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Call for a Week of Prayer and Fasting


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A letter from Archbishop Foley Beach.

Dearest People of God in the Anglican Church in North America:

I write you with a tremendous heaviness in my spirit and soul as I observe and participate in what is happening today in the United States of America. If ever there is a time for the people of God to fall on our faces before God and plead for his mercy and intervention, now is the time. As believers, we are given the privilege of coming to the Throne of Grace with our petitions and requests, and he promises to hear us (1 John 5:14,15).

Consider what we have experienced in recent days and weeks:

  • Another senseless killing by a police officer of an unarmed black man, George Floyd.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people participating in peaceful protests.
  • The unleashing of a spirit of lawlessness where rioting, violence, destruction of businesses and properties (mostly minority owned), unbridled theft, personal assaults on bystanders, store owners, the elderly, and police officers.
  • Covid-19 closing whole countries down, reportedly killing over 100,000 people in the U.S., over 7,000 in Canada, and over 10,000 in Mexico, and creating an economic calamity with tens of millions of people unemployed across North America.
  • Numerous businesses and churches have had to close down and many will not reopen.
  • Incredible generosity of strangers helping strangers in the midst of calamity.

Sisters and brothers, I am asking you to join me in spending the next week in prayer and fasting for North America (Wednesday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 10). For those who can fast the whole week, a day, or a meal, I ask you set aside time to intercede on behalf of your community, state, and nation.

Pray in the Holy Spirit and as the Holy Spirit leads you, and as you do, consider these petitions:

  • Show me my own sin; reveal to me the darkness of my own heart (Ps.139:24)
  • Reveal to me the repentance I need in my own life.
  • The ending of the lawlessness and violence.
  • Justice for those who have had their lives taken from them, especially George Floyd, and comfort for their families.
  • Comfort for the family and friends of the thousands of people who have lost their lives because of Covid-19.
  • Help for the millions who find themselves suddenly without a job.
  • Provision for all those business owners who have lost their business because of rioting, for those who have insurance and those who do not.
  • Strength for the health care workers, nurses, doctors, technicians in hospitals and medical facilities who continue to work fearlessly to save lives.
  • Wisdom for our government and civil leaders as they seek to keep us safe both from the virus and from the violence in our cities.
  • Food and provision for those who are hungry and in need.
  • Fresh anointing for the Church of Jesus Christ to faithfully proclaim the Gospel and reach people who are hurting, suffering, alone, and in need.
  • Specific acts of grace and mercy that You want me to carry out in this time.

If you would like some specific prayers to help you pray, consider these from the Book of Common Prayer 2019 on pages 657-661:

#39 – For our Nation

#40 – For All Sorts and Conditions of Men

#41 – For Cities, Towns, and other Communities

#42 – For the Human Family

#43 – For Social Justice

#44 – In Times of Social Conflict or Distress

#45 – For Those Who Serve Others

#46 – For Commerce and Industry

#47 – For the Unemployed

#48 – For Agriculture and Farming

#49 – For Schools, Colleges, and Universities

#50 – For the Medical Professions

#51 – For Those Who Inform Public Opinion

Jesus said: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Luke 11:9,10)

Your brother in Jesus Christ,
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The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America


Worship Director, Resurrection Anglican Church, Santa Fe, NM



A Letter Concerning the Death of George Floyd and So Many Others


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To the Clergy of the Anglican Church in North America,

I am writing to commend the letter below written by Bishops Jim Hobby, Todd Hunter, Stewart Ruch, and Steve Wood regarding the recent killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

I ask that you reach out to the minorities in your community and serve them as Christ Jesus would do.

In Christ,


The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate


A Letter Concerning the Death of George Floyd and So Many Others

George Floyd was made in the image of God and as such is a person of utmost value. This is not true because a few Anglican bishops issue a letter. This conviction arises from our reading of Scripture. The Psalmist said:

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:13-14)

The opening book of our Scriptures declares the value of all human life:

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27)

What happened to George is an affront to God because George’s status as an image bearer was not respected. He was treated in a way that denied his basic humanity. Our lament is real. But our lament is not limited to George and his family. We mourn alongside the wider Black community for whom this tragedy awakens memories of their own traumas and the larger history of systemic oppression that still plagues this country.

George’s death is not merely the most recent evidence that proves racism exists against Black people in this country. But it is a vivid manifestation of the ongoing devaluation of black life. At the root of all racism is a heretical anthropology that devalues the imago dei in us all.  The gospel reveals that all are equally created, sinful and equally in need of the saving work of Christ. The racism we lament is not just interpersonal. It exists in the implicit and explicit customs and attitudes that do disproportionate harm to ethnic minorities in our country. In other words, too often racial bias has been combined with political power to create inequalities that still need to be eradicated.

As bishops in the ACNA we commit ourselves to standing alongside those in the Black community as they contend for a just society, not as some attempt to transform America into the kingdom of God, but as a manifestation of neighborly love and bearing one another’s burdens and so fulfilling the law of Christ. We confess that too often ethnic minorities have felt that contending for biblical justice is a burden they bear alone.

In the end, our hope is not in our efforts, but in the shed blood of Jesus that reconciles God to humanity and humans to each other. Our hope is that our churches become places where our life together as disciples demonstrates the power of the gospel to bring together the nations of the earth (Rev 7:9). Such work cannot be carried out by one letter written in the time of crisis. We commit to educating ourselves and the churches under our charge within a biblical and theological frame to face the problems of our day. We likewise commit to partnering with likeminded churches in the work of justice and reconciliation.

The Feast of Pentecost is here in a couple of days. The power of the Spirit is loosed to convict of sin and deliver us from its power. We pray that in a country as diverse as these United States, the Church will be united in the essential truths of Christianity, including its concern for the most vulnerable. So…come Holy Spirit. Mediate to us and all the earth, we pray, the victory of Jesus over the principalities and powers that seek to rule and cause death and destruction in this time between the times. Come Holy Spirit.

Almighty God, on this day, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, you revealed the way of eternal life to every race and nation: Pour out this gift anew, that by the preaching of the Gospel your salvation may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Almighty God, you created us in your own image: Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and help us to use our freedom rightly in the establishment of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Sincerely in Christ,

Bishops Jim Hobby, Todd Hunter, Stewart Ruch and Steve Wood


Associate Rector of Family and Children’s Ministries, All Saints, Weatherford, TX



Director of Student Ministries, St. John’s Vancouver, Vancouver, BC



Rector, Kent, OH



Rector, Modesto, CA



Governance Task Force Second Update


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In response to the latest round of feedback from members of the Province, The Governance Task Force has refined the proposed Constitution and Canon changes for 2020.

The American Anglican Council, in service to the Anglican Church in North America, produced the following second video on the changes to the ACNA Constitution and Canons, to be voted upon this coming Provincial Council, 2020.

The period for this review is from May 15-29.  It will follow the same procedure as in Round 1:  all comments will go to The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), and he will direct them to the working groups responsible for each Title.

These working groups will respond directly to each inquiry and will submit any further changes to Canon Ashey so that the final Report to all delegates to Provincial Council can be published by the first week of June, God willing.

A PDF of the changes, 2nd draft, is attached. Many thanks to ALL of the Governance Task Force members, and especially to the Rev. Dr. Travis Boline who carefully pulled together the track changes and edited for grammar.

Note: This is the second video from the Governance Task Force, and focuses only on the updates. The first video, shared in March, provides an overview and greater context.  It can be found at the link below, and should also be reviewed by all delegates.

 


Associate Pastor of Youth Family Ministries and Sunday Morning Coordination, Nags Head, NC



Rector, Fort Collins, Colorado



Introduction to Anglican Canon Law Course Offered by Trinity School for Ministry June 8-9, 2020


Trinity School for Ministry is offering Introduction to Anglican Canon Law with the Rev. Canon Phil Ashey via online format June 8-9, 2020. Registration closes May 22.

What are the biblical, theological, historical and juridical principles that have shaped, and continue to shape, the way Anglicans in North America govern themselves at every level of the Church?  This seminar will offer a critical appraisal of the constitution and canons of the Anglican Church in North America, its dioceses and congregations in light of these principles—principles that also shape the governance of the Churches in the Anglican Communion.  This information will be helpful for those who practice or are involved in the administration of church law as well as for those interested in pursuing studies in canon law.

Click here for details.

Registration closes May 22nd.


Pastor, Ontario Canada



Director of Music & Communications, Incarnation Church, Williamsburg, VA



Director of Music, Incarnation Church, Williamsburg, VA



Canon for Church Planting, Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, Woodbridge, VA



2020 Anglican Way Institute Conference


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Update: Rescheduled for 2021 - Join the Anglican Way Institute as it hosts Dr. Peter Kreeft in an exploration of the Apologetics of C.S. Lewis, July 9-11 in Dallas, Texas.

What was it that made C.S. Lewis so effective in his ability to defend Christ and the Christian Faith?

The great 16th century German Reformer, Martin Luther, once said of the Holy Scriptures, “They need not be defended; they are like a roaring lion, simply turn them loose.” It would take a few hundred years far away from Wittenberg, Germany, in a place called, Oxford University in England, before a brilliant scholar named C.S. Lewis “turned loose the lion.” Only, Lewis was not just defending the Holy Scriptures. He offered arguments for Christianity. He also fended off a full-scale explosion of secularism that began in English Universities during the first quarter of the 20th century.

C.S. Lewis was, perhaps, the most effective Christian apologist since the Early Church. At the beginning of Christianity, there were those specially called to defend the Christian Faith. Men such as Justin Martyr, Tertullian, St. Augustine and others all had to craft arguments against many antagonists who arose to oppose the spread of Christianity.

Now we find ourselves in a period called Post-Christendom where God once again has begun to raise up Christian apologists, with Lewis at the forefront.

C.S. Lewis didn’t simply answer the 20th century critics of Christ, he offered what became his most famous work on Christian apologetics, Mere Christianity. Originally this work arose from a series of talks during WWII on the British radio network, the BBC. What these lectures did was to present a “case for Christianity.”

In presenting the positive arguments for Christ and Christianity, C.S. Lewis called upon methods ancient, modern and post-modern. In short, he effectively wielded Aristotelian logic, a masterful use of comparative religion, and the authorial skills of innovative fantasy literature for children young and old. In a sense, there’s been none exactly like him before or since.

For all of these reasons this year’s Anglican Way Institute is so important. We’ve entered another age where once again the Church desperately needs Christian apologists. Not just the kind that can tell you what’s wrong with modernity and post modernity. What we need are those who can do what Lewis did: present a positive case for Christianity showing why Jesus Christ is, “The Way, the Truth and the Life.”

C.S. Lewis offers a model of Christian Apologetics old and new for us to consider. In this year’s AWI, we will be drilling into his method that it might be replicated. To guide us is another remarkable 20-21st century Christian apologist, Dr. Peter Kreeft. Dr. Kreeft is the author of over 95 books including several on apologetics and C.S. Lewis. Dr. Kreeft will guide us through Lewis’s apologetical approach through his masterworks: Mere Christianity; The Problem of Pain; The Great Divorce; and the Screwtape Letters. Next to C.S. Lewis, he has been and is one of Christianity’s best Defenders of the Faith! Please make it a priority to come to the Anglican Way Institute this year July 9-11 in Dallas, Texas!!

To register, visit https://www.holycommuniondallas.org/anglicanway.html

The Most Rev. Dr. Ray R. Sutton is the Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church (ACNA) and Bishop of the Diocese of Mid-America (REC).


Navigating the Financial Realities of Covid-19


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Churches respond to a survey about the Paycheck Protection loan program, sharing how they approached the opportunity and what they learned.

Last week, the Anglican Church in North America Communications Team received an inquiry from a reporter about the use of the United States’ Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)1 by congregations within the province. The inquiry sparked our own interest. As a result, we offered an optional survey to our congregations, the general results of which follow.2

Out of approximately 1,000 congregations, 85 responded to the survey within 5 days. Keep in mind, the Anglican Church in North America has congregations beyond the United States.

Of the 85 who responded, 49 did not apply for a PPP loan (57.6%) while 36 did apply for a loan (42.4%).

Of the 36 who applied, 23 were approved (63.9%), 12 applications are still being processed (33.3%), and 1 was denied (2.8%). Two of the congregations approved for a loan decided to not accept the funds.

The primary reason amongst those congregations that decided not to apply for funding was that they were not in financial need; 25 congregations reported this single reason for not applying. Sixteen other congregations listed this as one of the factors in their decision, but also listed other reasons, primarily various concerns regarding entanglement with and receiving money from the government.

Recommended over and over by those who did apply is to work with a small local bank rather than a national bank, even if you are more regularly a client of a larger bank.

In addition to the congregations, 3 dioceses and 2 ministry partners responded to the survey, all of whom applied for a PPP loan. Four of these applications have been approved and 1 is still being processed.

For more information regarding the Paycheck Protection Program or other COVID-19 crisis resources, visit Anglican Compass and American Anglican Council.



1. The Paycheck Protection Program is a United States government stimulus program offered to small businesses and non-profit organizations to help them survive the shutdown during the COVID-19 crisis. It offers loans to cover primarily payroll expenses, but also rent and utilities. The loan may be forgiven by the government if certain conditions are met.  (Back)

2. The province does not take a stance on whether churches should or should not apply for a PPP loan. These are objective statistics based on the responses of individual entities.  (Back)


Director of Children’s Ministry, St. Michael’s, Charleston, SC



Associate Rector / Pastor, Holy Trinity Church Silicon Valley, Mountain View, CA



ARDF Announces New Executive Director


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As Executive Director Bill Deiss prepares to retire in June, the Anglican Relief and Development Fund introduces the Rev. Dr. Jake Stum as his successor. Read the letter from the ARDF Chairman here.

Dear friends of ARDF,

With great thanks to God and much excitement, I am delighted to announce the next Executive Director for the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF)! We are pleased that the Rev. Dr. Jake Stum has been called by God to take on this responsibility and opportunity especially in a time such as this. We are confident that he will expand on the excellent leadership of Canon Bill Deiss who is retiring at the end of June.

Bill writes, “Jake has the experience and skills to grow ARDF now and in the future, and the passion to handle this job along with the strong faith in a caring and loving God. I’m very pleased to see him accept this challenge!”

Jake has worked for years with domestic and international non-profit organizations, particularly in Cambodia and Ethiopia, specializing in both community and resource development. He brings to the position a wealth of experience and a proven track record in project management, team building, fundraising, strategic planning, business development, and leadership (bolstered by a PhD in organizational leadership from Regent University, VA). With his wife, Merica, Jake also owned and operated a full service screen printing and apparel development company.

Jake is passionate about assisting the church through the powerful tools of relief and community development and in developing sustainable initiatives. Domestically, he most recently served as the Director of Strategy and Development for City Fields, a community development corporation in Cleveland, TN. Jake is also a priest in the Anglican Diocese of the South where he has served as lead pastor for a church plant that has grown exponentially and will surely continue to flourish.

Jake and Merica have three teenage boys who are very excited about their father’s new opportunity. For his part, Jake says, “I am honored and thrilled to lead ARDF into the future. I am thankful that Canon Deiss and his team have developed a robust foundation from which to build. The world is in desperate need of hope, and I am excited to work together with all of ARDF’s partners to bring the hope of the Gospel to our world by meeting needs in creative and tangible ways.”

Archbishop Foley Beach has been (and remains) Jake’s Bishop. Archbishop Foley serves as the President of ARDF and says, “Jake Stum is just the right person at this time to fill the big shoes of Bill Deiss. Jake’s experience, energy, compassion for the least and the lost, and his track record in Gospel ministry will bring a new level of spiritual leadership to ARDF. The Lord has blessed ARDF!!”

It is a crucial time to fill this role leading the relief and development efforts of the Anglican Church at home and around the world, especially in these days of Covid-19. So we are grateful to God for providing such a strong, passionate, proven leader that has led a life of serving those in most need around the world and leading ministries that do the same.

The majority of the world has yet to see the full impact of the coronavirus, and ARDF is pleased to be partnering with Anglican churches around the world to provide relief and support. While its impact is dramatic in the United States, COVID-19 is devastating in places overseas where the Anglican Church is very present.

Please consider donating to our “International COVID-19 Relief Fund.” You might also consider supporting the operations of ARDF-US in this time of transition, to ensure that Jake has all the resources he needs to keep this crucial ministry moving forward strongly for the sake of the poor and for the sake of Christ in such a time as this.

You’ll be hearing more from Jake soon, and in the meantime, thank God with us! Thank you for prayers through this process. They were heard and abundantly answered.

Your servant in Christ,
Rev. Bill Haley
Chairman, ARDF-US

To learn more about the Anglican Relief and Development Fund, visit https://ardf.org/.


Gafcon Chairman’s April 2020 Letter


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A letter from Archbishop Foley Beach to the members of Gafcon.

Beloved in Christ Jesus: Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Times of crisis such as we are now living through are revealing. They force us to focus on what is really important to us and it has been so encouraging to see Gafcon churches around the world quickly adapting to new ways of being the church and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ using the tools the internet gives us.

Our churches are also making it a priority to care for the most vulnerable. Here in North America, our Matthew 25 Initiative network is serving some of the most poor and under-resourced people in North America from some 100 centers, while globally, the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (see https://ardf.org/apply-for-covid19-funds) is seeking to provide on the ground relief. Our General Secretary, Archbishop Ben Kwashi, is serving on Barnabas Fund’s Africa Coronavirus Relief Committee to channel relief to the most vulnerable and enable the Churches to continue their ministries. 

Please be aware that the people and churches of Africa are suffering not only from the impact of the coronavirus economic lockdown, but in East Africa also from recurrent and massive locust plagues which are devastating crops.  And in addition to the pandemic, Christians in northern Nigeria are suffering intensified and barbaric attacks from Fulani Jihadist tribesmen who are deliberately targeting women and children. All of this is a matter of much prayer, and I call on our intercessors to join us in beseeching our Lord to provide for His people in the midst of their needs.

While for many, lockdown has slowed the pace of life, the paradox of this pandemic is that there is actually a speeding up of social change; for example, the rapid embrace of new communications technology and the turn from globalisation.  Who would have thought two months ago that most of our churches would be using technology to gather people for worship, Bible studies, and prayer meetings??!! Online attendance in most cases has been larger than regular attendance.

