes to sit and wait in the terminal.  Jenny and I flipped open our computers, ready to begin slogging through our email inbox.  As I opened my computer, I heard a happy baby babble from the row of seats behind me.  I turned to see a bright-eyed handsome little baby, smiling at me happily in the arms of his mother.  We began talking and I couldn’t help but notice by the color of their skin, the design of their clothing, and the mother’s accented voice, that they clearly were not from around here.  I asked the mother the name of her baby and she said his name and she explained that it means “God’s gift.”  We fell into conversation as I asked her where they are from (India), what she does for a living, and where they were headed.  I got the opportunity to share that I was a Christian and that I place my hope in Jesus Christ, and she shared with me some of her Hindu faith.  I learned about her culture as I asked about the mark of ink that adorned her forehead, which turns out to be a sign of a married woman in her culture.

    Did I get to share the Gospel and lead her through a prayer of repentance?  No.  But what I got to do was smile, express my interest in her culture and family, and show in a very small way the kindness and love of Jesus Christ.  I pray that this is one of many seeds that God plants in her heart.  The takeaway?  Mission really is right on our doorstep.

    By Stephie Van Wagenen, Assistant to the Director for New Wineskins.


    Message from the Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina


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    On August 7th, the Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina met in prayer regarding the Supreme Court decision.

    The Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina, having met together with our bishop, The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, in Charleston this day, sends to all of our brothers and sisters of the diocese our love and our greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. We are so profoundly thankful for all who have fasted and prayed for our diocese and our Standing Committee during the past week from across South Carolina, throughout the Anglican Church in North America, and among all the faithful in global Anglicanism.

    We have spent this time together in prayer and discussion regarding the decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court last Wednesday. In light of the conflicting opinions issued by the court, we met with the legal counsel for our diocese and have approved a strategy on how we go forward seeking clarity. We want you to know this: the legal process continues. We will be filing a motion for a rehearing from the Supreme Court, the deadline for which is September 1st. We are convinced there are compelling reasons to make this motion. There will be other avenues along with and following that action.

    Finally, while we cannot tell you what tomorrow brings, we want to reiterate three things that you already know. First, again, the legal process continues. Second, we are stronger together. Third, we will continue in all circumstances our God-given mandate of making biblical Anglicans for a global age. Know that we love you, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and that we remain,

    Yours in Christ Jesus,


    The Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina
     
    The Rev. David Thurlow, President
    The Very Rev. Craige Borrett
    The Rev. Karl Burns, Vice-President
    The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson
    The Rev. David Dubay
    The Rev. Marcus Kaiser
    Mr. Alonso Galvan
    Mr. Gerry Graves
    Mrs. Susan McDuffie, Secretary
    Mr. Foster Smith
    Mrs. Anne Walton
    Absent:
    Mr. Brandt Shelbourne

    The original message can be found here


    AV and Computer Tech and Videographer, Church of The Holy Spirit (Anglican), Roanoke, VA



    Rector, St. Thomas Anglican Church, Springfield, MO



    Rector, Shepherd’s Heart Anglican Church, Fairfax, VA



    2017 Provincial Youth Gathering: Mission on our doorstep


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    200 youth together for great worship. Powerful speakers. Aliens in the dark. PYG tattoos. It all happened at the 2017 Provincial Youth Gathering.

    During June 27-30 two hundred teenagers and their youth leaders spent four days at beautiful Wheaton University in Chicago, IL at the ACNA’s Provincial Youth Gathering.

    “It was absolutely incredible And I felt changed! I loved it so much I want to invite as many people as possible next time.”

    The worship music was wonderful and moving, in both Spanish and English. The speakers were excellent. Like Archbishop Ben Kwaashi from Nigeria, who explained why Anglicanism makes sense for Jesus followers. He then told the story of why he decided to follow Jesus and invited us to follow, too. It was powerful, and the response was amazing! Another speaker, Bishop Stewart Ruch, talked to us about what it means to be human and what the Bible tells us about God’s plan for sex and gender, and then spent the next hour inviting people forward and praying for them. It was SO much more than I ever expected!

    “The two bishops were incredible! Being able to see the passion for Jesus Christ that these men of God had was inspiring and compelling. They have changed my outlook on the Christian church and Christianity as a whole.”

    We also heard from Pastor Louie Giglio, the founder of the Passion conferences, who is a good friend of Archbishop Foley Beach, and finished off a crazy first day with two hours of ALIENS, played in the dark, all over the Wheaton campus.

    Thursday began with a series of workshops presented by the members of the Anglican Global Mission Partners, talking about the exciting ways that God is changing the world right now, and how we can be people that He uses to do that. Charles Landrum, a pastor in Chicago, told us about how to reach the world around us every day, Which led us to what many people considered the most powerful part of the conference: the ministry in prayer for each other on Thursday night.

    “I was impressed about the broadness of the different types of people that were here.”

    When the conference ended on Friday afternoon, seventy-five of us went off to practice “mission on our doorstep” by serving in the inner city of Chicago with Center for Student Missions. For the next four days we worked at the city food depository, fed homeless people, ministered at a men’s home and ate incredible food prepared by the people in the neighborhoods we were ministering in.

    It was a crazy, fabulous week of Jesus: an incredible time of worshipping, learning and serving together. What happens if you missed it? We’re doing it again in 2019. SAVE THE DATE: June ??????, 2019 in Dallas Texas.


    2018 Anglican Liturgical Calendars are now available


    Yes! The 2018 Anglican Liturgical Calendars are now available for pre-order!

    The 2018 Anglican Church in North America Liturgical Calendars are now available. Last year’s calendars sold out, so make sure to get your order in early! Costs will vary with quantity.

    To order click here.

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    Everywhere Forward: The Anglican Church in North America engages in Mission on Our Doorstep


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    Archbishop Foley Beach challenges the the church to engage in mission right outside our front door.

    Click here for link.


    Rector, Covenant Reformed Episcopal Church, Roanoke, VA



    Provincial Council enthusiastically welcomes the Diocese of South Carolina


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    The Provincial Council 2017 unanimously votes to accept the Diocese of South Carolina into the Anglican Church in North America.

    Delegates stood in applause after the vote was taken, and the diocesan delegation was officially seated.

    After the vote, Archbishop Mouneer Anis (Egypt) addressed the council, and Bishop Mark Lawrence gave thanks to the Global South for their care for the diocese over the last few years.

    The Diocese of South Carolina voted March 11, 2017, to affiliate with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). The vote, which was held during their 226th Convention, was unanimous in both orders (clergy and laity).

    Established in 1785, the Diocese of South Carolina was one of the nine original dioceses of The Episcopal Church in the United States that organized after the American Revolution. The Diocese of South Carolina includes 53 active churches, with 22,149 baptized members and 142 clergy. The average Sunday attendance is 9,085. They will become the largest diocese in the Anglican Church in North America.


    The new Christ Church Vero Beach complex opens its doors


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    Over 380 members and visitors attended the opening services of the new Christ Church Vero Beach complex.

    By Tracy Trudell

    The opening our new 27,000 sq. ft. church complex exceeded our expectations,” says The Rt. Rev’d John Miller, Rector of Christ Church Vero Beach. “Of course we had a few bumps in the road considering we were altering all three of our service’s times and formats. At the same time, the end result was very satisfying. We give God all the glory,” he continued.

    The opening culminated over two years of planning and building for the church started in a rose garden in April 2008. For the past few years, the church has worshipped in a former shopping complex. “Although adequate in size, the ‘store front’ type church did not fully meet all of the needs of our members,” said Bp. Miller. “Our new location and facilities give us much needed room to grow and fulfill our mission of being the best Church we can be for Vero Beach,” he continued.

    The June 18 Sunday worship services were preceded by a Friday evening celebration for church members called “Prayer, Praise and Testimony.”  Following the service, a meal, prepared by Christ Church parishioners, was held in the spacious Welcome Area and Community Center.

    According to Bishop Miller, “We designed our new facility with glass walls in front to allow us to be as transparent as possible to the people in the Vero Beach community. Thoughtful use of spaces both inside and outside of the church will allow us to better enrich the lives of our members and groups using our complex.”

    “An example of this is our multi-use Welcome Area,” he continued. “Commonly referred to as the church Narthex, the Christ Church Welcome Area is flanked by a cafe on one side and a library on the other. Tables and seating can be set-up between them to accommodate large banquets, meetings, and other functions.”

Designed by the architectural firm of Rardin & Carroll, the church’s Worship Center interior features massive, supporting, wood laminate arching pillars, a large stained-glass window above the altar designed by Conrad Pickel Studios of Vero Beach and movable congregation seating. The Proctor Construction Company of Vero Beach served as general contractor for the Christ Church complex.

On the north side of the Church are located the kitchen, the 9.23 Community Center, and a dedicated Teen Center. In additional to modern worship services, the 9.23 Community Center will annually host over 500 community events by organizations such as Scouts, Military Moms, Buggy Bunch, Community Bible Study, Classic Conversation Homeschoolers, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Teen Center, with both indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi-equipped recreation areas, provides a safe gathering space for teens.

    The church’s Education Wing on the south side, in addition to the regular children’s Sunday School, provides a weekday mom’s morning out program called Teaching Our Toddlers Spiritually (TOTS). A variety of children’s activities can be accommodated with an outdoor enclosed playground and separate indoor classrooms for various ages.

    A Memorial Garden, with walking paths and benches for meditation and reflection, is located between two lakes on the south side of the property.

    Additional information on Christ Church can be found by going to its website, http://www.christChurchvero.org or by calling the Church Office at 772-562-8678. 

    Christ Church Vero Beach is a member of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese within the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), which unites nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a single Church. The ACNA is recognized as a province of the Global Anglican Communion, comprising approximately 85 million members, by the Archbishops of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.

    Christ Church’s clergy include The Rt. Rev’d John Miller, Rector; The Rev’d Nathan Bistis, Associate Rector; and The Rev’d Richard Demsick, Missionary Pastor. Debra Gordon is the Director of Children and Family Ministries.

    Tracy Trudell is Communications Coordinator at Christ Church, Vero Beach, FL.


    Youth Minister, Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, Georgetown, South Carolina



    Priest Associate, St. Andrew’s Parish,  Fort Worth, TX



    Missionary Bishop for Europe consecreated


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    The Rev. Canon Andy Lines consecreated as a missionary bishop for Anglicans in Scotland, the UK, and Europe.

