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“The Road to Jerusalem” Episode 5 - Pentecost


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Join the Rev. Jess Cantelon for episode five, Pentecost, of “The Road to Jerusalem” as he explores the Holy Land with a Bible and a selfie stick.

“As I begin to pioneer an Anglican Network in Canada and Anglican Church in North America work in Jerusalem, I hope that the video project will continue for years to come. I hope that it will help brothers and sisters in North America and around the world see Jesus in new and exciting ways, and also give people a real sense of connection to the work that we are doing in Israel.

For this particular video series called, ‘The Road To Jerusalem’ I will be focusing on a journey of prayer. It is not only my family and I who are on the road to Jerusalem. The Anglican Communion too, finds itself on that road once again as we approach GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem — our 3rd Global Anglican Future Conference. It is my hope that many will join me on The Road To Jerusalem as we pray toward GAFCON 2018.” - The Rev. Jess Cantelon

Road To Jerusalem - ep5 - Pentecost from Israel Video Project on Vimeo.


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Gafcon Chairman’s May 2018 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.

‘...the time is short…’ 1 Corinthians 7:29

My dear people of God,

Next month we are expecting almost 2,000 delegates to gather in Jerusalem for our third Global Anglican Future Conference. I know that those working so hard to organise this great undertaking are very much aware that ‘the time is short’, but as the Apostle Paul reminds the Corinthian church, this should always be our perspective. Jerusalem is the place where Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, events which make the promise of his return sure and certain, and we shall gather as those who always live in the expectation of our Lord’s second appearing as King, Judge and Saviour.

To know that ‘the time is short’ helps to keep us from being distracted and to concentrate on what really matters.

Firstly, it means that the gospel is at the heart of all that we do. Our conference theme is ‘Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations’ and we shall celebrate the gospel in all its richness as the demonstration of the love and saving power of God in Jesus Christ. We shall be reminding one another that the gospel is not a message of merely human wisdom but the ‘gospel of God’ (Romans 1:1) which we have received. It is the work of God’s grace from beginning to end, but he has entrusted that task to us and we must press on to fulfil the apostolic mandate of the risen Christ to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).

Secondly, knowing that the time is short keeps us focused on the purpose of the Church. Ecclesiastical institutions must serve the gospel. The gospel is not a brand to be adapted to serve institutions. We will therefore continue to endorse new missionary initiatives and jurisdictions where necessary to take forward the work of the gospel.

Accordingly, we shall recognise the Anglican Church in Brazil, currently the Anglican Diocese of Recife, as a Province in the Anglican Communion when it is inaugurated on May 21st and in Jerusalem we shall welcome Archbishop-elect Miguel Uchoa as the first Primate. This new Province will provide for orthodox Anglicans in Brazil just as the Anglican Church in North America provided for orthodox Anglicans in the United States and Canada ten years ago.

Thirdly, knowing that the time is short means that we aim to please God, to whom we shall have to give account, rather than people. We must be men and women of courage who chose to be friends of God rather than friends of the world. It is tempting to think that there can be a middle way, but we cannot compromise the gospel. To have integrity, this conviction must be expressed in action as well as words which is why Clause 13 of the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration of 2008 (to which we ask all participants in next month’s conference to subscribe as a condition of attendance) affirms that ‘We reject the authority of those churches and leaders who have denied the orthodox faith in word or deed. We pray for them and call on them to repent and return to the Lord’.

The Anglican Communion has been mightily used by God as a means of spreading the gospel around the globe and in Jerusalem we shall continue the great purpose we set out in 2008 to work for ‘a clear and certain witness to Jesus Christ’. The time is short, but we thank God that he has raised up the Gafcon movement and this gives us hope that the best years of our beloved Anglican Communion are yet to come.


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


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Israel Video Project: “The Road to Jerusalem” - Episode 4


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Join the Rev. Jess Cantelon for the fourth episode of “The Road To Jerusalem” as he explores the Holy Land with a Bible and a selfie stick.

“As I begin to pioneer an Anglican Network in Canada and Anglican Church in North America work in Jerusalem, I hope that the video project will continue for years to come. I hope that it will help brothers and sisters in North America and around the world see Jesus in new and exciting ways, and also give people a real sense of connection to the work that we are doing in Israel.

For this particular video series called, ‘The Road To Jerusalem’ I will be focusing on a journey of prayer. It is not only my family and I who are on the road to Jerusalem. The Anglican Communion too, finds itself on that road once again as we approach GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem — our 3rd Global Anglican Future Conference. It is my hope that many will join me on The Road To Jerusalem as we pray toward GAFCON 2018.” - The Rev. Jess Cantelon

R2J - ep4 - Counting the Omer from Israel Video Project on Vimeo.

For more information about the Israel Video Project and to view Episode 1, click here.
For Episode 2, click here, and Episode 3, click here.
To learn more about Jess Cantelon’s childhood in Jerusalem and his call to ministry in this way, click here.


Israel Video Project: “The Road to Jerusalem”


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The Rev. Jess Cantelon is a clergyman in the Anglican Network in Canada. Having grown up in Jerusalem, Cantelon has a heart for the Holy Land and is responding to a call to return to Jerusalem to pioneer an Anglican Church in North America work there.

Jerusalem is my hometown. In 1981, the Israeli government invited my dad, a Pentecostal pastor, to plant a church in Jerusalem. This was unprecedented. Until I was 12, I grew up skateboarding the streets of Jerusalem, adventuring through old army bunkers, and scaling abandoned water towers with the 30 feet of rope my dad gave me as a gift.

I can’t say that there wasn’t anything difficult about growing up in Israel. I was the only “blondini” Gentile in my Hebrew public school class, but I hardly noticed. On rare occasions, I would be called a dirty Christian, but for the most part I was embraced, loved, and raised as “one of them”.  Through the public school system I was steeped in the Jewish culture, liturgical calendar, and language (including the bad words that my parents didn’t know about!). I sang all the naughty songs on the school bus and my days were full of field trips, trouble making, friendship and joy.  I have too many wonderful stories and memories.

Of course, violence has always been part of the backdrop.  At school, we would have regular air raid drills and would rush down to the basement to hide in the school’s bomb shelters.  I once got off a city bus that later blew up a few stops down the line.  These things are tough. Still, my parents had me continue to travel by bus because we wouldn’t be bound by fear. This is the Israeli way. 

When I am in Israel I am ‘at home’ in my own culture. The fact that I’m not Israeli doesn’t come up, unless I mention that I’m a priest. Even then, your average secular Israeli doesn’t care. I guess I am what they call a “third culture” kid.  It is North American culture that I have more difficulty navigating. Luckily, I have my wife – who introduced me to Anglicanism – to do the culture-interpreting for me. She lets me know when people say, “Can’t you stay a bit longer?” they really mean, “I want you to go now.”

I have a wonderful Pentecostal heritage on both sides of my family. My dad’s dad, Homer (wife, Shirley) Cantelon, was the equivalent of a bishop in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. He served small rural parishes in the prairies of Canada for most of his ministry. My mom’s parents, Howard and Kay Kerr came to faith during the Pentecostal tent revival meetings of the 1920s. My grandmother was flown to Argentina on her 90th birthday to be honored for her and my grandfather’s catalytic pastoral investment in the Argentinian Revival of the 1950s. On my dad’s side, I am the 21st preacher in a long line of preachers. This dates back to my great, great uncle’s coming to faith after stumbling to his hotel, drunk, discovering a Gideon Bible in his room, and committing his life to Christ that night.  I am so grateful for this rich heritage and for God’s faithfulness to my family for generations.

Fresh out of college in 2000, Erica and I felt called to serve a little Anglican church in Toronto as youth pastor for four years, but I never sought ordination.  Erica’s family was deeply involved in the Anglican realignment in Canada, and so, I attended “The Way Forward” conference in Ottawa in 2004 (which essentially gave birth to the Anglican Network in Canada). At that time, I felt strongly called to this Anglican movement, and yet I was confused because Erica, our little boy, and I were already moving back to Israel to minister with the Pentecostals.  Because the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) and the Anglican Church in North America were just beginning to be born, it seemed to be God’s timing for us to go back to Jerusalem and minister with the church where I grew up. We thought that perhaps we would return later to someday minister with the Anglicans in Canada. Never did I imagine that my Anglican calling and my calling to Israel would unite.

In 2008, I was ordained a transitional deacon in the Anglican Network in Canada and served my curacy at Christ Church Jerusalem.  In 2010, we returned to Canada and began church planting with ANiC. And now, after more than 7 years away, including an intense and fruitful season of church planting in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, I can hardly believe the time has come for me to return to Jerusalem to pioneer an ANiC and the Anglican Church in North America work in Israel.

I have grown to love the Anglican Way. Erica, my wife, and I realize that our respective heritages have blessed each other and our ministries. Holy Spirit-filled entrepreneurial evangelism, meets a deep love of the Word, an anchoring liturgical calendar, and a sacramental life.  These approaches to Christianity have deepened our knowing Jesus in a big way.  Anglicanism has also made my faith, surprisingly, feel more Jewish, and thus feels like home to me.

Some of the most valuable aspects of my Christian faith I learned from the Jews. I feel that I know Jesus, the Jewish man, very well.  Of course, living in Israel as a family, for a long time, we followed the rhythm of the Jewish liturgical calendar, which our Christian calendar complements beautifully. Today, with my own kids, we do an inauthentic version of most Jewish holidays and especially enjoy our Goy-version of Shabbat (Sabbath). Whether we are in Israel or elsewhere, every Friday night as a family we light candles, sing around the table, bless wine and then bread, and welcome twenty-four hours of Sabbath rest.  It is a wonderful tradition, and our kids always look forward to it.

Many factors had to fall into place in order for my family and me to return to Israel. We are a family of seven now, and we do not travel as slowly as Jacob did with his family, but an international move with a company such as ours, is not a small deal.  Through a series of quite miraculous events, the Lord said “now,” and so we are going.

In 2016, during a three-month sabbatical, I produced the pilot season of the Israel Video Project:  “This is Israel.”  It was used as a resource primarily in ANiC and the Anglican Church in North America as well as some interdenominational churches. This second season I have called “The Road to Jerusalem” because of my own journey back to Jerusalem, but also because it coincides with the Global Anglican Future Conference’s 10-year anniversary as we are also on the road to Jerusalem together as a Communion. It is a wonderful coincidence that has my family on the road to return to Jerusalem at the very same time the Anglican Communion finds itself on the road to Jerusalem for GAFCON 2018.  While I am going to pioneer an ANiC and Anglican Church in North America work, Gafcon is also pioneering the way forward for a global Anglican realignment.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the strong leadership of our Gafcon primates and how much I am praying for them.

The road to Jerusalem, for Jews and Christians alike, has always been a journey of prayer and a journey of repentance.

As I am at a pivotal point in my own life, praying and repenting with my family as we go to Jerusalem, I am using the Israel Video Project to document this journey. I invite my fellow brothers and sisters in North America, and beyond, to pray with me through this video series as we approach such an important meeting for the future of Anglicanism. 

As our communion has been shaken, and as orthodoxy is being forgotten across denominations, the absolute best thing we can do as a Church is return to the basics of the faith, to the very heart: to Jesus, to Jerusalem, and to the cross. It’s important not only for the present and future within our communion, it is important for our brothers and sisters around the world who will follow our lead, and it is important for our villages, cities, and countries all across the globe. 

It was in Jerusalem that our sins were first forgiven. It was in Jerusalem where we were first filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.  And, it was to Jerusalem first, where we were called to share this life-changing gospel.  I love that sharing this glorious gospel is what defines us as a movement. And, what better place to return to than Jerusalem, to remember the basics, and to remember Jesus. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

You can learn more about the Israel Video Project at: http://www.israelvideoproject.com/

The Rev. Jess Cantelon is a clergyman in the Anglican Network in Canada.


Agape Year: Pioneering a Way for Anglican Youth


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In the fall of 2017, the Anglican Global Mission Partners launched their inaugural partner program, Agape Year.

The word “agape” is Greek for “selfless.”  Led by Nate and Erika Twichell, co-directors, Agape Year is a nine-month fellowship for 18-20 year-olds who are seeking to increase their trust in God, and to show his extravagant, agape love to others both locally and globally in a “gap year.”

The ground breaking year, September 2017 through May 2018, saw two fellows, Caleb and Lucas, grow in their relationship with the Lord and in the Anglican community.  Starting in the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, their day-to-day service experience included partnerships with local ministries such as Church of the Ascension in Oakland, a neighborhood rich in cross-cultural opportunities through the university and health care systems, Shepherd’s Heart in downtown Pittsburgh, reaching out to the homeless and broken, Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, and the Young Anglican Project, partnering with The Rev. Canon Steven Tighe, the Provincial Canon for Youth Ministry. Showing God’s love globally, they partnered with St. Andrew’s Centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand through the Diocese of Singapore. Agape Year’s goal is for participants to see Jesus work in new and unexpected ways, whether in the face of a homeless man in Pittsburgh, in the life of a student in Chiang Mai, in worship with Bhutanese brothers and sisters, or in their own hearts.

In addition to ministry, Caleb and Lucas gained new and unique life experiences, they left home for the first time, navigated a new city by bus, and bought groceries in a foreign country. “Many of the service and ministry opportunities require the fellows to cross barriers of culture, language, and privilege. These young men broke new ground personally,” said Erika, recognizing how God worked in the young men, bringing about spiritual maturity.  Caleb shared, “This gap year has challenged me in my faith. We studied scripture, did missional devotions, and grew together in Christ. I was glad to be a part of this launch year where I have drawn closer to Christ, and laid the groundwork for others.

Both the directors and participants have seen the agape love of Christ in new places. While enjoying a meal with a group of homeless men and women on the Northside of Pittsburgh, Angel joined their table. He mentioned he was new to Pittsburgh and was applying for a restaurant job, but was unsure how to get there. Caleb walked Angel to the interview to make sure he arrived safely, and sat with him while he completed his application, helping him with words he did not know.  “I’ve seen the importance of listening, relating to people in their situation, and just showing Christ’s love to others wherever they are,” said Caleb.

Caleb and Lucas’ daily schedules were packed full. In Chiang Mai, they had four hours of Thai language training per week to help their ministry of teaching English as a Second Language.  Lucas taught middle school students while Caleb taught high school students.  Erika mentored them in planning lessons for the week. Lucas shared, “Teaching ESL was my favorite service experience. It was rewarding to teach others from a different background [a skill] that will help them further their education and career goals.”

As mentors, Nate and Erika have seen God work in their own lives. Nate shared, “It was encouraging to see these two grow and build relationships grounded in Christ. It has been a growing experience for us, too.  Caleb and Lucas have taught us how much we can grow in the Lord ourselves.” Nate and Erika pray sharing this year’s experiences will encourage the Church. The fellows continue to visit Anglican congregations, sharing how God worked in and through them. “There are a number of statistics that show the failure of the Church to retain young people.  But we are partnering with the Anglican Church to break stereotypes about the younger generation. Agape Year is built upon Christ’s call to come and see,” says Nate. The Program encourages 18-20 year-olds to come and see what the Church is doing locally and globally, and to understand what it means to be a part of the body of Christ.

“Our hope is for our Missional Fellows to know that no matter where they go, they will have a home in the local Church.” Nate and Erika pray that Anglican Churches will partner with them by sending youth participants and by considering supporting the Agape Year financially. They thank God for this first year and look forward to the years to come.

For more information, visit https://www.agapeyear.org/.

Sarah Norris is the Writer and Communications Specialist for the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS).


The Road to Clemson: How A Small Church Plant Is Engaging A University Campus


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“We need a campus ministry that will be distinctly Anglican, connected to the local church, and one that will build leadership for the future of Anglican Churches.” 

Such was the thinking of The Rev. John Hall, lead planter of Christ The Redeemer Anglican Church in Clemson, South Carolina. From past experience, Hall knew that a close bond between campus ministry and the local church could be a key to the development of a successful pipeline of young church leaders.

Two young leaders joining him in this vision are Luke Rasmussen and Justin Hare. “Luke and I started dreaming about what an Anglican college ministry at Clemson could look like. As Anglicans, we worship through liturgy and have traditions other denominations do not. To be able to engage students on campus in their specific tradition is vital. Having done youth ministry in Charleston, I knew that Anglican students from all over America come to Clemson, but upon arrival found there was no vibrant campus ministry in their tradition.”

Hare continues:  “Most campus ministries (including the one I attended in college) tend to emphasize the meetings where college students come together. Luke and I think this is important, but we also want to see students integrated into the full life of the church — a ministry where students serve alongside older and younger members of the church on Sunday and throughout the week.

“We want to see students meeting with a mentor family for dinner or grabbing coffee with a member of the congregation during the week to study God’s word together. The only way for these kinds of relationships to happen organically is to stress the centrality of the local church.”