My brother Gafcon Primate, Archbishop Henry Ndukuba, has encouraged Nigerians to turn wholeheartedly to Christ in this time of crisis, saying,

‘The worst death is one that is done in sin; death in iniquity. I believe that God is giving us the opportunity to repent as individuals and as families, as a people and as a nation; to turn away from our wickedness and sins and turn to the living God, who can give us hope and life, especially in times like this when no one knows what comes next and anybody can die.’

My brother Gafcon Primate, Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, encouraged Kenyans to remember their faith at this time, saying,

Faith is tested when we are in time of crisis. As believers, when you are sinking, the best question to ask yourself is “where is your faith?” This COVID-19 pandemic has tested our faith uniquely. The world is in a major crisis never witnessed before. This pandemic reminds us that ultimately the world is not our home. Ultimately, we are not in charge, but we can boldly and gladly say that God is.

Death is an all too present reality as this pandemic reminds us.  Jesus came into the world that human beings might have life, and have life to the fullest (John 10:10).  He said that he was the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father except through him (John 14:6).  He went further saying that he was the resurrection and the life and whoever believes in him, although they die, they shall live (John 11:25).  For those of us who have put our faith and belief in Jesus, and been born anew by the Holy Spirit, we do not have to fear and we do not have to be anxious about what tomorrow will bring.  As the Apostle Paul wrote so powerfully:

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!! (Romans 8:38,39).

As you read this letter, I invite you to bow the knee of your heart (or actually get on your knees) and repent of your ungodly ways; that is, change your mind about living for yourself and begin anew to follow in God’s ways. I invite you to take “self” off the throne of your life and allow Jesus his rightful place – as your Lord of lords and King of kings.  Remember, like Jesus said to the Church in Laodicea, he says to you and me:

Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, he with me. (Revelation 3:20).  Whatever your situation in this time of crisis, I invite you to turn your heart toward our loving and faithful God.

Your brother in the hope and faith of Christ,
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The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America
Chairman, Gafcon Primates Council


Nominations for Executive Committee Now Open


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The Nominations Committee has opened the process for accepting candidates to run for election to the Executive Committee.

Eastertide Greetings in the Name of our Risen Lord!

Nominations are now being accepted for election to the Executive Committee of the Anglican Church in North America.  The election will take place during the Provincial Council meeting to be held online June 23, 2020, details forthcoming.

The Executive Committee serves as the Board of Directors for the Anglican Church in North America.  Members serve three-year staggered terms and cannot serve more than two terms consecutively. The organization and responsibilities of the Executive Committee are further outlined in Title 1, Canon 1, Section 4 of the Anglican Church in North America canons. Clergy nominees to the Executive Committee can be of any order: bishop, priest, or deacon.

In order to be eligible for election to the Executive Committee, a nominee must be a current member of the Anglican Church in North America’s Provincial Council. Each member must be able to self-fund travel for at least two face-to-face meetings of the Executive Committee (annually) and be available for monthly conference calls and other calls as needed. 

Here is the current list of Provincial Council Delegates for 2020.

If there is someone from the list whom you would like to nominate, but you do not know how to get in contact with them, you may contact Pam Norris (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for assistance.

ALL Nominees for the Executive Committee should send a brief biography and photo to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by May 15, 2020.  Each biography, including a photo of the nominee, and the name of their diocese, should be sent as one fully formatted PDF file.  Before submitting a nomination, please contact the nominee and solicit his or her permission in writing.  Include a statement of permission at the bottom of the biography page. 

Nominee profiles that are received by May 15, 2020 will be made available to the Council before the June 23rd meeting of Council.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Rev. Canon Filmore Strunk, Chairman of the Nomination Committee
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704-564-9912

Mr. Gus Haddad
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915-241-5010

The Rev. Canon Jonathan Millard
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412-621-4361

Mr. Jeff Walton
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202-413-5639


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-May 2020 – mid-May 2021.

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.


The William and Linda Roemer Endowed African-American Student Scholarship Now Available at Trinity


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Longtime friends of Trinity School for Ministry (Trinity), Bill and Linda Roemer, have generously made a major gift to create The William and Linda Roemer Endowed African-American Student Scholarship.

The scholarship will provide financial aid for a full-time, residential, African-American student demonstrating the highest level of promise at Trinity. Mr. Roemer is a Trinity Trustee Emeritus, having served on the Board of Trustees from 1995-2014.

According to the 2019 enrollment data tables published by The Association of Theological Schools’ (ATS) (http://www.ats.edu), black theological students make up 12 percent of enrollment in ATS member schools. Additionally, black students make up 32 percent of the racial/ethnic population that comprises approximately 44 percent of total, race-reported enrollment in ATS member schools. Fifty-four percent of those black students are male, forty-six percent female. The number of black students enrolled in ATS member schools has been increasing at a steady rate over a number of years.

“Trinity is a seminary of distinction in so many ways, and Linda and I are blessed to make a contribution that will distinguish the school in yet another way,” said Mr. Roemer. “As the number of African Americans enrolling in theological schools grows, Trinity must have the resources to attract the very best and most qualified students. We pray that our gift will advance Trinity’s standing among seminaries of choice for promising African-American students passionate about planting, growing, and renewing churches.”

“We are very excited about this scholarship which will help us pursue the formation of outstanding leaders, particularly among African-American individuals. It will open doors for new opportunities in ministry and mission,” offered the Very Rev. Dr. Henry L. Thompson III, dean and president of Trinity.

Bill is a retired bank executive who has served in many capacities as a church and diocesan lay leader. He was actively involved in the formation of the Anglican Church in North America, serving as its first treasurer and as a member of the Executive Committee.

Bill and his wife, Linda, live in Sewickley, PA, and are members of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. He and Linda have been married for almost 64 years and have four children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Trinity School for Ministry is an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition. Begun in 1976, the seminary has trained more than 1,300 graduates and many others who serve in ministries all over the world. As a global center for Christian formation, Trinity continues to produce outstanding leaders who can plant, renew, and grow churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.


Rector, Grace by the Sea Anglican Church, Oak Harbor, Washington



Grace Mission Church, Tallahassee, Florida



Matthew 25, ARDF Join Efforts for COVID-19 Relief


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To help combat the crisis and its effects on those most vulnerable, the Matthew 25 Initiative and the Anglican Relief and Development Fund are teaming up to minister to those in need both at home and abroad.

In the midst of the global pandemic, many are hurting. Whether it is the health threat, the economic effects, or the consequences of social isolation, most of the world has now been impacted by COVID-19. Still, some will feel the impact more than others and those in dire circumstances before the pandemic find themselves in even tougher situations now. To help combat the crisis and its effects on those most vulnerable, the Matthew 25 Initiative and the Anglican Relief and Development Fund are teaming up to minister to those in need both at home and abroad.

The Matthew 25 Initiative is a vibrant network of Anglican ministries and leaders that serve some of the most poor and under-resourced people in North America. There are about 100 of these outreach efforts in the US and Canada connected to our dioceses or congregations. These ministries support shelters, food banks, diaper pantries, and counseling centers. Not everyone can quarantine. The homeless have no homes to go to, but our ministries are continuing to serve them while taking extra precautions to lessen the threat of infection. (Read more here.)

Globally, the Anglican Relief and Development Fund aims to strengthen communities in times of crisis by empowering the local church. Working with orthodox Anglican churches around the world, ARDF empowers leaders within their own context to provide help on the ground. In this time of crisis, ARDF is working with our trusted friends around the world, to share the provision and love of Jesus during this time of anxiety and fear for so many, especially those who do not (yet) know the saving power of Jesus. (Read more here.)

Together with these ministries, we in the Anglican Church in North America can offer light in this present darkness, hope in the midst of fear, and peace during the panic both domestically and internationally.

In the midst of these challenging times, if you are able, please consider how you might make a difference and give to these efforts both at home (Matthew 25) and abroad (ARDF).

Click on the logo below to give:

Matthew25

(Domestic)

ARDF

(International)

If you are in need, please visit acna.org/map to find an Anglican congregation near you.


Rector, Grace Church, Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh, PA



Senior Pastor, Church of the Apostles, Raleigh, NC



Watch Archbishop Beach’s Easter message


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Because Jesus is risen from the dead, those who have faith in Him have the forgiveness of their sins.

Because Jesus is risen from the dead, those who have faith in him have eternal life.

Because Jesus is risen from the dead, we can know that He is with us – even now.


An Historic Holy Week and Easter


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A letter from Archbishop Foley Beach

Dear Friends,

I am writing this letter in the middle of Holy Week. I know that we are all heartsick over the pandemic that has come upon the world. None of us is unaffected.  This week, our faith points us to the reality and fact of our Lord’s suffering. His painful path to Calvary was a path of agony. Of all the things we know about the last week of His life, we know one thing: Jesus knows human pain; He knows suffering.

As we see in our world today, there is an immense amount of human suffering. When we look at the surging death tolls in the US, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and around the world, we see it. We want to look away and ignore it, but we cannot. We are seeing human suffering and economic challenges on a level that few alive today have previously witnessed.

However, the story of Holy Week is that God has witnessed it before. He was in it. He knows suffering. He knows pain. He knows the sorrows of the human heart.

This is the truth of the Gospel story of Christ’s death; a death we observe and honor this week. Somehow, knowing that Christ suffered eases the suffering of everyone who knows Him. I hope the knowledge of Christ’s journey to the Cross will draw you to faith and repentance, touching and healing your own soul, too.

A First

This Easter, Sunday, April 12th, something truly amazing will take place. For the first time in the history of the world, the Resurrection message of hope and eternal life can reach more people than ever before. Think about it.

Our churches will not physically meet together to celebrate Easter, but they will be very active! The Good News will be broadcast on TV and radio, streamed, Facebooked, Zoomed, video linked, and electronically spread to more people in more nations and more communities than ever before! 

I am proud of the clergy and the leaders in our Anglican churches. They are determined to get the Good News of Jesus Christ “out there.” Even in these days (actually, because of these days), the message will get out further and wider than ever. It will be communicated in living rooms, family rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens to whoever has a laptop, tablet, cellphone, or desktop computer.

This means that we have a chance this Holy Week and Easter to literally reach the world with the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ! Let us pray that God will use this time to reach millions with His message.

People we could never reach at any other time will hear a message of hope in Christ. They will hear that suffering will not have the final say in our lives. They will hear that death has been vanquished, totally defeated. Jesus is alive! There is an end to suffering, and in the end, joy breaks through. Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:57).

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

PS: Many of our people and congregations are experiencing significant financial challenges in these days. This Easter, please consider making a generous contribution to your local Anglican church!

 


Reaching Out While Staying In: Epiphany Mask-Makers


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How can a church reach-out when its members (and everyone else) are under a state order to stay inside their individual houses? A group of members at Church of the Epiphany in Chantilly, Virginia, is finding out. 

They are virtually banding together to make protective facemasks for people whose work during the COVID-19 Pandemic means they must continue to be in public in some way. 

imageKrystal Apelquist, who is leading the effort for Epiphany, said she got the idea from a fabric store advertisement.  “I started asking others from our church if they would be interested in working with me on this effort.”  After that, Apelquist found a series of videos on YouTube outlining how to make masks specifically for helping prevent the spread of CoVID19.  “The instructions and specifications really gave us more confidence that these masks would be better quality and useful to those who received them,” she added.  While the masks are helpful, they don’t make social distancing and other precautions unnecessary.  Instead they provide some basic protection for those who otherwise might be without in this time when there are shortages in protective equipment.

Initially, the group that Apelquist has gathered made facemasks for staff members at Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM), an Epiphany outreach partner that provides food, counseling and other services to those in need in the northern Virginia area.  They are also making masks for church staff, and those involved in weekly livestreaming of Epiphany’s worship. 

“We are now proceeding to make masks for donation to various service organizations and health care workers.  These masks are washable and some in the medical community prefer to wear them along with the surgical masks they are provided at work,” added Apelquist.

According to Apelquist, making the masks requires basic sewing skills, and, of course, the necessary material.  It takes about an hour to cut and sew each mask from start to finish.

“I am grateful to Krystal and everyone else here at Epiphany who is working with her,” said the Rev. Peter Frank, Epiphany’s rector, “Offering help in Christ’s name to our neighbors is part of our purpose as a church, and this project is a creative way to do that during this challenging time.”

Top Photo: Krystal Apelquist of Church of the Epiphany in Chantily, VA, cuts fabric as she makes masks to donate to service organizations and health care workers.


COVID-19: Resource Page


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Looking for helpful and relevant resources during this crisis? 

Below are the online resource centers of Anglican Church in North America Ministry Partners and Marquee Initiatives.



General Resources

American Anglican Council: https://americananglican.org/
Anglican Compass: https://anglicancompass.com/


Resources for those Ministering to the Under-resourced

Matthew 25 Initiative: https://www.anglicanjusticeandmercy.org/covid19


Resources for Church Planters

Always Forward: https://www.always-forward.com/covid19/


Resources for Missionaries

New Wineskins: https://newwineskins.org/blog


Join Archbishop Beach Live on Social Media


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During Holy Week, Archbishop Beach will be sharing a word from the Scriptures live each day at 10am (est).

You can tune in on Facebook or Instagram.


Director of Music Ministry, The River Church, Blacksburg, VA



Day of Prayer and Fasting


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On Good Friday, members of The Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) will share prayer resources and fast.

A Call for a Day of Prayer and Fasting - Good Friday, April 10, 2020

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11.28)

The whole world is in the throes of a coronavirus pandemic that is spreading death, illness, economic turmoil, unemployment, isolation, panic, and fear. In such desperate times, the people of God should humble themselves and pray to their almighty God for his grace, mercy, and love to heal us, restore us, and relieve us from this crushing burden of disease.

In response to the ravages of this historic plague, this call for prayer and fasting is an historic, ecumenical event because the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) and the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) have united for the first time to pray for God’s mercy and healing. 

The Call: For all believers in Christ in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) to set aside Good Friday, April 10, as a day of prayer and fasting to cry out for God’s help in addition to a Holy Day of worship.

The goal is for all 550,000 members of these three churches to have the opportunity to participate. Other denominations are aware of the planning for this event and have asked to be invited. 
This notice includes the following attached resources: 1) A Guide to Prayer and Fasting by The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, 2) A Guide to Prayer and Fasting by Dr. Richard Pratt, President of Third Millennium Ministries, and 3) A Suggested Prayer List

They are sent to you ten days in advance of this event to give you time to review and consider their use in your church.  Please be encouraged to use these or other materials that would be helpful to your congregation.

Archbishop Beach said, “Good Friday is one of the two days of prayer and fasting that all Anglicans are commended to observe.  This Good Friday, April 10, is an especially appropriate time for everyone in the Anglican Church in North America to join with our Presbyterian brothers and sisters in Christ in this historic call to prayer and fasting.  The Solemn Collects from our own Liturgy for Good Friday (BCP 2019 pgs. 566-571) are a helpful guide for prayer on this day.”

On Friday, the American Anglican Council will publish additional resources for this historic day of Prayer and Fasting.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chron. 7:14 (KJV)

Please publicize this event and distribute these resources to your membership via the means you deem most effective in the coming ten days?  It would be wonderful if the membership of the PCA, EPC and ACNA were all united in prayer to God on Good Friday!

—-From the ecumenical committee for the Call to a Day of Prayer and Fasting, Good Friday 2020: Roy Taylor, Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church in America; Jeff Jeremiah, Stated Clerk, Evangelical Presbyterian Church; Rev. Canon Phil Ashey, American Anglican Council and Anglican Church in North America; Dr. Richard Pratt and Hon. Ashley Royal, Third Millennium Ministries.

 


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A collection of YouTube music links for use with parish video worship services during the national pandemic, an updated collection of tested and singable Service Music along with audio samples, and the new Altar Book.

“Some good news in the midst of our distress!” 

Learn more from Mark Williams, the Chair of the Music Task Force.

We have had the joy of posting the newly wrought Anglican Church in North America Altar Book on the music resources website.  As of this communication, several new items are now available on the Anglican Church in North America Music Task Force website (acnamusic.org).  These include:

● The new Altar Book (found under the Altar Book tab)

● A full listing of the six new members of the Music Task Force with their interesting bios and photos on the acnamusic.org home page.

● A collection of YouTube music links for use with parish video worship services during the national pandemic.  Found under the Hymns & Spiritual Songs tab are a collection of links to hymns and spiritual songs (with some excellent sing-a-long versions) appropriate to Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide as well as a collection of beautiful seasonal anthems.

● An updated collection of tested and singable Service Music along with audio samples and printable bulletin and keyboard and guitar accompaniment versions. (This collection will continue to grow.)

● Continuing weekly updates to the Church Year Worship Music Planner.

● Continuing updates and teaching instructions to the Simplified Anglican Chant and Gregorian Chant settings of The New Coverdale Psalter

Many thanks to Abp. Bob Duncan, Fr. Ben Jeffries, Fr. Darrell Critch, and Jeremy Redmond for their fine and diligent work in getting our well-designed and beautiful new Altar Book published.  Many hours went into this important and loving project.  Also, please take a look at the new membership roster of the Provincial Music Task Force on the Home Page of the acnamusic.org website.  Our College of Bishops submitted some outstanding names for consideration for membership on our Task Force and the Holy Spirit was clearly present throughout the interviews and communications with these fine folks. Little miracles kept popping up during the discernment process of who best should serve on the Music Task Force making the experience a true joy for all involved.

In all this, I am most excited in the team the Lord has put together from hymn and organ scholars, to theological and Psalter experts, to contemporary music worship leaders and recordings artists, to musicians leading choirs, praise bands, and worship in parishes large and small, to persons with vast experience with church audio visual systems, to people with experience at clinicianing and organizing conferences and retreats and enthusiasm for putting wheels on MACNA (Musicians of the Anglican Church of North America).  And every one of them possessing a huge heart for the Lord and the living out of the Gospel.  Praise be to God!