    On June 30, 2017, The Anglican Church in North America’s College of Bishops was joined by 27 Primates, Archbishops, Bishops from around the Anglican Communion to consecrate The Rev. Canon Andy Lines as a missionary bishop for Anglicans in Scotland, the UK, and Europe.

    This action by the College was taken at the request of the Gafcon Primates following their meeting in Lagos, Nigeria in April of this year.

    imageDuring this 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this consecration comes in the context of a global reformation that is happening in the Anglican Communion.  The Scottish Episcopal Church recently changed its definition of marriage, aligning itself with those Anglican provinces which are rejecting the authority of the Bible such as The Episcopal Church (USA) and Anglican Church of Canada.  In response to these attempts to undermine the authority of the Bible, Gafcon has stepped into the gap to provide oversight to those faithful Anglicans who are standing boldly for the Gospel.

    The consecration of a bishop for Scotland by bishops in the United States begins a new chapter in the history of the Anglican Communion. In his address to the Provincial Assembly, Archbishop Beach shared some of that story:

    “After the American revolution, the new Anglican Church here - then called the Protestant Episcopal Church - could not get the establishment in England to provide a bishop.  It was the Scots who came to the rescue and consecrated Samuel Seabury in 1784 as the first American Bishop.  It is a privilege to now return the favor to those in Scotland who are crying out for oversight.”

    imageThe consecration took place in Wheaton College’s Edman Chapel, in Wheaton, Illinois.  The service came at the end of the Provincial Assembly whose theme was “Mission on Our Doorstep.” The Assembly drew over 1,400 Anglican leaders from around North America and the world.

    In his sermon, The Most. Rev. Nicholas Okoh, Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, and Chairman of Gafcon, heralded the Assembly as evidence of the growth of the Anglican Church in North America saying, “Let me congratulate you on the beautiful Assembly that has just been concluded.  It is a sign of maturity indeed, and we thank God for everything.”

    Immediately after the service Bishop Lines, shared more about his role as a bishop: “My principle desire is to see Christ glorified. That is done through people coming to know him through the scriptures, and that requires local churches where he is faithfully proclaimed, and those require godly pastor-teachers to lead them and to teach them.  I see my role as enabling people to be in that position.”

    You can hear more from Bishop Lines in the video below:

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    College of Bishops approves admission of four new bishops


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    The College of Bishops approved the admission of four new members at its June 2017 meeting in Wheaton, IL. 

    With the Rt. Rev. Ray Sutton’s installation as the Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church, The Very Rev. Walter Banek was elected as a Suffragan Bishop to assist Bishop Sutton with episcopal responsibilities in the Diocese of Mid-America.  The Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina, joined the College in anticipation of the Diocese of South Carolina’s admission into the Anglican Church in North America.  The Rev. Canon Andy Lines was elected as a Missionary Bishop for Europe.  In addition, The Rt. Rev. Peter Manto’s election as Co-Adjutor in the Diocese of the Central States was also approved.  Bishop Manto had previously been a Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of the Central States under Bishop Dan Morse.


    The Very Rev. Walter Banek, grew up in Chicago, IL, the son of immigrants who came to the United States from Germany following World War II.  He studied Architecture for two years at the University of Illinois (1970-1972) before deciding to transfer to Moody Bible Institute (1972-1975) where he received his BA in Bible Theology. He received his M.Div from Cummins Theological Seminary in Summerville, SC in 2000.

    At Moody, the Rev. Banek met his wife, Nelda, and they were married in 1975. They moved from Chicago to Oklahoma where they first became active in Tanglewood Reformed Baptist Church in Sand Springs, OK, and then in 1981, joined Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, OK (1978-1991).

    He was ordained a deacon in the Reformed Episcopal Church in 1989, ordained a priest in 1993, and unanimously elected as Suffragan Bishop in 2017.

    The Rev. Banek and his wife Nelda have four children, as well as three adopted Russian siblings. They have seventeen grandchildren.

    The Right Rev. Mark Lawrence was born in Bakersfield, CA, and was educated at California State University, Bakersfield (BA, 1976) and Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (M. Div. 1980) Ambridge, PA.  He has also received honorary degrees from Nashotah House (D.D. 2008) and Sewanee (D.D. 2009).  He has ministered in a wide variety of parish settings from suburban church plant, rural mission, inner city church, to downtown parish in California and Pennsylvania. 

    In 2008, he was consecrated the 14th Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina at the Cathedral of Saint Luke and Saint Paul in Charleston, SC, and led the Diocese of South Carolina to join the ACNA by a unanimous vote in their Diocesan Convention on March 11, 2017.

    Bishop Lawrence has been married to Allison Kathleen Taylor since 1973. They have five children, and 21 grandchildren.

    The Rev. Canon Andy Lines, 57, became a Christian as a teenager through youth camp ministry.  Following university studies he served in the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (London-based) from 1979–1988 as a lieutenant and then a captain.

    While serving in the army, Canon Lines was seconded to Operation Raleigh. After marrying and on leaving the army, he studied at All Nations Christian College and went to Paraguay as a missionary, co-ordinating and teaching Bible courses for the church’s lay and ordained leaders. In October 2000, he became General Secretary (now Mission Director/CEO) of Crosslinks. He is Chairman of the Anglican Mission in England and also Chairman of the GAFCON UK Task Force.

    The Canon Lines has been married to Mandy for 29 years and they have three children (Alex, born in 89, and now married to Bryony, Zoe, born in 1992, and Lizzy, born in 1995). They live in New Malden, Surrey (England) and attend Emmanuel Church in Wimbledon.

    Canon Lines enjoys reading military history, Spanish-speaking, cycling, rugby, second-hand bookshops, and amateur dramatics.

    Bishop-elect Lines will serve clergy and congregations who are outside other Anglican structures in Europe, providing an opportunity for ordination and oversight from a perspective of Biblical orthodoxy. Though seated in the Anglican Church in North America College of Bishops, he will be primarily operating overseas.

    Bishop Peter Manto sees his role as “providing pastoral care for the clergy in our diocese and the parishes they serve, strengthening the networks of relationships between the various parishes, encouraging cooperation among the various parishes, and initiating outreach into each region—all the while being certain that we remain true to our Lord and His Gospel.”

    In addition to being a parish pastor for over 35 years, he was the church-planter for a non-denominational church in Mason, OH, that he later guided to become Trinity Church in the Reformed Episcopal Church. On Dec. 7, 2013, he was consecrated as the Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of the Central States (Reformed Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church in North America). 

    Bishop Manto has been married to his wife, Janice, for 43 years, and they have four adult children and nine grandchildren.


    Provincial Council Document Center open


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    Provincial Council is underway.  Learn more about what’s happening across the Anglican Church in North America.

    The Document center is at this link: http://www.anglicanchurch.net/?/private/Provincial_Council_2017

    The password is: wheaton2017


    The Diocese of South Carolina to be received into the Anglican Church in North America


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    Provincial Council on June 27 will officially receive the Diocese of South Carolina into the ACNA.

    Over 1,400 Anglican leaders from North America are being joined by Primates, Archbishops, and bishops from around the Anglican Communion. The Assembly and the meeting of the Provincial Council will be livestreamed. Click here for livestream information.

    This will be the first year the Diocese of South Carolina sends an official delegation.  During the Council meeting, on the morning of June 27, the Council will receive the Diocese of South Carolina into the ACNA.

    The Diocese of South Carolina voted March 11, 2017, to affiliate with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). The vote, which was held during their 226th Convention, was unanimous in both orders (clergy and laity).

    Established in 1785, the Diocese of South Carolina was one of the nine original dioceses of The Episcopal Church in the United States that organized after the American Revolution. The Diocese of South Carolina includes 53 active churches, with 22,149 baptized members and 142 clergy. The average Sunday attendance is 9,085. They will become the largest diocese in the Anglican Church in North America.

    For more information on the Diocese of South Carolina, visit their website here.


    Bishop Ray Sutton installed as new Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church


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    Bishop Ray Sutton was installed this week as the 17th Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church.

    Archbishop Foley Beach gives thanks for the installation of Bishop Ray Sutton as Presiding Bishop

    Installation photos by Kevin Kallsen.

    What a privilege to be here today to Install Bishop Ray Sutton as the 17th Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church!

    This is a man, like many of you, that I have come to deeply respect, love, and honor as a father in the Lord.

    His compassion, his scholarship, his vision, and his desire for unity in the Body of Jesus Christ makes him the ideal person to servant-lead the Reformed Episcopal Church in this next season.

    He has been a blessing to our Province serving as the Dean of the Province and also as the Dean of Ecumenical Affairs.

    As an integral part of the Province of the Anglican Church in North America, the Reformed Episcopal Church brings a depth of spiritual, historical, and ecclesiastical substance to the ACNA.

    And I am grateful to have a such a man as Bishop Sutton at the helm.

    I hope you will join me in interceding for him (and Susan) in an intentional and on a regular basis.


    More on Presiding Bishop Ray Sutton

    The Most Rev. Ray R. Sutton serves as the Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) and the Ordinary of the Diocese of Mid America. He is also the Dean of the Province and Ecumenical Affairs of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), of which the Reformed Episcopal Church is a founding member and special jurisdiction. Bishop Sutton often lectures at ACNA and Reformed Episcopal Seminaries, and is a popular retreat speaker.

    A native of Kentucky and a Dallas resident since he was 13, Bishop Sutton received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University and his Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. From 1976 to 1991, he served as a parish minister. Following this, he pursued doctoral studies in an associated research program at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford with Coventry University, from which he received his Ph.D.

    He became the Dean and Professor of New Testament at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia, and continues as an adjunct professor today. Later, Bishop Sutton functioned as Dean and Professor of Theology at Cranmer Theological House, where he continues to teach. He has also authored four books on theology, his most recent being Signed, Sealed and Delivered: A Study of Holy Baptism.

    Bishop Sutton is married to Susan Jean Schaerdel of Dallas, a fellow graduate of Southern Methodist University. The Suttons have seven children and four grandchildren. The Suttons live in Dallas where Bishop Sutton’s residential offices are at the Pro Cathedral of the Church of the Holy Communion.


    GAFCON Chairman’s June 2017 Letter


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    To the Faithful of the GAFCON movement and friends from Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the GAFCON Primates Council.

    My dear people of God,

    “For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:18)

    As I write, we are preparing for Trinity Sunday. The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is vital. Without it, we cannot speak truly of God in a way that is faithful to the bible. However, in the fourth century the Church was nearly overwhelmed by the Arians. They were the followers of Arius, who claimed that the Son was a created being, not really God.