Instead of starting an Anglican college ministry from scratch, it made sense to partner with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), an organization that provides training, support, an annual conference gathering, and plenty of knowledge about reaching the college campuses. Nicole Shirk, Executive Vice President for Campus Ministry at CCO and one of several Anglicans in leadership with the organization, says, “we are eager to partner with many more Anglican Church in North America churches in the future”.  Currently, CCO – Anglican Church in North America church partnerships include: Church of the Ascension (Pittsburgh, PA); Incarnation Church (State College, PA); Church of the Redeemer @ New Garden Park (Greensboro, NC); Christ the Redeemer (Clemson, SC); and Church of the Apostles (Columbia, SC).

“It’s been said,” adds Hare, “that if you want to know the culture ten years from now, go to a college campus today. Unfortunately, most Christians making that visit won’t be thrilled with what they see. But it’s important to remember — while college can be a time when students drift from the faith, it can also be a time for them to grow exponentially in it. The unique challenges of college ministry, I think, suit me quite well. I love helping students wade through the big questions of life by looking at the Scriptures with them.”
 
To learn more about or support ministry at Clemson contact Justin Hare at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Other CCO campus ministries may be found at http://ccojubilee.org/ or campusministrylink.org.

David Wright is the Coordinator for Student Ministries in the Diocese of South Carolina. Having served as a Youth Minister at St. John’s Hartford in Cheshire, England and Christ Church of Oak Brook, Il, Wright has over 30 years of youth ministry experience. He has written numerous articles for publications in the UK and USA as well as led training for youth leaders in the US, UK, and Canada.


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Arise and Shine


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“I call it historic!” exclaimed Janet Helms, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Kenyan Christian Education Partnership (KCEP). She was reporting the results of the Kenyan Primary exams held in the fall of 2017. For the first time, eighth-year students from Tumaini Academy were sitting for exams.

The school was founded eight years ago with just one grade level. Now, those fi rst students were sitting for exams and hoping to score high enough marks in order to be accepted into secondary school.

When the results of the exams were released, Tumaini Academy was the best school in the district, ahead of 19 other schools. In fact, the top seven students from the district in 2017 were all Tumaini students. One student, Boro Hakano, who earned the highest marks of all students in the district, is experiencing his dream to become a doctor draw closer to reality.

Tumaini Academy is located in Sololo, in Marsabit District, close to the Ethiopian border where more children are engaged in child labor than are attending primary school. So, how did such a remote area produce such stellar students?

In 2008, (now Bishop of Marsabit) Qampicha Daniel Wario from northern Kenya was attending Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania and met fellow seminarian Janet Helms. He shared with her the plight of the Christians in northern Kenya. While Christians are a majority in Kenya overall, in this Northern region of the country, they remain the minority. Due to the nomadic lifestyle, chronic poverty, and reliance on an arid landscape prone to drought, families have a difficult time surviving, let alone providing quality education for their children.

After much discernment, Qampicha and Helms determined that the best way to help was to build a Christian primary school. At the time, there were no Christian schools in the region. KCEP was founded to empower the Diocese of Marsabit to build and operate the school.

Qampicha believes that Sololo children can be strong students, despite coming from families of nomadic herdsmen. The daily difficulties they face make them strong and disciplined. Qampicha knows that with God as their helper, these children are driven to accomplish great things. Tumaini Academy opened in December 2010 to give these children the opportunity to become so much more than what was expected for them.

Since then, the school has grown from a plot of land to a campus of eight classrooms. There are two large water tanks (a necessity in this region) and a newly completed administration building, funded by The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF). There are also staff offices, a library, and a kitchen. The diocese operates five preschools in three locations, offering opportunities for younger children. Currently, there are more than 280 students on the main campus and 200 children in the preschools.

In Northern Kenya, ethnic and religious tensions are high. Even so, Tumaini Academy’s reputation for excellence means that parents of all religions – Christian, Muslim, and traditional African religions – desire to enroll their children. Consequently, the school has the opportunity to share Christian values with the entire community. Indeed, over the past seven years, the school has become an educational, spiritual, and economic center of the community. “Even though sixty percent of Tumaini students come from Muslim homes, they all experience the love of Jesus,” says Helms.

“Tumaini” means “hope” in Kiswahili, the unifying language of Kenya. “We spread the Gospel through education and the meeting of physical needs,” Bishop Qampicha says. This is the mission of his diocese in a nutshell, although they also spread the Gospel through worship and Bible studies.

Students graduate after completing their eighth year, or primary education. What happens now for the graduating children who did so well on the national exam? All seven of them have been accepted into regional Christian High Schools and will continue their education, thanks to scholarships provided by KCEP donors. God is preparing them for something so much greater.

The Diocese of Marsabit’s “tumaini” is to build a high school in order to expand opportunities for secondary education. They have secured land and have funds to start building the first classroom. The goal is to continue the Tumaini tradition by providing excellent Christian education for secondary students in Sololo.

Arise and Shine (Isaiah 60:1) is the motto of Tumaini Academy. KCEP is partnering with ARDF in order to bring this dream to fruition so that more children will Arise and Shine in Northern Kenya. With God’s help, Tumaini Academy students are living out this motto.


To learn more, visit ardf.org or educateforhope.org .

Christine Jones is the Director of Mobilization for the Anglican Relief and Development Fund.

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” - Isaiah 60:1


Restorative Grace: Empowering Refugee Families and the Dignity of Provision


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A few years ago, our church, Restoration Anglican Church in Plano, Texas, announced that we would begin ‘adopting’ refugee families who had recently arrived from Syria. A family of missionaries opened our eyes to the global refugee crisis and found a path for us to engage locally.

An organization in nearby Dallas called Gateway of Grace matches refugee families with churches who can provide support, resources, and relationships beyond the scope of social services.

My wife Emily and I waded in with some hesitation. Both of us work, we have two young boys at home, and we were already invested in other church activities. We wanted to serve, but we probably couldn’t commit to much.

So much for that idea.

Once we (and the other volunteers) met this incredible family of eight and saw their overwhelming need, we dove in.

At first, we were in ‘survival mode.’ We stood in long lines at public health clinics and sat in on parent-teacher conferences. We hauled furniture and tried to translate stacks of forms and bills. In the midst of this, though, friendships formed. It turns out, children don’t recognize language barriers—our kids played, sang, wrestled, and laughed alongside theirs. One ‘Google-translated’ phrase at a time, we grew to know them better.

Slowly, we learned more of their story. The husband, Hasaan, showed us pictures on his phone of the family home he’d built himself. It was leveled by a bomb just months after completion. In the bombing, his wife, Kholoud, was burned so badly she nearly lost her leg. They fled on foot with nothing, eventually settling in a tent city in Jordan for four years. No work, no school, no home.

Almost every time we met with the family, Kholoud would tell us that she wanted to sell her sewing. She had learned a little from missionaries in Jordan, and she thought she could help support the family in this way.

So, our little team went to work. Emily and Stacy (our rector’s wife) set up an online store. They took photos and found translators for Kholoud to set up her business. They created a bank account, found and purchased discounted materials, and began taking orders. Some of the older women from the church helped hone Kholoud’s skills and picked out projects that might sell—blankets, placemats, table runners, and more.

It wasn’t charity. Our team contributed to get the business rolling, but Kholoud was easily able to cover those costs from her profits. She began selling in November of 2016 and during that holiday season, Kholoud made enough to cover her family’s living expenses while Hasaan was between seasonal jobs. They wouldn’t have made it without her.

Our team was proud to help them from the beginning, and we enjoyed becoming part of their new lives here in America. But our joy overflowed when we witnessed the transformation of Kholoud—a small business owner.

More than anything else, the war in Syria had taken away her agency. It had taken away her ability to love and serve her family in the most tangible ways. Now, here she was, in a strange land, sending her children away each day to schools filled with strangers, dependent on strangers for basic needs.

But through the work of our little team—and the redemptive, restorative grace of God which always precedes us—Kholoud and her family are beginning to flourish. Ennobled and equipped, Kholoud attends every available English class; she’s almost fluent now. She worked tirelessly this summer to pass her driver’s test so that she could take her kids to school. Last month, she attended parent-teacher conferences without a translator— she can tell you all six children’s grades in every subject. With the money her business earned this year, Kholoud is saving for a washer and dryer. Next year, she hopes to send her profits back home to her family still trapped in war-torn Syria.

We will walk with them and pray for them through all this and more—because that’s what friends do.

Our church isn’t the only church engaged in this work. I’ve heard from many others with their own stories of redemption and love. It’s my prayer that even more churches will find local agencies like Gateway of Grace who can help them begin to serve refugees in their own cities.

God is breaking new ground in the lives of those who have fled unimaginable suffering to become our neighbors. When you come to know and love them as your neighbor, I can tell you from experience that God will break new ground in your heart as well.


The Rev. Kolby Kerr serves as the teaching pastor of Restoration Anglican Church in Richardson, Texas, where he lives with his wife Emily and his two boys, Beckett and Samuel. He is also the Assistant Director of LeaderWorks, a nonprofit organization that supports Anglican church leaders. He regularly posts on www.leaderworks.org and contributes to www.anglicanpastor.org.

Learn more about Kholoud’s sewing business at www.kholoudsews.wordpress.com. If you or your church would like to learn more about serving refugee families in your community, contact Kolby at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


From A Shepherd’s Heart: Building a Biblical Foundation


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A message from Archbishop Foley Beach!

Allison and I love to go to the beach. When our children were younger, we had many family vacations somewhere along the shoreline where the waves crash and the sand is plentiful.  During these times, it would not be unusual to spend a lot of time with the children creating what they would think was a castle, a fort, or some interesting sand-structure.  It would never fail that when the tide came in each day, the sand creation would be washed away by the water and the waves.

At the end of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7, Jesus uses a similar illustration to discuss putting into practice the words He shared. He says it this way:

Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew against that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the wind blew against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.

This is a straight-forward teaching about the benefits of doing what the Lord asks, and the devastation of not doing what He asks.  Both houses would have looked the same; it was only when the storms came that one could tell a difference.

Too many modern Christians are building their lives on the wrong foundation.  It is not Jesus Christ and His Word, but the latest fad, latest worship song, or latest book about prayer.  “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?’” Jesus asks us all in Luke 6:46.

As the Anglican Church in North America, we are committed to building our foundation on the rock – Jesus Christ and his Word, or as the Apostle Paul wrote, “on the sure foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the sure cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20).  This is why we have spent time developing and revising our Catechism, To Be a Christian, producing a new Book of Common Prayer (scheduled to be released in 2019), and releasing a holistic Sunday and Daily Lectionary.  This is why we spend so much time encouraging and equipping folks to plant churches, share the Gospel, and make disciples. This is why we are attempting to empower congregations to create ministries to the least and the lost in their communities. And this is why we support and encourage Biblical Anglicans around the globe.  For unless we are building this Province on the rock, it will falter when the cultural storms and floods come our way.

None of this matters if we are not building our individual lives upon God’s Word and following Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  “Upon Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.”


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


The Apostle Magazine, Spring 2018



Assistant to the Rector, Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity, North Augusta, SC



Contending for Anglicanism


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As Gafcon Jerusalem 2018 approaches, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, former professor and Academic Dean at Trinity School for Ministry, is releasing a book to help readers understand the current state of the Communion. The Global Anglican Communion: Contending for Anglicanism, 1993-2018 is commended by 22 leading scholars and church leaders.


This summer, the Gafcon movement will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with an historic conference in Jersualem, Israel. But why is this an historic event? Why does the Gafcon movement matter and what does it even stand for?

Over the last few decades, the need for the Gafcon movement has unfolded and today the entire Global Anglican Communion faces a climactic point in its history. Throughout this recent history, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, former professor and Academic Dean at Trinity School for Ministry, played a significant role in contending for biblical truth in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. And now, as Gafcon Jerusalem 2018 approaches, he is releasing a book to help readers understand the current state of the Communion. The Global Anglican Communion: Contending for Anglicanism, 1993-2018 is commended by 22 leading scholars and church leaders.

From the book description:

This anthology of his writings (often in the heat of battle) chronicles the departure of the Anglican establishment in North America and England from classic Christian teaching on Scripture, marriage, and church order.

The first section contains essays on three “paving stones” of the Anglican way: “Reading the Bible as the Word of God”; marriage as “Two Sexes, One Flesh”; and “Communing with Christ” on doctrine and discipline.

The second section covers the “Road to GAFCON” (the 2008 Global Anglican Future Conference in Jerusalem in opposition to the Lambeth Conference). Noll explains the teaching of the two historic documents of the period: the 1998 Lambeth “Resolution I.10 on Human Sexuality” and the GAFCON Jerusalem Statement and Declaration, arguing that the trajectory of Anglican tradition passes through the Global South, not Canterbury.

The third section casts a vision of a reformed Global Anglican Communion characterized by an over-arching covenant, conciliar governance, and a united resolve to carry the Great Commission forward in the face of militant Islam and militant secularism. 

Dr. Noll would like “to commend to readers a vision of a renewed and reformed Global Anglican Communion, a communion of churches that builds on the heritage of the Church of England and represents the emerging leadership of formerly colonial Anglican churches, whereby the oversight of doctrine and discipline has shifted from Canterbury to the Global South.”

The book is offered now at a special Gafcon discount price of $12.95 (+ free shipping) from Anglican Liturgy Press, and will be available in the future through Amazon.

Professor Noll has also started a “Contending Anglican” website and Facebook page for those who are interested in the Global Anglican Communion.

 


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Gafcon Primates Council Communiqué, April 16-19, 2018


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The Gafcon Primates Council met in Entebbe, Uganda April 16-19, 2018. Read more about their time together finalizing plans for the upcoming conference in Jerusalem, discussing matters affecting our common life together, and receiving updates from Gafcon provinces and branches.


Many nations shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.         Micah 4:2

We gathered on 16-19 April 2018 in Entebbe, Uganda to share in Bible study, prayer, worship, and fellowship. We give thanks for the gracious hospitality of Archbishop Stanley Ntagali and the Anglican Church of Uganda.

We began our day with Bible study led by Bishop Andy Lines, Archbishop-elect Laurent Mbanda, and Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje. As we met, we finalised our plans for our upcoming conference in Jerusalem, discussed matters affecting our common life, and received updates from our Gafcon provinces and branches.

Jerusalem 2018: Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations

The third Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) will be held in Jerusalem 18-22 June 2018. Jerusalem has a special place in the hearts of the Gafcon movement as it was the location of our inaugural conference in 2008. The city stands as a constant reminder of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the apostles’ proclamation of the gospel, and the birth of the Church. By returning to Jerusalem we are expressing our determination to remain true to the teachings of Jesus.

The theme of the conference is “Proclaiming Christ faithfully to the Nations.” Gafcon III offers authentic global fellowship in the Anglican Communion. In 2008, over 1,100 lay and clergy delegates attended and at the second conference, in Nairobi in 2013, this number grew to over 1,500. On this, the tenth anniversary of Gafcon, we are expecting around 2,000 delegates from over 50 countries. During the conference, the plenary sessions will be translated into French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Welcoming New Primates

We welcomed the Most Rev. Justin Badi, Primate-elect of the Province of South Sudan, and we welcomed the Most Rev. Laurent Mbanda, Primate-elect of the Province of Rwanda. Upon their enthronements, both will be eligible for election to the Primates Council.

Recognising a New Province in Brazil

The Anglican Diocese of Recife, Brazil has been a diocese that has related extra-provincially to Gafcon since 2008. Through its church-planting efforts, the Diocese of Recife is spreading the gospel across Brazil and has grown into a province. We recognise them as a province in the Anglican Communion and have approved the installation of the Rt. Rev. Miguel Ochoa as the first Primate of the Province. We look forward to his membership of the Primates Council.

Welcoming the New Branch in Ireland

We give thanks for the formation of Gafcon Ireland, the newest branch of the movement which was launched yesterday in Belfast. The dedicated work that has been done by faithful Anglicans in Ireland has been superb, and we commend this as a model for the formation of future branches.

Pray for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

We are grateful for the faithful witness of the New Zealand branch of Gafcon, and rejoice in their recent conferences which attracted around 500 faithful Anglicans. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has regrettably been laying the groundwork to consider the approval of same-sex blessings. Please be in prayer for our brothers and sisters as they stand firm for the gospel. As Primates of Gafcon, we are ready to support and encourage orthodox Anglicans in the province in any way we can in the days ahead.

The Panel of Assistance

Last year, we established the Panel of Assistance to provide feedback and advice to the Primates Council on matters affecting our fellowship. The panel held its first round of meetings this year in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The first task given to the panel was to consider the report of the Task Force on Women in the Episcopate. This report recommended: “The provinces of Gafcon should retain the historic practice of the consecration only of men as bishops until and unless a strong consensus to change emerges after prayer, consultation, and the continued study of Scripture among the Gafcon fellowship.”