May God bless each of you in your ministry and may His hand protect you in these times of distress.  Perhaps this crisis will be turned into a time of renewal for the Church and the need of a Savior!  I am

Yours in Christ,

Mark Williams: Chair ACNA Music Task Force
Christ Church Anglican, Savannah, GA

 

 

 

 


Executive Director - The Falls Church Anglican, Falls Church, VA



Board of Inquiry Finds Cause


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The Board of Inquiry has determined that there is probable cause for canonical charges against The Right Reverend Ronald Jackson to be brought to an ecclesiastical trial.

Background and Timeline

In November of 2019, as the Archbishop’s Office looked into information that had been brought forward, The Rt. Rev. Ronald Jackson, then Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes, went on administrative leave to ensure the integrity of an investigation and allow for due canonical process.

In January of 2020 Bishop Jackson resigned his role as the diocesan bishop due to health reasons, while the provincial process continued.  Following the canonical process outlined in Title IV, Articles of Presentment were filed, and the Board of Inquiry has now finished its work.


Board of Inquiry’s Findings

According to canon, “If in the judgment of two-thirds of the Board of Inquiry there is probable cause to present the accused Bishop for trial for violation of Canon 2 of this Title, it shall make a public declaration to that effect (Canon IV.4(6)).”

The Board of Inquiry did not find evidence that any criminal or civil laws had been broken.
However, the Board of Inquiry has unanimously determined that there is probable cause for the accused to be brought to ecclesiastical trial regarding:

1. Sexual Immorality (Canon IV.2(6)).
2. Conduct giving just cause for scandal or offense (Canon IV.2(4)).
3. Willful refusal to follow a lawful Godly Admonition (Canon IV.2(12)). 
4.  Violation of ordination and consecration vows of true and canonical obedience to the Archbishop (Canon IV.2(3)).


Canonical Process

When a Board of Inquiry has determined probable cause to proceed to trial a bishop may:

1. Voluntarily submit to the discipline of the Church on all accusations in the Presentment;
2.  Voluntarily submit to the discipline of the Church on some accusations and proceed to trial on the others; or
3. Proceed to trial on all of the accusations in the Presentment


What Happens Next?

Bishop Jackson has been informed of the Board of Inquiry’s decision. If the matter should proceed to trial, the Court for the Trial of a Bishop will be called together.  Its membership consists of the three bishops, two presbyters, and two lay persons which have been elected by the Provincial Council. 

The canons afford an accused bishop the protections of due process, a trial, and the opportunity to appeal any decision. If a bishop voluntarily submits to discipline or is found guilty by the ecclesiastical court, the sentencing is carried out by the College of Bishops in accordance with Title IV.8(3).

Archbishop Beach asks for prayer for all involved in this procedure including Bishop Jackson and his family.


Provincial Council 2020 Moves Online


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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty about the possibility of traveling and meeting in the days ahead, Provincial Council 2020 has been moved to a strictly online format. The meeting will be held on June 23, 2020.

In the past, Provincial Council has been livestreamed for observers who wanted to tune in remotely, but this will be the first time diocesan delegates will join the meeting and vote online.

Provincial Council was originally scheduled to take place at The Cove, just outside of Asheville, North Carolina.  The Cove will instead host the 2021 gathering of the council. 

Delegates will receive more detailed information in early June.  The whole church has already been invited to provide feedback on the canonical changes that are being proposed

The meetings of the Executive Committee and College of Bishops which were to precede and follow will also move to a virtual format.


Livestreams of Services Across the Province


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Unable to attend a Sunday service? Access services across the Anglican Church in North America via livestream here.

Below are Anglican Church in North America congregations with livestream options. Services are principal Sunday services, ordered by time and then alphabetically. Inclusion on this list is at the discretion of each congregation and, therefore, the list is not necessarily exhaustive. If your congregation has a livestream but is not listed, please contact the office of the congregation. Updates to this page will be made as needed. Enjoy!



8:30am Eastern

(7:30am Central/5:30am Pacific)

                   
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
New Bethel REC, North Charleston, SCDiocese of the Southeast, RECYouTube
Prince of Peace Anglican Church, Melbourne, FLGulf Atlantic DioceseStreaming Site



8:45am Eastern

(7:45am Central/5:45am Pacific)

             
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, Danvers, MSAnglican Diocese in New EnglandFacebook



8:57am Eastern

(7:57am Central/5:57am Pacific)

             
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
Church Of The Holy Spirit, Roanoke, VADiocese of Christ Our HopeFacebook



9am Eastern

(8am Central/6am Pacific)

                                                                                         
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, SCAnglican Diocese of South CarolinaChurch Website
Church of the Redeemer, Jacksonville, FLGulf Atlantic DioceseFacebook
Grace Anglican Church, Fleming Island, FLGulf Atlantic DioceseFacebook
Prince George Winyah, Georgetown, SCThe Anglican Diocese of South CarolinaZoom
St. Francis Anglican Parish, Sanford, NCDiocese of Christ Our HopeFacebook
St. James, James Island, SCThe Anglican Diocese of South CarolinaFacebook
St. Andrew’s Church, Mt. Pleasant, SCDiocese of the CarolinasChurch Website
St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, Tallahassee, FLGulf Atlantic DioceseYouTube
The Church of the Cross, Bluffton, SCAnglican Diocese of South CarolinaFacebook
The Falls Church Anglican, Falls Church, VADiocese of the Mid-AtlanticChurch Website



9:15am Eastern

(8:15am Central/6:15am Pacific)

               
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
The River Anglican Church, Blacksburg, VADiocese of Christ Our HopeYouTube



9:30am Eastern

(8:30am Central/6:30am Pacific)

                                                                       
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
Christ the King Anglican Church, Marietta, GADiocese of the Southeast, RECFacebook
Church of the Resurrection, Capitol Hill, Washington, DCDiocese of Christ Our HopeTwitch
Church of the Resurrection, Fuquay-Varina, NCAnglican Diocese of the CarolinasFacebook
Grace Anglican Church, Louisville, KYDiocese of Christ Our HopeChurch Website
Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church, Fairfax, VACentral StatesYouTube
Hope Church, Charleston, WVDiocese of Christ Our HopeFacebook
Servants of Christ Anglican Church, Gainesville, FLGulf Atlantic DioceseFacebook
Winchester Anglican Church, WInchester, VADiocese of the Mid-AtlanticFacebook



10am Eastern

(9am Central/7am Pacific)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
All Saints Church, Durham, NCDiocese of Christ Our HopeFacebook
All Saints’ Church, Weatherford, TXFort WorthFacebook
All Saints’ Church, Woodbridge, VADiocese of the Mid-AtlanticYouTube
Andover Community Church, East Andover, NHAnglican Dioceses of New EnglandZoom
Christ Church, Winston-Salem, NCDiocese of Christ Our HopeChurch Website
Christ Church Cathedral, Plano, TXC4SOChurch Website
Christ-St. Paul’s, Yonges Island, SCAnglican Diocese of South CarolinaChurch Website
Christ the King, Albuquerque, NMAnglican Diocese of the SouthwestYouTube
Christ the King Anglican Church, Decherd, TNAnglican Diocese of the SouthFacebook
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, Pendleton, SCAnglican Diocese of the CarolinasYouTube
Church of the Advent, Washington, DCDiocese of Christ Our HopeChurch Website
Church of the Apostles, Bridgeport, CTDiocese of Christ Our HopeFacebook
Church of the Apostles, Columbia, SCAnglican Diocese of the CarolinasZoom
Church of the Apostles, Fairfax, VADiocese of the Mid-AtlanticYouTube
Church of the Ascension, Pittsburgh, PAPittsburghChurch Website
Church of the Good Shepherd, Bermuda Run, NCDiocese of Christ Our HopeFacebook
Church of the Holy Communion, Dallas, TXDiocese of Mid-America, RECFacebook
Church of the Holy Cross, Stateburg, SCAnglican Diocese of South CarolinaFacebook
Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island & Daniel Island, SCAnglican Diocese of South CarolinaChurch Website
Church of the Holy SpiritDiocese of the Mid-AtlanticYouTube
Church of the Holy Trinity, Grahamville, SCAnglican Diocese of South CarolinaFacebook
Church of the Incarnation, Harrisonburg, VADiocese of Christ Our HopeFacebook
Church of the Lamb, Elkton, VADiocese of Christ Our HopeChurch Website
Church of the Resurrection, Lutherville, MDDiocese of the Mid-AtlanticChurch Website
Church of the Resurrection, Rock Hill, SCAnglican Diocese of the CarolinasFacebook
Grace Anglican Church, Gastonia, NCAnglican Diocese of the CarolinasYouTube
Grace Anglican Church, New Bern, NCAnglican Diocese of the CarolinasZoom
Heartland Church, Fort Wayne, INAnglican Diocese of the Great LakesFacebook
Holy Cross Cathedral, Loganville, GAAnglican Diocese of the SouthChurch Website
Holy Spirit Anglican, Akron, OHAnglican Diocese of the Great LakedFacebook
**Holy Trinity Cathedral, Berlin, MDMissionary Diocese of All SaintsChurch Website
HopePointe Anglican Church, The Woodlands, TXWestern Gulf CoastChurch Website
King of Kings Anglican Church, Charlotte, NCAnglican Diocese of the CarolinasZoom
Mosaic Anglican Church, Imperial, PAPittsburghFacebook
Resurrection Church, Hope Mills, NCDiocese of Christ Our HopeChurch Website
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Versailles, KYAnglican Diocese of the SouthChurch Website
St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Westerville, OHAnglican Diocese of the Living WordZoom
St. Gregory the Great, Mansfield, TXFort WorthFacebook
St. John the Apostle Anglican Church, Clinton Township, MIMissionary Diocese of All SaintsFacebook
St. Luke’s Church, Hilton Head Island, SCAnglican Diocese of South CarolinaYouTube
St. Matthew’s Anglican, Lapeer, MIAnglican Diocese of the Great LakesFacebook

Vimeo

St. Patrick’s & Apostles Anglican (combined), Lexington, KYAnglican Diocese of the Great LakesFacebook
**St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Conway, SCAnglican Diocese of South CarolinaChurch Website
St. Peter & St. Paul, Arlington, TXFort WorthFacebook
St. Vincent’s Cathedral, Bedford, TXFort WorthYouTube
The Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity, North Augusta, SCDiocese of the CarolinasFacebook
The Anglican Parish of Christ the Redeemer, Canonsburg, PAPittsburghYouTube
The Mission Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OHAnglican Diocese of the Great LakesFacebook
Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach, SCThe Anglican Diocese of South Carolina Facebook
Village Church Anglican, Greenville, SCAnglican Diocese of the CarolinasChurch Website



10:10am Eastern

(9:10am Central/7:10am Pacific)

                 
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
Church of the Outer Banks, Nags Head, NCAnglican Diocese of the Carolinas Facebook



10:15am Eastern

(9:15am Central/7:15am Pacific)

                                                 
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
Anglican Church of The Redeemer, Franklin, MAAnglican Diocese of New EnglandFacebook
Christ the Redeemer Anglican, Norfolk, VADiocese of Christ Our HopeChurch Website
Epiphany, Chantilly, VADiocese of the Mid-Atlantic Vimeo
New Creation Church, Hagerstown, MDDiocese of the Mid-Atlantic Church Website
St. George’s Anglican Church, Burlington, ONAnglican Network in CanadaYouTube



10:30am Eastern

(9:30am Central/7:30am Pacific)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
All Saints Anglican Church, Fayetteville, GAAnglican Diocese of the SouthChurch Website
Bishop Seabury Anglican Church, Gales Ferry, CTAnglican Diocese of the Living WordZoom
Christchurch, Montgomery, ALGulf Atlantic DioceseYouTube
Christ Church Westshore, Avon Lake, OHGreat LakesFacebook
Christ Church Vero Beach, Vero Beach, FLGulf Atlantic DioceseChurch Website
Church of the Cross, Boston, MADiocese of Christ Our HopeZoom
Church of the Good Shepherd, Binghamton, NYAnglican Diocese of the Living WordFacebook
Church of the Holy Trinity, Chapel Hill, NCDiocese of Christ Our HopeZoom
Cornerstone Anglican Church, Chicago, ILDiocese of the Upper MidwestChurch Website
Cornerstone Anglican West Loop, Chicago, ILDiocese of the Upper MidwestZoom
Cornerstone Anglican Portage Park, Chicago, ILDiocese of the Upper MidwestFacebook
Cornerstone Anglican Church, Sarnia, ONAnglican Network in CanadaFacebook
Good Samaritan Anglican Church, Middleburg, FLGulf Atlantic DioceseChurch Website
His Church Anglican, Livonia, MIAnglican Diocese of the Great LakesChurch Website
HOPE Anglican Chapel, Oscoda, MIMissionary Diocese of All SaintsFacebook
Light of Christ Anglican Church, Georgetown, TXC4SOChurch Website
St. Benedict Anglican Church, Rockwall, TXDiocese of Mid-America, RECFacebook
St. Francis, Austin, TXFort WorthFacebook
St. John’s Parish Church, John’s Island, SCThe Anglican Diocese of South CarolinaFacebook
St. Luke’s, Copley, OHAnglican Diocese of the Great LakesFacebook
St. Matthias, Dallas, TXFort WorthFacebook
St. Peter & St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Ottawa, ONAnglican Network in CanadaFacebook
St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, SCAnglican Diocese of South CarolinaChurch Website
St. Timothy, Fort Worth, TXFort WorthFacebook
Wilmore Anglican Church, Wilmore, KYAnglican Diocese of the CarolinasFacebook



10:45am Eastern

(9:45am Central/7:45am Pacific)

                               
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
Church of the Ascension, Kearneysville, WVDiocese of the Mid-AtlanticChurch Website
Grace Anglican Church, Grove City, PAPittsburghFacebook Church Website
Trinity in the Fields, Marion, AKAnglican Diocese of the SouthFacebook



11am Eastern

(10am Central/8am Pacific)

                                                                                                                       
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
Church of the Holy Apostles, Fort Worth, TXFort WorthFacebook
Church of the Holy Trinity, Houston, TXREC Mid-AmericaFacebook
Church of the Redeemer, Highwood, ILRocky MountainsChurch Website
Church of the Redeemer, Nashville, TNPittsburghFacebook
Church of the Resurrection, Wheaton, ILDiocese of the Upper MidwestChurch Website
City of Light Church, Aurora, ILDiocese of the Upper MidwestChurch Website
Emmanuel Anglican Church, New York, NYAnglican Diocese of the Living WordZoom
Iglesia San Juan Apostol, Fort Worth, TXFort WorthFacebook
Immanuel Anglican Church, Chicago, ILDiocese of the Upper MidwestChurch Website
Prince of Peace Anglican Church, Melbourne, FLGulf Atlantic DioceseStreaming Site
St. Barnabas, Fort Worth, TXFort WorthFacebook
St. Gabriel’s Anglican Church, Springdale, ARAnglican Diocese of the SouthFacebook
St. Timothy Anglican Church, Burlington, VTAnglicn Diocese in New EnglandFacebook
The Church of the Holy Spirit, Leesburg, VADiocese of the Mid-AtlanticYouTube



11:15am Eastern

(10:15am Central/8:15am Pacific)

                       
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Lewis Center, OHAnglican Diocese of the Great LakesYouTube
Truro Anglican, Fairfax, VADiocese of the Mid-AtlanticYouTube



11:30am Eastern

(10:30am Central/8:30am Pacific)

                                                                                                                                                     
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
All Saints’ Anglican, Midland, TXAnglican Diocese of the SouthwestFacebook
Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd, San Angelo, TXAnglican Diocese of the SouthwestFacebook
Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd, Pelham, ALArmed Forces and ChaplaincyFacebook
Christ Our King Anglican Church, New Braunfels, TXDiocese of the Western Gulf CoastChurch Website Facebook
Christ the King and All Saints’, Forth Worth, TXFort WorthFacebook
Christ the Redeemer, Forth Worth, TXFort WorthYouTube
Church of the Good Shepherd, Wichita Falls, TXFort WorthYouTube  
Church of the Holy Comforter, Cleburne, TXFort WorthFacebook
Church of the Holy Cross, Abilene, TXFort WorthChurch Website
Cross of Christ, Glen Rose, TXFort WorthFacebook
Grace Anglican Community, Katy, TXDiocese of the Western Gulf CoastFacebook
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Forth Worth, TXFort WorthChurch Website
St. Francis of Assisi, Dallas, TXFort WorthFacebook
St. John the Divine Anglican Church, Burkburnett, TXFort WorthFacebook
St. Paul’s, Gainesville, TXFort WorthFacebook
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Flowood, MSDiocese of Mid-America, RECYouTube
The Chapel of the Cross, Dallas, TXDiocese of Mid-America, RECChurch Website
Wellspring Church, Englewood, CORocky MountainsChurch Website



11:45am Eastern

(10:45am Central/8:45am Pacific)

                               
Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
All Saints, Springfield, MOAnglican Diocese of the SouthFacebook
Christ Church, Waco, TXFort WorthYouTube
St. Laurence, Southlake, TXFort WorthFacebook



12pm Eastern

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Christ Church Anglican, Butte, MTWestern AnglicansYouTube
Christ Church Anglican, Phoenix, AZWestern AnglicansChurch Website
Christ Church of Austin, Austin, TXC4SOChurch Website
Community of St. Columba, Missoula, MTWestern AnglicansFacebook
Grace Anglican, Sheridan, WYWestern AnglicansFacebook
Holy Spirit Anglican, Billings, MTWestern AnglicansFacebook
Iglesia San Miguel, Fort Worth, TXFort WorthFacebook
Resurrection Anglican, Dayton, OHAnglican Diocese of the Great LakesFacebook
St. Michael’s, Richland Hills, TXFort WorthFacebook
St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Loveland, COInternationalZoom
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Tullahoma, TNAnglican Diocese of the SouthZoom



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Apostles By-the-Sea, Rosemary Beach, FLGulf Atlantic DioceseChurch Website
Holy Cross Anglican Church, Milwaukee, WIAnglican Diocese of the Living WordFacebook



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Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
Grace Anglican, Boise, IDWestern AnglicansFacebook
Holy Cross Anglican Church, Sanger, CASan JoaquinFacebook
Holy Trinity, Ocean Beach, CAWestern AnglicansFacebook
Living Faith, Tempe, AZWestern AnglicansChurch Website