    If the Church had continued to follow Arius, the Christian faith would have been lost. To deny the full divinity of Jesus strikes at the heart of the Christian message that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself.  St Athanasius is still remembered as the man who was willing to make a costly stand against this heresy.

    I am reminded of Athanasius because we are facing a similar struggle for the integrity of the gospel in our time. On Thursday 8th June, the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) changed its teaching to allow men to be married to men and women to women.  It followed the path already taken by the Episcopal Church of the United States (TEC) and the Anglican Church of Canada.

    This attempt to redefine marriage is not a secondary issue about which we can agree to disagree and continue to walk together. It means that Jesus was mistaken when he taught that marriage was between a man and a woman and that sex outside of such a marriage is a sin. It is a radical rejection of the authority of Scripture. The Church claims that it can consecrate behaviour that God’s Word clearly teaches to be sinful. According to the Bible, this behaviour, without repentance, separates those who practice it from his kingdom.

    Athanasius consecrated orthodox bishops in dioceses led by Arians because he knew that the apostolic faith itself was at stake. This was the principle guiding the interventions which led to the formation of the Anglican Church in North America in 2009 and it was affirmed by over three hundred bishops in assembly at Gafcon 2013 in Nairobi. It was therefore very appropriate that on the same day that the Scottish Episcopal Church formally turned aside from the historic Christian faith, Gafcon announced that Canon Andy Lines, already an internationally recognised missionary statesman, will be consecrated later this month as a Gafcon missionary bishop for Europe.

    This is not a step we have taken lightly, but from the beginning Gafcon has been committed to standing with the marginalised. Requests for help from Scottish orthodox leaders to the Archbishop of Canterbury were turned down. Indeed, the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church told his General Synod last year that the Archbishop of Canterbury, had assured him that he would welcome the Scottish Church to the 2020 Lambeth Conference even if it chose to change its marriage canon to include same sex unions.

    So now Gafcon stands ready to recognise and support orthodox Anglicans in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe as the drift away from apostolic faith and order continues. For reasons of mission and conscience, we can expect to find a growing number of orthodox Anglican congregations needing oversight outside traditional structures, as is already the case with the Anglican Mission in England.

    The creation of a missionary bishop for Europe is an historic moment. It is a recognition that the era of European Christendom has passed and that in this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, a new start is being made by building global partnerships for mission.

    So let us be strong. Let us stand with the marginalised and work tirelessly for the continuing reformation of our beloved Communion. I thank God for our fellowship and pray that he will uphold us by his unfailing presence.

    “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)

    The Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh
    Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the GAFCON Primates Council


    Musician-Song Leader, Christ Our King, Azusa, CA



    Archbishop Foley Beach Calls for a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Diocese of South Carolina


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    Archbishop calls for a Day of Prayer and Fasting on August 4th for the Diocese of South Carolina.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Gospel:

    Many of you have heard of the mixed decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court, ruling that most of the parishes in the Diocese of South Carolina may have to turn over their properties to the Episcopal Church. The legal process is still unfolding and I am asking you to join me in a day of prayer and fasting for the Diocese on this Friday, August 4.  Below is a note I just sent to the bishops of the Anglican Church in North America:  

    Dear Brother Bishops,

    I am calling for a Day of Prayer and Fasting for this Friday, August 4th, for the Diocese of South Carolina. Let us fast and intercede on behalf of:

    * Bishop Mark Lawrence
    * The Standing Committee
    * The Clergy (and rectors)
    * The vestries and congregations affected by this ruling
    * The Legal team

    Let us ask God for His blessing on all of them…

    - For Wisdom from God (James 1:5)
    - For Godly Counsel (Proverbs 15:22)
    - For true Justice (Amos 5:24)
    - For trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5,6)
    - For God’s leadership in their next steps (Ps.32:8)
    - For the right doors to be opened (Mt.7:7,8)
    - For the public witness of the Gospel and the Glory of God (1 Cor.10:31; Col.3:17)
    - For God’s peace in the storm (Phil.4:6,7)

    Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and the one who seeks, finds, and to the one who knocks, it will be opened. (Jesus in Mt.7:7,8)


    In Christ’s Love,

    +foley


    Bishop Lawrence Writes Diocese Following Supreme Court Ruling


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    “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8). Bishop Lawrence writes diocese following Supreme Court ruling.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    Thursday evening Allison and I returned to Charleston.  We were on vacation with family in California when the South Carolina Supreme Court issued the long awaited ruling.  Obviously, it was not the favorable ruling we were seeking.  Therefore, we returned home as soon as possible.  Frankly, it is a grievous decision for us on so many levels.  Perhaps you, as do I, have to fight despondency as I consider its many ramifications for us as a diocese, and especially for our congregations and clergy. For make no mistake—if this ruling stands how we carry out God’s mission and the ministries he has given us will dramatically change.  You may already have received from previous diocesan communications, the diocesan website or from local news, the gist of the court’s conflicted 77-page opinion.  Therefore, I will not rehearse it here.  My purpose is more personal. 

    Today, thousands of Christians around the world are holding you, the congregations of the diocese, as well as our clergy and bishop in prayer.  Even more specifically, yesterday Anglicans on this continent were lifting us in constant prayer.  As you may know, we recently voted as a diocese to affiliate with the Anglican Church in North America, and this summer their Provincial Assembly joyfully received us as full members therein.  What a comfort it is to know that our Archbishop, the Most Reverend Foley Beach, asked the bishops, clergy and laity of the ACNA to pray and fast yesterday on our behalf. 

    Many of those praying and fasting have in the past walked away from their church buildings, buildings they built and maintained, and in some cases, where their families worshiped for centuries. Some left by choice; others after years of litigation. I do not mention the latter, however, as if the legal issues in our case are fully resolved. They most certainly are not, though they are clearly challenging. Rather, I want you to know the sort of Christians who are praying for us; and while holding us in prayer, many are fasting. They have paid a price to follow their Lord. We are part of a provincial body of Anglican Christians and they are walking this hard road with us. Their fellowship at such a time is greatly comforting to me and I hope it is for you.

    I also want to tell you what our next steps are.  First, this Monday, August 7, the Standing Committee and I will meet with our lead legal counsel, Mr. Alan Runyan.  I assure you that our legal team is looking at the various options before us.  Second, this Wednesday I will meet with the deans of the various diocesan deaneries, and that afternoon, Mr. Runyan, Canon Lewis and I will meet with all the clergy of the diocese.  Please keep us in your prayers.  Many important decisions are before us and we want to be faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ and walk in step with the Holy Spirit. 

    Finally, I am honored to be your bishop, and, God willing, I will remain so as long as you and he will have me.  I have been deeply encouraged by Psalm 16 where David, as psalmist, confesses that he has no good apart from God.  The LORD is his chosen portion, his cup and his lot.  Yet in verse 3, he also acknowledges that along with finding comfort in God in the midst of dreadful setbacks he also finds encouragement from the people he serves:  “As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”  Serendipitously, as if to illustrate this truth to me, when Allison and I arrived in the Charleston airport late Thursday afternoon walking to get our luggage we saw two familiar faces— members of St. Michael’s and the diocese—Dr. Alston Kitchens and her husband, Greg.  They greeted us with smiles and hugs, and assurances of their prayers.  They embodied many of you; the ones with whom we have cast our lot.  Ten years ago, when I was going through a difficult consent process as your Bishop-Elect I wrote, “I have lashed myself to the mast of Christ and will ride out this storm wherever the ship of faith will take me.”  As you know, it brought me here. 

    Someone, clearly pleased with this judicial ruling, recently sent me an email sardonically asking when I was leaving town.  I wrote back, “I’m not leaving town.”  I am lashed to Christ and lashed to you.  We will see in the midst of this present storm where the ship of faith will take us.  Ironically, I do not suspect that means leaving town, regardless of what else may change.  This, dear friends, is what I know and want to remind you of—in favorable and unfavorable rulings from human courts, Christ is still Lord, he will come again to judge the living and the dead.  His kingdom will have no end. 

    Yours in Christ,

    Mark Joseph Lawrence
    XIV Bishop of South Carolina

    The original message can be found here.


    Meeting Between Archbishop Beach and Patriarch Theophilos


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    Archbishop Foley Beach and Bishop Kevin Allen met today with His Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

    They discussed the importance of the three great Christian Traditions (Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and Anglicanism) to encourage one another in faithfulness, and to offer a united witness – speaking prophetically to the world while caring for those in need.  Bishop Allen said: “We were moved by the Patriarch’s heart for caring for God’s people regardless of the challenges facing the institutional Church.” 

    The broader ecumenical dialogues within Christendom and their implications in facing the current challenges in the world were also discussed.  Archbishop Beach said: “This has been a tremendous encouragement and we were blessed by how warmly we were received.”


    Picture from left to right: The Rev. Issa Musleh, Archbishop Foley Beach, Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, Bishop Kevin Allen, Archbishop Aristarchos


    What do parents need to know about Christian Youth Groups?



    What do parents need to know about Christian Youth Groups?


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    Why is a Christian youth group important for healthy adolescent faith?

    By Steven Tighe

    I’ve been working with teenagers in churches for a while—long enough to have seen multiple generations of parents earnestly trying to raise their children to follow Jesus, and long enough to have identified some common mistakes.

    I often speak to adults about those mistakes. Most frequently talking about the importance of the Christian youth group for healthy adolescent faith, and I almost can’t count the number of parents who have heard me speak and come up to explain why their kids don’t attend. They have good reasons: “Sports are so important and the team practices are on youth group night,” or “Kids these days have so much homework, and academics have to take precedence over fun,” or “We don’t want to force religion down our teenagers’ throats, we want our children to choose church freely, the way we did,” or “My kids tried youth group and they said they already knew the whole talk and that the other kids are cliquey.” For years I would nod sympathetically and talk about how it was good that they were at least taking their children to church, because that’s important too.

    That conversation has a second part, that usually happened two or five or ten years later, when those same parents came in real anguish to ask if I had any advice to help them with their children. Reporting that their kids were no longer attending church, or they were taking drugs, or sleeping with a girlfriend, or moving in with a boyfriend. I’ve lately come to the conclusion that I haven’t done anyone any favors by having tried to be nice in that first conversation.

    This article is what I probably should have been saying to those parents all along.

    The stark truth is that the number of teenagers who have a real and growing faith and aren’t attending a Christian youth group is vanishingly small. There are some, but to put it bluntly, if you think your teenager is one of these you are very probably wrong.