The regional meetings of the Panel gave overwhelming support for the recommendation. We therefore affirmed our commitment to this recommendation. During our time together, the Primate-elect of South Sudan also supported this commitment.

New Structure

Gafcon is a movement, but it is more than a movement. It is also a body which authenticates those who share a common commitment to the Bible and a common Anglican heritage. In 2008, we called for the formation of the Anglican Church in North America, in 2017 we consecrated a Missionary Bishop for Europe, and now in 2018 we have affirmed the formation of the Anglican Church in Brazil.

As we have grown over the last decade, we have recognised the need to develop more structure for our fellowship so as to sustain our common life. The Panel of Assistance has been the first step in this direction. In Jerusalem, we shall propose that the Panel of Assistance be expanded to form a Council of Advisors which will enable all levels of the Church (bishops, priests, deacons and laity) to be represented. This Council, if approved by the delegates in Jerusalem, would provide the opportunity for each province and branch to seat 3 members in the Council: one bishop, one priest/deacon, and a member of the laity.

The October 2017 Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury

Some of our members who lead the largest provinces in the Anglican Communion chose on principle not to attend the 2017 Primates’ Meeting. However, we received a report from those members who did choose to attend.

We are grieved that the Communiqué from that meeting did not accurately describe the relationships that have been broken by The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the Scottish Episcopal Church. These provinces have torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion. They are not walking together with us. The Communiqué also did not accurately describe the Anglican Church in North America, which we recognised as a Province in the Anglican Communion. In addition, in addressing cross-border interventions, the Communiqué failed to recognise that there is no moral equivalence between border crossing, which arises “from a deep concern for the welfare of Anglicans in the face of innovation,” and the innovations themselves (Dar es Salaam Communiqué 2007).

We were disappointed both in the content of the Communiqué and the process of its production. The Communiqué was not made available until the very last day of the meeting, and there was not adequate time to consider its content. At the moment when trust between the provinces of the Anglican Communion is exceptionally fragile, this was not an event that facilitated healing and reconciliation. Instead, the Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury has contributed to a deepening of the divide in our beloved Communion.

The Global South of the Anglican Communion

We give thanks for our fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the Global South and look forward to increasing our partnership in the gospel. We recognise that our complementary callings within the Anglican Communion build up the whole body of Christ, and the strengthening of the collaboration between us brings us much joy.

Conclusion

As we set our eyes towards Jerusalem, we invite our supporters to a season of prayer. Please pray for safe travel for our delegates and a fresh outpouring of God’s grace as we gather to proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations.

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.                Habakkuk 2:14


Primates:

The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, Nigeria (Chairman)
The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Uganda (Vice-Chairman)
The Most Rev. Foley Beach, North America
The Most Rev. Jacob Chimeledya, Tanzania
The Most Rev. Masimango Katanda, Congo
The Most Rev. Onesphore Rwaje, Rwanda
The Most Rev. Gregory Venables, South America

Branch Representatives:

The Most Rev. Glenn Davies, Australia
The Rt Rev. Andy Lines, United Kingdom
The Rev. Jay Behan, New Zealand

Observers:

Primate-elect, The Rt Rev. Justin Badi, South Sudan
Primate-elect The Rt Rev. Laurent Mbanda, Rwanda

To view the original Communiqué document, click here.


Rector



Holy Cross Cathedral Dean



Two Suffragan Bishops Consecrated


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On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy celebrated its 10th anniversary with the consecration of two new suffragan bishops at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

The event was broadcast worldwide over the Internet. (Watch the Facebook Live video here.)

On hand to officiate the ceremony were The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, The Rt. Rev. Derek Jones, Bishop of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy and ten other Angilcan Church in North America bishops from around the country. The Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns delivered the keynote address with an inspirational sermon on the key principles of serving humbly and effectively as a bishop in protecting the Gospel and those under a bishop’s pastoral care.  He also stressed the importance of spousal support in the success of ministry.

Over 200 chaplains and guests were present for the celebration of this historical event as they welcomed newly consecrated bishops, The Rt. Rev. Mark Nordstrom and The Rt. Rev. Michael Williams, into their ranks. Both will serve as suffragan bishops under the leadership of Bishop Jones. The Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy is the endorsing agency for chaplains in the Anglican Church in North America. 

To learn more about the new suffragan bishops and their election, click here.


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An Easter Message from Archbishop Beach



An Easter Message from Archbishop Beach


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“Jesus speaks life into a culture of death. The resurrection makes all the difference.” Listen to an Easter message from Archbishop Beach.


Bishops in the Congo Ask for Help in the Wake of Regional Violence


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Bishops in the Anglican Church of Congo are reaching out for help in the midst of internal unrest. Learn more about the situation in the Congo, what Anglicans are doing to help, and how you can join in the relief efforts here.


Reality in the eastern Congo

Political unrest. Mass slaughter. Malnourishment. Sexual abuse. Cholera.

According to the United Nations, 13 million people are affected by the internal unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 4.6 million children are acutely malnourished. Approximately 4 million people have been displaced. The worst cholera outbreak in 15 years is spreading through the country - and the UN refugee camps in Uganda. Women and children are easy targets for sexual abuse and slaughter.

Reality in the Congo is a four-year-old girl left with a scar from a machete after her mother, carrying her while preparing dinner, was brutally murdered.  It’s two mass graves covering the center of Maze, a city in eastern DR Congo, after more than 40 people were killed. 

This is the suffering and pain our brethren in eastern Congo are facing. Bishop Mugenyi William Bahemuka of Boga could not even articulate the root of the conflict to The Church Times: “Is it a planned insurgency that will turn out to be either a civil war or a genocide? It is becoming difficult to understand the main reason of the killings in Djugu.”  Without knowing the cause, resolution will be difficult. But without resolution, the number of those losing their lives will only increase.

Gafcon’s Response

In a letter to the Primate of the Anglican Church of Congo, the Gafcon Primates offered their support in word and deed: “Archbishop Masimango, your fellow GAFCON Primates stand with you in prayer and in calling for peace in the region. Each one is also contacting their government asking them to pursue formal diplomatic efforts to stop the violence.”

The Anglican Church of Uganda is involved with rescuing refugees and orphans. They worked with Bishop Bahemuka to evacuate and receive 36 orphans and their caregivers. Unfortunately, because of the cholera outbreak, the refugee camps are unsafe. The Church of Uganda is working to keep these children out of the camps by caring for the vulnerable themselves.

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund has made an initial contribution to the Diocese of Bukavu and is receiving donations for continued relief efforts in eastern Congo.

Your Response

Every year, on Good Friday, Christians around the world remember the passion of our Christ. We worship a God who knows what it is to suffer and is close to the brokenhearted.

Please pray for our Anglican brothers and sisters in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pray for safety and stability, food and health, peace and reconciliation.

Please also consider donating to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund who is working with the bishops in the Congo to bring assistance. And, if you are able, contact your government to encourage international efforts toward peace.

As we move through this Holy Week, may we remember the suffering of our Lord and the suffering of those who serve Him around the world. And then, may we remember His victory and the glory to come.

“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33


“Road to Jerusalem,” Episode 3 - Israel Video Project


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Join the Rev. Jess Cantelon for the third episode, the Passover/Holy Week episode, of “The Road To Jerusalem” as he explores the Holy Land with a Bible and a selfie stick.


“As I begin to pioneer an Anglican Network in Canada and Anglican Church in North America work in Jerusalem, I hope that the video project will continue for years to come. I hope that it will help brothers and sisters in North America and around the world see Jesus in new and exciting ways, and also give people a real sense of connection to the work that we are doing in Israel.

For this particular video series called, ‘The Road To Jerusalem’ I will be focusing on a journey of prayer. It is not only my family and I who are on the road to Jerusalem. The Anglican Communion too, finds itself on that road once again as we approach GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem — our 3rd Global Anglican Future Conference. It is my hope that many will join me on The Road To Jerusalem as we pray toward GAFCON 2018.” - The Rev. Jess Cantelon

Road To Jerusalem - ep3 - Raising the Dead from Israel Video Project on Vimeo.

For Episode 1 and more information about the Israel Video Project, click here.
For Episode 2, click here.


Youth Pastor Austin



Assisting Clergy



Rector Ottawa Ontario



Updated Cycle of Prayer Released


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The Anglican Church in North America has just released an updated Provincial Cycle of Prayer, covering mid-March 2018 through mid-April 2019.

The Cycle of Prayer presents a weekly prayer schedule to cover leaders, dioceses, and ministries in the Anglican Church in North America and fellow Anglicans around the world.

While leaders and prayer warriors are often aware of the Cycle of Prayer and may use it on Sunday mornings and daily prayer offices, the Cycle of Prayer is available for all to use in their private and public worship to cover our leaders and ministries.

Download the Cycle of Prayer here.


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Brazos Fellowship



“Road to Jerusalem,” Episode 2 - Israel Video Project


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Join the Rev. Jess Cantelon for the second episode of “The Road To Jerusalem” as he explores the Holy Land with a Bible and a selfie stick.


“As I begin to pioneer an Anglican Network in Canada and Anglican Church in North America work in Jerusalem, I hope that the video project will continue for years to come. I hope that it will help brothers and sisters in North America and around the world see Jesus in new and exciting ways, and also give people a real sense of connection to the work that we are doing in Israel.

For this particular video series called, ‘The Road To Jerusalem’ I will be focusing on a journey of prayer. It is not only my family and I who are on the road to Jerusalem. The Anglican Communion too, finds itself on that road once again as we approach GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem — our 3rd Global Anglican Future Conference. It is my hope that many will join me on The Road To Jerusalem as we pray toward GAFCON 2018.” - The Rev. Jess Cantelon

R2J - ep2 - The Finger of God from Israel Video Project on Vimeo.

For Episode 1 and more information about the Israel Video Project, click here.


Anglican International Student Ministry Pre-Conference


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New Wineskins Missionary Network will launch its new ministry, Anglican International Student Mission Network, with a pre-conference on May 31, 2018 in the Philadelphia area.

The Anglican International Student Mission Network (AISMN) is a new initiative of New Wineskins Missionary Network. Mission networks allow people who are interested in a particular type of mission to collaborate, consult, and conference together in an intentional and on-going way that will exponentially increase our missional effectiveness. Leiton and Lisa Espineli Chinn, ISM global experts, and Dr. Mary McDonald, SAMS missionary based in Blacksburg, VA, will be co-leading the ISM mission network and can’t wait to welcome you to our first official AISMN gathering!

Please join us for the launch of the new Anglican International Student Ministry Mission Network! We’ve set up this special day for Anglicans to gather to network, share ideas, and catch the vision for collaborating in Anglican ISM in North America.

Since we’re starting early in the morning, you’ll need to fly or drive into the Philadelphia area the night before so we’ve arranged for some great rates for overnight in the dorms on Wednesday, May 30, and two meals on Thursday, May 31. We also have a commuter rate if you are in the Philly area.

                             
TypeFee
Double Dorm Room Occupancy$70
Single Dorm Room Occupancy$80
Commuter Package $40

*Note: all above packages include breakfast and lunch

We hope you’ll also plan to attend the ACMI Conference which will begin immediately following our one-day conference! The Association for Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI) is hosting the premier annual Christian ISM conference at Eastern University, starting May 31 at 4pm until June 2 at 10 pm. We simply could not duplicate the excellent ISM training they offer so we highly recommend your attending the ACMI 2018 Conference “Proclaiming Liberty to All Nations” after our one-day event.

For more information and to register, click here. To help promote this conference, here is an insert your church can include in its Sunday bulletins.

New Wineskins is also interested to hear about your current work with international students. Please tell us what you are doing to reach international students by taking this 5-minute survey. Then, if you’d like, we’ll connect you to a new network of others who are doing similar outreach.


Coaching 101 Workshops Return to Pittsburgh and Northern Virginia


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Registration is open for Coaching 101 in Pittsburgh, April 13-14 and Northern Virginia, June 8-9.

For nearly 15 years, Coaching 101 workshops have equipped Christian leaders to nurture, disciple, and develop others to reach their highest potential. What would it look like for your clergy, staff, and ministry volunteers to function at their highest capacity? It could change your congregation, community, and even eternity.

Registration is open for Coaching 101 in Pittsburgh, April 13-14 and Northern Virginia, June 8-9.

“Increasingly, the Anglican church is discovering how beneficial coaching is to leadership,” notes Jenni Bartling, director of Anchored Coaching, a ministry of the Titus Institute. “More and more clergy and lay people are engaging in coach training, and putting the skills they learn in their leadership tool kit.”

Last year’s events were sold out. And recently, nearly 50 clergy attended Coaching 101 workshops the Gulf Atlantic Diocese offered.

As one attendee reflected, “Coaching 101 helped me to see the benefit of leading others using tools that allow them come up with their own solutions, instead of requiring me to be directive all the time. There is freedom in that!”

Coaching 101 participants dig deep into the coaching process, explore techniques for asking powerful questions, practice being an active listener, and leave prepared to coach others at a basic, yet effective, level.
“Coaching 101 was so helpful for the clergy in the Gulf Atlantic Diocese to better grasp how coaching skills can help improve their ministries,” affirmed the Rev. Canon Mark Eldridge. “Knowing how to ask good questions to each other and those they lead is transformative. [Our trainer] did an excellent job helping even some coaching ‘skeptics’ see that coaching really does work! I highly recommend Coaching 101!” 

The workshops are open to anyone interested in developing coaching skills. Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/C101-ANCA. You can direct questions to Jenni by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Assistant to the Pastor Christ the Redeemer



Rector St James Anglican Church



Worship Leader Church of the Good Shepherd



Call for Feedback on Provincial Canon Amendment Proposals


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The Governance Task Force is calling for feedback on proposed amendments to the Anglican Church in North America Canons. Learn more here about the GTF, the feedback process, and the importance of your participation in the discussion.


Imagine a hotel conference room of lawyers nit-picking over Oxford commas, plural versus singular forms, and outlandish hypotheticals and “what ifs.” Then, mix in theological and ecclesiastical minds and context.

Most of you are probably cringing. If you’re not, you should consider law school. If you are, you’ll be grateful for the Governance Task Force.

The Governance Task Force (GTF) is a team from many dioceses of the Anglican Church in North America.  It includes attorneys, clergy, non-attorneys, and a Bishop.  Their challenging task is to draft new church laws (“canons”) and amend existing canons to be presented to the governing bodies (Provincial Council and Provincial Assembly) for adoption and ratification. The GTF was originally formed in 2008 to draft what became the Constitution and Canons of the Anglican Church in North America. Since then, the GTF’s main task is to receive feedback from diocesan chancellors, the Anglican Lawyers Network, and others for proposed changes to the constitution and canons as needed, and subsequently work to effectively draft the appropriate changes.

Proposed changes range from changing the wording of a canon for more accuracy, efficiency, and protection, to adding new provisions as the need arises or is foreseeable. 

At a GTF meeting, conversations about potential amendment proposals go ‘round and ‘round, talking through hypotheticals in order to develop helpful standards and avoid unintended consequences. To many, this type of conversation sounds tedious and annoying, but to those who end up in relevant situations these conversations are saving graces: the discussion has already occurred, and the policies and expectations are already in place. Order requires clearly stated processes and expectations, and clearly stated processes and expectations require these conversations already be had.

Most recently, these conversations were had in January at the annual Governance Task Force meeting. The 14-member task force met in Atlanta to discuss items brought to their attention over the last year. And now, they are inviting you to join in the process!

Back in 2008, when the GTF was creating the Constitution and Canons from scratch, it elicited feedback from the entire province-in-formation. As the Rev. Canon Phil Ashey, Chairman of the Governance Task Force, explained, “Though it was labor intensive, it enabled us to realize the Holy Spirit was working through different voices and pointing out things we might not otherwise have considered. Opening the process up for feedback enabled the very best possible first set of Constitution and Canons.”

As the Province grows and ecclesial legal issues have become more complex, new and more clearly expressed laws are necessary, and the GTF is again seeking feedback from the Province. “There’s a canon law maxim from Roman law, ‘That which touches all should be decided by all,’” Canon Phil said.

This week, the Governance Task Force opens up its discussion to you, the Province. On the table this year are amendments pertaining to the incapacity of bishops, relationships and accountability within a diocese between bishops, clergy, and laity, marriage, and transfers of congregations between dioceses. (See the proposed amendments here.)

As you’re reading through the proposed canonical changes, keep in mind that the GTF follows two principles, minimalism and subsidiarity. Minimalism guides the GTF to not create canons that are too complicated, in order to remain “missionally lean,” as Canon Phil described. The principle of subsidiarity fulfills the idea that governance is most effective at the level where it is most likely to be settled.  Subsidiarity means that many matters can therefore be left to the dioceses or congregations without having to enact a Provincial canon.