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Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
Church of St. Clement, El Paso, TXAnglican Diocese of the SouthwestYouTube



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Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
All Saints Anglican Cathedral, Long Beach, CAWestern AnglicansYouTube
Christ Church, Fallbrook, CAWestern AnglicansChurch Website
Christ’s Church Yucaipa, CAWestern AnglicansFacebook
Christ the King, Moscow, IDWestern AnglicansChurch Website
Christ the King, Poway & Ramona, CAWestern AnglicansFacebook
Church of the Good Shepherd, Vancouver, BCAnglican Network in CanadaChurch Website
Church of the Resurrection, Los Angeles, CAC4SOChurch Website
Grace Anglican, Carlsbad, CAWestern AnglicansChurch Website
Heart of Jesus Church Plant, Sequim, WADiocese of QuincyFacebook
St. Andrew’s Church, Lake Almanor, CADiocese of Mid-America, RECChurch Website
St. David’s Anglican, Burbank, CAWestern AnglicansChurch Website
St. James Anglican Church, Costa Mesa, CAWestern AnglicansChurch Website
*St. Jude’s in the Mountains Anglican Church, Tehachapi, CASan JoaquinFacebook
*St. Luke’s Anglican, Montrose, CAWestern AnglicansFacebook
St. Martin’s Anglican, Las Vegas, NVWestern AnglicansFacebook
St. Paul’s Church, Murietta, CAWestern AnglicansFacebook
St. Stephen’s Anglican, Tustin, CAWestern AnglicansChurch Website
The Gathering @ St. Paul’s, Port Gamble, WADiocese of CascadiaYouTube



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Anglican Church of the Holy Spirit, Prescott, AZWestern AnglicansFacebook
King’s Cross Anglican, Tucson, AZWestern AnglicansFacebook



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Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
Anglican Network Church of the Good Shepherd, Vancouver (Cantonese Service)Anglican Network in CanadaChurch Website
Incarnation Anglican Church, Roseville, CAC4SOFacebook
St. Brendan’s Anglican Church, Bellingham, WADiocese of CascadiaFacebook
St. John’s, Fort Worth, TXFort WorthFacebook



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All Souls Anglican Church, Cherry Hill, NJAnglican Diocese of the Living WordZoom



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Christ Church Anglican, South Bend, INAnglican Diocese of the Living WordZoom
Incarnation Anglican Church, Arlington, VADiocese of the Mid-AtlanticChurch Website



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Cornerstone Anglican Church Valparaiso, INDiocese of the Upper MidwestChurch Website



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Mercy Anglican Church, Seattle, WAC4SOFacebook



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Holy Spirit Anglican, San Diego, CAWestern AnglicansFacebook



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Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
Bozeman Anglican, Bozeman, MTWestern AnglicansFacebook



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Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Anchorage, AKDiocese of CascadiaZoom



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Congregation Name and LocationDioceseLink
***Living Word Reformed Episcopal ChurchMid-America (REC)Facebook



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Kigali 2020 Postponed


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Due to the current global threat of the spread of the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, the Primates of the Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) have decided to postpone the Kigali Bishops and Wives Conference that was scheduled for June in Kigali, Rwanda. Over 300 bishops and their wives were expected to attend the conference.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:32-33

Sober greetings in Lent!

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, we are seeing international travel being drastically reduced and severe restrictions being placed on people gathering, especially in large numbers.

In the light of these developments, the Gafcon Primates Council has reviewed plans for our Bishops Conference in Kigali 2020 and with much regret have decided to postpone the conference until such time as it becomes possible to reconvene.

We also have in mind the need to act responsibly and not risk adding to infections in our host nation, Rwanda, nor risk delegates to the conference becoming infected and spreading the disease in their home countries.

We realise this news will be deeply disappointing, but as a globally connected movement, our life together will continue as we encourage and pray for one another through the daily prayer diary and our many other online resources.

Around the world churches are mobilizing and adapting to continue being the church as we make our way trusting God through this crisis. We have provided two pages on the Gafcon webpage that we hope will help provide ideas, tips and encouragement in ways ministry is going forward from different regions of the world. One page will focus on technology tips and ideas as many churches are moving to mediums such as livestreaming. The other page focuses on sharing ideas and ministry that churches are acting on as they continue to faithfully proclaim Christ in word and deed.

In addition, Archbishop Foley and I have issued a call to prayer and fasting for this Sunday, 22 March, interceding against the spread of COVID-19 across the globe, swarming locusts in East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and famine and hunger in regions of Africa. Please join us. 

So let us be confident that God’s purposes will not be thwarted and let us dedicate ourselves afresh to the great task of proclaiming Christ faithfully which lies at the heart of the Gafcon vision. More than ever, our world in its fear and vulnerability needs to know the comfort of God’s mercy and the promise of eternal life to all who repent and believe. Out of all this, God has not lost his plan nor abandoned his work. God continues to work his purposes out, until the Word of the Lord covers the earth as the waters covers the sea!

We will proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations!!!

The Lord be with you.

Archbishop Ben Kwashi
General Secretary, Gafcon


“A Great Cloud of Witnesses in the Cloud” as Anglicans Worship Online


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Jeff Walton of the Institute on Religion & Democracy highlights how Anglicans are adjusting to online worship during coronavirus restrictions.

Sunday evening the Rev. Robbie Pruitt tapped his phone and began a livestream for the youth gathering of Christ the King Anglican Church in Alexandria, Virginia.

“I’m in my daughter’s bedroom doing Facebook Live because it is actually the quietest place in the house,” Pruitt, the Pastoral Associate and Director of Youth Ministry, explained to the virtually assembled. He launched into a talk about Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well in John chapter 4 and “social distancing” that culture prompted between Jews and Samaritans.

Amidst quarantines and “social distancing” enacted by civil authorities seeking to limit transmission of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), Anglican Christians have found themselves limited in their ability to continue worship services as usual. Christ the King (CTK) is among a widening number of parishes employing a patchwork of mobile technologies to keep church congregations connected.

What this looks like in practice varies by ministry. Smaller congregations are using video conference products like Zoom and Google Hangouts that facilitate a high level of interaction. Larger congregations are offering video via Facebook Live or Vimeo, which are mostly unidirectional but afford some interaction through comment threads.

“We had never actually done a service live, this was our first time out of the box,” Pruitt explained of the main Sunday service earlier that day, with video enabling the priest to make the sign of the cross when giving a blessing. “As high-touch as we can be with high tech, the better.”

From Pews to Phones

Anecdotal evidence points to an increase in church participation: Pruitt reports that CTK’s Sunday service had 63 separate devices tuned in live, and altogether there were 250 unique views (for context, statistics provided by the Anglican Church in North America Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic show CTK had in 2019 an average Sunday attendance of 245). Some connections represented more than one person, with Pruitt estimating an average of 2-3 people participated per each connected device.

“We had pictures of families,” Pruitt reports of parents and children gathered around a mobile device to worship together. “It was greatly successful.”

That initial success has been shared by other Anglican congregations. Amy Rowe of Incarnation Anglican Church in neighboring Arlington was surprised at a sizeable virtual turnout, with parishioners sharing that they felt amidst a “great cloud of witnesses in the Cloud.”

“I think the emotional response that people had to the experience spoke to how desperate people were to be together during such uncertain times,” Rowe, a seminarian at Trinity School for Ministry, reflected after the gathering. “Perhaps more than any other Sunday, this experience emphasized to me that church is not a performance by the pastor, but a participation in the life of God by the community of believers.”

“Everyone got to see everyone in their natural habitat,” described the Rev. David Martin Hanke of an online service conducted by Restoration Anglican Church. Hanke’s video conferenced Sunday service drew in people from beyond suburban Washington, where the church is based, with participants joining from North Carolina and even Michigan. Rowe noted that Incarnation’s attendance increased from 62 to 82, with participants joining from Seattle, Costa Rica and Jordan.

That experience was also found with larger churches, including the Falls Church Anglican in nearby Falls Church, Virginia, which reported 420 households watched its live streaming service in its entirety. The service was then placed online to be viewed on-demand, where more than 2,700 people have viewed it.

“There are inherent challenges with anything online that really is intended to be face-to-face, in community,” shared Falls Church Communications Director Zach Kincaid. “It’s rather like IMAX versus your home television, in a lot of ways, but we’ve heard from many people as to their thankfulness to worship even online.”

“Embodied Participation”

Coronavirus may be new, but internet connectivity to worship services is not. Evangelical megachurches have offered an “online campus” to far-flung congregants for years. The Edmond, Oklahoma-based Life.Church (formerly known as LifeChurch.tv) in 2006 established its “Internet Campus” broadcasting interactive worship services live. The congregation is now counted as one of the largest in the country.

But expectations differ between megachurches and typically much smaller Anglican congregations. Evangelicals tend to emphasize preaching and musical worship from a central stage, while those in liturgical traditions are accustomed to corporate prayer, recitation of creeds, physical movement, and sacramental worship.

“I think the challenge for many of our churches centers around the word participation,” says the Rev. Dan Marotta of Redeemer Anglican Church. “We value embodied presence and communal participation in worship – which is directly at odds with the online, live-streaming service experience.”

Marotta’s Richmond, Virginia church set a goal to use technology to give people enough resources to making participation from their own living rooms and kitchen tables possible. Recorded video footage of a sermon, and separate videos of Redeemer’s Director of Worship Arts playing hymns and inviting people to sing along were both embedded in liturgical text from the Anglican 2019 Book of Common Prayer.

“That way – individuals and families could choose to set aside a bit of time and give their attention to worship and prayer,” Marotta said.

“This is where being an Anglican is really helpful: we worship by the book,” noted the Rev. Barton Gingerich of St. Jude’s Anglican Church in Richmond. “I know my folks can pray the Daily Offices in their households in seasons such as this. That’s an analog solution that we shouldn’t neglect.”

In some ways, Anglicans are perhaps the worst prepared for the need for virtual services: the liturgy emphasizes embodied participation and physical matter – most particularly in the bread and wine of the Eucharist.

“I think for this reason most Anglican churches haven’t ventured as far into virtual experiences as others because our worship is inherently anti-virtual; it is visceral and communal and participatory,” Rowe proposed. “On the other hand, the ceremony of Anglican worship actually translates beautifully online, even in an empty sanctuary. There is color and ritual and gesture to see and scripture and prayers to hear—it’s not just watching a preacher deliver a sermon from a stage. And because the liturgy is “the work of the people,” videoconferencing services can allow people in the congregation to continue to participate through readings, prayers, and congregational responses from the comfort of their homes.”

New Normal

What is happening now may need to become a “new normal” for some time.

“I don’t think we will be back in our building until the end of April,” assessed Hanke, who leads increasingly large online gatherings for morning and evening prayer. “Newness will wear off and the grind of quarantine will be significant for us.”

“Many of us didn’t expect to be giving up quite so much for Lent,” noted Dr. Joan Deeks of Church of the Ascension in Langley, British Columbia. “We reminded each other that we serve and awesome God. We felt at peace as we know that God is still in control whatever the future holds.”

A challenging situation isn’t without preaching application. Gingerich shared a podcast episode with his parish on plague and pestilence, featuring a deacon and Ph.D. candidate in his Reformed Episcopal Church diocese studying the theology of plague, particularly in 1600s England.

The Richmond clergyman considers seasons like this as a time to “drop tanks” in terms of homiletics, teaching, and counsel.

“We’re all going to suffer and die. It might not be by COVID-19, but it’s going to happen. Let’s talk about that,” Gingerich proposed. “Are we taking stock of our lives in repentance and faith? How are we to live in the midst of it all? Will we come to know God better, hope for a resurrection from the dead, and look in hope to the Incarnate Christ, like Job did?”

Times of trial can also present evidence of spiritual formation.

“One of the things that has been quite refreshing is that of the faith in God’s providence that is being demonstrated by our parishioners,” shared Bishop Al Gadsden, Sr. of the Reformed Episcopal Church Diocese of the Southeast. “They recognize that God will deliver and protect them, but are also wise enough to know that wisdom is a necessary part of our walk with the Lord. They hold fast to the Word that tells us, ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’” (2 Timothy 1:7)

Jeff Walton is a writer for the Institute of Religion & Democracy and a member of the Anglican Church in North America Executive Committee.
This story was republished with permission. View the original story here.
Photo (above): Members of Restoration Anglican Church in Arlington, Virginia take part in an online worship service using video conferencing technology on Sunday, March 15, 2020 (credit: Erica Chapman)


Director of Family Ministries, Falls Church, VA



Bishop LaMarquand to Support Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes


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The Standing Committee of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes has announced The Rt. Rev. Grant LaMarquand will serve as Temporary Bishop of the Diocese.

Last week, the Diocese announced that the Rt. Rev. John Miller, who had been serving as Temporary Bishop of the Diocese since November, needed to resign for health reasons. The letter sent out by the Standing Committee regarding Bishop Miller’s resignation can be read here.

The process for selecting the next bishop of the Great Lakes is getting underway, but Bishop LaMarquand will provide support to the Standing Committee and the Diocese in the interim.

Learn more about Bishop LaMarquand here.


Learn How to Livestream Worship and Run Meetings Online


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Livestreaming worship and holding online meetings are two timely topics as congregations and dioceses navigate the days ahead. 

Below are free resources provided by Anglican leaders to help take some of the mystery out of the technology and the processes:

1) Webinar: Lessons Learned about Online Synods and Vestry Meetings

Within the Anglican Church in North America, the C4SO Diocese has been a pioneer in conducting online meetings. Canon to the Ordinary in the diocese, The Rev. Canon Kimberley Pfeiler, shared some of the lessons they have learned and the technology they use to facilitate successful online meetings.

You can watch the video of the webinar here:

The PowerPoint is here.

During the call, two resources were mentioned.  SpeedTest.net helps you test the upload and download speed of your internet connection.  SurveyMonkey is the tool that C4SO has used to tabulate votes.


2) Webinar: How to Livestream a Worship Service to Facebook

Kevin Kallsen of Anglican TV gave a presentation on how to livestream worship to Facebook:

 


3) Inexpensive Church Livestreaming

A Facebook page has been setup to facilitate more conversation and sharing. It is called, “Inexpensive Church Livestreaming” and can be found here.

More resources will be added to both this page and the Facebook page the days ahead, so bookmark these links, and check back from time to time.


Update from Archbishop Beach on Behalf of the College of Bishops Re: COVID-19


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An important update and announcement from Archbishop Beach on behalf of the College of Bishops.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ,

We serve a faithful and loving God, and He has called us to serve Him in challenging times.  The coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, and while many despair and are living in fear, we have hope and peace because in Jesus Christ we know how the story ends.  This has not taken the Lord by surprise, and it gives us an incredible opportunity to live in faith toward God, in love toward our neighbors, and in service toward our communities.

I write to you after meeting with our bishops this afternoon. We considered the advice given by the President of the United States’ Coronavirus Team, the Centers for Disease Control, the Public Health Agency of Canada and by governmental authorities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States strongly advising that no public gatherings of 10 or more people be held.  It is our desire to partner with our civic officials as they seek to exercise their duty to protect our communities. Therefore, the College of Bishops is asking our congregations not to hold in-person worship services or gatherings until further notice, but to offer, when possible, worship services on a virtual platform. We realize these are extreme measures that we had hoped to avoid, but for the health and welfare of everyone in our churches and communities, this is something we all must put into practice immediately.

Each diocesan bishop will communicate to his diocese regarding the specifics of how this will be applied in each local diocesan context.

Let us continue to pray for one another, the people we serve, and the communities in which we live.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9, ESV).

Faithfully in Jesus Christ,
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The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America


Gafcon: Call to Prayer and Fast on Sunday 22nd March


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GAFCON Chairman Archbishop Foley Beach and General Secretary Archbishop Ben Kwashi issue a call to prayer and fasting for this Sunday, 22 March, interceding against the spread of COVID-19 across the globe, swarming locusts in East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and famine and hunger in regions of Africa.

In these days where global fear and anxiety are on the increase due to the pandemic spread of the Coronavirus, and the exponential growth of locust swarms and famine, we look to our Sovereign Lord God for refuge, consolation, intervention, wisdom, cure, and provision.

We know from Scripture and experience that God acts differently when we pray. We believe that He not only hears our prayers, but that He uses people like our leaders, scientists, and medical professionals to accomplish His will. We pray that God would grant them wisdom, insight and strength in these coming days. We pray that in this time, people will call on Jesus in their pain, suffering and worries and find the rest and hope that only He can provide.

We call on Anglicans around the globe to join together in the Holy Spirit, in prayer and fasting this Sunday, 22 March 2020. 

Let us pray and fast for our nations:

  • repenting of our sins and asking God’s forgiveness
  • asking God’s intervention to stop the spread of this virus
  • asking God’s intervention to stop the locusts
  • asking God for healing for those who are sick
  • asking God for miraculous provision for the hungry
  • asking God to use us, his people, as agents of love and compassion
  • asking God to draw people to himself through the saving power of Jesus on the cross.

“Return to Me with all your heart,” says the Lord, “with fasting, weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts, not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who know whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him.  Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast.” - Joel 2:12-15

Let us pray:

Eternal God, whose son Jesus Christ bore our grief and carried our sorrows, hear us as we pray for those in distress: the hungry and the homeless; the incapacitated and the handicapped; the mentally afflicted and depressed; the sick and the dying; the aged, the lonely, and the bereaved. Help us, O Lord, who offer these prayers, to bear the sufferings of others as we seek to minister to them in your name, demonstrating your love and bringing your grace to bear in their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Increase, O God, the spirit of neighborliness among us, that in peril we may uphold one another, in suffering tend to one another, and in homelessness, loneliness, or exile befriend one another. Grant us brave and enduring hearts that we may strengthen one another, until the disciplines and testing of these days are ended, and you again give peace in our time; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  BCP 2019, pg 659

Faithfully in Jesus Christ,

Archbishop Foley Beach, Gafcon Chairman
Archbishop Ben Kwashi, Gafcon General Secretary

Please also read the letter and prayer from leaders around the world in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Free Webinar: Lessons Learned about Online Synods and Vestry Meetings


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Wednesday, March 18, 4pm (est)

Within the Anglican Church in North America, the C4SO Diocese has been a pioneer in conducting online meetings. 