    How can this be? How is it that we, as parents, can be so sure about our teenager’s faith, only to have it seemingly disappear when they get older? I think it starts because when they’re young, our children are so open to our faith. They love having the Bible read to them. They like going to Sunday School. They know all the stories. They seem so entirely open to OUR opinions about Jesus that it’s almost impossible to believe they could change their minds.

    But around the time of puberty, things do start to change. One of the biggest changes is that Mom and Dad no longer have such unchallenged influence. Other factors start to matter just as much or more. Those other factors are big reasons that Christian youth groups are so essential to teenage faith.

    The three crucial adolescent faith factors

    The first factor is the growing influence that other adults (and older children) start to have in their lives: teachers, youth leaders, coaches and others. Teenagers start to seek the attention and approval of adults who are not their parents! If we’re lucky, some of these influential adults are Christians who care about teenagers and attend our churches.

    The second group that starts to carry greater influence in the lives of adolescents is their peers. Adolescents are desperately concerned with the opinions of the adolescents around them.
    As an illustration, I recently talked to the parent of a teenager in 7th grade. She was well loved and well parented, but her group of school friends had turned on her, blocked her from their social media, and she was distraught, talking seriously about wanting to kill herself. The influence and the affection of her loving parents was dwarfed by the influence of this small group of clueless middle school girls. This isn’t unusual. To an adolescent, the influence of peers is enormous. It’s not surprising that peers, who carry so much influence in other areas, would also have a big influence on a teenager’s faith.

    The third critical relationship for healthy adolescent faith is the relationship with God Himself. Kids are highly relational, and those spiritual experiences where they “meet” God, whether it’s because they heard his voice, felt his presence or “just knew” that He loved them, are a major building block in most young people’s Christianity. For the most part, these spiritual experiences occur on retreats, Christian camps, conferences, and mission trips that are part of American youth group life.

    It’s these three factors that make youth groups crucial to adolescent faith. For the vast majority of teenagers with a growing Christian faith, their mentors, Christian peers, and powerful spiritual experiences all exist in the context of their Christian youth group.

    Sunday church, and Sunday school are important, but not sufficient for the faith of our adolescents, especially when one considers the faith challenges that come from movies, music, and social media. Two hours on Sunday is not enough to equip a teenager to properly interpret the lies and misconceptions of forty hours a week of media!

    What about those of us in churches that don’t have youth groups?

    There are solid options: First, it doesn’t have to be a youth group at your church. It makes sense to see if any of your teenager’s friends have youth groups at other churches with whom they can attend. Second, the youth group doesn’t even have to be a church youth group, there are some excellent school based Christian youth groups sponsored by organizations such as Young Life and Youth For Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and others. Check with your child’s school to see if any of those ministries are available.

    One final suggestion, if you have your children attending another organization’s youth group it’s important to have them connected with non-parental adult mentors from your church. Find someone from your church willing to meet with your child once a week to read the Bible together. This is the heart of the Young Anglican’s “Engage” program (younganglicans.com). Talk to your priest or bishop about having the Engage Training in your church or diocese.

    Steven Tighe is a member of the Board of Directors for the Young Anglicans Project. He serves as Director of La Frontera Youth Ministry Education. For questions or more information, feel free to contact Steven Tighe at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


    Dean for St Frumentius’ Anglican Theological College, Gambella Ethiopia



    Part-time Rector



    Lectionary Inserts for Sundays now available


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    Lectionary Inserts for each Sunday of the Christian Year are now available starting with the Day of Pentecost, June 4, 2017.

    The inserts are available for download from the ACNA website and can be printed locally by any congregation. They feature the Sunday readings (Old Testament, Psalm, Epistle and Gospel), as well as the appropriate seasonal greeting (acclamation), Collect of the Day, reading responses and notes on how offertory or post-communion sentences are chosen.

    The Anglican Church in North America has entered into an annual license agreement with Crossways, the publisher of the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible [ESV], which permits the duplication of the inserts without any further license or cost to the local congregation. The sub-committee on Collects, Calendars and Lectionaries of the provincial Liturgy Task Force identified a graphic designer in Colorado, Catherine Hoemke of Coffee Shop Creative, to undertake the work that is eventually envisioned to include all the propers for Years A, B, and C, as well as for major feast and fasts, and all red-letter days.

    “This is a wonderful development in the rolling-out of the Book of Common Prayer (2019),” said Archbishop Robert Duncan, chair of the Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force.  “We hope the lectionary inserts—available both in 8 ½ x 11 inch single-fold and in large-print versions—will be of great service to both congregations and worshippers across the Anglican Church and even beyond.”

    Inserts for the month of June are currently available, and more inserts will be added soon. 

    Click here to find the inserts on the Liturgy page under “Additional Resources and Translations.”


    How an evangelical church planter discovered freedom in liturgy


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    As the worship leader of a mega-church, Eddie Kirkland had a powerful platform to grow his ministry. And he left it all to plant a church—an Anglican church.

    As the music worship leader of Andy Stanley’s evangelical mega-church outside of Atlanta, Georgia, Eddie Kirkland had an influential and powerful platform from which to grow and share his ministry. And he left it all to plant a church. An Anglican church.

    The son of a Florida pastor, Eddie grew up with worship music in his DNA. As a young man, it was a privilege for him to lead worship and be on staff at Andy Stanley’s North Point Community Church for more than five years. During that time, Eddie took strides toward his dream of creating a presence in the Christian music marketplace. Yet, as that dream was coming to fruition, he was surprised to realize that it was not what he wanted. He enjoyed the music, but what he truly loved was working with people and helping them find freedom in Christ.

    Overwhelmed one day by a sense of God’s calling, Eddie went home to tell his wife and two young kids that it was time to leave his comfortable position and venture out into the unknown. His wife, Danielle, responded with support and wisdom, “I’m behind you 100%,” she said, “But you need to talk to Jesus, because I need you to have a plan.” And so his journey to becoming an Anglican church planter began.

    During his college years, Eddie had taken a semester to study in England. While there, he worshipped at several Anglican churches, including Christ Church Cathedral. The liturgy stirred something deep in his heart. Even as he returned to his evangelical roots and began his work at North Point, Eddie continued to feel the pull toward Anglicanism. He purchased a Book of Common Prayer and began practicing the Daily Office.

    The day after he told his wife about his call to leave North Point, Eddie had a meeting with prolific Christian songwriter, Graham Kendrick.  As it turned out, Graham had just come from a meeting with Anglican worship leaders in Pittsburgh and they bonded over their shared interest in Anglican worship. Immediately following their meeting, Eddie received a response email from a member of the church planting team at Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO). As it turned out, that person had grown up in Atlanta and wanted to meet. Shortly thereafter, a close friend stopped by Eddie’s office in order to set up an introduction with friends he’d wanted Eddie to meet for some time. Incidentally, those friends had planted an Anglican Church in Atlanta.

    All along the road, God continued to confirm his calling while drawing Eddie to the Anglican Church. And what attracted Eddie so strongly to Anglicanism, was the freedom and simplicity found in the sacraments. As an Anglican priest, he was still a worship leader, but now in a very different framework. The fact that the “success” of the worship service did not sit on his shoulders was incredibly liberating. The Gospel would be preached through the Word, the liturgy, the sacraments, and God’s grace poured out. There was no dependence on Eddie’s musical performance or otherwise.

    Eddie planted a church just outside of Atlanta in Alpharetta, Georgia with the Diocese of C4SO in partnership with the Diocese of the South. It is known simply as, The Parish, and primarily attended by young families from the local suburbs.  Most of his members do not come from an Anglican background and many have been “de-churched” in the midst of the fast-paced lifestyle of the local community. But there is something about the simple and deliberate nature of the Anglican liturgy that appeals to them. Just as it did to Eddie.


    A Joint Statement on Communion from the Primate of Bangladesh and the Primate of the Anglican Church


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    Read the entire joint statement released May 14, 2017.

    We met together in Atlanta, Georgia on May 13-15, 2017, to share with one another the life and ministry of our respective provinces.  On Sunday, May 14th Primate Paul Sarker spoke at Holy Cross Cathedral in Loganville, Georgia bringing greetings from the Church of Bangladesh. 

    On Monday, May 15th, we met at the offices of Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America.  We give thanks for the unity that we share in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, recognizing the primacy and sufficiency of the Scriptures, and the value of our common Anglican heritage.  We agreed that with Christ as the cornerstone, The Anglican Church in North America and the Church of Bangladesh affirm and celebrate our communion together. Consequently, we discussed how our two provinces might work more closely together through mission partnerships.

    We ask the people of our provinces keep this relationship in their prayers, and invite you to be open to opportunities that the Holy Spirit may bring to join in united Christian witness and ministry between Bangladesh and North America.


    The Most Rev. Paul Sarker
    Moderator and Primate of the Church of Bangladesh


    The Most. Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
    Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America


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    The Holy Orders Task Force Report


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    The College of Bishops appointed a Task Force on Holy Orders to provide the College with a scholarly and informed study on Holy Orders. This past January Bishop Hicks presented a report on the last phase of the process to the College, and we are now releasing the whole report to the Province.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    In 2012 the College of Bishops appointed a Task Force on Holy Orders to provide the College with a scholarly and informed study on Holy Orders and, specifically, women in Holy Orders (the enabling resolution is reprinted in what follows). The Task Force, led by Bishop David Hicks, consisted of people representing differing perspectives and practices. They have met for the past 5 years and during that time have periodically released progress reports. This past January Bishop Hicks presented a report on the last phase of the process to the College, and we are now releasing the whole report to the Province.


    Please note the following:

    • The Task Force was not commissioned to resolve the issue, but was asked to develop
    resources to help the bishops in future conversation on this topic.
    • Therefore the report does not answer the questions of what the College is to do, but it is
    a study presented to the College to help the College in our discussions.
    • The report does not change our current practice regarding women’s orders as stated in
    our Constitution. Our current practice allows each diocese to determine whether it
    will ordain women as deacons or priests.
    • The report will now be sent to the GAFCON Primates for their input and guidance for
    our discussions.
    • The College of Bishops will now be studying the whole report, and we will meet in
    special session later in the year to discuss how we move forward together.

    As your Archbishop, I ask the following from you:

    1) Don’t comment on the report until you have read it all.
    2) Don’t comment on the report until you can fairly articulate the opposite point of view.
    3) Remember that no decisions have been made at this time to pursue changing our
    Constitution.
    4) Remember that we are all followers of Jesus Christ on mission together, holding those
    with the opposite point of view in Christian love and charity.
    5) Lastly, sincerely pray for your bishops as we seek to serve Jesus Christ in this matter.

    Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

    Thank you to:

    The Rt. Rev. David Hicks, Chair The REC Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
    The Rt. Rev. Kevin Allen, The Diocese of Cascadia
    Mrs. Katherine Atwood, The Diocese of Ft. Worth
    The Rev. Dr. Leslie Fairfield, The Diocese in New England & Trinity School for Ministry (Ret.)
    The Rev. Canon Mary Hays, The Diocese of Pittsburgh
    The Rev. Tobias Karlowicz, The Diocese of Quincy
    The Rt. Rev. Eric Menees, The Diocese of San Joaquin

    for your service to the Province by serving on the Task Force. Your hard work is much
    appreciated!

    The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
    Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America

    Download the Report Here


    Provincial Council 2017



    Communications Internship



    Rector-Mariners’ Church of Detroit, Detroit, MI



    Apply to be a Communications Intern with the Anglican Church in North America


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    The ACNA is looking for a communications intern. Discover how to apply today!

    The 2017 communications internship with The Anglican Church in North America begins in mid May and runs until the end of June.

    The internship provides the opportunity to contribute to the communications work of the Anglican Church in North America’s 2017 Provincial Council and Assembly both before, during, and after these events.

    Those who are received into the internship may choose to move to Atlanta, or they may choose to connect with the program director via virtual office tools (Skype, Asana, etc.). Remote interns must have a reliable internet connection, and access to a distraction-free environment from which to work. The last week of June the internship will culminate in the behind-the-scenes support for Assembly 2017 on the Wheaton College campus.

    Exploration (Week 1):

    You will begin the internship by spending time learning about the history and distinctives of the Anglican Church in North America. In consultation with the Director of Communications, you will also begin laying out distinct objectives that can be completed by the end of the internship.

    Development (Week 2):

    You will begin your specific projects related to the deliverables needed for Assembly week. This process will include but is not limited to: strategic planning, content creation, content distribution, and impact analysis.

    These goals may require technical skills in the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, etc.) and standard office applications (Word, Excel, etc.). This is a learning environment where skill mastery is not expected, but basic proficiencies and a passion for further development are required.

    This work will also require excellent habits of time management and the people skills to collaborate effectively in a virtual team environment.

    Execution (Weeks 3-5):

    This phase of the internship will require the development and distribution of project content.

    Assembly Week (Week 6):

    This is an intense week as you support the work of the “Mission on Our Doorstep” Assembly, and 7 distinct meetings in 5 days. As a member of the Provincial staff communications team you will assist with various behind-the-scenes aspects of the conference.

    A few days after the event will be devoted to wrapping up any loose ends with the projects, completing any paperwork required by your college or university, spending time reflecting on what was valuable in the internship, and helping the project coordinator refine the program for the next year.

    What we provide:

    Projects that matter

    Opportunities to grow

    Mentorship

    What you bring:

    Creativity

    Hard work

    Laptop with Adobe Software

    Application Process

    Interested College and University students, or recent graduates, should send the following information to The Rev. Cn. Andrew Gross, Director of Communications and Media Relations at the Anglican Church in North America (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) as soon as possible for consideration:

    • Name

    • Educational Institution

    • Home Church

    • Resume

    • Portfolio

    Download a PDF of this information here.


    A Communiqué from the GAFCON Primates to Members and Supporters


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    GAFCON Primates met in Lagos, Nigeria last week to pray and work for the continued renewal of the Anglican Communion.

    Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    As your Primates, we met in Lagos, Nigeria from 24th -28th April 2017 to pray and work for the continued renewal of the Anglican Communion.  We give thanks for the extraordinary hospitality of the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, the Archbishop of Lagos, and the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).

    We began our time together each day with prayer and the study of God’s Word.  Aware that we are approaching the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we gave thanks for the faithful witness of those leaders who challenged the Church to recover the authority of the Scriptures. They were men and women who were willing to take costly action, and sealed that testimony with their own blood. 

    Jerusalem 2018 Global Anglican Future Conference

    Gafcon is a global family made up of 9 provinces and 5 branches representing the majority of the world’s Anglicans.  Jerusalem 2018 will be the 10th anniversary of the founding of our movement. We are looking forward to acting as an instrument of unity in gathering our people together so that they can share the same joy in the Gospel that we experience when we are together.

    Our theme will be “Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations” and we are anticipating having over 1,700 delegates join in worship, teaching and pilgrimage.  In the next few months, each province or branch will be issuing invitations among their membership.  Please pray for the planning team as they attend to the many details of this event.

    If One Part of the Body Suffers, Every Part Suffers With It

    Our meeting has also been an opportunity to share with one another our burdens and the suffering of our people.  In particular, we discussed the ongoing civil war in South Sudan, and the challenges faced by the church in that province.  This conflict has displaced millions, many of whom have found a temporary home in northern Uganda. The Anglican church there is caring for these refugees as best it can, but the region’s resources are currently overwhelmed.  We commissioned the Primates of Uganda and Kenya to visit the South Sudan to explore ways we can work with other ecumenical partners to offer mediation that might bring about an end to this conflict.

    Many in our African provinces are confronted by the dual threats of insurgent Islamism and drought.  The targeting of Christians and churches in northern Nigeria has been in the news, and the daily dangers there and elsewhere continue to be real.  Combined with drought conditions, there is the potential for widespread famine in our Sub-Saharan provinces.

    In our Global North provinces the challenges are different. With the increasing influence of materialism, secularism, and the loss of moral foundations, our people in these provinces face dangers that are subtle, but spiritually dangerous.

    Please keep each of these concerns in your prayers, and consider what God might be calling you to do in response.  Our provinces have borders, but our Church does not, and the sharing of material and spiritual resources has never been more needed.

    A Missionary Bishop

    During our meeting, we considered how best to respond to the voice of faithful Anglicans in some parts of the Global North who are in need of biblically faithful episcopal leadership. Of immediate concern is the reality that on 8th June 2017 the Scottish Episcopal Church is likely to formalize their rejection of Jesus’ teaching on marriage. If this were to happen, faithful Anglicans in Scotland will need appropriate pastoral care. In addition, within England there are churches that have, for reasons of conscience, been planted outside of the Church of England by the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE).  These churches are growing, and are in need of episcopal leadership. Therefore, we have decided to consecrate a missionary bishop who will be tasked with providing episcopal leadership for those who are outside the structures of any Anglican province, especially in Europe.

    A Word of Encouragement to Faithful Anglicans within European Provinces

    We wish to reassure all faithful Anglicans in European provinces that they also have our prayers and our support. We are aware that some Christians within these provinces who are contending for the faith may at first perceive the news of a missionary bishop as a threat to their hopes for reform from within. 

    We believe that the complexity of the current situation in Europe does not admit of a single solution.  Faithful Christians may be called to different courses of action. We bless those whose context and conscience have led them to remain and contend for the faith within the current structures. If you are successful, you will not need a missionary bishop; if you are not successful, an alternative is at hand. The only true failure would be to waste time through inaction.

    We also pray for those who are not yet clear about what faithfulness requires.  May God give you the wisdom and courage of the Reformers to stand firm wherever the Lord calls you to stand.

    Bishops Training Institute (BTI)

    The launch of the Bishops Training Institute has been successful, drawing bishops from around the world for training and teaching in the unique role of leading a diocese. The Institute is based in Kenya, and led by the Rt Rev. Samson Mwaluda, assisted by the Rev. Paul Sampson. The next course will take place in May this year, and BTI 3 in November. 

    Branch Updates

    We received updates from our established branches in Australia, New Zealand, Southern Africa, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.  We also received encouraging reports about new Gafcon branches emerging in other parts of the Anglican world.  We give thanks for the continued growth of this movement, and the opportunity we have to share in fellowship with those who are preaching the Gospel around the world both in season and out of season.

    The Global South

    We give thanks for the fellowship that we had last October with the Anglican Global South at the 6th Global South Anglican Conference in Cairo, Egypt. We affirm our desire to continue to work in close partnership, walking together in the truth of the Gospel.

    Conclusion

    We are grateful for the leadership of our Chairman, the Most Rev. Dr Nicholas Okoh.  As we look towards Jerusalem 2018, we ask for your continued prayers and support. Specifically, we ask that you would pray for the continued renewal of the Anglican Communion, and the spread of this reform movement.  In all these things may Christ be glorified and his name proclaimed faithfully to the nations.


    A Statement on Truro from Archbishop Foley Beach


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    I have only recently been made aware of the “Truro Institute,” described as “A School of Peace and Reconciliation” which is proposed to be jointly led by Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax, VA, and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

    The idea of a School of Peace and Reconciliation is to be commended. I would welcome the opening of centers with this focus around the Anglican Church in North America if they promote Biblical reconciliation.  Unfortunately, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has not been reconciled with the revealed Word of God, and is therefore not an appropriate partner for such a project. Their leadership continues to promote teaching and practice that is contrary to Scripture —teaching that, if followed, would keep people from an eternal inheritance in the Kingdom of God, teaching that has torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion, and teaching that remains a scandal in the Anglican Communion to this day. Therefore, until there is repentance by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, there can be no true Gospel partnership with them.

    Bishop Guernsey and I had both made this clear to the leadership of Truro. I have been amazed at the godly counsel, patience, and goodness of Bishop Guernsey in these discussions. I am disappointed that they have not just ignored, but defied our counsel. In doing so they have entered into a legal relationship with the Episcopal Church that makes them unequally yoked. It requires the permission of the Episcopal bishop for me to visit, and it creates an Episcopal Diocese of Virginia center of ministry with a required on-campus presence of one of their bishops. The decision to partner with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in this way is not in harmony with the Bible’s instruction in dealing with false teachers, and it denigrates the costly sacrifice of the many congregations who had their buildings and assets taken by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

    It is ironic to begin a “Peace and Reconciliation” center when you are not at peace with your own bishop and archbishop. Truro has been a leader in the renewal of North American Anglicanism, giving a robust defense of the Gospel, and refusing to peddle any counterfeit. It is my hope that they will uphold that heritage, resist counterfeit versions of “reconciliation,” and fulfill their calling among the leading congregations of the Anglican Church in North America.



     
    The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
    Archbishop and Primate
    Anglican Church in North America


    Update:
    Bishop John Guernsey’s letter to the clergy and wardens of his diocese is here.


    An Interview with Lisa Espineli Chinn - Part Five


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    For fourteen years, Lisa Espineli Chinn was the National Director of International Student Ministry at InterVarsity. She and her husband, Leighton, have been partners in international student ministry for decades.  Recently she sat down with The Rev. Canon Andrew Gross and shared how they met, and what marriage can teach about cross-cultural ministry.