The GTF does its best to work through the leading of the Holy Spirit through prayer and open ears to the voices of those concerned. They trust the Lord will speak to them through you and they welcome your thoughts. And they encourage you to understand how important your voice and input is: “We are still a very young church experiencing growing pains,” says Canon Phil.  “We don’t want to be so legalistic that we frustrate growth of the body, but at the same time, we don’t want destructive growth, like a cancer, to go unchecked. We participate to make the Anglican Church in North America something God blesses. It requires all of us.”

“This is an essential body,” Canon Phil states about the GTF. “We are troubleshooting in the present; prophetic in the sense that we see further down the road where problems might arise. We speak the truth as lovingly as we can. We make sure we do things to protect the integrity of the Anglican Church in North America and its leaders. Please pray for us that God will give us great wisdom to troubleshoot in the present and discernment as we look down the road to the future.”

Please join us in prayer for the GTF and the governance of the Anglican Church in North America. To have your voice heard, review the proposed canonical amendments and provide your feedback here.


For more information about the GTF, click here.

To view a call for feedback directly from Canon Phil, click here.


Timeline

Feedback will be received until April 15, 2018.
GTF revisions based on feedback: April 16 - April 30, 2018
GTF publishes Second Draft Report on Canonical Additions and Amendments with further adjustments (if necessary) to all ACNA Diocesan delegates to Provincial Council and Diocesan Chancellors, with an invitation to submit any amendments no later than May 18.

GTF revisions based on Feedback from delegates to Provincial Council (Jerusalem 2018) and Diocesan Chancellors: May 19-May 31.

GTF publishes third and final Report on Canonical Additions and Amendments to all delegates to Provincial Council (Jerusalem 2018) and Diocesan Chancellors: June 1.

GTF presents Final Report for approval in Jerusalem by ACNA Provincial Council 2018: June 23, 2018.


Governance Task Force Overview and Process



United Adoration Global Community Songwriting Retreat


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September 27-29, 2018
Fort Wayne, Indiana

The United Adoration Global retreat is truly a unique opportunity. It’s not a conference or a seminar, it’s a sacred experience.

For three days, people from around the world will gather to write songs of worship, build relationships with like-hearted brothers and sisters, and be encouraged. It will also be a time to hear stories of healing from some United Adoration community members and hear the vision for United Adoration’s future.

Not only will we gather to engage in the creative process collaboratively, we will also have an opportunity to come together from different churches, cultures, and countries to record.

We will also have some incredible special guests to speak a word of blessing and encouragement over us, including Sergio Villanueva, Andy Piercy, Ryan Flanigan, Ron Allen, Carolyn Allen, Terry and Darlene Wildman, and Malcolm Du Plessis.

Retreat Times
Thursday, September 27 @ 9am to Saturday, September 29 @ 1pm.

OPTIONAL RETREAT EXTENSION
Saturday, September 29 @ 1pm - Lunch and tour of Sweetwater Sound
Sunday, September 30 @ 10am - Worship Celebration at Heartland Church

Register today at http://www.unitedadoration.com/global and join with others from around the world for 3 incredible days as we: Write songs. Build friendships. Forge partnerships. Unleash creativity. Enjoy God’s presence. Eat good food. Fuel vision. Get recharged. Be encouraged. Minister passionately.

REGISTER SOON! Early Bird Pricing is good through August 10.


Ministry Fellow Church of the Atonement



Vicar at St Francis of Assisi



Worship Leader St Thomas Church



Missionary Curacy Trinity on the Border



Lenten Liturgy Feedback Sought


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The Liturgy Task Force will be meeting in the second week of Easter to evaluate and finalize all the special liturgies for Ash Wednesday through Easter Vigil, including also the Great Litany.

Please provide feedback to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) no later than Friday, April 6.  Feedback about all other rites is also welcome, especially (at this time) Midday Prayer, Compline and Family Prayer. 

To access the liturgies, visit the Liturgy page here.

For more information about the request for feedback on other rites, click here.
To learn more about the Liturgy Task Force’s work on the Renewed Coverdale Psalter, click here.


Worship Residency



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Sr High Pastor Church of the Holy Spirit



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Samford’s Beeson Divinity School to Host Anglican Theology Conference in September


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The Institute of Anglican Studies at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School will host its first Anglican Theology Conference, Sept. 25-26.

This year’s conference, “What is Anglicanism?,” will bring together top scholars and church leaders to probe what it means to be Anglican.

With a membership of approximately 85 million worldwide, the Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.  In recent years, its center of gravity has moved to the Global South, where new understandings of Anglicanism have emerged amidst spiritual vitality and dynamic church growth, according to Gerald McDermott, professor of divinity and director of the Institute of Anglican Studies. However, Anglican identity is still contested. The conference will address these issues and more.

Speakers for the conference include Eliud Wabukala, retired archbishop of Kenya; Mouneer Anis, archbishop of Egypt and leader of Anglicanism’s Global South; Foley Beach, archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America; Ephraim Radner, professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College in Toronto; Gerald Bray, research professor at Beeson Divinity School; Barbara Gauthier of Anglican News Update; John Yates III, rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh; Andrew Pearson, dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham; Rusty Reno, editor of First Things (Catholic observer); Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School (Baptist observer); and McDermott.

The conference will feature short papers, panel discussions with opportunity for audience participation, and time for fellowship. A book will issue from this conference.

“Anglicanism is at a pivotal moment, but the shape of Anglican orthodoxy is nevertheless debated,” said McDermott. “This conference will help provide a forum for reflection and theological renewal as pastors and leaders propose a new way forward. Theologically-interested Anglicans will not want to miss this.”

The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 25, and end at noon on Sept. 26. The cost for the conference is $100 with a $25 discount if registered before June 1. To register for the conference or find more information, visit https://www.beesondivinity.com/events/Anglican-Theology-Conference.

To view the original story and learn more about Samford University, visit https://www.samford.edu/news/2018/02/Samfords-Beeson-Divinity-School-to-Host-Anglican-Theology-Conference-in-September


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Rector Saint Luke’s Ministries



“Road to Jerusalem” - Israel Video Project


Did you know that one of our Anglican Network in Canada clergy, Rev. Jess Cantelon, has recently been adventuring across the Holy Land with a Bible and a selfie-stick to produce a video series? The Anglican Network in Canada got in touch with Jess and asked him to share a little more about the project.


How did it begin? What sparked the idea and vision for this project?
I grew up in Jerusalem in the 80s, and then ministered there again with Erica and the kids 2004-2010. The amazing country of Israel has always had a special place in my heart. As the family and I are now moving back to Jerusalem, the Israel Video Project seemed like a great way to bring ANiC and others to Israel in a way they otherwise may not be able to experience. My hope is to make both the Old and New Testament scriptures come to life in a new way and help people come closer to Jesus. The video series is also an excellent way for brothers and sisters in North America and around the world to connect with us as we minister in Israel.

What’s been the process to make this happen?
That process is still happening today.  As I go back to minister in Israel, it is the fruit of a team effort of ANiC and ACNA churches and individuals.  Many are on board already, yet many more still are needed for a successful launch.
(Connect with us and receive our e-newsletters at http://www.israelvideoproject.com)

What’s been the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge was probably finding the strength within ourselves to move back to Jerusalem in the first place.  Obviously, living and ministering in the Middle East involves many challenges. Yet God has, figuratively speaking, picked up our family by the scruff of the neck to send us back. I think the fact that we are willing to go, means that He is with us.  Where there was reservation, there is now vision. Where there was fear, there is now anticipation and excitement.

What impact have you seen?
I love the fact that the video project is getting such a positive response from ordinary people, churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike. For some reason this was unexpected for me. It seems to be another medium through which people can access the message of God’s grace. It is very fulfilling work.

What’s your hope for the future of this project?
As I begin to pioneer an ANiC and ACNA work in Jerusalem, I hope that the video project will continue for years to come. I hope that it will help brothers and sisters in North America and around the world see Jesus in new and exciting ways, and also give people a real sense of connection to the work that we are doing in Israel.
For this particular video series called, “The Road To Jerusalem” I will be focusing on a journey of prayer. It is not only my family and I who are on the road to Jerusalem. The Anglican Communion too, finds itself on that road once again as we approach GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem — our 3rd Global Anglican Future Conference. It is my hope that many will join me on The Road To Jerusalem as we pray toward GAFCON 2018.

How can we pray for you?
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.
Pray that we gather enough prayer and financial support through churches and individuals for a swift and successful launch to Israel.
Pray for God not to leave us nor forsake us, and pray that we have the wisdom and the patience not to go ahead of the Lord.

“If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.”
Exodus 33:15


Read the original story from ANiC here: https://www.anglicannetwork.ca/news/2018/2/1/videoing-israel

You can find out more, donate, and follow Israel Video Project on social media by going to their website here: http://www.israelvideoproject.com

You can watch Series 1 of Jess’s Israel Video Project here: https://vimeo.com/user10762945

Series 2 ‘The Road to Jerusalem’ has been filmed and you can watch episode 1 ‘Transfiguration’ below:

Road To Jerusalem - ep1 - Transfiguration from Israel Video Project on Vimeo.


A Lenten Invitation From Archbishop Beach


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Archbishop Foley Beach invites the Church to the observance of a Holy Lent through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving at http://www.GiftOfLent.org


Free “Gift of Lent” Resource for Churches and Individuals


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Ash Wednesday is tomorrow! This year, the Anglican Church in North America is providing the Church a resource, in the form of a website – GiftofLent.org, to support the Lenten disciplines of prayer and almsgiving.

We are familiar with prayer, but in some quarters of the church “Almsgiving” during Lent has fallen out of focus.  Almsgiving is defined as the practice of giving money or food to the poor.

As explained by Archbishop Foley Beach, “Throughout the Church’s history, Christians have given alms as a Lenten discipline, following Christ’s command to love the lost and least. During Lent, the Anglican Church in North America encourages you to make giving to the poor central to your Lenten fast.”

The Anglican Church in North America has collaborated with The Anglican Relief and Development Fund, the Matthew 25 Initiative, and LeaderWorks to provide GiftofLent.org to help you enter into God’s chosen fast as described in Isaiah 58:6-7: “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”

For Anglicans, this biblical discipline is reflected in the 38th article of the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion that “every man ought, of such things as he possesseth, liberally to give alms to the poor, according to his ability.”

On this resource website, you will be greeted with a video message from Archbishop Beach that further explains almsgiving, and that you can share in your congregation.  You will also find daily readings of morning and evening prayer, see stories of disciples from around the province living into this chosen fast, and experience Lent through featured artwork. To cap it off, each week you can hear amazing stories from ministries living out the Isaiah 58 fast and have the opportunity to join in the ancient almsgiving tradition by donating to your ministry of choice.

On February 14th, Ash Wednesday, Lent begins, a season of fasting. Each day, a new story from around the province will be posted. Each week, a new piece of art will be featured. Daily, morning and evening prayer will be offered. You are encouraged to sign-up here for weekly emails highlighting these featured content updates.

The website is live now. Click here to begin exploring this Lenten resource, GiftofLent.org.




Rector at St. John’s-By-The-Sea Reformed Episcopal Church



Report from the ACNA College of Bishops


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Enter into the world of the Anglican Church in North America bishops through this insightful and encouraging letter from Bishop Steve Breedlove (Diocese of Christ Our Hope), sharing his reflection on the recent College of Bishops’ meeting.

January 8-12 marked the tenth time that Sally and I, with Bishop Quigg and Annette, have gathered with the ACNA bishops and wives for fellowship, teaching, and daily worship, and to do our collective work in council together. By now, it has become a bi-annual reunion of good friends and colleagues, a familiar and blessed collegium.

The regular pattern includes a daily Eucharist and lots of reports during the week. We hear from the archbishop, leaders of major categories of our collective ministry (e.g., ecumenical affairs, international activities, etc.), leaders of specific task forces and initiatives (catechism, liturgy, youth ministry, etc.), and leaders of core operational systems (communications, finance, etc.). Many of the reports call for on-the spot discussion, prayer, decision, and action. Imagine a parish annual meeting, or a Diocesan synod, on steroids, stretching for 3½ full days, in a retreat setting, surrounded by huddles of people talking about issues.

I know, many of you read that and think “I’d rather have three root canals!” But hold on. Take the “most boring” aspect of such a scene – dozens of reports. These reports come from people who have a deep passion and calling to specific ministries. Each of them represents teams of people who have put in countless hours to do the work of God in our Province. Almost never has any report, in any area, dipped into procedural swamps or bureaucratic mazes. They come with heart and love for Jesus and his Gospel. They are about people, by people, for the sake of people. They are filled with stories of answered prayer, or calls for renewed and strengthened prayer in the face of challenges.

Something else that always happens is teaching. This January, we had our minds opened by a presentation on the history of racism and the church from Dr. Albert Thompson, an African-American academic who attends an ACNA church. If you want a new (and biblical) way to see this issue, take time to watch this: http://anglicanchurch.net/?/main/page/1594 

Let me tell you three stories that give more flavor of our meetings. On one end was one of our most “spiritual” activities – electing (or not) an assisting bishop for the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy. We committed a ½-day to this crucial responsibility. The examination of the candidates was friendly but pulled no punches. The testimonies of the two men were powerful, but what about core issues of theology? What about their vision for their work? How do they understand and articulate this call? What happens if the other is elected?

At the end of the 2+ hours of examination, the College continued in discussion and prayer for another 90 minutes. Through our examination, we had come to realize the profound need to care and equip chaplains who serve in military bases scattered all over the world. We heard stories of chaplains ministering in cases of extreme PTSD or serving families whose spouse / parent is lost or permanently disabled by enemy fire. We heard two men whose love and commitment to the chaplains is clear. As we prayed, there was a genuine move of the Spirit. We were surprised at what unfolded, but we were completely united: we decided to elect both – two assisting bishops rather than one. We rejoiced, celebrating the presence and leading of the Holy Spirit among us.

Go to the other extreme of our work, being schooled on congregational reporting from every church in each Diocese. (I hear the groans.) But the heart of Canon Andrew Gross to see the stories and messages behind the statistics, and to enable us to connect and communicate well, reflects the heart of Jesus. Andrew’s humor made even that work fun, and out of it came a discussion (stories) about encouraging clergy to finish this work well. (I am proud that the Diocese of Christ our Hope is one of the Dioceses that does best at this. Kudos to our team!)

Finally, a third story: We heard reports from three bishops who had to intervene in crises of clergy failure. These were hard, sad stories, laden with warnings to all of us about proactively guarding and protecting the Church. Nevertheless, as tough as this was, faithful intervention of godly bishops brought redemptive grace and protection for victims and sufferers, peaceful order to local churches, and in most cases the opportunity for repentance and a meaningful future (out of the ministry) for those who had failed. Altogether these reports united the College in renewed determination and prayer for holiness and integrity.

I share this report to encourage you that we are part of a Province that does good, godly Gospel work from the local parish to the College. The bishops of the ACNA are honest and committed enough to be agents of growth and healing amongst ourselves, as a College, and to carry health into every aspect of the leadership of our Dioceses. They are trustworthy, godly men who take the call to shepherd Christ’s flock with eternal seriousness.

Here’s a link to the official communique: http://www.anglicanchurch.net/?/main/page/1583 As you read, remember that underneath this clipped summary is a week of great, prayer-filled work by bishops for the glory of Jesus and the sake of his Church. 


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Church Administrator at Immanuel Vancouver



Toward a New Anglican Psalter


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The Anglican Church in North America’s Liturgy Task Force is taking on an historic project that they hope will be a gift to the global communion and generations of Anglicans to come: the Renewed Coverdale Psalter.

Have you noticed that the Psalter texts in the Daily Office (Morning and Evening Prayer, Midday Prayer, Compline, and Family Prayer) and the Sunday Scripture inserts are different? Do you have any idea what the Coverdale Psalter is or what any of this means? Do you wonder why there is a change and, even more importantly, why it matters?

Well, this is an incredible project with historical roots and potentially a great future impact.


The Purpose of the Psalms


Every prayer book since the very first in 1549 has used a translation of the Psalter. The Psalter is a very important piece of Anglican liturgies and is an essential part of prayer disciplines worldwide. According to Archbishop Emeritus Robert Duncan, Chair of the Liturgy Task Force, the complete Psalter is the most frequently read book in the Bible and was, historically, read and sung in households and churches every month.

But if you read closely, the translation of the Psalter used in prayer book liturgies, is somewhat different from the English Standard Version (ESV) or New International Version (NIV) translation of Scripture commonly found in our pew Bibles.  These are differences not of substance, but of style. The Psalms were originally composed for worship.  While a word-for-word translation from the Hebrew, such as the ESV, may be best for study, this type of translation can mute the rhythm, meter, and musicality original to the Psalms.  Psalters designed for worship allow the verses to poetically flow or be sung, a quality that facilitates the beauty and wonder of worship often found in the Anglican liturgy.


A (Very) Brief History of the Anglican Coverdale Psalter


In 1539, under the direction of King Henry VIII, Miles Coverdale produced the Great Bible, within which was what became known as the Coverdale Psalter, the liturgical translation in every Anglican prayer book until the 1960s.