Canon to the Ordinary in the diocese, The Rev. Canon Kimberley Pfeiler, will share some of the lessons they have learned and the technology they use to facilitate successful online meetings.

Participation is limited to first 100 registrants.  You can register at this link.  The recording will be made publicly available following the meeting.


Diocese of the Great Lakes Provides Update on Transition


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The Standing Committee of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes wrote to its members this week to share the news that Bishop John Miller has stepped down due to health reasons.  The process for selecting the next bishop of the diocese is getting underway.  In the interim, a new temporary bishop will be assigned by Archbishop Beach. 

Read the letter from the Standing Committee below:

To the Congregations of the ADGL,

Grace and peace to you in the mighty name of Jesus!

As a result of a serious health concern, Bishop John Miller has felt the need to resign his duties as our Temporary Bishop. Please read his farewell letter here.

Bishop Miller did a stellar job of helping us through the initial days, weeks and months of this challenging season. We are deeply grateful to him for his tireless efforts, ministry trips and wise counsel that has benefited us greatly.

Archbishop Foley Beach is actively working on assigning a new Temporary Bishop for the ADGL. We will make you aware of who that person is as soon as possible.

Rest assured that the work of the diocese is stable and moving forward. The Standing Committee, Diocesan Canons and staff, and Deans continue to work together well. The Province continues to be helpful and supportive. We are now getting the process underway to select a new diocesan bishop.

Please keep Bishop John, his wife Joyce and their family in your continued prayers. May God grant wisdom and grace for complete healing and multiply His blessings to them.

Blessings,

The Standing Committee of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes


The Very Rev. Mark A. Engel, Chair
The Rev. Canon Dr. Kathleen Rankin
The Very Rev. Peter Matthews
Mr. Tom Fields
Dr. I. Richmond Nettey
Mr. Robert Raun


Call for Day of Prayer on March 15


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A letter from Archbishop Foley Beach calling for a day of prayer and fasting regarding COVID-19.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The President of the United States has called the nation to a day of prayer regarding the coronavirus this Sunday, March 15.

As a Province, let us join in this effort, whether from Canada, the U.S., or Mexico.

This Sunday, let’s pray and fast for our nations:

  • repenting of our sins and asking God’s forgiveness
  • asking God’s intervention to stop the spread of this virus
  • asking God for healing for those who are sick
  • asking God to use us, his people, as agents of love and compassion
  • asking God to draw people to himself through the saving power of Jesus on the cross.

Let us remember the words God gave to Solomon:

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)

In Christ Jesus,
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The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America


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Youth Minister, Danvers, MA



Becoming Missional Leaders for the Sake of Others


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An invitation from Bishop Todd Hunter to explore missional leadership at the 2020 Telos Collective Intersection Conference, May 14-15 in Nashville, TN.

Leading a church through the changes required for missional living is seriously complex work. For instance, many, understandably, are fearful of the rapid changes taking place in our culture. No longer do we share a common vocabulary or values with our neighbors. Having faith conversations is a little bit like speaking in a foreign language.

But missional leadership is at the heart of our work in a post-Christendom culture, so let’s think about it a bit.

What does Missional Leadership mean?

For our purpose here, we can say that missional leadership is embodying the work of a missionary in your context. To go a bit deeper, missional leadership arises from, and remains today located within Jesus’ Gospel of the Kingdom. It points the Church toward the sentness implicit in Christian spirituality (Mt. 10:1,7,8; Luke 9:1,2; 10:1,9; John 20:20, 21; I Cor. 5:17, 10, etc.).

Missional leadership seeks to bring each member of the Church and the whole Church into alignment with the kingdom of God, his present ruling and reigning, and into cooperation with the movements of the Holy Spirit. It is a participation in Christ’s leadership, bringing personal repentance and Church-wide change where needed.

Missional leadership articulates vision and shapes values which call into being and form a community in consistent missional engagement – and the inner heart transformation necessary to do it.

An Opportunity to Grow as a Missional Leader

Upon Archbishop Beach’s commissioning, I founded and now lead an Anglican Church in North America initiative called the Telos Collective. Our goal is forming missional leaders from every diocese at the intersection of gospel and culture. At our upcoming annual conference, May 14-15 in Nashville, TN, we will focus on “For the Sake of Others: An Anglican Imagination for Missional Leadership.”

To whet your appetite for the conversations we will have there, I want to share five characteristics of missional leadership that will help shape your imagination for missional engagement in your own community.

1) Missional leadership centers on noticing and cooperating with the rule and reign of the kingdom here and now. Attentiveness to the kingdom is important because it grounds us in the truth that missional leadership is not merely a technique or style that we can put in our professional toolbelt. It is a posture and presence oriented toward God and others. It seeks alignment with the kingdom as a model of leadership. It is a participation in and with Christ’s ongoing kingdom-of-God leadership.

2) Missional leadership engages culture and cultural change with a gentle, peaceful confidence. Non-anxious missional leadership is grounded in the notion that this is our Father’s world. He is its Creator, Savior and Sustaining-Superintendent—and humanity remains God’s project. We live in this Trinitarian-bathed world which, by his loving, wise design, is perfectly suited to finding God and serving others. Divine intention is not in doubt. Of his telos we can be totally assured: One day Jesus will hand over the kingdom to his Father and everything will be perfect. No more tears or pain—just the knowledge that God is God and that he has been right all along. He is working on our behalf from creation up to the new heavens and the new earth.

3) Missional leadership articulates the vision and shapes values that call into being and form a community in consistent missional engagement – and the inner heart transformation necessary to do it. As Miroslav Volf has put it: “no Church without the reign of God…no reign of God without the Church.” Missiologist Lesslie Newbigin is helpful in gaining a vision for missional ecclesiology. He writes: “Missional ecclesiology is bound up with the logic of election: The one (or few) is chosen for the sake of the many, and the particular is chosen for the sake of the universal—not for special privilege but special responsibility.”

4) Missional leadership takes seriously the words of Jesus: “It is better that I go away and that the Spirit come…” We live, by God’s plan and purpose, in the age of the Holy Spirit. The Church cannot participate with Jesus except through the person and work of the Spirit. Missional leadership helps the Church come to a genuine, interactive confidence in the Spirit, doing ministry fueled by the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Luke 24:49 is a core instruction for missional living: “Wait until you have received power from on high.”

5) Missional leadership aims at the transformation of lives and communities so that they are aligned to Christ. Jesus’ genius is that such transformation comes from the inside, out—from one’s heart to one’s attitudes, actions and words. As Dallas Willard has put it, “Spiritual transformation into Christlikeness requires a conscious, clearheaded and public commitment to living as a disciple of Jesus Christ. That is, to a decision to give our lives to him as his constant students, learning from him how to live all aspects of our lives as he would live them.” Missional leadership involves calling the Church to receive the gift of this kind of life.

Where Do I Start?

My aim with this article is to shape your imagination so you can begin to live gently, peaceably, little by little live into a life of missional leadership. As we learn from the Apostle Paul, modeling is a core practice of spiritual teaching—and thus of missional leadership:

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

(1 Corinthians 11.1)

I love being on the journey of becoming a missional leader. I have pursued it for 44 years and I never tire of it! I value the constant learning and formation it produces in me. And I would love to engage you in conversation about it. If you resonate with these thoughts on missional leadership, and want to explore it further in a group of like-minded clergy and lay leaders, I warmly invite you to join me at The Intersection Conference, May 14-15 in Nashville, TN.

Learn more about the Intersection Conference here.

The Rt. Rev. Todd Hunter is the bishop of the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others. He is also the founder and leader of the Telos Collective.


A Letter From Archbishop Beach re COVID-19


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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The global spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus, has become a focus of attention and concern for many of us. Many bishops, diocesan leaders, and experts in the field of medicine have consulted with the Province since this disease was first reported.

Drawing on their deep wisdom, I offer these points, which speak to both the physical and spiritual concerns that naturally occur at a time like this:

1. Trust God.

In the midst of uncertainty, we trust God. He is sovereign over human history and over our lives. He is the Lord, “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). And he is loving and merciful. Psalm 100:5 assures us, “For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”

We witness to our Christian faith when we resist panic, knowing that our times are in the Lord’s hand (Psalm 31:15). No one can snatch us out of the Father’s hand (John 10:28-29). And so, “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

The Book of Common Prayer offers on page 269 a list of suggested Psalms on many helpful themes, including God’s sovereignty, providence and mercy, trust in God, and living faithfully in times of trouble. If reading from the Psalms is not a part of your daily prayers, try turning to one of these psalms each day to keep your heart focused on the Lord and his presence and care.

2. Be informed.

There is much on the internet from unhelpful extreme perspectives that encourage either panic or complacency. Neither is appropriate. Pay attention to health advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your state and local governments.

The CDC website provides a wealth of information about the disease and appropriate steps for individuals, churches, schools, and businesses to take.

You may wish to subscribe to the CDC’s COVID-19 newsletter to get regular updates. Go to their newsletter subscription page and choose the newsletter entitled, “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

Avail yourself of your own state’s Department of Health website for the most up-to-date information, treatment, and infection control measures for your particular region of the country.

3. Be prudent.

Wash your hands! Wash them frequently and thoroughly, for a minimum of 20 seconds using soap and warm water. There is no substitute for this. While alcohol-based hand sanitizers can kill bacteria, they have not been shown to be adequate against COVID-19 or other viruses. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently warned Purell’s manufacturer to cease advertising it as an effective agent against viruses. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

For cleaning surfaces, such as doorknobs, countertops, etc., the CDC and our experts recommend using bleach (1 part bleach to 100 parts water).

If you have symptoms of a cough, disease, or a fever within the last 24 hours, please stay at home. Infectious disease specialists in the Anglican Church in North America have emphasized how vitally important this is, though COVID-19 can also be spread by people who have not developed symptoms of illness.

If you are returning from known areas of higher prevalence of COVID-19, we encourage you not to attend church for two weeks. The list of affected areas and the period of self-quarantine will likely change in the weeks ahead.

Prudence and care, especially for those who are susceptible to this and other viral illness, will require extraordinary leadership in the weeks to come. The diocesan bishops of the Anglican Church in North America will be developing plans and guidance to be used in their own dioceses. You may be receiving guidance from your bishop about any temporary changes that may be warranted in your church’s worship during this crisis. These are godly men that work carefully with the clergy and experts under their care to find the most appropriate course of action for the parishes under their watch. Knowing that sometimes difficult decisions may have to be made, I ask you to pray daily for the men and women involved in these diocesan processes and to carefully listen and follow their direction.

4. Act in love.

Reach out to your neighbors, particularly the elderly and those who are vulnerable or alone.

Let us pray:

Almighty God, our strong tower of defense in time of trouble: We offer you praise and heartfelt thanks for our deliverance from the dangers which lately surrounded us and for your gracious gift of peace. We confess that your goodness alone has preserved us; and we ask you still to continue your mercies toward us, that we may always know and acknowledge you as our Savior and mighty Deliverer; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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


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2020 Call for Feedback on Proposed Canonical Amendments


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It’s that time of year. The Governance Task Force, the group tasked with drafting constitutional and canonical changes suggested by various provincial groups and members, is calling for feedback on this year’s proposed changes to the Provincial Canons.

There are no proposed constitutional amendments.

This year’s amendments range from simple word changes for clarity to the addition or deletion of entire sections. You, as a member of the Anglican Church in North America, are invited to participate in the amendment process by submitting your comments to the Governance Task Force by April 10, 2020.

To do so, review the video report from the Governance Task Force below and the written report here, then follow the comment submission directions in the video.

2020 Process and Timeline for Amending Provincial Canons:

  • January 16-17: Governance Task Force meets to prepare First Draft
  • January 18: First Draft sent to ACNA Executive Committee for review and comment
  • February 18-19: Phil Ashey reports to Exec Committee for GTF and receives comments/edits
  • February 20-March 2: Create Revised First Draft Report of GTF and Video for comment
  • March 3: First Draft Report of GTF released by video and websites for Provincial comment
  • March 3-April 10: GTF working groups respond to comments and begin editing
  • April 10: Deadline for first round of comments.
  • April 10-28: Create Second Draft Report of GTF and video for comment
  • April 29: Second Draft Report of GTF released by video and direct email to all ACNA delegates to Provincial Council 2020, all Diocesan Chancellors and all members of the Anglican Lawyers Network with an invitation to submit comments no later than Friday May 22.
  • April 29-May 22: GTF working groups respond to comments and begin editing
  • May 22: Deadline for second round of comments.
  • May 22-June 1: Create Final Report of GTF and video to Provincial Council
  • June 2: Final Report of GTF released with video by direct email to all ACNA delegates to Provincial Council, all Diocesan Chancellors and all members of the Anglican Lawyers Network June 23 Report of the Governance task Force to Provincial Council 2020 for approval.

Download this Timeline here.


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An Ash Wednesday Letter from Archbishop Beach


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Archbishop Beach issues a call to prayer on Ash Wednesday with a particular emphasis on intercessions for the intervention of the spread of the Coronavirus.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent: by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and alms-giving; and by reading and meditating of God’s holy Word – BCP2019, p. 544.

Dearly Beloved in Jesus Christ,

As you and I begin the observance of Lent on this Ash Wednesday, I want to ask you to build into your Lenten observance specific times of prayer (and fasting) asking for God’s intervention in the spread of the Coronavirus in North America and all around the world.

Dr. Nancy Messionnier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, said yesterday that it is only a matter of time before the virus now labeled COVID-19 begins to spread across North America.  Saying that schools and businesses should begin preparing now, she said: “I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to everyday life may be severe. But these are things that people need to start thinking about now.”

This is where you and I can make a difference in prayer.  If you are going to give up something this Lent, give up “time” and use that time in prayer. If you are going to take something on this Lent, take up specific times in intercessory prayer.  Ask God to eradicate this virus. Ask him to intervene.  Ask him to help public health officials, doctors, and government officials with wisdom and guidance. Ask him to heal the victims and comfort those who have lost loved-ones.  Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are facing this virus right now in China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Iran, Italy, and so many other places.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and sound judgment (2 Tim.1:7).  Let us walk and live in God’s wisdom asking for his help, and trusting in His mercy.

In Christ,

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

 


Gafcon Chairman’s February 2020 Letter


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A letter from Archbishop Foley Beach to Gafcon.

Beloved in Christ Jesus: Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Light of the world!

The season of Epiphany has been a reminder to us of the mission of the Church – to reach people with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  With the Great Commission Jesus encouraged his disciples:

Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have command you; and I am with you until the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19, 20).

One of the great joys of the Anglican Communion is that it has the potential to demonstrate the gospel ‘mystery’ of being heirs, members and sharers together by a common global life and mission. It has been my privilege to share in the installation of Archbishop Melter Tais as the new Primate of South East Asia. It is a joy to be with brothers and sisters who are so united in mission and in love for Jesus.

Please pray for Archbishop-elect Stephen Kaziimba as the Church of Uganda prepares for his enthronement service on Sunday, March 1st, at which I have been invited to preach. The Ugandan Church has a noble history of faithfulness to Christ, from the early martyrs of the mid 1880’s through to Janani Luwum in 1977 and countless acts of courageous witness for Christ to the present day. We give thanks for the Ugandan witness throughout the decades. May this Church, truly seeded by the blood of the martyrs, reveal even more of the glorious mystery of the gospel in its life together!

Christian discipleship and leadership calls us to make disciples of all nations and it requires us to protect the flock from false teachers. Encountering false teachers is nothing new in the history of the Church. The New Testament is filled with exhortations regarding false teachers.  The Apostle Paul was concerned about what was happening in his beloved church plant in the city of Ephesus and wrote: “For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them…” (Ephesians 5:5-7). 

Did Paul say not to love them? No.  He said not to become partners with them.  This is the real challenge for many of our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Communion who have had years of partnership and fellowship and communion with provinces who now are filled with false teachers and with those who are practicing immorality.  While the Anglican Establishment argues that this does not matter – that we can agree to disagree on issues of salvation—the Scriptures are clear that we are dishonouring the Body of Christ and the Lord himself when we ignore false teachers and pretend everything is just fine. (See 1 Corinthians 5:11-13 and 2 John 1:10-11).

Recognising the difference between true and false teachers and true and false “togetherness” calls for discernment. I strongly recommend a new tool that helps us in this task by recalling our recent history. The Anglican Reality Check (www.anglicanrealitycheck.org) is an interactive time-line which tracks key events, good and bad, in the unfolding crisis of faith which has overtaken the Anglican Communion in the twenty-first century. It is amazing how much we can forget, and in a world of instant mass communication, this is a great way of keeping perspective and not being swayed by the latest PR slogans. Please spread the word and ensure that this powerful resource is used as widely as possibly to keep the laity and clergy informed.

In the meantime, the Gafcon Networks have continued to work and minister so as to enhance the proclamation of the Gospel all around the world, especially to those in places where they have no witness or church.  These Networks – the Suffering Church, Church Planting, Theological Education, Women’s Ministries, Bishop Training Institute, Youth and Children’s Ministry, Global Mission Partnerships, Lawyers Task Force, Sustainable Development, and PRAYER – are all working to help equip the Church for the work God has given us.  You can find out more at www.gafcon.org/neworks.

Please also pray for KIGALI 2020 in Rwanda, an important conference for bishops and their wives.  Archbishop Kwashi, Archbishop Mbanda, and their teams are working hard to prepare for our arrival in June.  If you are a bishop in the Anglican Communion and can affirm the Jerusalem Declaration, you are welcome to attend.

I invite you today to go out and share Jesus with someone!

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.  – Collect for Third Sunday of Epiphany

Your brother in the hope and faith of Christ,

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The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Chairman, Gafcon Primates Council


Traditional Language Liturgies Now Available


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The Liturgy Task Force has released for download the first wave of the 2019 Book of Common Prayer liturgies in traditional language. Included in this release are the Daily Offices, both Eucharistic liturgies, and the Ash Wednesday service, among others.

 

You can download the traditional language liturgy here, under the Resources tab of the bcp2019.anglicanchurch.net website.