    Click the links below for the entire interview:

    Part One: From the Philippines to Washington DC
    Part Two: From Accidental Church Planter to InterVarsity Director
    Part Three: International Students Ministry
    Part Four: Next Steps
    Part Five: Marriage and Cross Cultural Ministry


    PART FIVE
    Marriage and Cross Cultural Ministry


    Tell me how you met your husband.

    I was asked to attend a meeting in Colorado Springs at my displeasure. I didn’t want to go because I had a long summer, but my boss said, “You need to go because this is InterVarsity and we need some people there.”  It was a consultation for international student ministry and at the time that wasn’t my full-time job, so I felt somebody else should be there. Hesitatingly I went. My husband was the assistant to the president at that time, hosting the event. That’s where we met, but there was not amazing sparks at first sight. He will tell you he was looking and I will tell you I was praying. I met him when I was 33 and he was 37. Prior to that I really asked my mom to pray for a husband for me. I know she was praying for me, but specifically at that point in life I said, “If you would seriously pick up that item.” So we met in May of ‘81 and we got married in December of ‘81 so it was fast. We had our first baby in 82. He was already working with International Students Incorporated so it became a merger, the marriage of 70 years combined experience. You can imagine the kind of adjustment you have to make when two people are set in their ways but we learned a lot.


    Is his ethnicity Chinese?

    Yes, he is American-born Chinese. His mom is Chinese, and his dad is white, at least that’s what we know so far from DNA. He didn’t know that before. He was born and raised in Hawaii so we’re both Islanders born and raised, and met in the mountains of Colorado!


    So he brought the “Chinn” to Espineli Chinn?

    Yes, that is from him. In the Philippines you carry your maiden name with you. It was not my request. I was Lisa Chinn, and Leighton said, “Why don’t you add Espineli to honor your parents.” I wasn’t just absorbed. There’s Lisa Chinn, but when you put Lisa Espineli Chinn, that’s me. I’m really a combination of that.


    Marriage is a cross culture experience for all of us.

    Yes, That’s what I say when encouraging churches. When they say, “Oh this is kind of intimidating how do you relate with people of other cultures?” I encourage them by looking at the places where they have already succeeded at crossing culture. In marriage, crossing into the culture of our teenage kids, that’s another culture. What did you find out when you see the world differently? They can draw from the successes of crossing cultures. Not necessarily the big culture of countries, but it’s the subcultures of groups in our lives. Then they say, “Oh, I can do this. I can welcome Chinese students. I can welcome Hindu students. I need to know a few things like, what they eat, and what I need to serve.” Those are important sensitivities, but it’s not so much what they are fed, but how they’re treated, which is related to food, but it’s how we welcome them, what kind of interest we take in them, what kind of attention, and what kind of welcome that they experience with us.

    I think for many Americans, and for our college students as well, we are so comfortable in our culture even if a college student is new to that college they are still at home more than an international student. The place of welcome makes a big difference because they may not have that any other place in their life. My in-laws spent time as students in Italy and their place of welcome was made for them by their next door neighbors. They made lifelong friendships. It meant more to them because that’s all they had. They didn’t have 20 other connections so there is a real opportunity to show folks welcome and love.

    We know it in scripture. Besides the broad “love your neighbor,” specifically love the strangers in your midst too because you were once strangers, foreigners in Egypt. You know what it’s like to be a minority. You know what it’s like to not have a voice. You know what it’s like to be discriminated upon, so look out. Sometimes we forget because we’ve made it through the difficult times, but you know what it’s like. I don’t want to only paint a picture of a poor, spiritually, and culturally harassed student, because there’s also a flip side: they have a lot to contribute. How can we be learners? When they look at scripture they see it through a different set of eyes and scripture comes alive because they ask questions that your normal American student does not ask. For instance The Prodigal Son. An international student says, “Oh my father will never meet my brother. If he was a prodigal son he will send my mom saying, ‘Go meet your son.’” Or the student would say, “No there is no father like that because fathers don’t do that.”


    Their eastern culture might be closer to the culture of Jesus hearers than ours.

    Yes, the forgiveness. You have shamed our name? That’s hard to overcome. So the forgiveness is even more powerful. That this God would stoop down and welcome you. That’s a really powerful story.

    Click the links below for the entire interview:

    Part One: From the Philippines to Washington DC
    Part Two: From Accidental Church Planter to InterVarsity Director
    Part Three: International Students Ministry
    Part Four: Next Steps
    Part Five: Marriage and Cross Cultural Ministry

    Lisa Espineli Chinn will be a plenary speaker at Assembly 2017 in Wheaton, IL (June 27-30, 2017).  Click here to learn more and register for Assembly 2017!


    An Interview with Lisa Espineli Chinn - Part Four


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    For fourteen years, Lisa Espineli Chinn was the National Director of International Student Ministry at InterVarsity. She thought she was moving into retirement, but is finding herself drawn to mentorship and further ministry. Recently she sat down with The Rev. Canon Andrew Gross to share more about listening for God in this new season of life.

    Click the links below for the entire interview:

    Part One: From the Philippines to Washington DC
    Part Two: From Accidental Church Planter to InterVarsity Director
    Part Three: International Students Ministry
    Part Four: Next Steps
    Part Five: Marriage and Cross Cultural Ministry


    PART FOUR
    Next Steps


    Tell us a little more about what you are doing these days.

    I coach young leaders just helping them with leadership. Some of them are ethnically minorities so “What does it mean to engage in a predominantly white organization and culture?” I bring a cross-cultural lens into the situation, bring in leadership questions. I have a few women leaders, so “What does it means to lead as a woman? What does it mean to be a wife of young kids,  and trying to figure out your place of significance and contribution in God’s Kingdom?” Part of it is spiritual direction, “Where is God in the picture? What are you hearing from Him?” All of that has been since I retired from my full-time directorship. That has been real fun kind of role that I didn’t expect. It kind of just naturally unfolded for me. I do conferences as I am able.

    I also enjoy doing women’s retreats. I’m doing one in Virginia with a few churches joining together. How can we make the women of our churches more missional? Sometimes women’s retreats can be an excuse to have a pedicure. I’m not downgrading that, please I love that too, but what I’m saying is, it can be very insular. How can we capture opportunities in the church to grow the congregation, to grow the people who are crossed-culturally sensitive, who are welcoming, who know that hospitality has nothing to do with matching silverware and napkins? I like that, but I think we overemphasize it, and that keeps us from being welcoming because “welcoming” really is to make room. Whether it’s in a conversation or because I gave space for this person, that’s hospitality.

    I enjoyed that because I feel that my journey, first as a long-time single woman, and then marriage, children, grandchildren… I feel that God has taken me through that journey and I feel like I can walk alongside other women my age or even younger to really say, “What’s our place in God’s kingdom? How can we be involved?”

    I also do cross-cultural consulting. I was a thought leader in the area of reentry for international students. We send people to a foreign land for short-term missions. We have over a million every year from North America going overseas. We send them out, which is commendable, but the thing is, who’s helping them transition back after their lives have been shaken? After being in Haiti or Honduras what do they do with the shaking that God does to our worldview, to our priorities? When we start questioning our affluence, our upbringing.  You wanted to bring the Gospel, but now I’ve got to drive on the highway in the US where there’s food, where there’s clean water. Somebody has to help them with that transition. That’s been part of what I do as well, it is to help international students, mission participants, career counseling. I kind of dabbled, but dabbled in a way that became an original pioneer with international student reentry.

    I think the key is, you offer who you are before God, all that you are, all you’ve been through, and I feel like, “God, you’ve given me certain experiences and insight, how do I use that to advance your kingdom?” Not just me as the foot soldier, as it were, you kind of back up a little bit and say, “How can I encourage the next generation? How can I pass on to my own kids what I’m learning?” Sometimes I feel like I’m in the exit lane, and then I find myself back in the fast lane, and I say “Lord, I thought I heard you say take a backseat,” and then I come to AGMP and I think, “We can do this, or we can do that.” I am in a period of discernment. What does it mean to hear from God? What does it mean to be selective? You cannot do a lot but what is the most impactful? Who are the people I want to pour myself into so that these people can multiply? I see that already, the people I’ve invested in have multiplied so I feel like I can step back, but what does stepping back mean? What does it mean to be the coach where you don’t have to shoot all the baskets? You get doused with the water when they win but you get fired if you don’t!


    Click the links below for the entire interview:

    Part One: From the Philippines to Washington DC
    Part Two: From Accidental Church Planter to InterVarsity Director
    Part Three: International Students Ministry
    Part Four: Next Steps
    Part Five: Marriage and Cross Cultural Ministry

    Lisa Espineli Chinn will be a plenary speaker at Assembly 2017 in Wheaton, IL (June 27-30, 2017).  Click here to learn more and register for Assembly 2017!


    An Interview with Lisa Espineli Chinn - Part Three


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    For fourteen years, Lisa Espineli Chinn was the National Director of International Student Ministry at InterVarsity. Recently she sat down with The Rev. Canon Andrew Gross to share more about what churches can learn about student ministry.

    Click the links below for the entire interview:

    Part One: From the Philippines to Washington DC
    Part Two: From Accidental Church Planter to InterVarsity Director
    Part Three: International Students Ministry
    Part Four: Next Steps
    Part Five: Marriage and Cross Cultural Ministry


    PART THREE
    International Students Ministry


    What were some of the challenges you saw international students encounter that perhaps your other students at InterVarsity didn’t?

    You can see a generation of early international students that came in the seventies and early eighties.  That was just the beginning of the Chinese students coming after the cultural revolution in the mid-seventies so they were a different, older group of students. They were like sponges. They had been sent to the countryside, the intellectuals, and now the doors were opened and they could see another side of the world. They were older and more serious. They grabbed the opportunity.  They couldn’t allow this opportunity to slip away. Then you have this undergrad and they are like, “Oh if it’s a party school that’s the school I’m going for.” So there’s a difference between the level of seriousness between internationals and the domestic students.

    The challenges are the same of the seventies, eighties, and even now. It’s really, “How do you not only survive. How do you thrive? How do you flourish in a new setting where you are the outsider; where your English is not perfect?” You don’t really know what’s going on for the most part. Nowadays international students can watch YouTube. They can listen, and there are more resources at their fingertips to understand a culture from a distance, but to actually be there, and to actually experience the Americans around you is very different. They may not have a lot of economic needs. They are not as poor as in my time. I came with a one-way ticket.  Some of the students we work with not only came with round-trip tickets, they get tickets for Thanksgiving break and spring break. That’s how different our students are today. 