In 1963, the Church of England attempted to update the Coverdale Psalms to more modern language – with a committee including notable members T.S. Elliot and C.S. Lewis – but the Cathedral musicians opposed the revision [musical psalters would have to be rewritten] and their update was not adopted.

The older Coverdale Psalter continued to be used until the 1979 Prayer Book when a new liturgical translation was produced. Unfortunately, this translation was a break from the turn-of-phrase of every previous Prayer Book and from the global Anglican language for prayer.  Sometimes even the new translation, while technically correct, was not as comprehensible to contemporary understanding. (See an example below).

Which brings us to the historic moment we as the Anglican Church in North America are currently in. The Lord has blessed us with gifted scholars who are willing to take on the challenge to renew the Coverdale Psalter translation with modern language, clarity, and musicality.


Toward A Renewed Anglican Coverdale Psalter


The Liturgy Task Force Psalter subcommittee, chaired by the Ven. Darrell Critch, a musically trained Anglican Church in North America rector, along with seminary professors and Old Testament scholars Erika Moore (Trinity School for Ministry), Travis Bott (Nashotah House), and John Crutchfield (Columbia International University), is building on the work of Lewis and Eliot to renew the Coverdale Psalter.

Archbishop Duncan detailed that “when we renew a Psalm, the scholars look at the Coverdale and ask ‘is this an accurate or reasonable translation?’ Then, they determine if it is understandable in modern English.” Then they compare it to the 1963 version. They renew the translation accordingly.

Rather than creating a new translation, like the 1979 prayer book, the Task Force is seeking to update the Coverdale. Unlike the Church of England committee work in 1963, this edition replaces the “thees” and “thys” and 16th century verb forms with contemporary language.

The Renewed Coverdale Psalter is historic. And like the recent release of the Catechism, the Liturgy Task Force and the College of Bishops believe it will be “a gift to the whole Anglican world,” said Archbishop Duncan.

The Task Force encourages you, the members of the Anglican Church in North America, to follow along with the renewal of the Coverdale Psalms. As of January 15, 2018, the Psalter subcommittee has produced 34 renewed Psalms. The scholars meet every week by conference call to review and produce two to four more renewed Psalms, prioritizing those that are most used and following the order of the Sunday lectionary (the leaflet Scripture inserts can be found here: http://www.anglicanchurch.net/index.php/main/tcp_leafleat_yearb/).

If you would like to send your feedback on your experience of the Renewed Coverdale Psalter, you can email the Liturgy Task Force at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The Task Force carefully reviews all comments received.



An Example From Psalm 95


Commentary from Archbishop Duncan: The 1979 Book of Common Prayer’s translation of Psalm 95:8 refers to Meribah and Massah, which are names of places meaning, in Hebrew, provocation and temptation. As one submission of feedback pointed out, “provocation” and “temptation” are the way the Letter to the Hebrews refers to these places – just as Coverdale did. In the 21st century, (just as in the 16th) these terms are more readily comprehensible to the lay person reading the psalm than “Meribah” and “Massah.”

English Standard Version

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers put me to the test

1979 BCP

Harden not your hearts, as your forebears did in the wilderness, *
  at Meribah, and on that day at Massah, when they tempted me.

Coverdale

To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts *
as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;

Renewed Coverdale

Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts *
as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness.

To learn more about the Liturgy Task Force and providing feedback, click here.

 


A Call for Feedback to the Liturgy Task Force


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The Anglican Church in North America is invited to review the last of the working liturgy texts and submit feedback to the Liturgy Task Force for final revisions as publication and printing of the Book of Common Prayer 2019 nears.

Come Provincial Assembly 2019, the Liturgy Task Force plans to present to the Anglican Church in North America its completed, published, and printed Book of Common Prayer 2019.

To get there, the Task Force is seeking your help and participation. You, the member of the Anglican Church in North America, are invited to review the last of the working liturgy texts and submit your feedback to the Task Force for final revisions.

The Liturgy Task Force (LTF) was called and commissioned by the College of Bishops in 2009, at the very beginning of the Anglican Church in North America, to develop a renewed Prayer Book. Over the course of the last approximately 9 years, the LTF has made great strides to accomplish its task.

In 2013, the College of Bishops released rites for Morning and Evening Prayer and the Holy Eucharist.  Abundant feedback was received.  In 2017, the LTF proposed to the College of Bishops finalized Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Eucharistic liturgies, as well as the Collects for the Christian Year. In 2018, the LTF will finalize the rest of the liturgical texts and bring to the College of Bishops’ meeting in January 2019 the final copy to be adopted and approved for printing.

The LTF consists of 12 sitting members, but has had over 60 people involved in the development of the renewed liturgies through subcommittees and translators.

From the beginning, the LTF has been carefully guided by four principles: Continuity, Memorability, Poetry/Musicality, and Clarity. Often, these principles play against each other which can be a challenge, but an effective prayer book, according to Archbishop Emeritus Robert Duncan, Chair of the LTF, should do its best to balance all four principles.

As it followed these principles and developed the liturgical texts, the LTF sought feedback from members of the Province, worked with the Bishops’ Review Panel, and finally presented each liturgy to the College of Bishops as a whole.

“This has been the most participatory process of any prayer book in history,” said Archbishop Duncan, noting the role the Internet plays in this reality.

The LTF receives feedback in collated form, considers it, evaluates it, and decides whether or not to integrate the suggestions made.

“The product of this process is immensely better than could have been done by any other means,” he believes.

Now, as the process nears its long-expected end, the LTF is calling for another flood of feedback:

“The LTF is urgently calling for feedback on all the working texts not yet finalized, that is everything except Morning and Evening Prayer, the Eucharists, and the Collects of the Christian Year.  There are three significant deadlines, and the earlier the feedback is received the better.  The first deadline is April 6, the Friday in the first week of Easter,” Archbishop Duncan explained.

The LTF will meet during the second week of the Easter season to review this feedback. It will receive feedback thereafter until August 15, 2018 when it will prepare the service final drafts to be presented to the College of Bishops in September. The final date for the LTF to receive feedback from you, the province, will be November 1, 2018. During November and December, the final revisions will be made in order to be presented to the College of Bishops’ meeting in January for adoption.

Once adopted, the Book of Common Prayer 2019 will go to print just in time for the tenth anniversary Assembly (June 2019) of the Anglican Church in North America!

You are an integral part of this process and the development of the prayer book, and the LTF invites you to participate. One participant wrote with gratitude to the Task Force, “I cannot thank you enough for the improvements made in the services of Morning and Evening Prayer as presented in your January 2018 revision.  It is apparent the committee duly noted the responses (including mine) you received to the previous revisions.”

All working texts, deadlines, and liturgy resources can be found here. To share your voice with the LTF, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

To learn more about the Liturgy Task Force’s work on the Renewed Coverdale Psalter, click here.


Engage Training: Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast


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Engage Training, a training for youth leaders, is happening February 17th.

Engage is a simple model for reaching and discipling teenagers in your church that involves teaching adults to sit down with a teenager and open the Bible together. It is particularly valuable for small churches and church plants without the resources to run a traditional youth group.

For more information contact Henry Covert, Diocesan Lead Youth Pastor, Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast, at (281) 794-9726.

Click here for Eventbrite registration

Engage Training- Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast Tickets

Eventbrite - Henry E Covert IV presents Engage Training- Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast - Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Grace Anglican Community, Katy, Texas.

Location:

Grace Anglican Community

24968 Katy Ranch Rd

Suite 100

Katy, Texas 77494

Time:

Sat, February 17, 2018
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST

Cost: $25

Trainers are from Young Anglicans Project


Provincial Event to Help Anglican Leaders Engage Culture


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Mission-minded Anglicans lead Intersection Conference May 17-19.

At the 2018 Intersection Conference (May 17-19 at Northern Seminary in Chicago) mission-minded Anglican leaders will find encouragement and tools to effectively engage 21st century culture for Christ.

The conference theme is Engaging Culture: An Inter-Disciplinary Conversation. Seven speakers will explore key areas of cultural engagement in today’s landscape. After each speaker, a panel of diverse thinkers will interact with the concepts, interweaving approaches to Anglican practice and perspective. Attendees will then discuss practical implications in cohort groups—leaving challenged and energized for mission in a postmodern world.

Speakers:

Scot McKnight | Bible

David Fitch | Theology

William Cavanaugh | Worship

Esau McCaulley | Multiculturalism

Jennifer McBride | Witness

David O. Taylor | Arts

Kyuboem Lee | Justice

Host and Moderator:

Bishop Todd Hunter

Last year’s conference was an exciting display of unity in the Anglican Church in North America—23 dioceses were represented! The 2018 conference will once again gather missional minds from around the province to crack the code for 21st century mission.

Hosting the conference is The Telos Collective, a five-year initiative commissioned by Archbishop Foley Beach to catalyze faithful and fruitful Gospel engagement with culture. Archbishop Beach asked Bishop Todd Hunter to lead The Telos Collective, working alongside him and other bishops and leaders to help the Anglican Church gain confidence to engage a postmodern world.

“We’re looking for men and women who think like missionaries, who are committed to using every strategy at their disposal to reach 21st century North Americans for Christ,” Archbishop Beach says.

Bishop Hunter is looking forward to continuing his work of serving Provincial Sponsor Archbishop Beach and the Anglican Church in North America.
“We respect the diversity of the dioceses within, and focus our energy in one specific direction: mission,” he says. “We will encourage attendees to think about and execute these ideas within their bishops’ overall ecclesiology and under their leadership.”

Are you curious about, and striving to find solutions for contemporary mission? Are you willing to engineer church from the mission field back? If so, please apply now to attend the 2018 Intersection Conference. A short application process is required to ensure participants have the time and capacity for active missional engagement, both individually and as a group. Bishop Hunter will review each application and respond within a week of receiving it. Some scholarships are available.

Learn more about the 2018 Intersection Conference.


Deliverance Ministry Conference


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July 31- August 2 2018 the Society of Special Pastoral Intervention will hold a conference on the topic of spiritual warfare titled “Deliverance in Anglican Pastoral Ministry.”

The conference will be held at the Anglican Chaplains’ Training Facility, Church of the Good Shepherd in Pelham, Alabama.

The Society for Special Pastoral Intervention is made up of bishops, clergy, and laity from around the Anglican Church in North America who seek to assist the Church in deliverance ministry.  The Society is chaired by the Rt. Rev. Donald (Don) F. Harvey a bishop in the Anglican Network in Canada.

Speakers at this year’s conference will present lectures and workshops on a variety of topics including: post-millennial spirituality, Church history and deliverance ministry, the relationship between mental and physical illness and spiritual attack, preparing for deliverance ministry,  the pastoral care of victims and deliverance ministers.

The conference has limited space available and is noted to be “initial and continuing education for Bishop-authorized lay and clergy deliverance ministers and ministers-in-training.”

For more information, visit the conference website at https://www.sspintervention.org/sermons.


A History of Race and the Church in the American Tradition


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Professor Albert Thompson gave an insightful presentation to the College of Bishops on the history of race and the church at their meeting in January. Watch the presentation here.




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Bishop, Anglican Diocese in New England, Amesbury, MA



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Director of Children and Student Ministry, Raleigh



Rector in Jersey City, New Jersey



Rector in Mobile, Alabama



Sunday School Teacher San Jose, California



Rector in Gainesville, VA



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.




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


Holy Land Tour with Bishop Clark and Tricia Lowenfield
Led by: Bishop Clark and Tricia Lowenfield
Bishop Stewart and Katherine Ruch will also be joining this tour.
June 10-17, 2018

Bishop Clark and Tricia are thrilled to invite you on what is truly a trip of a lifetime, touring the Holy Land and experiencing the pages of Scripture come to life. This tour will begin along the Mediterranean Sea and Caesarea by the Sea. It will then move to the Sea of Galilee before heading down into Jerusalem via the Jordan Valley and eventually into Bethlehem. They have chosen to host this tour in conjunction with the time of the 2018 GAFCON meeting, which will surely be an historic event for Anglicans worldwide. For those who are interested, there is also the option of booking accommodations to stay for GAFCON after the Holy Land tour.

$3,759 cash discount price includes: Round trip airfare, transfers with group to/from airport; shared double room in moderate hotel; two meals daily; English speaking guide; transfer to and entrance fees for sites to be visited; travel protection coverage by Travelex.

GAFCON Additional Housing: $1100 per person in double occupancy; $1900 per person in single occupancy.

For more information or to register, visit the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast website, here.


Post-GAFCON 2018: The Life & World of Jesus
Led by: the Rev. David Pileggi
June 24-30, 2018

On this Shoresh Study Tour, we will trace the life of Jesus from His home in the Galilee to Jerusalem, giving particular attention to the First Century Jewish context in which Jesus lived. Our goal is a better understanding of Jesus’ ministry and a better application of His teachings for us today.

Land Price: $1,499 [Single Supplement: $473(additional cost for single room, limited availability).]
Includes:
Accommodation - Half-board (breakfast & dinner) in shared twin room with private bath, taxes & portage.
Transportation - Bus and driver for touring and group transfers to and from airport.
Guide - Licensed Christian/Messianic guide.
Tips - Driver, Guide, Hotels.
Entrance fees - Historical sites, museums, parks, etc.
Study Materials.


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imageRoots Teaching Tour
Led by: Bishop Gavin Ashenden, Deacon Aaron Eime, Pastor Stephen J. Higgins
June 6-16, 2018 and June 22 - July 1

Our Mission is based on the motto of Christ Church Jerusalem, the oldest Protestant Church in Israel: “Jesus for the Jews and Jewish Roots for the Church,” Our Mission at Alexander is: “To equip Pastors/Church Leaders/Disciples/You in Biblical Studies that are embedded in the Jewish roots of our Faith.”  These tours are designed around GAFCON to enrich the understanding of the root - shoresh - of the faith. Only 20 reservations available, click on the link to make yours asap! Note: these tours are not “bus” tours but deep into Jerusalem and several other very vital sites.

Land Price: $1,900 (10-day tour), $1,700 (8-day tour; register by May 10 for a discount.)

Our Host Location in Jerusalem is Caspari Center 10 Day Roots Teaching Tour Is Only $1900.00!

 


Two Bishops Elected to Strengthen the Ministry of Chaplains


The College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America met on January 11, 2018 and prayerfully elected two suffragan bishops for the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy.

The two candidates, The Rev. Michael Williams and The Rev. Mark Nordstrom, had been nominated by the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy and this month were brought before the College for election. After a time of prayer and through the direction of the Holy Spirit, the College elected both candidates.

Both Rev. Williams and Rev. Nordstrom were senior officers in their respective military branches where they served throughout their adult lives until retirement.

The Rev. Michael Williams joined the Air Force in 1977 after graduating from Iowa State University. He later attended Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (now Trinity School for Ministry) for seminary and was ordained in North Pole, Alaska in 1991. Beginning in 1995, Rev. Williams served in the Air Force Chaplaincy for fifteen years before retiring in 2009 and joining the staff of the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy office to assist Bishop Derek Jones. He and his wife, Becky, have three daughters and five granddaughters.

In response to his election, Bishop Suffragan-Elect Williams said, “I am deeply humbled by the Lord’s call through the Anglican Church in North America’s College of Bishops to the service of bishop suffragan for the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy. To Almighty God be the glory!”

The Rev. Mark Nordstrom joined the Army just shy of his 19th birthday. He was originally ordained as a conservative Baptist minister in 1987. After decades of appreciation for the Anglican church, Rev. Nordstrom was ordained in the Anglican Church in North America in 2010. For the last year he has served the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy as the vicar general. He and his wife, Christine, have three children, two of whom serve in the Army, and six grandchildren.

“Everything I’ve ever done well was because I was part of an effective team. I am privileged and honored to join this team – the College of Bishops – and serve Christ and His Church in this new (to me) office,” he explained.

Archbishop Foley Beach commented, “The College of Bishops and I are delighted to announce the election of both Michael Williams and Mark Nordstrom. They are both godly men who we are confident will serve the Lord and our chaplains effectively, with grace and boldness.”

Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy Bishop, Derek Jones, is pleased with the results of the election: “The movement of the Holy Spirit in the College of Bishops acknowledging God’s call on our suffragan bishop candidates was both affirming and visionary. Both of these men personify the heart and soul of all chaplains who often serve outside of the limelight of traditional ministry. God could not have chosen two more humble men.”

 


Prayer for the Family of Bishop Murphy


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Archbishop Beach issues a call to prayer following the death of Bishop Chuck Murphy of the Anglican Mission:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As many of you may have heard, after a long illness, Bishop Chuck Murphy of the Anglican Mission fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday surrounded by his family. Bishop Murphy played an important role in the formative days of the Anglican Church in North America. 