If you have comments for the Task Force, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Traditional Language Version of the Book of Common Prayer 2019 is expected to be available for purchase later this spring. Stay tuned for updates!

“This Traditional Language Edition of the Book of Common Prayer (2019) employs the personal idiom (thou, thee, thy, thine, etc.) of historic Prayer Books, and uses the verb forms of Elizabethan English, as permitted in the section Concerning the Divine Service of the Church.

This edition also substitutes the historic Coverdale Psalter of 1535, as revised in the 1928 American Prayer Book. All psalms appointed and psalm references in this Traditional Language Edition take this form.

All other quotations from Scripture are from the Authorized Version of the Holy Bible (kjv) of 1611, unless the Prayer Book tradition maintains a still earlier version of the verse or verses.

The page numbers of this Traditional Language Edition mirror the page numbers of the Book of Common Prayer (2019), where possible.” (BCP 2019, Concerning the Traditional Language Edition)


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Gafcon Chairman’s January Letter


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A Letter from Archbishop Foley Beach

Beloved in Christ Jesus: Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Light of the world!

On Epiphany we remember the Magi who came to worship Jesus as the King of kings, bringing to him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gold, a most precious gift representing nobility and royalty. Frankincense, an expensive beautiful smelling incense offered to the gods (Origen: Frankincense is the incense of deity). Myrrh, a costly perfume emphasizing his humanness, often used for burial. Here in their offerings to Jesus, we see gifts emphasizing his divinity and his humanity; gifts honoring his birth and honoring his death.

There was also a dark side to the Epiphany story. On the 4th Day of Christmas (December 28) we are reminded of King Herod’s ruthless massacre of the children of Bethlehem in an attempt to exterminate the infant Jesus. Even in the midst of such blessing to the world, evil seeks to destroy all the good that God does and His plans for humanity. Of course, we know evil (and evildoers) will not have the last word as demonstrated in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!!  Until the fullness of the Kingdom is realized in the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, we must still face this reality in our daily lives and ministries.

For many of us, Christmas is a time for celebrating the birth of Jesus, the Word becoming flesh, and enjoying time with family and friends. However, for some of our brothers and sisters in Christ, Christmas has become a time of increased threat. This was graphically and barbarically demonstrated by the beheading of a young Nigerian woman, Martha Bulus, and her 10 companions who were abducted by Boko Haram on their way to her wedding on December 26th in north eastern Nigeria’s Borno state. It is reported that the executions were filmed and the video posted online.

It is truly appalling that families who should have had videos of a joyful wedding were faced with a video of their loved ones being butchered to death. This tragedy has illustrated again the deep reluctance on the part of many Western governments, church leaders, and media to speak out on behalf of persecuted Christians. But last year the British Government accepted a report prepared for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, commissioned from the Rt Rev’d Philip Mountstephen, Bishop of Truro. It recognised the large scale of persecution worldwide, involving an estimated quarter of a billion Christians in 144 countries. 

While the West mostly remains silent, it is the global family of the Church who must be at the forefront in standing with those who suffer by prayer, practical care and advocacy. Those of you who use the Gafcon daily prayer diary will know that we regularly pray for the Suffering Church and during 2020 the Gafcon Suffering Church network will play an important part in Gafcon’s global ministry. (If you do not yet use this wonderful aid for your prayers, why not make it a New Year’s Resolution to do so?)

We must never speak glibly of suffering, pain and trauma, but in solidarity with the Suffering Church we gain the liberating perspective of faith. The Apostle Paul tells us that he was seeking to know Christ “and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Philippians 3:10), and that he hadn’t obtained it yet, but “I press on toward the goal of the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). 

I am reminded of the Epiphany Collect in which we pray, “Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face.” For all of us our life on earth is temporary, but we trust in what we do not see, and are sustained on our pilgrimage by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit until that glorious day when we shall see Jesus face to face! Hallelujah!

Suffering as a mark of the Christian life carries a powerful message to Church leaders who have compromised Christian teaching and morality in order to try and win acceptance from secular societies that celebrate relativism and narcissistic individualism. Compromising biblical truth only leads to more compromise, and eventually becomes unrecognizable as anything Christian. It demonstrates in real life that this faith in Christ is not just ‘my truth’ or something merely therapeutic, ‘but is truth gloriously and uniquely revealed in Jesus Christ who said God’s word is truth (John 17:17), and “I am the truth” (John 14:6), and has promised “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28.20).’

Bishops of the Anglican Communion will gather in June for the Gafcon 2020 Bishops and Wives Conference, hosted by Archbishop Mbanda and the Anglican Church of Rwanda. It is this unquenchable hope in Jesus, the unfailing truth of His Word, the redemption of all suffering, and joyful life of serving Jesus as found in the Gospel, that we bishops will proclaim in solidarity when we gather in Kigali.

Finally, as we remember those in the midst of distress, let us continue to pray for God’s mercy upon those in Australia who are enduring bush fires on an unprecedented scale which have brought loss of life, trauma and widespread destruction. Archbishop Glenn Davies has commended a special prayer which I in turn commend to the whole Gafcon family.

Your brother in the hope and faith of Christ,
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The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Chairman, Gafcon Primates Council


Bishop Ronald Jackson Resigns


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A Joint Statement from the Anglican Church in North America and the Standing Committee of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes

The Rt. Rev. Ronald Jackson has communicated to the Standing Committee of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes his resignation as the bishop ordinary of the diocese, citing health reasons and to be effective immediately. The diocese has accepted his tendered resignation and is grateful to Bishop Ron for his years of service. Adhering to the canons of both the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes and the Province, the Standing Committee will begin implementing the details of the transition immediately and will share more information about that process in the weeks ahead. The Rt. Rev. John Miller, appointed temporary bishop for the diocese in November 2019, will continue advising the Standing Committee and serve as a liaison with the Province.

Bishop Jackson has been on administrative leave since November 2019 concerning information brought to the attention of the Archbishop’s Office that called for an impartial investigation to be conducted. At the provincial level, the investigative process has entered its middle stages and remains ongoing. Locally, a pastoral team has been put in place to provide holistic care for Bishop Ron and Patty.

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, commented on the transition: “Please keep Bishop Ron and his wife, Patty, in your prayers. This has been a difficult and complicated decision for them. Please also pray for the Standing Committee. I have been impressed with how they have proactively and wisely led the diocese over the last couple months. They will have my prayers and full support as they move forward during this challenging time.”


College of Bishops Communiqué


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January 2020, Melbourne, Florida

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3. Reading for the Feast of the Epiphany)

Introduction

We began our meeting on Monday, January 6th by celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany, and concluded our meeting on Friday, January the 10th. We began each day in worship of Almighty God with preaching from the Scriptures and the celebration of Holy Communion. Our business and fellowship throughout the day was punctuated with Midday Prayer and Evening Prayer. It was a great joy to use the Book of Common Prayer 2019 for each of our divine worship services.

On Thursday, we were blessed by the generous hospitality of Prince of Peace Anglican Church in Melbourne, Florida. Their clergy, staff, and volunteers hosted us for lunch, and, meeting in their consecrated space, we consented to the election of Bishop R. Charles Gillin as bishop ordinary of the Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic (REC). More about the election can be read here.

Clergy Care, Health, and Wellness

As bishops, we have an ongoing commitment to care for our clergy and their families and to equip our clergy to care for their people in the midst of the world. We gave thanks for Archbishop Beach’s Epiphany letter to the clergy of our province which provided practical, biblical advice for developing and maintaining a healthy and balanced life. We commend the letter in its entirety to all of our clergy, as well as those lay leaders, such as vestry members, who share a responsibility for the health of their parish culture.

Recognizing the importance of the physical health of our clergy and their families, we spent time discussing our concerns about the rising cost of health care.

Also this week, Jay Haug, representing the ministry Living without Lust, was invited to make a presentation to the bishops. In a measured but straightforward way, he reminded us of the staggering statistics of pornography involvement in all sectors of our society, including the church. The internet has radically increased access to pornography and dramatically lowered the age at which it is first experienced. Having drawn our attention to the huge challenge, which we must not ignore, Haug shared strategies and resources to go beyond the outward behavior to the heart of the problem, which is the root of desire. The good news is that there are effective support groups available and principles for recovery for the many who are caught in addiction and there is assistance for all to help avoid any involvement in pornography.

Prayerbook & Catechism

We gave approval to a traditional language version of the Book of Common Prayer 2019. Parts of the traditional language version will be available electronically in the near future and the book will be in print by the summer of this year. We also received a report from the Prayer Book Task Force. They are producing an Altar Book for the Book of Common Prayer 2019, the book Occasional Services, and a lesser feasts and fasts book to be called Sanctifying Time. The College commends the work of the members of the Task Force and thanks God for the contributions they have made to the wider Church.

The College also learned of the appointment of an expanded Music Task Force, now under the chairmanship of Mr. Mark Williams of Christ Church Anglican, Savannah, GA, and its new website, www.acnamusicresources.com.

We received with great joy the final version of the Catechism, To Be a Christian. We were thankful to be joined by leaders of Crossway Books, Mr. Anthony Gosling, COO of Crossway, and Mr. Dane Ortlund, Chief Publishing Officer, who presented us with copies of the final edition of the catechism straight from the press. We expressed our appreciation for Crossway and the partnership we have developed over the years. The Catechism will be in stock later this month, and is now available for order.

Issues of Race

Following a video presentation by the Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley, Director of the Anglican Church in North America’s Next Generation Initiative, and the Rt. Rev. Alphonza Gadsden, Bishop of the Diocese of the Southeast (REC), the College spent time in discussion and prayer about issues of race, racism, and recent mass shootings. Particular attention was given to the great need for multi-ethnic outreach and church planting, ensuring that all peoples are reached for Christ and to addressing the public witness of the Province and our dioceses on matters of justice.

Via Apostolica

Last year, on January 10, 2019, Bishop Todd Atkinson was accepted into the College, while the jurisdictional status of his churches in Canada, called “Via Apostolica,” was still to be determined.

At this meeting of the College of Bishops, exactly one year later, the following proposal, moved by Bishop Charlie Masters, Bishop of the Anglican Network in Canada, was presented and accepted:

This College of Bishops recommends to the Provincial Executive Committee and Provincial Council the establishment of Via Apostolica as a Provincial Missionary District under Canon 12 and recommends Bishop Todd Atkinson be designated a ‘Bishop for Special Mission” to lead this ministry.

This will next be presented to the Executive Committee in February of this year and the Provincial Council in June.

Global Relationships

The Anglican Church in North America continues to maintain and develop strong, strategic, and growing relationships with Anglican provinces around the world. Through the international ministry of Archbishop Beach and as a result of his ministry as Chairman of the Gafcon Primates’ Council, the global missional relationships and outreach of the Province have been strengthened through new and existing partnerships. The Gafcon Primates’ Council represents the majority of the world’s active Anglicans.

The bishops of the Anglican Church in North America welcome the invitation to attend and participate in the Kigali 2020 Bishops’ Conference in June which will provide an opportunity for the bishops of Gafcon to stand together, uphold the faith once for all entrusted to the saints, and strengthen gospel and ministry ties that bind us together in Christ.

The College also received a report from Canon Phil Ashey and Bishop Bill Atwood (Dean of International Affairs) on the Global South Anglican Covenant adopted by the 7th Global South Assembly in Cairo on October 11, 2019. This Global South “Cairo Covenant” addresses the “ecclesial deficit” or lack of discipline for false teaching in the Anglican Communion. Gafcon continues to address the “gospel deficit” of false teaching by proclaiming Christ faithfully to the nations, and authenticating Biblically faithful Anglicans.  The College recognized the different charisms that Gafcon and the Global South have expressed in upholding the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3) and rejoice in the renewed opportunity presented by the Cairo Covenant for both Gafcon and the Global South to work together for the sake of Gospel mission and the recovery of genuine Communion among Anglicans. The College received the invitation to review the Cairo Covenant in preparation for ratification by the Provincial Council in June 2021.

Ecumenical Relationships

We celebrate the work of our Ecumenical Task Force and thank God for our ecumenical partners. We have endorsed concordats with the Episcopal Missionary Church and with the Independent Catholic Philippine Church (also known as the Iglesia Catolica Filipina Independiente). These concordats will be presented for approval to the Provincial Council in June.

We continue dialogue with numerous church bodies with the goal of healing the Church and working towards Christian unity. Two guests from the New Day Kingdom Assembly Church were observers at the College as their church explores the “Anglican Way.” Archbishop Thomas E. Wallace and Rev. Theron Davis Ham made the trip from Houston to be with us, and we enjoyed their fellowship throughout the week.

Finally, we want to encourage members of the Anglican Church in North America to attend our joint conference with the North American Lutheran Church entitled “DiscipleLife 2020” to be held in Orlando, FL on February 13-15.

Holy Orders

Over the last three years, the Bishops’ Working Group on Holy Orders has continued to serve by proposing creative and innovative ways to continue the discipline of conversation, seeking to understand the varied differences in our perception of the nature of holy orders. During this time, we have discovered again and again that there are layers upon layers of differences in ecclesiology, hermeneutics, theology, and tradition. These layers result in deep differences in our perspectives on the nature of holy orders in general and the role of women in orders in particular. We recognize that there is great pain over these differences both within our working group and throughout the Province. During the week, we spent time in small group discussions on this topic, both formal and informal. The working group continues to encourage the College to lead in both lament and prayer as we seek a way forward.

Chaplaincy Ministries

We heard a report from Bishop Michael Williams on behalf of the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy about the continued strong growth of the Province’s chaplains. There are now 23 hospital and hospice chaplains, 17 community chaplains, 3 prison chaplains, 17 Commissioned Lay Chaplains, and 81 military chaplains, with an additional 24 actively engaged in the application, ordination, and endorsement processes. We gave thanks for this fruitful ministry and prayed for our chaplains, particularly for those serving in areas of conflict.

Sexuality

We had an engaging and unified conversation around the opportunity for pastoral care to those within our churches who are same-sex attracted. We identified the ways in which the church has not always seen and heard the reality of men and women living with strong same-sex attraction, and we discussed the importance of developing greater clarity around this pastoral ministry and providing more theological leadership for our province. Our discussion included the greater debate within the larger evangelical church around the kind of language that should be employed to describe a faithful follower of Jesus who seeks to live under the authority of Scripture while experiencing the reality of unwanted same-sex attraction. The Archbishop assigned a task force, chaired by Bishop Stewart Ruch III, to develop a theological and pastoral statement for consideration at our next meeting that addresses the use of this language as well as an articulation of our heart as bishops for many who have various kinds of sexual brokenness.

Conclusion


We thank all those across the Province who prayed for us last week. As the Lord moves us from strength to strength, we give thanks for the blessing of fellowship provided by the collegial atmosphere and the common commitment we have to reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.


Director of Communications, Wheaton, IL



Trinity on the Border


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Learn about the “chapel and outreach mission serving Christ along the South Texas and Mexico border.”

Immigration – one of the most politicized words in the United States, and possibly all of North America, today.

Perhaps that is why all throughout the political spectrum people have varying reactions to “ministry to immigrants” and often those reactions are strong and emotional. Maybe you’re even experiencing an emotional reaction to this article already. Stick with me.

Likely, there are places on this issue in which we can all agree: There is a crisis on the border (even if we disagree on what it is and how to handle it) and immigrants are human beings who are loved by God. If we all start here, we can appreciate the ministry of Trinity on the Border, deep in the south of Texas.

Harlingen, Texas is 15 miles give or take from the Mexico border. As recently as this summer, hundreds of immigrants from all over the world were pouring into the United States here each day. A nice city of approximately 65,000 residents lined with palm trees and modern development, Harlingen is neither run down nor filled with desert and tumble weeds like some outsiders might expect from a Texas border city. But it does face the border crisis daily.

This is why the Rev. Michael Jarrett and his wife, Dr. Erica Jarrett, moved to the city in 2015. While serving in other parts of Texas the previous year, the Jarretts had a growing concern for the number of immigrants coming into the United States and the lack of an Anglican presence there to meet them in their need. So, when the Jarretts asked the Lord to send Anglicans to the South Texas border, He – in His good humor – sent them.

“It was clear that this was a significant issue that we felt that the Church, the Anglican Church in North America, needed to have a response to. Over time, we realized we are the Anglican Church in North America and if the Province is going to have a response, maybe it’s us,” Fr. Michael said.

After a web search, the Jarretts found and connected with La Posada Providencia, the only shelter of its kind in the Valley of South Texas. La Posada is a mid-way shelter. It houses immigrants who are beyond detention centers but not at their final destination. Run by three women who are members of religious societies, the shelter provides housing, English language and U.S. culture classes for all levels and ages, transportation and help with appointments, and more. image Most importantly, though, at the very real, human level, they provide friendship, love, and a smiling face.

When he first arrived in town, Fr. Michael was a driver for the shelter, but the partnership has grown significantly. Eventually, the Jarretts also began a medical clinic and began leading worship services. Two years ago, they started a Christian school. All together these ministry areas now make up what is Trinity on the Border.

“We are a chapel and outreach mission serving Christ along the South Texas/Mexico border,” says Fr. Michael. “We just came and started doing whatever a doctor and priest could do to serve down here.”

Trinity on the Border serves its community by meeting tangible needs, both for immigrants and residents. Many in the community have medical needs but are unable to afford the necessary care. Using a Matthew 25 grant, Trinity on the Border was able to build out its central mission location with offices, a chapel, and two exam rooms for their free clinic.

Dr. Jarrett and another local doctor, who attends the worship services and has kids in the school, provide free medical care to those in need at the Trinity on the Border mission building every week. Additionally, Dr. Jarrett makes weekly “house calls” to the La Posada immigrant shelter.

Today, the partnership with La Posada is far more than it originally was. Not only does Dr. Jarrett provide medical care for immigrants, other staff of Trinity on the Border have roles there as well. The Rev. Daniel Behrens, Missionary Curate for Trinity on the Border, teaches English classes three times per week. His wife also participates by leading children’s activities.

The Trinity school meets a need for Christian education in the city. Using the Charlotte Mason curriculum, it provides a different approach to education and child development that is unique in the area. The school now has about 15 students between kindergarten and 3rd grade.