    They are also different in the places that they come from. In the seventies the Iranians were one of the top. Now China is number one followed by India. Saudi Arabia is way up. Its number three as far as Muslim students coming from one country. It’s a rising number. So the challenge for the church is: First, to see internationals, and not look past them. When Jesus said, “Look at the field,” you know for me Jesus is wanting us to see this crowd of international students.  They are harassed and helpless like sheep without a Shepherd spiritually, and physically too sometimes, and culturally. It’s hard to understand the American style of life. After a while they understand, but my job is to be an interpreter of culture to international students. I explain. Sometimes I try to excuse American behavior, or the other way around. I become a cultural broker, as it were, in order to bring cultures together so that their American education is not just cerebral, but cultural, and so that they can engage. They have so much to give, and Americans have so much to offer. If there is a safe welcoming place for that to happen, then we’re halfway there.  That happens in the church. That happens on campus. That happens in community. There’s so much we can do.


    For churches that are close to a college campus what are some first steps that they can take if they have a call to a ministry like this?

    I think one thing that they can do is to go and sit there, and just walk around. Look and see. What is it that you see? Don’t engage, just observe. If this is the people group that God is calling me to I’m going to sit there and watch this people group and learn what they do.

    Then I would do a prayer walk. Say, “Okay Lord, we are across the street from this campus. Our heart is stirred. We want to do something.” I want people whose hearts are broken for those who don’t know Him. The world has come to your doorstep. Are you going out your back door instead of opening the door to welcome them? I think it’s a spiritual preparation rather than, “Oh, ok, let’s have a program.” I would rather have the groundwork of spiritual preparation. I would rather a church to enter into it because this is a missionary call, rather than something to talk about at the Diocesan convention. Do that spiritual preparation. Find out what is happening. Do a little research. What is really going on there? How are international students being served? In many places, in big universities they have an international student advisor. That’s their full-time job so it may be good to also ask, “Is there anything for the Church to do that we could offer? Is there any way I can help?” Now, a word of warning: you can’t just walk in there and they will give you a big open door. At first there is suspicion about our intentions, so we’re already marked that we have an agenda.

    It’s important how we enter the conversation. Some have more success than others. We are here to give international students a safe, welcoming place. These are the things that we can offer. We can offer rides from the airport. We can do a furniture giveaway. We can be the cultural informants for them. We want to love them. Love the strangers in your midst, that’s clear from Scripture.

    Find out what other groups are present on campus. There could be InterVarsity, there could be Cru, Chi Alpha, etc.  All kinds of people are working with internationals. Seek a way to partner.  Sometimes they just need a church who has a building and they say, “Really? You will let us use your building?” Offer that place as a safe, welcoming venue for international students. If you have members who want to engage then get to know the students. 

    At Truro we had a monthly potluck dinner.  We had volunteers pick up students from the subway, and drive them. You had all kinds of activities throughout the year, so that’s how we were able to bring the world to the church and the church to the world, because you cannot love people you do not know. Really it’s just in your head that you are loving them. You have images of a Muslim student in the news or that part of reality is painted for us, but then you meet a freshman named Mohammad. He’s 19. He has not been to an American home, and you bring him to this home and then you introduce South Carolina’s state dance, “The Shag,” and he is standing there like “Am I supposed to hold this lady’s hand and dance?” and I grabbed his hand and I said “Hey, I’m like your mom. Let’s do this.” It’s just… how would I put it… if we were the hands of Jesus extending this love, it could be that hand, just helping this young Saudi student know, “It’s safe here. You can have fun here.” You should have seen his face. He was just having fun. It was a first experience for him. We want to unlock the process so that the good experience they have with Christians will build into other good experiences that will lead to a curiosity about the Gospel and an irresistible attraction. “Why?” they ask us. “Why do you do this? Why do you love us? Why do you spend time with us?” They are just amazed, and we say “Because God has loved us we have experienced being loved and that’s why.”  Without sounding weird and spiritual, they don’t understand that language, but this is the language: we have been loved first, and that’s why we are able to love.


    There is no particular outcome except to share Gods love.

    Yes, and I think sometimes in our world and the Christian world the word “love” is too generalize, too diluted, but you know when a student says, “I have felt love in this room,” then you realize you have underestimated love. “I was loved by these people who I don’t know.”  If you’re alone in a culture that is even magnified in the person’s heart. I was a stranger and you brought me in, you know Matthew 25.


    Click the links below for the entire interview:

    Part One: From the Philippines to Washington DC
    Part Two: From Accidental Church Planter to InterVarsity Director
    Part Three: International Students Ministry
    Part Four: Next Steps
    Part Five: Marriage and Cross Cultural Ministry

    Lisa Espineli Chinn will be a plenary speaker at Assembly 2017 in Wheaton, IL (June 27-30, 2017).  Click here to learn more and register for Assembly 2017!


    An Interview with Lisa Espineli Chinn - Part Two


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    Church plants often start with small prayers. Lisa Espineli Chinn looked out from the kitchen window of her northern Virginia townhouse as she did dishes, and prayed for her neighbors as they got their mail. Within a short period of time, she and her husband, Leighton, were instrumental in the founding of Church of the Redeemer. For fourteen years, Lisa was the National Director of International Student Ministry at InterVarsity. Recently she sat down with The Rev. Canon Andrew Gross to share more about what she learned in that role, and what might be next for her ministry.

    Click the links below for the entire interview:

    Part One: From the Philippines to Washington DC
    Part Two: From Accidental Church Planter to InterVarsity Director
    Part Three: International Students Ministry
    Part Four: Next Steps
    Part Five: Marriage and Cross Cultural Ministry


    PART TWO
    From Accidental Church Planter to InterVarsity Director


    I understand that you planted a church in northern Virginia.

    Yes, it really was fascinating. I’m not a church planter in an official sense, nor given the assignment by the bishop, or the pastor. I remember clearly that I was standing in front of our kitchen sink and I could see our neighbors. It was a corner townhouse, and the neighbors would pick up their mail because there’s a common mailboxes. I would see my neighbors there and I prayed for them. Even if I didn’t see them, if I remembered them as I did the dishes. When I was praying that’s when God said, “Well, why don’t you start a Bible study with them?” I clearly heard God by my kitchen sink. And I said, “Why not. We’ve been praying for them.” So I told my husband and he said, “Let’s go for it.” He did not ask, “What do you want me to do?” He just said, “Let’s go for it.” It has been important in my own journey that I have a husband who believes in me, who recognizes my gifts and my strength, who has been willing to say, “I’m with you. I’m behind you. I will be there for you, and cheer you on.”

    So I gathered my neighbors, literally the one’s with whom we shared walls. And other people too. There was one couple who was not at Truro. The other couple had been through Truro, but they were people I knew and the ones that I was praying for. So I said, “Look, I don’t know what God has in mind, but I feel like God wants me to start a Bible study with you. Would you like to be part of it? I’m looking for a group to journey with.” They said, “Sure.”  I said, “Let’s meet at my house.”

    Normally I’m a planner. I would have what we’re going to do, how we’re going to end up in three weeks, and here’s the long-range plan. This time it was more like, “Trust me. Go down this path. I’ll tell you what to do next.” So I told the group, “I’m going to lead the Bible study two times. After that, the rest of you will have to pick it up.” These are people with no Bible training, no idea what a small group looks like, but they were ready to journey with us. I led the Bible study first, and then you should have seen the couples getting excited and scared about how to lead. I said “There are materials you can study.” I was part coach, but literally just obeying the voice of God. You know when you hear the voice of God in your heart? From that Bible study we grew to be 40 to 50. We only had one home that could hold us with all of our kids. At that time the church planting effort at Truro was already in progress, so we became a church plant, Christ the Redeemer.


    Is that when you left Northern Virginia? Did you go to Wisconsin at that point?

    They were looking for a director for InterVarsity USA. I had left InterVarsity after I married.  I had been working with my husband with International Students Incorporated. InterVarsity sent a resume because they knew we had wider connections. I said, “Oh, this is great. Let’s help them find a director.” However, we couldn’t come up with a name.  The job description sat on our kitchen counter until one day I said, “Let me just take a close look. Maybe I could do this.” So I looked and asked my husband, “Do you think this is something I could do well?” because he’s an honest man he wouldn’t say, “Hey it’s a dream job.” No, he said, “This part is good. This part is good. I don’t know if you can do this or this.”  He wasn’t fully encouraging me, but he was being realistic and honest.  He said, “You can do this part. This other part will be a challenge, etc.” As I pursued it, I realized there was no harm in pushing forward. I felt like there was a green light to keep moving and God would show the way. I asked InterVarsity and they said “Sure you can apply.”  The short story is that they offered me the job. You could trace that thread of seeing God at work, and hearing God, and moving in the direction where I thought I heard God. God put me in a place. We uprooted our family. All of our kids were born in Fairfax, Virginia, and now we had to move to Madison, Wisconsin because we heard God was clearly opening up the way for us. I sought the blessing of Martyn Minns who was my rector.


    I was doing the math earlier and thinking, “16 or 17 years ago that would be Martyn Minns.”

    
Yes, Martyn Minns. Neil Lebhar married us. John Howe, was our pastor before—so we had all these people in our lives. We hired Tom Herrick to pastor Christ the Redeemer.

    I wanted to make sure the key people in my life were in agreement. To my husband, Leighton, I said, “Honey what do you think?” I needed his whole support. It couldn’t be just half hearted. I needed the blessing of my parents, who were close to their nineties, because we were their 911. In their old age they were living with my older sister, so it was like everybody else was saying, “Yes, we want to bless you. We want to send you out.” Including my church, Christ the Redeemer which was very supportive. So we went to Wisconsin and that was 14 years of service as the Director of International Student Ministry with InterVarsity. 11 years of that in Madison, and three years in South Carolina. So I commuted the last three years.

    In one sense it was kind of a winding kind road, but in another it was a straight path.  My call was to university students, and that has never changed since I was 19. It only changed in terms of who the college students were whom I was working with: Filipinos, Americans, and then the world. That has always been clear. I love kids but God has never call me to children’s ministry. It was always the future leaders, always a very strategic group of tender hearts and inquisitive minds, you know, world changers. I think I was very excited about the potential of the people I worked with; who they could become locally in my context in the Philippines and in the US.