The reformation of Anglicanism in North America owes a great deal to his courageous and visionary leadership, and I am thankful for the ways in which God used him to spread the message of Jesus Christ.  He has now finished his race, but the fruit of his ministry lives on in the lives of so many who are obeying the Great Commission.

Please join me in praying for the Murphy family, for comfort and solace.  May his soul, and souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Chuck. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.


Communiqué from the College of Bishops


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Melbourne, Florida ~ January 8-12, 2018

“‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)

As Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America, we met as a College in Melbourne, Florida from January 8th to 12th to pray together, learn, and take counsel with one another under the direction of the Holy Spirit. In the context of challenges and disasters in the world, we have taken heart from God’s promise of steadfast love. Once again, we have experienced the bonds of peace, seeking God’s solutions for the Church and for the world around us.

During our meeting we learned of the death of the Rt. Rev. Charles H. (Chuck) Murphy, III. We gave thanks to God for his life and prayed for his family. The College also requested the Archbishop to communicate our condolences and prayers to Margaret and the rest of his family.

Together with our spouses we shared in times of teaching and small group discussion on the topics of racism, cultural engagement, and the persecuted church.

Racism - We were challenged and encouraged by a presentation from Albert Thompson on the history of racism, particularly in American Anglicanism. Professor Thompson, a historian and member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, recounted the painful story of the church’s participation in racism and invited us into the biblical experience of lament with those who have suffered injustice. We urge our churches to join us in lamenting the sin of racism that plagues our nations, that the Lord may touch our hearts and spur us on, bringing forth in our communities the fruit of peace, justice, and reconciliation.

Engaging the Culture - Bishop Todd Hunter taught on the Kingdom of God in contemporary culture, challenging us to seek the loving heart of Christ for the world.  He emphasized that an effective evangelist is fully differentiated from worldly values, but yet is authentically connected, engaged with the world for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

The Persecuted Church - We were thankful for the presence and testimony of The Most Rev. Humphrey Peters, the Moderator Bishop of the Church of Pakistan.  Christianity has roots in Pakistan going back to St. Thomas the Apostle.  Bishop Peters shared how the Church is sharing God’s love in their local communities through clinics and education.  Bishop Peters reminded us that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church, and despite suicide attacks carried out by Islamic terrorists against some of his congregations, the Church remains vibrant and courageous.  We gave thanks for the perseverance of the saints in Pakistan, and we shared in a time of prayer for the persecuted church.

What We Celebrated

Prayer Book - We took important steps toward adopting final texts for Holy Communion and the Daily Office in preparation for the Book of Common Prayer 2019. After more than four years of using the “working texts” of these rites, and revisions based on extensive feedback from the Church, the bishops unanimously adopted two Eucharistic rites and the orders for Daily Morning and Evening Prayer. The proposed final forms of Collects of the Christian Year, the Daily Office Lectionary, and Supplemental Canticles were also approved. Archbishop Emeritus Robert Duncan, chair of the Liturgy Task Force, said, “After the most participatory process of Prayer Book revision ever undertaken — enabled by internet access open to every member of the Church and firmly grounded in the Prayer Book tradition, especially the Book of Common Prayer 1662 — these texts will form Anglican believers of the 21st century, just as previous Prayer Books have done for the last five centuries.”
   
The College was reminded that the principles undergirding these revised texts are continuity, memorability, poetry (musicality), and clarity. Additionally, missional concerns and an eye to the evangelical, catholic, and charismatic streams that are the Anglican Church in North America have resulted in clear adaptability to local circumstance.  This has been combined with an effort at maximum rubrical flexibility, without compromise of the “faith once delivered” as Anglicans have consistently held and expressed that faith. “The task for 2018 is attention to the feedback (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) on all the other Prayer Book texts now in use — lesser offices, initiatory and pastoral rites, rites for Lent and Holy Week, and the Psalter — so that the Book of Common Prayer 2019 can be ready for the tenth anniversary of the formation of the Province,” said Archbishop Duncan.
   
The revised texts approved by the College will be available online within the next two weeks (See the Texts for Common Prayer tab at http://www.anglicanchurch.net) and will also be printed as part of Texts for Common Prayer II available from Anglican House Media Ministry this spring.
   
Catechism - We voted unanimously to approve the revised edition of the Anglican Church in North America Catechism, To Be a Christian. Based upon two years of feedback from across the Province, the Committee for Catechesis undertook a comprehensive revision of the Catechism, resulting in the edition now approved. While revisions of Scripture references and a few other minor elements remain to be finished, the Catechism is now essentially complete. All remaining work will be completed by Pentecost, and the official edition should be available for download shortly thereafter. Printed copies of the official edition will be available in paperback and hardcover in 2019.
 
Since its initial release as a public working document, the Catechism has been translated into more than 15 languages, and is actively being used throughout the Anglican Communion. The Committee for Catechesis is now working to develop a mobile catechism app that can be used both domestically and internationally. With the Catechism complete, the Committee will be looking for opportunities to further promote the renewal of catechesis in partnership with dioceses, networks, seminaries, and individual churches.
 
The Election of Bishops - After a time of prayer and through the direction of the Holy Spirit, we elected two suffragan bishops for the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy, the Rev. Mark Nordstrom and the Rev. Michael Williams, to work under Bishop Derek Jones. Both Chaplain Nordstrom and Chaplain Williams had served as chaplains in the U.S. Army and Air Force, respectively; most recently, both have been on the senior staff of the Special Jurisdiction. We are committed to supporting our chaplains and those they serve, and we believe Suffragan Bishops-Elect Nordstrom and Williams will be effective in doing this with humility and courage.
 
With the announcement of the planned retirement of Bishop Bill Murdoch of the Anglican Diocese in New England, the Bishops also approved the holding of the election of his successor, which will occur in November 2018.

Opportunities Before Us

Women’s Orders - Last September, we began an in-depth conversation on the final report of the Theological Task Force on Holy Orders, particularly women in Holy Orders. The time was fruitful, but it also became evident that the final resolution of this issue was not on the near horizon. More on this topic can be read here, but, simply put, we committed ourselves to showing one another Christian charity while we seek greater clarity.  We realize that real change will come through hearts and minds being transformed by the Holy Spirit as we pray and seek the mind of Christ together.  This conversation includes not just members of the Anglican Church in North America, but also our global Anglican and ecumenical partners.  We again spent time this week intentionally engaging each other on the topic of women in Holy Orders. Archbishop Beach has appointed a working group to help design the specific ways our conversations can continue, and we will move forward in unity to carry on the good witness and work that God has given us to do in North America. We remain steadfast in our life together.
 
Global Fellowship - We heard an encouraging report from Bishop Andy Lines, Missionary Bishop to Europe, who shared about the unfolding reformation taking place in the United Kingdom and Europe.  We also heard a preliminary report on the preparations being made for Gafcon 2018, and we are excited to come together in Jerusalem to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of this renewal movement in global Anglicanism.  As bishops of the Anglican Church in North America, a province birthed by Gafcon and an official partner of the Global South, we give thanks for these fruitful relationships that the Lord has enabled for the building up of his Kingdom.

Closing

Our time together has been challenging, refreshing, and illuminating. We have a clear sense of our calling from God to continue our strategic plans to reach North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ, and to do so while maintaining the bonds of peace. The harvest is indeed plentiful. There is much to do, but we must not be overwhelmed and shrink back from this sacred call. It is to sharing the Gospel and its benefits to the world that we pledge our lives, resources, and energy.

View the original Communiqué document, here.


World Mission Sunday


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Archbishop Foley Beach shares the importance of mission and resources available for you and your church.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Happy New Year 2018! As we turn our calendars over to a new year, all sorts of opportunities, challenges and activities spread themselves out before us like the abundance of Christmas cookies most of us enjoyed recently (maybe a little too much)! We all have our seasonal holiday favorites, and we each pick and choose which ones are worth the calories. As Christians, however, our decisions about how to spend the 365 days of 2018 are not just driven by our personal preferences; they are driven by our Lord’s Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations!” (Matt. 28:19).

As a province, we have set aside a day early in our calendar year to highlight this great co-mission to reach our neighbors, both locally and globally, with the saving message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This year World Mission Sunday is February 4th, the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. Once again, the Anglican Church in North America and Anglican Global Mission Partners (AGMP) have teamed up to provide you with helpful resources to educate, empower, and equip your parishioners to engage in mission.

Visit the New Wineskins Missionary Network site at newwineskins.org/worldmissionsunday for a plethora of resources, from videos to show and discuss, to litanies to use for prayer, to mission courses to offer in your parish. As always, we encourage you to highlight mission projects and partners that your own congregation supports, and take up a special offering on their behalf.

Our theme “Mission On Our Doorstep” at last year’s Provincial Assembly inspired a renewed emphasis on reaching international students in the U.S. Over one million international students are studying on our college campuses. In Leviticus 19:34, we read:

“The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”

Every year we add a special video to our World Mission Sunday resources. This year Lisa Espineli Chinn challenges us to reach out to students: “The world is here, my friends. Is your door open?” Watch her talk:

Reaching International Students

Other inspiring videos to use are Gary Haugen’s “God’s Passion for the World” and “The State of the World: The Task Remaining” – all of which you can now find in one place for your convenience at: newwineskins.org/worldmissionsunday.

A listing of AGMP partners, who are available to speak, train, or preach, can also be found at newwineskins.org/partnerships or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you need assistance. Thank you for your partnership in proclaiming the Gospel in both word and deed, both locally and globally, and not just on February 4th, but everyday!

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


A Christmas Message from Archbishop Beach


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Listen to Archbishop Beach’s Christmas message about Jesus’ birth and the two words that have defined 2017.


“Filled with Christ’s Love”


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An update from the Anglican Relief and Development Fund on relief efforts in the aftermath of this fall’s three devastating hurricanes.

This fall was a brutal hurricane season for the United States! Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, then Irma, and finally Maria. Many are still struggling to put their lives together.

But thanks to ARDF donors, we were able to empower the local church with nearly $500,000 to reach out as the hands and feet of Jesus in their local communities. The following stories are not the sum of the efforts, but examples of how your generosity is transforming specific lives on the ground.

Hurricane Harvey

With your help, ARDF raised over $320,000 for relief efforts coordinated by the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast. Working through local churches across the diocese, nearly 100 families have been served to date. And the Diocese is still receiving – and funding – applications for assistance. For example, Father Dale Chrisman and his church, Trinity Anglican Church, are participating in work days to help affected families in Port Arthur, Texas, a poorer area hit hardest by the hurricane. They have collected everything from microwave ovens to socks as donations for Port Arthur families. Thousands of Port Arthur homes were totally or partially destroyed; only 24% of homeowners had flood insurance. Many relief efforts have focused on the Texas Gulf Coast or the Houston area. With your funds, materials were purchased to allow volunteers to rebuild the homes of sixteen families in Port Arthur working through the Austin Disaster Relief Network, a coalition of 180 Austin-area churches (of which Trinity Anglican is a member).

Hurricane Irma

Over $85,000 was collected and distributed through the Diocese of the Atlantic Gulf Coast. After Irma came storming up the state of Florida, a group of churches and other service agencies formed Irmarelief.faith. Since September, this coalition, which includes All Souls Anglican, has organized relief weekends, with participants from all over the Southeast! They estimate that over 2,500 people have been reached through these efforts. Some have received support care bags, some rebuilding assistance, and others food. All have received prayer!

“Seeing how grateful the people we helped was so humbling, and I could see Christ through each and every person we met. It truly opened my heart when a man I didn’t know prayed over [our] group when we knocked on his door. He was so thankful and filled with Christ’s love. It was such a beautiful moment.” – Elizabeth Holiday, student from The House, a campus ministry connected with The Mission Chattanooga through Deacon Jason Leonard.

Hurricane Maria

Over $68,000 was collected for Hurricane Maria relief. Working through three partners, ARDF brought needed relief to both Puerto Rico and the smaller island of Vieques. One partner, Water Mission, has now restored clean water to 37 communities! Furthermore, they have played a role in collaborative meetings between FEMA and other other organizations looking at sustainable solutions for water needs. They have also had the opportunity to share the benefits of solar installations. Pray that God would open more doors to this approach, so that the next time the island loses power, communities will not lose clean water!

We at ARDF are so grateful for the generous hearts of our donors, who know that when disaster hits, local churches are best positioned to reach out to the hurting. Should you wish to volunteer in person, you can sign up to help in Texas or Florida through our partners.

Thank you again for your faithfulness to God’s call. I wish you the Merriest of Christmases!

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.” – Proverbs 19:17

Christine Jones is the Director of Mobilization for the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. Find out more about ARDF at http://ardf.org. View the original story and see photos at http://ardf.org/relief-update-december-2017/.


Created Male and Female


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An Open Letter from Religious Leaders, December 15, 2017

Dear Friends:

As leaders of various communities of faith throughout the United States, many of us came together in the past to affirm our commitment to marriage as the union of one man and one woman and as the foundation of society. We reiterate that natural marriage continues to be invaluable to American society.

We come together to join our voices on a more fundamental precept of our shared existence, namely, that human beings are male or female and that the socio-cultural reality of gender cannot be separated from one’s sex as male or female.

We acknowledge and affirm that all human beings are created by God and thereby have an inherent dignity. We also believe that God created each person male or female; therefore, sexual difference is not an accident or a flaw—it is a gift from God that helps draw us closer to each other and to God. What God has created is good. “God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27).

A person’s discomfort with his or her sex, or the desire to be identified as the other sex, is a complicated reality that needs to be addressed with sensitivity and truth. Each person deserves to be heard and treated with respect; it is our responsibility to respond to their concerns with compassion, mercy and honesty. As religious leaders, we express our commitment to urge the members of our communities to also respond to those wrestling with this challenge with patience and love.

Children especially are harmed when they are told that they can “change” their sex or, further, given hormones that will affect their development and possibly render them infertile as adults. Parents deserve better guidance on these important decisions, and we urge our medical institutions to honor the basic medical principle of “first, do no harm.” Gender ideology harms individuals and societies by sowing confusion and self-doubt. The state itself has a compelling interest, therefore, in maintaining policies that uphold the scientific fact of human biology and supporting the social institutions and norms that surround it.

The movement today to enforce the false idea—that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa—is deeply troubling. It compels people to either go against reason—that is, to agree with something that is not true—or face ridicule, marginalization, and other forms of retaliation.

We desire the health and happiness of all men, women, and children. Therefore, we call for policies that uphold the truth of a person’s sexual identity as male or female, and the privacy and safety of all. We hope for renewed appreciation of the beauty of sexual difference in our culture and for authentic support of those who experience conflict with their God-given sexual identity.

Sincerely Yours:

Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera
Bishop of Scranton
Chairman
USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

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

The Rt. Rev. Eric V. Menees
Bishop of San Joaquin
Anglican Church in North America


Rev. Eugene F. Rivers, III
Founder and Director
Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies
Church of God in Christ

The Rev. John F. Bradosky
Bishop
North American Lutheran Church

Rev. Dr. Gregory P. Seltz, PhD
Executive Director
The Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty

Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Chairman
USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth

The Rev. Paull Spring
Bishop Emeritus
The North American Lutheran Church

Most Rev. James D. Conley
Bishop of Lincoln
Chairman
USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and
Defense of Marriage

Rev. Tony Suarez
Executive Vice President
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

The Rt. Rev. John A. M. Guernsey
Bishop, Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic
Anglican Church in North America

Very Rev. Nathanael Symeonides
Ecumenical Officer
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison
President
Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

The Rev. Dr. L. Roy Taylor
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church in America

Imam Faizal Khan
Founder and Leader
Islamic Society of the Washington Area

Andrew Walker
Director of Policy Studies
Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville
Chairman
USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty

The Rev. Dr. David Wendel
Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry and Ecumenism
The North American Lutheran Church

Melchisedek
Archbishop of Pittsburgh
Orthodox Church in America

Paul Winter
Elder
Bruderhof


Anglican Family Conference 2018


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Join Anglican Family for its annual conference January 17-19, 2018 at Trinity School for Ministry

What does the Bible have to say about raising children in the faith? How can the Church support families as units of discipleship and mission? How do families fit into God’s plan of redemption?

These questions and others will shape our conversations at the 2018 Anglican Family Conference which will take place January 17-19, 2018 at Trinity School for Ministry.

Presenters will include: Trevecca Okholm, author of Kingdom Family: Re-Envisioning God’s Plan for Marriage and Family; Dan Dupee, author of It’s Not Too Late: the Essential Part You Play in Shaping Your Teen’s Faith; Jonathan Warren, co-associate Rector at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh with his wife Tish, author of Liturgy of the Ordinary; and Leslie Thyberg, a member of the ACNA’s Committee on Catechesis and its working group, Anglican Family.  We are dedicated to the renewal of families for the flourishing of church and society through the resourcing of clergy, lay leaders, and parents in the work of faith formation.

For more information and to register for Anglican Family 2018, visit the Anglican Family website.