Finally, the chapel ministry of Trinity on the Border is the piece that flows into all others. With a healing prayer service on Thursday mornings at the Culture of Life clinic, Eucharistic services at a shelter on the Mexican side of the border, and Thursday morning chapel at the school, this ministry goes beyond their congregational Sunday services.image

“We’re not Trinity for the Immigrant even, we are Trinity on the Border. We are for whoever is here,” says Fr. Michael before describing his newest ministry pursuit: to be a chaplain for the Coast Guard, a Department of Homeland Security position. “We keep reminding our team that we’re here for everybody. We serve Border Patrol, we serve Customs, we serve immigrants, we serve the poor who live here, we serve the rich who live here.”

Yet, Fr. Michael and his team are not ignorant of the political climate. “People want us to speak into the political situation. And we have personal opinions on that. I don’t think everybody on our team has the same personal opinion,” he said, “but as far as our work, that stays pretty simple. If they’re here, if they’re a human being, we are going to love them with the love of Christ and what happens to them is not really in the realm of what we can do anything about.”

One thing the team knows is that every person they encounter has a different story. In mid-September, those stories included a father and son from Angola who had been separated at the border but were reunited and at La Posada together. Because of their earlier separation, the father had already received asylum and the young child was still going through the process. They included a young, English-speaking single mother from Uganda staying at the shelter while working to earn her GED and secure a driver’s license.

At the clinic, the room hosting the healing prayer service was packed with those in need, all with their own stories as well. Notably, a young man, a musician who spent most of his time in bars, had just quit drinking the week before. He wants to be a better father and give his time to the Lord in service. He received prayer and anointing.

For Fr. Daniel, who is nearly one year into his curacy, it is a privilege to serve these people and that is evident in his care for them. It’s been “difficult” and “awkward” at times, he says, but “awkwardness may be evidence that you’re doing something cross-cultural.” To him, the ministry of Trinity on the Border is a “special thing, very different from other ministries in the Anglican Church in North America.”

Ultimately, the Jarretts and their team are accomplishing what they set out to do: bring Jesus to the Texas and Mexico border through the Anglican expression. And that is something we can all be proud of.

For more, listen to the Things Anglican podcast on the Anglican Church in North America App, on Apple Podcasts, or here.


College of Bishops Consents to New Bishop for Diocese of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic (REC)


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On January 9, 2020, the Anglican Church in North America’s College of Bishops consented to the election of the Rt. Rev. R. Charles Gillin as the Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic (REC).

Gillin has served as the bishop suffragan of the diocese since September 2012 when he was consecrated. Based in southern New Jersey, just due east of Philadelphia, Gillin is centrally located to the majority of the congregations in the diocese that spans from Maine to Maryland with one outlier in Ontario, Canada.

Married for 47 years, Gillin and his wife, Jan, have two married children and four grandchildren. They have spent his entire 41-year clerical ministry in the Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic (REC), though it once had a different name.

Gillin succeeds the Rt. Rev. David Hicks, who announced his resignation in April 2019, noting he would return to congregational ministry as rector of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Butler, Pennsylvania, a parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Commenting on the decision of the College, Hicks said, “Bishop Gillin is a godly man. We worked well together when I was in the diocese. I am sure he will do well as God leads him. He and the people of the diocese remain in my prayers.”

The Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) is a sub-jurisdiction within the Anglican Church in North America. In accordance with the REC Constitution and Canons, the Presiding Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Ray Sutton, became interim bishop upon Hicks’s resignation and will serve in such capacity until spring 2020 when Gillin will be installed.

“We are so very thankful for the Lord’s confirmation of Bishop Chuck by the College of Bishops. He has been a faithful bishop for many years. We know he will continue to bless the Church in his new sphere of call as Ordinary of the Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic,” said Sutton.

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, shared the gracious sentiment: “We are delighted to have Bishop Gillin active again in the College, but most importantly we are appreciative of his willingness to serve the diocese he already knows and loves in this new capacity. He’s a man of humility, devoted to the Lord. I believe he will continue to lead and serve the diocese well.”

In the moments following the bishops’ decision, Gillin offered “thanksgiving to God for His mercy and grace, to the Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, to the Standing Committees of the various dioceses of the REC, and for the confirming action of the Anglican Church in North America College of Bishops. I look forward to working with the College, with my fellow bishops in the REC, and especially with the clergy of the NEMA diocese in moving us forward in God’s power to accomplish His will in reaching the people within our diocese and the world with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.”


Director of Children’s Minsitry/Children’s Minister, Louisville, KY



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A Christmas Message from Archbishop Beach


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Listen to Archbishop Foley Beach’s Christmas message reminding us why we can have joy this Christmas, and always. Joy to the world, the Lord has come!

A merry and happy Christmas to you!

I’m addressing you from in front of Abney Park Chapel, an historic church built on a piece of property that Isaac Watts, the famous hymn and song writer, used to live. Isaac Watts brought us the famous Christmas hymn “Joy to the World.” “Joy to the World” is based on Psalm 98. There are so many good verses in this Psalm, but the overall theme is about singing and praising the Lord and having joy because of the salvation He’s brought to the world.

We find allusions to this Psalm when the shepherds are out in the field and the angels appear to tell them about Jesus being born in Bethlehem. The angels tell the shepherds this, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12) 

Part of the message of Psalm 98 and of this message from the angels is that, because of this salvation that is going to be brought into the world because of Jesus being born, people will have great joy!

When I think about joy in the Christian life, I am reminded of something I was taught early on in my Christian walk about having joy in one’s life as we follow Jesus. It is based on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. It’s a very simple acronym, JOY: Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last.

Philippians 1:21 says, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” In other words, we make him the priority. He’s the first thing in our life. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness,” Jesus said.

Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but in humility regard others as more important than yourself.” Do not merely look after your own interests, but also the interests of others. It’s so easy in our selfish world to think of ourselves first, but part of having joy is thinking of the other person before yourself.

And the “y” is for yourself. You are so important to the Lord! You are important to His cause and His purposes on earth.

So, here we are at Christmas, and God desires for you and me to have His joy. As Isaac Watts wrote, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room. And heaven and nature sing.”

I hope this Christmas you are preparing room in your heart for our Lord Jesus Christ. But not only that, that you’re putting Him first, the other second, and yourself last.

God bless you!

Merry Christmas,
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Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America
Gafcon Chairman




DiscipleLife 2020: Joint Conference with North American Lutheran Church


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Don’t miss out on the upcoming opportunity to dive into partnership, fellowship, and discipleship with our partners in Christ in the North American Lutheran Church this February in Orlando, Florida.

The Anglican Church in North America is co-hosting the first-ever joint conference with the North American Lutheran Church focusing on discipleship and partnering at the grassroots level.

The ecumenical consultation between the Anglican Church in North America and the North American Lutheran Church began on March 27, 2012 at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA, and continues to meet semi-annually. Trinity School for Ministry has been well-known as a seminary in the Anglican tradition and more recently has also partnered with the North American Lutheran Church. According to the consultation, “the goal of these meetings has been, from the start, finding ways that the two bodies could cooperate in critically important areas of common concern in our modern context in North America,” specifically at the grassroots, congregational level.

To aid in these efforts, the consultation conceived the idea to bring congregational leaders – lay and clergy - together for a conference and fellowship between the two Churches.

DiscipleLife 2020 will bring this vision to fruition February 13-15, 2020 at the Sheraton Orlando North hotel. Speakers include Archbishop Foley Beach, Bishop Dan Selbo (NALC), Bishop Todd Hunter, and many more.

Please consider joining us for this unique opportunity to join in Gospel mission with our fellow Christ followers.

Book your room by January 13 to secure special conference rates.

Register and learn more here.

Prayer for Discipleship Life 2020

Our loving Heavenly Father, we give you thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Through him You have reconciled the world to Yourself and called us to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; and to teach everything he commanded us.  We pray for the Disciple Life Conference in February in Orlando, where Anglican and Lutheran Christians will meet together.  We pray that You would renew and equip us for the ministry of making disciples.  Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon our churches.  Empower us to make disciples.  Enable us to share the love of Christ with all people.  Raise up laborers/labourers for the harvest as we pray, learn, and worship together.  In all things may we work as one to bring glory to Your Name so that the world may come to acknowledge Your Son as Lord and Savior.  “Now to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.

 


Disciple Life 2020


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The first ever joint conference between the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) will be held February 13-15, 2020 at the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel, Orlando, Florida.

The Anglican Church in North America and the North American Lutheran Church would both describe themselves as “Great Commission” churches—committed to the Lord’s charge to “Go, make disciples…baptize…teach…” (Matthew 28:19-20). Other Christian bodies in North America share the same focus, but lack the commitment to the key role of Word and Sacrament in forming Christians who will be disciples and followers of Jesus, intentionally, authentically and with accountability. Essential to such forming of disciples is community, and developing congregational cultures which foster and support disciple-making. As simple as they sound, disciple-making and creating congregations with disciple-making cultures are not familiar or comfortable to most Lutherans and Anglicans in the 21st Century!

Join us for this opportunity for biblically-grounded Anglicans and Lutherans to meet together, get to know one another and network for greater mission and ministry in local contexts; and to acknowledge and embrace “small steps” toward disciple-making at the local level—fostering an “awakening toward action,” regardless of the size of the congregation, or the experience of clergy and laity; and to return home encouraged and empowered to get involved, to get motivated and to get moving with regard to being disciples and making disciples! 

Learn more at disciplelife2020.org

Note: If you have had trouble making hotel reservations, please call Hanna at the Sheraton Orlando North, 407-551-7507 for assistance.


Prayer for Discipleship Life 2020

Our loving Heavenly Father, we give you thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Through him You have reconciled the world to Yourself and called us to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; and to teach everything he commanded us.  We pray for the Disciple Life Conference in February in Orlando, where Anglican and Lutheran Christians will meet together.  We pray that You would renew and equip us for the ministry of making disciples.  Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon our churches.  Empower us to make disciples.  Enable us to share the love of Christ with all people.  Raise up laborers/labourers for the harvest as we pray, learn, and worship together.  In all things may we work as one to bring glory to Your Name so that the world may come to acknowledge Your Son as Lord and Savior.  “Now to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.


ARDF Seeking New Executive Director


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Canon William (Bill) Deiss is retiring in 2020, and so Anglican Relief and Development Fund-US is seeking to hire a new Executive Director in the spring of 2020. 

The Executive Director position is a full-time, executive/management position, reporting to the Chairman and the Board of Directors of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund-U.S. (ARDF-US). The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing administration, programs, and strategic planning of the organization. In addition, key responsibilities include fundraising, marketing/communications, and community outreach.

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund serves as the official international relief and development arm of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) with the vision that, working together, Christians can help the poor and needy in the World, demonstrating the love of Christ and spreading the Gospel. The mission of ARDF-US is to work within the worldwide Anglican Communion to maximize life change in some of the most challenging parts of the world for the sake of Christ by facilitating development and relief projects.

To-date, ARDF-US has funded nearly 200 development projects in 38 countries internationally, with over $10 million committed and more than 1.3 million lives impacted. In addition, ARDF-US has assisted in 40 relief projects in over 20 countries internationally and 11 states in the United States, facilitating over $2.5 million in relief funds distributed. 

We are seeking candidates with a passion for Christ, the global church and the vision and mission of ARDF-US. Candidates should have experience in fundraising, executive leadership, cross-cultural relations, and ability to serve as a global ambassador for ARDF-US. Familiarity with international business and Anglican theology and ecclesial structures is preferred.

For more information about the job, requirements for the position, and details about submitting an application, please click here.


Approved Catechism Now Available for Download


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It’s finally here! The Catechesis Task Force has released a downloadable PDF of the final version of To Be Christian: An Anglican Catechism.

Working since the formational days of the Province, the Task Force went through an extensive process to develop the Catechism, including working closely with the College of Bishops as well as receiving feedback from the Province at large.

Learn more about the Catechism and the Task Force here.
Download the PDF.


Gafcon Chairman’s Advent Letter


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Beloved in Christ Jesus: Advent Greetings in the name of our Risen and Returning King, our Lord Jesus Christ! 

I am delighted that in this Advent season, Gafcon is launching a weekday devotional project called ‘Lift Up Your Hearts’. These words are profoundly Scriptural. The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 3:14,

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” and in Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things that are above.”

Advent is a time to “lift up your hearts” toward heaven, to bring our lives into alignment with God’s plan and purpose through repentance, and to prepare ourselves by living in readiness for Christ’s return in majesty and glory.

“Lift up your Hearts” is also an ancient liturgical phrase which reaches back into the earliest centuries of the undivided Church. As we gather at God’s Table, we lift up our hearts in the company of the ‘great cloud of witnesses’ who have gone before us (Hebrews 12:1), and our hearts delight with them in sharing the same unchanging truth of God’s grace in the gospel of Jesus.

It is my prayer that during this Advent season, faithful Anglicans around the world will be united in lifting up their hearts as we share in the glorious Advent hope. This hope is what has always sustained followers of Jesus through hardship, challenges, and suffering.  I have seen its power firsthand during my recent visit to the Church of Pakistan. This is a church which knows only too painfully the cost of discipleship, and yet is building a vibrant Christian community and reaching out in respectful dialogue. I was privileged to have many opportunities to speak and preach, to help confirm over 50 confirmands, and to meet with Islamic scholars and governmental leaders. Pray for these faithful followers of Jesus.

Through our Suffering Church Network, Gafcon is raising awareness of Anglicans around the world who pay a heavy price for their faithfulness, often unknown and in isolation from other Christians.  As we stand in solidarity with them, pray for them, and walk with them (there will be a special emphasis on the Suffering Church in our Gafcon daily prayer diary during Advent), we are drawn back to the heart of the gospel and discover that by God’s amazing grace, the way of the cross is indeed none other than the way of life and peace.

Sadly, suffering also comes from within the organised church itself as many of us in the Anglican Church in North America, the Anglican Church of Brazil, the Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa, New Zealand, and the Scottish Anglican Network know very well, and we are now seeing growing hostility to orthodox faith in many other places as well.  Bishops, clergy, and lay persons in various provinces are being ostracized, condemned, and alienated because they cannot and will not go along with attempts to change basic Christian teaching and morality which contradicts the Bible.

It was a great joy to learn that the Venerable David McCLay, a leading member of Gafcon Ireland, has been elected as the next Bishop of Down and Dromore. Please pray for him that he may know great grace and courage in this new stage of life and ministry.  Sadly, there was an attempt to block his election by a group of clergy who claimed in a letter to the Irish Times that ‘the policies of Gafcon are antithetical’ to the principles of the Rite of Consecration, which according to them includes the need to recognise ‘sexual diversity’.  Surely, it is a sign of the deep-seated spiritual crisis and need for repentance in the Anglican Communion when even the rite of Consecration of a Bishop can be made to mean things that were never intended (just as the English House of Bishops repurposed the rite of Affirmation of Baptismal Faith for those who self-identify as transgender).

In June 2020 hundreds of bishops from around the Anglican Communion will be gathering at the Gafcon Bishops Conference, Kigali 2020, to study the great Biblical truths embedded in the Rite of Consecration and to rededicate themselves to serve as godly, Christ-like shepherds to the people of God. While Lambeth conferences are now increasingly preoccupied with the politics of institutional unity and endorsing Biblical immorality, Kigali 2020 will be outward looking, a time of unprecedented renewal, vision building and equipping, as we press forward to making Christ known faithfully to the nations. Please do pray for organizers with all the financial and logistical challenges this event brings!

Another Advent is upon us. Let us lift up our hearts to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus the Messiah!!

“Lift up your hearts!” We lift them, Lord, to Thee; Here at Thy feet none other may we see; ‘Lift up your hearts!’ E’en so, with one accord, We lift them up, we lift them to the Lord” (Hymn by Butler, 1881).

Your brother in the Coming King,
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The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America
Chairman, Gafcon Primates Council


To view the original post, click here. Access the Lift Up Your Hearts Devotional here.


Anchored in Christ: An English Church Plant of the Anglican Network in Canada


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In the same way that many North Americans found a temporary ecclesial home in places like Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda, faithful congregations from the United Kingdom and Europe are now finding a canonical home in the Anglican Church in North America.

Fowey, England: population just over 2,300. The pronunciation is “foy,” rhyming with “soy.” It’s old. King Arthur old. Robert Bridges, the avant-garde poet laureate during the Cubism days, called Fowey “the most poetic-looking town in England.” Georgian and Medieval buildings congregate the hillside at the river mouth, bunched close like a small fortune of sheep. Shoulder to shoulder they stand as if each might be (understandably) elbowing their way atop for a sliver view of the harbor, envious of the little boats with their excess real estate to bob and sway freely atop the water below.

Fowey has served for centuries as a workaday seaport for the larger Cornish county. Being on the westernmost part of the southwest peninsula, she’s bustling in the summer months, much favored today by English holiday-makers and sailors alike. But come the New Year, boats abandon the river like keepers do their shops. Google it. No, go book an Airbnb any Saturday in January and see how incredibly successful you are. The internet presumes Fowey is nothing more than a “getaway.”

So, to be honest, before I traveled there, the town sounded more like superlative sabbatical material, not the next battlefield in the unfolding Anglican reformation.

Era depending, we all learned in school it has been places such as Babylon, Athens, and Rome, along with Paris, London, New York, and Tokyo that are the world’s leading culture transmitters. Vibrant cultural economies accessible to the global network, along with robust capital accumulation mechanize urban centers to dominate societal thought – from the geopolitical climate on out into the rural hinterlands. Yet in recent months it is the modest little Fowey that has taken the lead in England. Perhaps it should come as no surprise to us; if one spends any time in the Bible, it seems the Lord has a historical knack for using the small and unassuming.

Unlike some in the Global Anglican Future (Gafcon) movement, the issues surrounding marriage are not what brought Fowey to the table. It was baptism. The Church of England’s House of Bishops decided to release transgender guidelines in December 2018 offering the church celebratory material for use after one’s presumed transition between sexes. The choice of celebratory material was shocking. They chose the Baptismal liturgy.