    Part One: From the Philippines to Washington DC
    Part Two: From Accidental Church Planter to InterVarsity Director
    Part Three: International Students Ministry
    Part Four: Next Steps
    Part Five: Marriage and Cross Cultural Ministry

    Lisa Espineli Chinn will be a plenary speaker at Assembly 2017 in Wheaton, IL (June 27-30, 2017).  Click here to learn more and register for Assembly 2017!


    Christianity and Culture


    An Interview with John Stonestreet of the Colson Center


    International Student Ministry - An Interview with Lisa Espineli Chinn


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    Lisa Espineli Chinn’s career has been in ministry to college, including fourteen years as the National Director of International Student Ministry at InterVarsity.

    Click the links below for the entire interview:

    Part One: From the Philippines to Washington DC
    Part Two: From Accidental Church Planter to InterVarsity Director
    Part Three: International Students Ministry
    Part Four: Next Steps
    Part Five: Marriage and Cross Cultural Ministry


    PART ONE
    From the Philippines to Washington DC

    As a baby, Lisa Espineli Chinn nearly died from pneumonia. During her sickness, her parents prayed for her healing and dedicated her to God’s service. Lisa went on to a career of ministry to college students, for fourteen of those years, serving as the National Director of International Student Ministry at InterVarsity. Recently she sat down with The Rev. Canon Andrew Gross to share more about what she learned in that role, and what might be next for her ministry.


    Tell me a little bit about yourself. I know you grew up in the Philippines. You said you had gone to school for foreign service. Take me from there, and how you came to the United States.

    So college was four years, and you graduate with a bachelors at the University of the Philippines. Now putting it in context, the University of the Philippines is the top school in the country. So that would be roughly, not my description, but others say it is the Harvard of the Philippines, so it kind of puts you in context in term of the kinds of people I worked with, the kinds of graduates, and where they go from that university. So immediately after graduation I was invited to join the InterVarsity staff to work at that university because InterVarsity work had started there and we had an active outreach to college students. I was a student leader during my college days with InterVarsity. That seemed like the track to take.  There was a clear vision for me to work and see the need among college students. It was not a hard decision, so I said “yes,” but only after the director of InterVarsity asked my parents for my hand in marriage to ministry. I am number 6 of 7 children, and it was respectful on the part of the director that they needed my parents blessing and approval to take this job because it is not the most lucrative job in town, there is no guaranteed salary. You don’t pull out your fresh graduate from the Harvard of the Philippines to a job that doesn’t have an income.


    What did your parents think?

    Well, the amazing thing is they said “Sure we gave her away already at 8 months.” They never really articulated that to me. I said “What do you mean?” Well, because I almost died at 8 months, my parents were poor, they couldn’t afford the hospital. They could only afford a doctor in the neighborhood. So I had pneumonia and the doctors had nothing else to do for me so they just sent my parents home and they said it’s a 50/50 chance; really iffy. So just go home and be with your child. And this, according to my parents, they said we prayed. They knew God in a vague way, that there is this power there. They had catholic background, a little smattering of protestant on my mother’s side, but the faith wasn’t personal or really strong. But this time they called on God. They said, “If you would spare our child then she is yours to do whatever you want with her.” So I call it “the spiritual arranged marriage” that I had no say about. So when my parents said that they had no choice, “Of course you can have to serve in this way.” So they released me with all their blessing and I served with InterVarsity in the Philippines for three years until I felt that if I really wanted to do this well I needed more training. The staff member who was from Hawaii, she was an American, I asked her where she went to school, and she said she went to Wheaton.  I thought, “Well maybe it is a good school.” Then I found out Billy Graham went there then I thought, “Well maybe it’s a really good school!” There was no internet, no google to check it, but I applied and end up being accepted.  I did graduate work in communications, that was 2 years, and after that there was an opportunity to work with InterVarsity in Philadelphia.

    So I did that for about 8 or 9 months before going home to the Philippines. Going home was the natural thing to do. It was not like I was here as an excuse to stay longer. I came here with a prayer and a purpose. The prayer was that God would give me a friend who would just be there in his new culture, explaining it for me and being a confidant, an encourager. The purpose was further training for better service. I wanted to serve students better through the training I would get. It’s not like you are being trained to only be a staff worker. It was broad and there was a combination of theology, bible, communications, and persuasion. The program was new when I came. It was a 2 year old program when I came. I said, “You know that kinda fits what I want, and it exposed me to more than just books.”

    So I returned after three years (first at Wheaton, and then Philadelphia) without thoughts of returning. The chance of a lifetime was finished. I went home to work with InterVarsity, and after about 6 years the opportunity again opened up for me to return. This time I looked at working with InterVarsity again as college staff. I said specifically that I wanted to work with international students. They passed my name around, and nobody had a job for that position but the area director in the Mid-Atlantic said, “Well, we will take her as regular college staff.” So I worked with the natives!  I worked with the local American students in George Mason,  Georgetown, and the DC area. Of course, naturally there would be internationals around me because I’m an international, but that was not my main job until later when I got married to my husband, whose full-time job was reaching international students. But it’s not like the love for it wasn’t there. Nor the exposure to it wasn’t there. The opportunity was there, but it wasn’t my focus. I would invite international students to the chapter that we had and our meetings, and encourage students in mission and all kinds of things. That was InterVarsity in 1979.


    Then you made the transition to working with International students after you met your husband?

    Yes, well, kind of. We also had three little kids then after getting married. So it was ministry with my husband, balancing and finding ways to serve with my husband, but then also that’s the time we started our ministry among International students at Truro.  The Truro International Program and Services. That was started in 1985, or around there, and it still exists today.

    Click the links below for the entire interview:

    Part One: From the Philippines to Washington DC
    Part Two: From Accidental Church Planter to InterVarsity Director
    Part Three: International Students Ministry
    Part Four: Next Steps
    Part Five: Marriage and Cross Cultural Ministry

    Lisa Espineli Chinn will be a plenary speaker at Assembly 2017 in Wheaton, IL (June 27-30, 2017).  Click here to learn more and register for Assembly 2017!


    An Easter Message from Archbishop Foley Beach


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    “We are stewards of a sacred treasure: the mystery of the Gospel.” Watch Archbishop Beach’s Easter message.


    North American ACNA Youth Gathering


    Youth are invited to Assembly 2017. Learn more about several events and how to register.

    In addition to participating in the adult conference, Anglican youth from around North America are invited to Assembly 2017 for their own full youth experience – a 3-day event with its own breakout sessions, prominent speakers and workshops, games and activities, worship, and an optional mission trip in the heart of Chicago. It’s the Provincial Youth Gathering 2017!

    Organized by a team of Anglican youth pastors from around the province, the three-day experience for 13- to 18-year-olds includes food and lodging, just as an adult Assembly registration does. Teens will participate in Eucharist services and plenary sessions with parents or church chaperones, then split into their own youth track for morning and afternoon sessions. Notable speakers during the youth gathering include:

    Paco Amador: What It Means to be a Missionary
    Bishop Stewart Ruch: What It Means to be Human
    Archbishop Ben Kwashi: What It Means to be Anglican.

    And just what is the “ALIENS!!!!” game that will be happening after dark Wednesday night? Frankly, we’re not sure… but given the amount of exclamation points its organizers used, it must be a good time. Thursday night features a game night and climbing wall, while Friday night is dedicated to preparing for the inner-city mission trip for those who opt in.

    On Friday morning of Assembly, the youth participating in the mission trip will be commissioned for their work; by Friday evening, those teens and their chaperones will be based at the Center for Student Missions in Chicago. The Assembly theme, “Mission on Our Doorstep,” will be lived out as teens spend three days (July 1-3) serving meals in community kitchens, sharing lunch with the homeless, and prayer walking in the neighborhoods they’re serving. Each day begins with devotions and ends with debriefing – as well as dinner at a neighborhood restaurant, to bless the businesses around them.

    Youth registration for the Assembly Provincial Youth Gathering alone is $135; to attend the Youth Gathering and also participate in the mission trip is $349. Many more details – including a required parent permission form, full youth track schedule, and instructions on registering – are available at the Young Anglicans Provincial Youth Gathering site,  or register at the Assembly 2017 site, missiononourdoorstep.com.

    By Rachel Moorman, ADOTS Communications Associate
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    Download and share Assembly 2017 Posters and Bulletin Inserts


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    Share Assembly 2017 in your congregation!  Assembly 2017 will be the largest Anglican event in North America this year, and with a dynamic lineup of speakers and ministry-specific workshops there is something for everyone.  Speakers include Ed Stetzer, Ben Kwashi, Louie Giglio, Lisa Espineli Chinn, Michael Nazir-Ali, Dave Ferguson, Tito Zavala, Daniel Carroll Rodas, and Miguel Uchoa. 

    Tracks for youth, Latino ministry, campus outreach, multi-ethnic ministry, healing prayer and many more.

    Share the opportunity in your church through these 8.5 x 11” posters, and half-sheet bulletin inserts. Each flyer comes in three types to fit the needs and capabilities of your office: regular, office copier friendly, and professional printing. Click type to download.

    Poster (8.5 x 11)


     

    Regular
      color goes all the way to edge

     

    Office Copier Friendly
      color stops .5” from edge

     

    Professional Print
        full bleeds

    Half Sheets (5.5 x 8.5)

     

    Regular
      color goes all the way to edge

     

    Office Copier Friendly
      color stops .5” from edge

     

    Professional Print
        full bleeds

     

    Side by Side
        two bulletins on one page

    You can learn more about Assembly 2017 here.


    Phase Two of Matthew 25 Initiative


    We are excited to announce that phase two of the Matthew 25 Initiative is now available.

    It all started with a vision from Archbishop Foley Beach and his desire to use a generous grant from an anonymous donor to help churches reach the poor and needy in their communities.

    After only 18 months of effort and development of these programs, the Matthew 25 fund has helped support nearly 40 new ministries.

    For this phase of the initiative, Archbishop Beach secured a dollar-for-dollar matching gift of up to $1,000,000 if the Province of the Anglican Church in North America can raise $1,000,000!

    Now, as the monies are raised within the Province, the Matthew 25 Initiative is opening up a grant request cycle and will begin receiving a new set of applications from programs and ministries within the Anglican Church in North America. As these applications are received, studied, and prayed over, they are also juried by a group of leaders within the Anglican Church in North America who have extensive experience in this level of outreach ministry.

    If you are an interested ministry you can apply for a grant from Matthew 25 for between $3,000 and $25,000. The grant application is available for download with more information at www.matthew25i.org.


    Tenor and Bass Section Leaders, St. Matthias Anglican Church Dallas TX