Volunteers Needed


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The Anglican Church in North America is looking for volunteers to serve with the Communications Team over the next few months. Do you have a heart to serve and fit one of these job descriptions?


Online Helpers Needed:
Do you enjoy helping people, and interacting online?  The Anglican Church in North America is looking for volunteers to provide support through live chat and by phone to congregations who are filling out their annual reports. Each year our congregations report their relevant numbers and statistics, and sometimes they get “stuck” with technical issues or questions and need a little help.

We are looking for a few people who are skilled and experienced in customer service to volunteer a few hours per week from January to March to run a live chat and be available to support our congregations. Preferably, the volunteer will have experience with Zoho Services, another customer-service ticketing system, or be willing to learn the system. Training is provided.  Volunteer must be personable, servant-hearted, and have a passion for the Anglican Church in North America. 

If you are interested in donating your time and skills to the Anglican Church in North America, please contact Rachel Thebeau, Communications Associate, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Stat Geeks Needed:
The Anglican Church in North America is looking for volunteers to help consolidate and analyze data from our annual congregational reports. As our congregations fulfill their yearly duty to report to the Province their relevant numbers and statistics, the data from each needs to be validated, consolidated, and analyzed for functional use. 

We are looking for someone who is detail oriented, and skilled in statistics and data analysis to volunteer a few hours per week from March to May. Volunteers must be proficient in Microsoft Excel. Volunteers must be servant-hearted, have a passion for the Anglican Church in North America, and be trustworthy in handling confidential information.

If you are interested in donating your time and skills to the Anglican Church in North America, please contact Rachel Thebeau, Communications Associate, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 


Director of Youth Ministry



GAFCON Chairman’s December 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,

On the 7th December, the first ordinations of the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) took place in London. AMiE was established by the overwhelming consensus of the Nairobi Conference in 2013 as a mission society in England to help our English brothers and sisters in the massive task of evangelisation.

It is very appropriate that this historic event has taken place in the Advent season.

The second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power and majesty is essential to the Christian hope. The last book of the Bible closes with the words of Jesus ‘Surely I am coming soon’ and our joyful response in the midst of our present sufferings and struggles is ‘Amen. Come Lord Jesus!’ (Revelation 2:20).

But at Christ’s return there will also be final judgement. Those of us in the ordained ministry of the Church have a special responsibility to be messengers of the good news of the gospel by which we are saved from that judgement.  To neglect that duty or to distort that message is therefore a very serious matter and brings the messengers themselves under the judgement of God. Where there is no repentance and those who are called to be shepherds of the flock continue to be unfaithful to the Good Shepherd, action must be taken.

Following his consecration as a missionary bishop for the UK and Europe earlier this year at the request of Gafcon UK, Bishop Andy Lines has now ordained nine men to serve in church plants which have already been established and to create new ones.

The purpose is to help re-evangelise a nation that was once one of the greatest centres of Christian mission the world has ever seen, but is now one of the most secular, and its strategy is to do this by planting new churches. Many faithful Anglicans remain within the Church of England, but there is a danger that their work will be compromised or made more difficult if the Bible is no longer upheld as the rule of faith. How can a Church be effective in mission when it has muddled the truth of the gospel? Mission and fidelity cannot be separated.

This was exactly the point made by Mrs. Lorna Ashworth, a member of the Archbishops Council (of Canterbury and York) and of the General Synod, when she resigned last month from both, saying that ‘as a corporate body we have become unable to articulate the saving message of Jesus Christ which fully encompasses the reality of sin, repentance and forgiveness – without this message we do not teach a true gospel and people do not get saved.’

This is the road down which the Episcopal Church of the United States (TEC) and the Anglican Church of Canada have led the way. Now that the spiritual crisis in the Anglican Communion is so clearly affecting the Mother Church herself, we need to be very clear on three core values of the Gafcon movement.

Firstly, the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration commits us to working within the Anglican Communion. AMiE is sponsored by Primates of the Anglican Communion and to emphasise this, Archbishop Ntagali of Uganda and myself both recorded video messages of support for the AMiE ordination service.

However, secondly, the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration clarified that the Anglican Communion is not determined simply by relationship with the Archbishop of Canterbury. We are confessing Anglicans and historic ties, however fruitful they have been in the past, cannot be allowed to compromise the truth of the gospel. Consistent with this principle, we recognise AMiE as fully part of the Anglican Communion.

Thirdly, AMiE demonstrates courage. By the grace of God we make the sacrifices that are necessary to proclaim Christ in season and out of season, even when that means leaving the comfort of established institutions as so many in the Anglican Church of North America have already demonstrated.

Advent is a time to remember that the purpose of the Church is to please and glorify God, not men. May God give all of us grace so that one day we will hear those wonderful words of the Lord Jesus ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’ (Matthew 25:23).

The Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh

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


A Statement from the Global South Primates Regarding the Anglican Church in North America


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Global South Primates discuss the events leading to their affirmation of the Anglican Church in North America

In 2015, the Global South Primates stated in their communique “We rejoiced to welcome the Anglican Church in North America as a partner province to the Global South, represented by its Archbishop, the Most Reverend Foley Beach.” This decision of the Global South Primates came after more than a decade of successive events, and gave the Anglican Church in North America seat, voice, and vote in Global South. In 2016 the Global South Primates elected the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, to the Steering Committee of Global South. We will hereby discuss the events that led to our affirmation of the Anglican Church in North America.

1. At the Primates Meeting of 2003, the Primates warned the Episcopal Church in USA about the consequences of the consecration of Gene Robinson.

“If his consecration proceeds, we recognise that we have reached a crucial and critical point in the life of the Anglican Communion and we have had to conclude that the future of the Communion itself will be put in jeopardy. In this case, the ministry of this one bishop will not be recognised by most of the Anglican world, and many provinces are likely to consider themselves to be out of Communion with the Episcopal Church (USA). This will tear the fabric of our Communion at its deepest level, and may lead to further division on this and further issues as provinces have to decide in consequence whether they can remain in communion with provinces that choose not to break communion with the Episcopal Church (USA).”

When the consecration of Gene Robinson as a bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire within the Episcopal Church in America took place, the Anglican Communion Network (ACN) was formed.

The ACN was officially formed in January 2004 at a conference in Plano, Texas attended by several hundred priests and lay leaders, including 12 Episcopal bishops. Retired Florida Bishop Stephen Hays Jecko was a leader. Its main intent was to provide a system to supply theologically conservative leadership and church oversight to Anglicans in the United States and Canada.

2. In 2005, the Windsor Report that was presented to the Primates stated in Section D 157 that:

“There remains a very real danger that we will not choose to walk together. Should the call to halt and find ways of continuing in our present communion not be heeded, then we shall have to begin to learn to walk apart.”

3. At the Primates Meeting in Tanzania in 2007, the Archbishop of Canterbury invited two Orthodox bishops from the Episcopal Church in USA (TEC), Bishop Bob Duncan of ACN and Bishop Bruce MacPherson of the Communion Partner Bishops within the Episcopal Church to speak. After listening to their concerns, the Primates wrote in their communique that:

“It is also clear that a significant number of bishops, clergy and lay people in The Episcopal Church are committed to the proposals of the Windsor Report and the standard of teaching presupposed in it (cf paragraph 11). These faithful people feel great pain at what they perceive to be the failure of The Episcopal Church to adopt the Windsor proposals in full. They desire to find a way to remain in faithful fellowship with the Anglican Communion. They believe that they should have the liberty to practice and live by that expression of Anglican faith which they believe to be true. We are deeply concerned that so great has been the estrangement between some of the faithful and The Episcopal Church that this has led to recrimination, hostility and even to disputes in the civil courts.”

4. In an attempt to solve the crisis within TEC, at the Primates Meeting in 2007 it was suggested that there be a formation of a Pastoral Council.

The Primates will establish a Pastoral Council to act on behalf of the Primates in consultation with The Episcopal Church. This Council shall consist of up to five members: two nominate d by the Primates, two by the Presiding Bishop, and a Primate of a Province of the Anglican Communion nominated by the Archbishop of Canterbury to chair the Council.

5. Unfortunately, the TEC Standing Committee rejected the recommendation of the Primates to form the Pastoral Council. As a result, several dioceses and many individual parishes in both Canada and the United States transferred their allegiances to Anglican provinces in South America and Africa.

6. The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) was founded in 2009 by former members of the Episcopal Church in the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada, many of whom were illegally deposed after disassociating themselves from the revisionist doctrinal and social teachings of The Episcopal Church.

7. In 2010, the Global South Primates meeting in Singapore welcomed the formation of the Anglican Church in North America as a faithful expression of Anglicanism.

“We were pleased to welcome two Communion Partner bishops from The Episcopal Church USA (TEC ) and acknowledge that with them there are many within TEC who do not accept their church’s innovations. We assure them of our loving and prayerful support. We are grateful that the recently formed Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is a faithful expression of Anglicanism. We welcomed them as partners in the Gospel and our hope is that all provinces will be in full communion with the clergy and people of the ACNA and the Communion Partners. GS 2010 Singapore.”

Due to this long and complex history of events and their consequences, many people do not understand how the faithful Anglicans who are currently in the Anglican Church in North America have struggled to keep the unity of the church, and at the same time remain faithful to the Anglican tradition. More than 650 priests and more than ten bishops who were originally ordained and consecrated within TEC were deposed. It became a necessity to form a body that keeps those faithful within the Anglican tradition, hence the Anglican Church in North America was formed, and welcomed as a valuable member of the Global South Anglicans.

8. It is worth mentioning that the orders of priests in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) have been recognised by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

The decision follows work by the Faith and Order Commission, in consultation with the Council for Christian Unity (CCU), on whether ACNA meets the criteria by which the C of E recognises the ministry of those whose orders are of Churches “within the historic episcopate and with whom the Church of England is not in communion”.

9. In light of recent events within the Anglican Communion, we unashamedly remain in full communion with our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Church in North America.



The Rt. Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of Egypt, Chairman

The Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, Archbishop of All Nigeria, Vice - Chairman

The Most Rev. Stanley Natagali, Archbishop of Uganda, Secretary General

The Most Rev. Moon Hing, Archbishop of S.E.Asia , treasurer

The Most Rev. Greg Venables, Archbishop of South America

The Most Rev. Ezekiel Kondo, Archbishop of Sudan

The Most Rev. Daniel Sarfo, Archbishop of CPWA

The Most Rev. Onesphore Rwaje, Archbishop of Rwanda

The Most Rev. Stephen Than Myint Oo, Archbishop of Mynmar

The Most Rev . Zacharie MASIMANGO KATANDA , Archbishop of Congo

The Most Rev. Paul Sarker, Archbishop of Bangladesh

The Most Rev. Daniel Deng, Archbishop of South Sudan


You can also view the statement on the Global South website


Calling Anglicans into Action for Life


Anglicans for Life will hold its third annual Summit: Mobilizing the Church for Life in Falls Church, Virginia on January 18, 2018 and its first ever Life Symposium: Equipping the Church for Life on January 26, 2018 in San Francisco, California.

Both events coincide, respectively, with the March for Life in Washington D.C. and Walk for Life in San Francisco. Join fellow Anglicans in the manifestation of Christ’s love for the unborn and his Gospel of Life.

Read more from Anglicans for Life President Georgette Forney below and find resources for each event at the bottom of the page.

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It is hard to believe we are in the last month of 2017! It has been quite a year with almost daily occurrences of violence and division featured in the news.  As our culture increasingly celebrates and embraces death, it feels, more than ever, like we are being besieged on every side.  I do not know about you, but I need more than encouraging sentiment.  I want to do something about all this, to see the Church fulfill its purpose as the voice of the voiceless, the unborn, the elderly, and the vulnerable.

The deepest desire of my heart is to see God’s people equipped and prepared for life ministry.  And Anglicans for Life will be holding not one but two events to help you and your church do just that!  We are excited to share that AFL will be hosting the 3rd annual Summit: Mobilizing the Church for Life on January 18th, 2018 in Falls Church, VA.  Additionally, with the Lord’s provision and support from the dioceses, we are also hosting our first West Coast event, Life Symposium: Equipping the Church for Life on January 26th, 2018 in San Francisco, CA. 

The vision of both events is the same.  As we have seen in Scripture, God instructs us to protect and value Life.  And I want to see Anglicans taking action in their churches and communities to fulfill this command!  To help with this, Summit 2018 and the Life Symposium will seek to motivate life-ministry and will feature keynote speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities to provide both inspiration and practical action ideas.  After both events, there will be an Anglican prayer service the following morning, after which we will join with hundreds of thousands of life-affirming people at the March for Life in DC or the Walk for Life in San Francisco. In addition to yourself, I would encourage you to invite a friend and to share this invitation with others, especially if God has put it on your heart to start a life-affirming ministry. As with any calling, God intends us to act in and rely on community for support and prayer. Seeking partnership within your congregation can create a unique and necessary dynamic for ministry!

As well as serving a God who loves Life, we are grateful to work with priests, pastors, lay people, and churches in the ACNA, whose very statutes affirm the sacredness of Life.  According to Title II, Canon 8, “God, and not man, is the creator of human life…. therefore, from conception to natural death all members and Clergy are called to protect and respect the sanctity of every human life.”

I am personally inviting you to come to our events, not because abortion and assisted suicide are important “hot-topic” issues and not to bemoan the state of our culture, but because my hope is that the words of this canon will be more than just a theological position.  I want people who come to these events to be filled with a passion for Life and have a sense of how God is calling them to act.  This year has been a year of violence and division but I pray 2018 will bring unity and partnership for the sake of the Gospel of Life. May these events prepare churches and individuals to protect, honor, and celebrate the gift of life given to us by our Creator and to mobilize the Anglican Church to action!

To learn more about our events and to register, please visit our website.  Additional information about each event is listed below.

In Christ,

Deacon Georgette Forney


Resources


Summit 2018

January 18-19, 2018: Held in Falls Church, VA, followed by the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Please visit our website for details about our speakers and registration information www.anglicansforlife.org/summit-2018.

Learn about one of the Summit’s featured speakers, Stephanie Gray, here.


Life Symposium
January 26-27, 2018: In conjunction with the Walk for Life in San Francisco, California. Additional information can be found on our website: www.anglicansforlife.org/symposium-2018.


Then Your Light Will Rise in the Darkness


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In this world of hostility, strife, and violence we ache for the coming of God’s kingdom, for His promised shalom.

Those who recently attended the second annual Matthew 25 Gathering caught hopeful glimpses of the irrepressible mission of God in the scores of ministries represented by North American Anglicans.

Christ is bringing about Shalom on the earth. Bryan, a participant in Matthew 25, baptizes his homeless friends in the City Hall fountain of his town. David, another Matthew 25 participant from Canada, whose homeless ministry is now homeless, has offered belonging and housing for the vulnerable Inuit of his large city. Vicky’s small parish fights for sanctity of life in a country that allows late term abortions. Jeff walks alongside at-risk youth through basketball, life-skills training, and gospel discipleship. Eva-Elizabeth shares life with special needs adults celebrating the small moments that make life beautiful. All these ministries are Anglican works of justice and mercy in North America.

For three days, one hundred other participants like these spent time swapping stories, praying together, listening to God’s call and heart, and tackling difficult issues that affect their gritty, challenging contexts. Our purpose was to connect with other practitioners on the ground, to grow as a learning community, and to be refreshed through retreat, silence, feasting, and prayer.

The following words tell the story of our time together: “Anglican Justice and Mercy Contending for Shalom.” We know that shalom is the way things are supposed to be, but instead we live in a sin-shattered world of pain and sorrow. We therefore proclaim and embody the good news of the kingdom among “the least of these,” where the mercies and justice of God shall reign. This is hard work. Because hardship and trials are abundant while progress and resources can be scarce, we must contend for it. Shalom costs something: the cross of Christ and our own, as we take it up and follow Him with defiant hope. Finally, we do so as Anglicans. We have an Anglican community of practitioners, who are heirs of a rich tradition of contemplative-activism, and sacramental spirituality.

Theologians, historians, canons, priests, and others led us to deeper reflection on these themes. Archbishop Beach offered vision for the ACNA’s core value for God’s heart for “the least of these” and blessed practitioners in freedom to continue their work knowing they have a place in our Anglican tribe.

We are contemplative activists, reflective practitioners, a people of the Book, who love sacramental living. We have given ourselves to the broken places of North America and face not only personal sin and heartache but also systems and institutions that oppress and damage. Our only hope is in Jesus, the one we encounter in the hungry, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned, the stranger. It is a good and beautiful thing to do so in the company of our Anglican family.

Andrea, a participant of Matthew 25, supports chaplains in prisons where the incarcerated can know true freedom in Christ and flourish despite circumstances. Through legal advocacy, Jason, also a participant in the Matthew 25 Gathering, serves hard-working immigrants finding a new home in a land of safety, plenty, and freedom. Alan’s parish is plowing fields in their suburban city for refugees to farm. On the stories go….may we keep telling, re-telling, and telling anew how Christ is bringing about Shalom on the earth.

by Christine Warner


Growing Together in Communion: A Visit to Rwanda


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This week Archbishop Beach traveled to Rwanda to preach, teach, share in worship and fellowship with the clergy of the province, and bring greetings from North America.

The Most Rev. Onesphore Rwaje, Archbishop and Primate of Rwanda, welcomed 500 priests and bishops from around his province for their annual clergy conference December 4-8, 2017.  The conference was hosted in the Dioceses of Shyogwe by The Rt. Rev. Jered Kalimba, who has been the bishop of the diocese for over 20 years.  Bishop Kalimba’s entrepreneurial leadership has brought about a variety of projects and initiatives, from youth ministries to water projects, which have built up the communities in his diocese.

The Rt. Rev. Alfred Olwa, the new bishop of the diocese of Lango in Uganda was invited as a special guest to give the plenary addresses on the conference theme, “Growing Together in Communion.” Archbishop Beach led the times of Bible teaching and preached at the opening Communion Service.

Taking I Corinthians 12:21-31 as his text, Archbishop Beach encouraged the gathering to honor each of its members, and for each to work in their unique gifting.  “As followers of Jesus we have all been baptized into the same body, Christ’s body.  As Paul tells us, ‘We are all individual members of him. We belong to Christ and to one another.’”

Bishop Olwa spoke powerfully of the central importance of the lordship of Jesus Christ for growth. Using the example of the tangerine tree he said, “If you grow in communion in Jesus Christ you will first grow tall.  As you mature and bearing fruit your branches will become heavy, bend down low, and be relevant for your people.”

The Anglican Church of Rwanda, which has eleven dioceses and an estimated 800,000 members, is somewhat unique in its reliance on lay catechists to spread the Gospel.  In many dioceses the parish priest overseas both a centrally located congregation, and a cohort of up to 50 lay catechists who lead outlying congregations.

The Anglican Church of Rwanda has played a special role in the founding of the Anglican Church in North America, providing spiritual leadership for some of our members before its founding, and then joining the rest of Gafcon in calling for the formation of the province.  Archbishop Beach expressed his appreciation for our brothers and sisters in Rwanda, “You stood by us in our time of need, we will always be grateful for you, and it is a joy to partner with you in ministry.” Archbishop Rwaje presented Archbishop Beach a hand-made wooden Ciborium symbolic of our provinces being in full communion with one another.

See pictures from the visit here on Facebook or below on Flickr.

Rwanda 2017


Anglican Congregation Asserts First Amendment Rights, Effects Change in City Policy


A David and Goliath story of how a small yet faithful congregation was denied access to a public park because of its intent to play Christian music but stood firm until city policy was changed, protecting religious freedom.

In May, Shepherd’s Heart Anglican Church in Fairfax, Virginia will hold a concert at Old Town Square Park as an outreach to the community. What may sound like a typical event in any American town is instead a remarkable story of a small church’s perseverance through an unexpected struggle for religious liberty.

Two years ago, church member Pat Broderick first had the idea to hold a gathering at a city park but was subsequently denied access by the park manager because the church wanted to play contemporary Christian music.

“It was just our way of giving back to the community and letting them know we were down the street if anybody wanted any help or anything like that,” said Broderick.

Shepherd’s Heart is a small yet faithful congregation of about 40-50 members started by the late Fr. Harold Hammond in 1990, but currently without a full-time rector.

In 2016, Shepherd’s Heart leaders and members were challenged to brainstorm about ways to reach out to the community. After watching the city tear down an old gas station and replace it with a beautiful park, Broderick got the idea, especially given the park is “right around the corner from the church.”

Upon “following the prompting of the Holy Spirit,” as she described it, Broderick submitted a request to the city to use the park. At first, she says, there was no problem. But when she answered their follow-up questions and the city learned they would play Christian music, the city told her they could not partner with a religious organization and associate church and state.

“I just got so depressed and so down-hearted,” said Broderick, describing her reaction to the denial. “[That feeling] never went away and a voice in my head said ‘persevere, persevere.’”

A great woman of prayer, Pat returned to the training she had received from Fr. Harold: sit still, be quiet, and listen. “I just prayed. I didn’t know what else to do.” Pat had waited for two months before being given the opportunity and deciding to act. That’s when she reached out to a new member at the church she knew to be an attorney.

“Pat pulled me aside one Sunday morning after the service to talk about the issue.  She knew I was an attorney and wanted to know my opinion.  I told her that I wasn’t an expert, and I’m not Virginia barred, so I couldn’t give her legal advice.  But, once upon a time, I did take first amendment in law school, and the whole situation smacked of content restriction,” described Charles Gorman, long-time Anglican, attorney, and member of Shepherd’s Heart.

The city’s policy did not expressly prohibit use of the park for religious activities or by religious groups. Instead, the city’s denial of the application was based on unchecked, arbitrary discretion – which is Constitutionally invalid.

Under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, religious expression and speech are protected in traditional public forums such as public parks like that of Old Town Square in Fairfax. City restrictions on such freedoms are heavily scrutinized and must not discriminate against a particular viewpoint. Further, in traditional public forums, state actors cannot censor people or groups based on the content of their speech, except when there is a compelling state purpose and the restriction is both necessary and the wording narrowly tailored to achieve that purpose. Accordingly, the Supreme Court has ruled in other similar cases that in circumstances like these in which the forum is available to others and the event is open to the public, there is no Establishment Clause conflict.1  Additionally, in order for the state to require permits (i.e. approval) as a prerequisite for individuals or groups to engage in protected speech, it must follow very strict and objective criteria in decision making. To base such permits on vague discretion by officials making the individual decisions may be considered a prior restraint on protected speech and a violation of the First Amendment.

Fairfax City’s denial of Shepherd’s Heart’s application “was classic prior restraint, which is exactly what the Founders wanted to prevent when they drafted the First Amendment,” explained Gorman. “We used the Freedom of Information Act to get access to the city’s park policies.  Even though they said it wasn’t allowed, there was nothing in writing to back it up.  It was completely arbitrary.”

Gorman, feeling convinced of the Constitutional violation, contacted the Center for Religious Expression in Memphis, Tennessee who took on the case pro-bono.

“The city cannot treat a Christian group differently just because it’s Christian. All that Shepherd’s Heart wanted to do was just like what other groups had done but with contemporary Christian music,” explained attorney Nate Kellum of the Center for Religious Expression who handled the case.

“I can’t say it enough: I have tremendous respect for Shepherd’s Heart and how they handled themselves,” Kellum applauded. “They never wanted a lawsuit, they just wanted to be a part of the community.”

Fr. Jerry Brown, a bi-vocational Associate Rector at Shepherd’s Heart, was at first unsettled about whether to pursue the case. “[The City’s policy was] wrong, but at the same time, is this something worth fighting?”

His tiny parish had little resources, and the city had plenty. On top of that, he was greatly concerned to not take the church away from its calling to worship God and send out the Gospel. At the same time, the efforts of the church to do so were being strangled illegally by the city.

Shepherd’s Heart turned to the Lord, seeking Him in prayer throughout the process. They sought Him for wisdom whether to pursue the case. They sought Him for guidance in working with the attorneys. They sought Him for their freedom and the ability to use the park.

“We prayed about it. I,” Fr. Jerry said, “had a peace about going forward. And everybody together said, ‘let’s go for it.’”

On October 26, 2017, Shepherd’s Heart Church and the City of Fairfax, Virginia signed a settlement agreement leading to significant changes in city policy with respect to church access to city parks. It is now expressly written in city policy that religious activities are permissible uses of the city’s parks.

“Fr. Jerry sent me an email the morning he was going to go to Federal Court to settle the case.  He outlined what they were agreeing to, and my jaw almost hit the floor. We got everything we wanted and then some,” Gorman exclaimed. Upon hearing of the settlement, Broderick shouted to the Lord. “Yes, Lord! …I was just so excited!” she recalls.

Attorney Nate Kellum admitted, “I am really, really pleased with the result.”

For those involved, this is an impactful result, but they also realize how impactful this case is beyond their city. Broderick, Gorman, and Brown all noted that Christians in our society tend to not know their rights and are confused by the language of the “separation of church and state” and the “establishment clause” so readily thrown at them by government entities. Broderick herself admits that she didn’t know her rights, but she knew the denial of her request to use the park because of the faith-based content of the music did not seem right.

Gorman said, “It was amazing to me the number of people I spoke with, when telling them about our case, who genuinely thought we were wrong. That we, as a church, shouldn’t be allowed in a public square.  But that’s not the law.”

According to the First Liberty Institute, a leading religious liberties litigation group out of Plano, Texas, the United States has seen a 133% increase in attacks on religious liberty in just five years.2  As renowned religious liberties attorney and CEO of First Liberty Institute, Kelly Shackleford, puts it, “Americans have entered a tipping point.” 3

Gorman explains, “there is so much misinformation and confusion about the law that many people give up before they even get started. If we don’t fight for our rights, no one else will.” And the law is – in fact - on our side. “Our country needs us! It needs you!”

According to Kellum, “this is a very important result…[it’s time] for churches, for Christians, to really be bold enough to be able to stand up for our beliefs and the ability to share our beliefs.”

To do that, we must be confident in our faith and confident in our rights, just like Shepherd’s Heart Anglican Church in Fairfax, Virginia.


1 See Good News Club v. Milford Central School, 533 U.S. 98 (2001); Widmar v. Vincent, 454 U.S. 263 (1981); Lamb’s Chapel v. Center Moriches Union Free School District, 508 U.S. 384 (1993).

2 First Liberty Institute, Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America (2017), https://firstliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/UNDENIABLE_ONLINE-1.pdf

3Shackleford, Kelly, A Time to Stand 2016, https://firstliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016_ATTS_3.625x8.75_WEB.pdf


Rachel Thebeau is the Communications Associate for the Anglican Church in North America. She is a licensed attorney and a Blackstone Legal Fellow with Alliance Defending Freedom, one of the nation’s leading religious liberties organizations.

 


Priest-in-Charge, Epiphany Anglican Fellowship, (Ligonier,  PA)



Life Matters


How Stephanie Gray changed the conversation and opened doors.

Stephanie will be one of the featured speakers at “Life Summit 2018: Mobilizing the Church for Life,” co-sponsored by Anglicans for Life and the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.

by the Rev. Georgette Forney

Stephanie Gray recently appeared on my Facebook newsfeed in a video that featured her speaking at Google headquarters. I decided to watch and was amazed. Like “TED” talks, Google Talks try to “feature the world’s most influential thinkers, creators, makers and doers all in one place.” As I watched her presentation, I was impressed with the clarity and depth of her message, and was equally amazed that she was speaking at Google. Her message was about how to stand for the sanctity of human life.

She focused on how to start conversations and engage people without offending those on the opposite side of the opinion spectrum. She used questions and answers to lead to productive dialogue in making the case for life. She did a phenomenal job of weaving stories together to create relatable and real analogies to the pro-life and pro-choice arguments.

At the end of each discussion point, she brought the conversation back to how the ultimate affirmative answer supports life. Stephanie explained that when starting conversations, whether in an environment that’s friendly or not, it is best to begin with open-ended questions such as “Who inspires you, and why?” She explained that while people she interviewed often gave very different answers to the first question on who inspires them, it was the second question of “why” that produced very similar responses. Stephanie found that people were usually inspired by those who had suffered some kind of great difficulty, trial, or challenge and had overcome it.

What did she find was so similar in their responses? How had they overcome their great challenges?

1. Putting others before themselves. Love is universally attractive and deep down we are all attracted to selflessness.

2. They have perspective. Sometimes suffering is unavoidable, but despair is avoidable if we give that suffering meaning.

3. They do the right thing, even when it is hard.

Stephanie concluded her Google Talk by challenging her audience to follow the example of those who inspire them
– to put others before themselves, gain some perspective on tough circumstances, and do the right thing, even when it is hard. Her challenge changed the conversation and opened the door to more conversation on why standing for life can make all the difference.

Stephanie was Executive Director for twelve years of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. She now serves on the faculty at Blackstone Legal Fellowship where she trains law students from around the world about conversing persuasively on sanctity of life issues. She is author of Love Unleashes Life: Abortion & the Art of Communicating Truth as well as A Physician’s Guide to Discussing Abortion. Stephanie holds
a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University
of British Columbia in Vancouver, and a Certification (with Distinction) in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Stephanie will be one of the featured speakers at “Life Summit 2018: Mobilizing the Church for Life,” co-sponsored by Anglicans for Life and the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. It will be held at Falls Church Anglican (Falls Church, VA) on January 18, 2018.

The Rev. Georgette Forney is President of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

To learn more or to register for Life Summit 2018, as well as the Life Symposium in San Francisco, CA, visit https://anglicansforlife.org/summit-2018.

Stephanie’s talk, “Abortion: From Controversy to Civility,” is available online here: https://youtu.be/DzzfSq2DEc4

 


The Lord Will Build His Church


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How A Louisiana Native Went Around the World and Back To Plant A Church

by Matthew Swab

With his affable personality and genuine nature, it is easy to imagine Fr. Jarrett Fontenot leading a congregation, both from the pulpit and through daily life. As a bi-vocational priest, he jokes that I am catching him during his “transition between identities.” Indeed, as our conversation concludes I can hear the background noise has shifted from the sound of children kissing Daddy goodbye to the buzz of a busy office.

Jarrett is the rector of Holy Cross Anglican in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a 50-person parish that meets for Sunday worship in a Cadillac dealership overlooking the interstate. The location is not ideal, but the parish has exciting plans for the future. Jarrett is also a call center manager for The National Center for Disaster Fraud at Louisiana State University (LSU). The Center was established after Hurricane Katrina and processes calls from across the country before routing them to the appropriate federal agencies. Our conversation is a week after Hurricane Harvey and just days before Irma is expected to hit Florida. He is busy, but does not hesitate to make time for me.

A Louisiana native, Jarrett came to faith as a teenager in a non-denominational Bible church. Throughout his college years at LSU, he engaged with various evangelical traditions as his faith grew and deepened. During that time, he met his wife, Elizabeth, through Campus Crusade. While finishing a Masters Degree in Public Administration and Non-profit Management, he felt a call to seminary. And so, at the age of 26, he and Elizabeth moved from Louisiana to Massachusetts to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

While in Massachusetts, Jarrett and Elizabeth attended an Anglican church in the midst of moving into what would become the Anglican Church in North America. The transparency, respect, and grace with which the leaders of the church handled the transition was eye-opening and inspiring for the Fontenots, deepening their affinity for Anglicanism.

Upon graduating from Gordon-Conwell, they made a daring move to pursue a three-year program with a hospital in the United Arab Emirates. Elizabeth used her
skills as a nurse while Jarrett employed his
talents in administration. During that time, they
helped to plant St. Timothy’s in Al Ain, a mission plant of St. Andrews in Abu Dhabi. Through that work, Jarrett realized his call to the pastorate. When their time with the hospital was cut short, they returned to Baton Rouge with a new calling in their hearts and a baby boy in their arms!

Jarrett was ordained to the priesthood in June 2013, but their church in Louisiana had closed in May 2013. He recalls thinking, “This is not the way you’re supposed to do this!” Eight months later, he received a phone call. An Episcopal priest asked for help moving his parish to the Anglican Church in North America. Though it was not what he had anticipated, Jarrett agreed and they began the hard work of re-planting the congregation as Holy Cross Anglican.

In December 2015, Jarrett took on the role of head rector
at Holy Cross and, even after almost two years, he humbly admits there is a constant sense of wondering, “How should we do this? Are we going about it the right way?” Having re-planted a congregation, there is a challenge to respect and honor the existing parish while also stepping forward into the future to establish a clear vision for the ministry.

Throughout our conversation, he refers to the “Kingdom perspective” that he strives to maintain. There are times when the needs of a family surpass what he or his parish can support. Rather than simply turn them away, though, he directs them to another ministry equipped to serve them. He does this
by intentionally connecting with healthy churches throughout the community. Every other week, he meets with pastors from another denomination to discuss both personal and parish needs. They keep one another accountable and, through their relationships, better serve the community of Baton Rouge.

That is why he is so excited about the
future of Holy Cross. They have been given an opportunity to move to a new, more accessible location that puts them in the middle of several diverse neighborhoods. As they consider the possibility of this new location, they are already talking to and listening to the people of the community to determine how they can best serve them.

With such changes on the horizon and with encouragement from his Bishop, Jarrett hopes to go full-time as rector in the near future. He realizes, however, that moving out of bi- vocational ministry will require planning, patience, and several years to prepare. The possibility of these changes presents wonderful and exciting potential for Holy Cross Anglican. While Jarrett knows it may be a long process, he has learned to be patient and wait on the Lord to build His Church.