Baptism, in its intended form, is a sign of death to sin and a new identity of a life unified and raised with Christ by His blood alone. The vicar of Fowey, the Rev. Philip de-Grey Warter quickly recognized the danger. “The guidance has the effect of denying the gospel,” he explained in August when I sat down with him and his wife, Naomi, at the vicarage in Fowey. “Now, whatever you think about the transgender [topic], folk in that situation nonetheless need a huge amount of compassion and understanding. The issue for me was that the House of Bishops were willing to allow Baptism to be used for something other than what it’s intended. We are a liturgical church, we express our doctrine and belief liturgically. So that’s an official thing. It says that truth is completely personal.”
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So, after 17 faithful years, Philip stepped out of the Church of England on September 30. He is the first Church of England minister to leave with a substantial part of his parish to come under Bishop Andy Lines, Gafcon’s missionary bishop to Europe. In the same way that many North Americans found a temporary ecclesial home in places like Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda, faithful congregations from the United Kingdom and Europe are now finding a canonical home in the Anglican Church in North America where Bishop Lines is resident.

Philip and Naomi’s ministry will continue in Fowey with the planting of Anchor Anglican Church Fowey (AACF). “It’s business as usual,” he said, “seeking to proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ as faithfully and engagingly as I can in partnership with others.” Services will be held at The Mission to Seafarers, a longstanding institution of the port of Fowey. Guy Stickney, one of the four AACF trustees, described it as “a basic portacabin set up for sailors, hidden away on the edge of the town overlooking a public car park. I don’t think it’s been decorated for at least 30 years, but we are grateful.”

Equally appreciative of the space to meet, Philip says, “We won’t be constrained by ranks of pews all facing in one direction. Instead, we hope to create a more informal and relaxed extended-family atmosphere. It won’t matter at all if children want to wander. There will be toys available and an opportunity for them to enjoy a Bible activity of their own.”
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The inaugural service on the first Sunday in October included a visit from Bishop Lines and recorded messages of welcome and blessing from various Gafcon congregations, bishops, and archbishops from around the world. “Our desire is to ensure that the good news in Jesus Christ is available in an orthodox and relevant way to future generations of Fowey residents,” said Dan Leafe, another of the four trustees.

And as for those evangelicals in the Church of England who are not sharing in Philip’s move, he revealed both reasonable frustration and humble appreciation. “There are folks who are determining to be biblical and faithful in their context [by remaining]. And if they are contending for the faith, then I absolutely respect them in that.”

A year prior to Philip’s departure, Archbishop Foley Beach visited the congregation to offer support. Regardless of one’s choice to leave or stay within the Church of England, Archbishop Beach called it a matter of conscience to be taken to prayer. “Gafcon offers hope to all faithful Anglicans,” he said reflecting on his time there. “Philip and his people have had the courage to refuse to compromise with a false gospel. I am excited for them as they seek to follow the Lord’s guidance and move forward in mission.”

Gospel grunt work and Kingdom advancement are coming out of a small holiday-makers town in the southwest corner of Cornwall. Faithful people in Fowey are living out their obedience to God, lured upward, wooed by God Himself to a Kingdom unseen, to bear up their crosses and think upon eternal years. This is a gain that far outweighs the cost.

To hear more of Philip’s story, check out the companion Things Anglican Podcast episode here.


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How One Church is Training Her People to Witness for Christ in A Skeptical, Jaded Culture

“How do Christians move forward in sharing our faith in this environment of fake news, bad news and a general mistrust of claims of truth?”

That’s a question many of us are asking ourselves, and it was the question St. John’s Vancouver, a church in the Anglican Network in Canada, posed to the entire congregation.

“I think every Christian who lives in the West has the sense right now that we are sailing in uncharted waters culturally,” Rev. Canon David Short, the rector of St. John’s, said. “The idea that there might be some sort of truth out there, we [people in our culture] don’t like that idea. And I think the affect for us as Christians has been uncertainty…and some of us, I think, have been silenced.”

This concerned the pastoral team at St. John’s, especially as they observed two specific trends in their city. One was a deep desire for spiritual authenticity. The second was a deepening suspicion that the Christian faith has nothing to offer.

“I think Vancouver thinks that God is, sort of, at best, irrelevant,” said one young parishioner.

“On the one side we have this fantastic good news about what God has done in Jesus Christ. And we know God through this gospel,” said Canon Short. “On the other side we have friends and family and neighbours who we love, but bringing those two things together seems to be more and more difficult.”

So, St. John’s resolved to do something fairly drastic. They paused all their other mid-week events and groups for a month and asked their entire congregation to attend a series of four meetings. They called the series CCQ – connect, content, questions.  image

“We’ve called it CCQ because each week we’re going to do three things,” said Canon Short in a promo video. “We’re going to talk about connecting with others, we’re going to talk about the content of the gospel, and we’re going to talk about questions that people have.

“As preachers, when we apply the Bible, we encourage people to share their faith, but I’m more and more conscious how complicated that is. It’s not a simple thing to do,” he said. “And the whole point of CCQ is to come together to pray, to lean on God, to listen to each other, to see if we can find a way forward to better do this.”

So, for four Tuesday evenings, everyone was asked to come, worship, pray, share, and learn, asking God for a way forward in equipping one another for the great task of evangelism. The evenings began with a focus on connecting with the people around them. Led by Rev. Aaron Roberts, they explored questions like “what’s important to your non-Christian friends?” and “how can we enter into a conversation about the gospel with grace and wisdom?”

“I really hope you will discover that you guys are actually better at this than you think you are,” he said on the first night.

“Because you know how to have relationships. You know how to have conversations. What we want to try and give you are some ideas about how to have these natural faith conversations.”

The second part of each night focused on the content of the gospel and was led by Canon Short.

“Perhaps when we do get to speak about Jesus we get a bit in a muddle and we’re not sure what we should say,” he said. So, they began to look very practically at the primary components of the gospel and the Christian faith, using an easy-to-remember, four-part structure – Creation, Fall, Jesus Christ, Response.

The third part of the evening focused on the inevitable questions we face while being bold with our faith. Led by Tad Inboden, there was teaching not only on apologetics but on growing more comfortable with people who are questioning. Time was given for role-play practice with questions like “aren’t Christians just hypocrites?”, “isn’t loving people all that matters?”, and “how can you claim that Jesus is the only way to God?”

CCQ sparked at St. John’s a renewed focus on being intentional, prayerful, and articulate in their witness for Christ in their city and it contributed needed training towards that task. But leadership at St. John’s is also very aware that it’s the gospel itself that enables and fuels its proclamation.

“When a heart is gripped by the gospel of grace,” said Tad Inboden, “when it is… captivated by the beauty of the gospel, the costliness of the gospel, when it overwhelms the imagination, it spurs us forward and sends us out on mission.” St. John’s has made much of the materials and recordings from their CCQ series available online for other churches.

You can find out more here: www.stjohnsvancouver.org/ccq-content


Scott Hunt is the Communications Director for the Anglican Network in Canada, a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America. He’s a member of St. George’s Burlington and lives in Fergus, Ontario with his wife, Richelle.


New Music Resources Now Available


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The Anglican Church in North America’s Music Task Force has now released music resources to accompany the Psalms for the upcoming seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. It has also released today a Hymns and Spiritual Songs Worship Planner for the Advent season. These resources have been launched on the Task Force’s new website.

The Music Task Force was commissioned out of the Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force, the group responsible for the Book of Common Prayer 2019. Now, the attention turns to the musicality of the Anglican tradition.

Mark Williams is the Chair of the Music Task Force. Paraphrasing his parish priest, he explained, “First, we needed a province and second we needed a prayer book and a polity. Now, we’ve got all that, so it’s time to look at the art.”

Williams serves as Pastoral Church Musician at Christ Church in Savannah, Georgia and has an extensive background across various worship styles within Anglicanism. His ministry has taken him all over the province.

“The one thing I hear over and over and over [from parish priests and musicians] is: We’ve got this prayer book, how do we put legs to it through art and music? How do we choose hymns? How do we put a praise or folk band together? How do we make a choir happen?”

To help congregations begin accomplishing these tasks, the Music Task Force has released a new website with various resources for parish priests and music worship leaders. A quick glimpse at the website reveals the various areas for which resources have been and will continue to be released, including Music Leadership Philosophy, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Psalter, Choirs, Praise Teams, Pastor and Church Musician Relationship, and more.

It is a goal of the Task Force that its resources will reach across the diversity of churchmanship and service style within the Province.

“What we are trying to do is equip low church, high church, medium church, inexperienced, and experienced; we are trying to provide resources through the gamut,” explains Williams.

Ultimately, the goal is to encourage Anglican Church in North America churches to celebrate and keep alive the long, rich history of music in Anglicanism and to build relationships amongst worship leaders within the Province. Therefore, these new resources are geared toward priests and church musicians.

“We as Anglicans have the most rich heritage of church music of any denomination in the world. In fact, we have been the envy of many church musicians and church music schools around the globe because of that rich heritage. How sad would it be for us to not pick up that mantle and carry it as Anglicans in North America?” Williams continued, “I really want our music to be high quality, whether it be contemporary or high church. I want it to be singable, something the congregations can do in their work of worship. And, I want the music to fit the liturgy, the time of year, the season. Beyond that, I’m willing to walk in any camp [of worship style and churchmanship].”

In addition to the Music Task Force, a related ministry group called the “Musicians of the Anglican Church in North America” is forming to help build community between worship leaders in the Province.

To learn more about the Music Task Force, Musicians of the Anglican Church in North America, and the resources available, visit acnamusic.org. Check out the Psalter tab for the seasonal Psalm resources released today. The Worship Planner can be found under the Hymns and Spiritual Songs tab.


Bishop on Administrative Leave


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A Joint Statement from the Anglican Church in North America and the Standing Committee of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes

Information has been brought to the attention of the Archbishop’s Office regarding the Rt. Rev. Ronald Jackson of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes that calls for an investigation to be conducted. To ensure the integrity of the investigation and allow for due process, Bishop Jackson is on administrative leave while a thorough inquiry into these matters is conducted.

During this leave, the Standing Committee of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes is the ecclesial authority and, in cooperation with the Archbishop’s Office, is ensuring the ongoing mission and ministry of the diocese. Archbishop Beach has appointed the Rt. Rev. John Miller to assist the Standing Committee in its work and to provide temporary pastoral care and ongoing episcopal support to the diocese.

More information will be shared as it becomes available, and we encourage you to refrain from speculation. This statement is a call to prayer, and we ask you and your congregation to join us in lifting up everyone in the diocese:

Prayers for a Diocese

O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to be a good and godly fellowship of faith. Bless our bishops and other clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers for the Mission of the Church

O God, our heavenly Father, you manifested your love by sending your only-begotten Son into the world, that all might live through him: Pour out your Spirit on your Church, that we may fulfill his command to preach the Gospel to all people. Send forth laborers into your harvest; defend them in all dangers and temptations; and hasten the time when the fullness of the Gentiles shall be gathered in, and faithful Israel shall be saved; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Book of Common Prayer 2019, pgs. 647, 651)


From A Shepherd’s Heart


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A letter from Archbishop Foley Beach

As followers of Jesus in the modern world, we can often get side-tracked by all the noise of technology, social media, politics, and busy schedules and forget what our lives are to be about in Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul reminded his disciple, Timothy, what Jesus has commanded for us all: “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:5).” True love flows from a heart that is pure, a conscience that is clear, and faith that is real.

Paul was reinforcing the teaching of Jesus: “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another as I have loved you (John 13:34,35).” The commandment to love was not new for the people of God; this is what the Law taught. What was new in the commandment was to love as Jesus loved. His love was different, so much so that He tells His followers to abide (remain) in His love and His joy would not only be in them, but their joy would be full (John 15:9-12). If we are to abide in His love and to love others as He has loved us, we must ask the question: how has He loved us? Let me share four ways.

1. HE SHARED HIMSELF. This is what the Church calls the Incarnation, God entering the human race. “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).” He set aside His divinity, His glory, and His majesty, and entered into our world as one of us. He became a human being. “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him (1 John 4:9).”

How do we love like Jesus loved? We share ourselves with others; we enter into their worlds. Whether this is a spouse, friend, neighbor, co-worker, child, or unbeliever, we leave the comfortableness of our world and go into theirs. We leave our glory, go humble ourselves, and enter into their world. Too many attempts to share Jesus with others are rooted in an expectation that “the other” come to us. But like Jesus, love is expressed when we leave our world, our culture, our network of friends, and enter to the others’ world and share in their lives.

2. HE SERVED OTHERS. Jesus expressed His love with action and deeds in serving. He taught, He performed miracles to help and heal people, He traveled great distances, and He even washed his disciples’ feet, the cultural role of a servant. Jesus explained his actions of love in this way: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve (Mark 10:45).”

This may sound strange to you, but real love is about the other person. It is not about you or me. When you love someone, it is not about the romantic feelings you might have. It is about the other. Jesus modeled His love by serving others. As followers of Jesus (disciples), we express love by serving others. Those of us in leadership roles must ask: Am I a serving leader or a self-serving leader? Jesus loved by serving.

3. HE SACRIFICED. Jesus expressed his love by His sacrifice, His death on the cross. He said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 13:15).” He sacrificed Himself so that we have forgiveness of our sins. He sacrificed Himself so that we might have a relationship with God. He sacrificed Himself when he didn’t have to. The Apostle John says it like this: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10).” The Apostle Paul explains it this way, “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).”

How do we love one another as Jesus loved us? We sacrifice for others. We pick up our cross daily and follow Jesus. That is, we die to self and live for God. We sacrifice our selfishness and self-centeredness. We live as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1).

This does not mean that we compromise what is right and what is true. We do not set aside the commandments of God in the name of love. Love is sacrificing self to follow the commandments of God. As Paul said in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives within me, and the life I live, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

4. HE REMAINED STEADFAST. Jesus was committed to His mission. He was resolute, dedicated, and unwavering. This is love. The writer to the Hebrews says it this way: “Let us fi x our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down on the right hand on the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart (Hebrews 12:2,3).”

Too many of us have bought into the “love is a feeling” philosophy of our culture. If I feel love, I love. If I don’t feel love, I don’t love. If I fall in love, I get married. If I fall out of love, I get divorced. The Apostle Paul contradicts this definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13 saying that love is not about how I feel: “Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is not envious. Love is not arrogant. Love is not rude. Love does not insist on its own way. Love is not irritable. Love is not resentful. Love does not rejoice in sinful behavior. Love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends (1 Corinthians 13:7,8).” Jesus modeled this kind of love.

Brothers and sisters, the aim of our charge is love. As the Anglican Church in North America, we are attempting to reach North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. Let’s ask God to help us to do this. During the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, let us reach out to others with the love of Jesus Christ.

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The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate


Ministry Redefined: Bringing the Priesthood into Corporate America


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Don’t miss this story of how one bi-vocational priest took a chance and now runs a Monday Ministry at the world’s largest airline, serving thousands of people each day and transforming the corporate culture.

“When you serve 21,000 people, you’ve got 21,000 stories,” Fr. Greg McBrayer explained while sitting in the Command Center of American Airlines, a large conference room filled with screens and discussion microphone units overlooking the chaotic flight operations floor. Though McBrayer has thousands of stories to share, they are all small pieces of what makes up the story the Lord is writing through him.

In the middle of the busy operations floor covered by desk cubbies of several stacked monitors is a raised platform called “The Bridge.” This is where Fr. McBrayer, as Chief Flight Controller, sits.
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“I came into the aviation world about 40 years ago and I’ve spent my entire adult life in flight control,” McBrayer said. He spent many years with US Airways in Pittsburgh, but after the airline’s merger with American Airlines in 2013, McBrayer was transferred to the Integrated Operations Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

“This is where it is run tactically every day,” McBrayer explained. “It’s also the place where God has called me to serve Him in ministry.”

McBrayer is a bi-vocational priest serving, now, in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Growing up in Georgia, he attended an Episcopal church with his father and the local Baptist church with his mother. He later found himself in the Lutheran church and began seminary training. But the events of September 11, 2001 spurred McBrayer to push ahead and take more seriously his call to ministry.

“At that time, we were going through a great deal at US Air and then 9/11 came and there was an even greater need,” he said. “There was a tremendous amount of anxiety in the profession, in all ranks throughout the industry. And, you know something, I was beginning to be used more in my ministerial role in that setting than I could be in a church.”

At that time, while employees were receiving solid health care benefits, they were not provided any spiritual health care. McBrayer saw this as an opportunity to build a holistic healthcare plan within the company.

“I went to senior leadership and I said, ‘Look, I’d love to come here on my own time, and if I could be provided space, offer Biblical study.’” McBrayer was given the space, but he realized he needed “to prove to them that it was something that was going to be healthy.”

Immediately, the ministry saw results. “It immediately started to grow. It crossed denominational lines. It really didn’t matter. It was just an opportunity to come together as Christians in a workplace setting on our own time, on breaks.”

And executives noticed.

“Management started seeing fruitfulness. They realized people were being more attentive in their jobs, it seemed like there was just a whole different feeling in the office. Attendance improved.”

With roots in Anglicanism, McBrayer began the Bible study ministry with Midday Prayer as its foundation.

“I ended up using the noon-day order as a way to start in prayer and have some structure. It had started off as a Bible study, but I realized it needed a bit of a worship component to it and so I pressed into the Prayer Book. I figured, you know what, why try to reinvent the wheel when we’ve got fathers who have been doing this for centuries.” image

Now ordained, in 2009, as theological dispute rose within Lutheranism, McBrayer was encouraged by many to seek a new home in a new church, the Anglican Church in North America. With his background, it was a natural fit and he was welcomed into the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He continued to press into his ministry with the help of the liturgy as structure, offering both Word and Sacrament in the workplace as well as a consistent representation of Christ.

Walking around the operations floor, McBrayer was greeted by probably 90% of those we pass by. Donning his collar and black clerical shirt with a black sport coat embroidered with his Chaplaincy title in yellow on the right side of his chest, McBrayer stands out. His people, “family” as he calls them, notice him and appreciate him. He clearly has a presence that is unlike any other in the building. And, that presence is a constant reminder of what and who he represents – Christ.

McBrayer explained that while lay ministers can – and should – lead ministries within their companies, his ordination enhanced his ministry. “It gave opportunity to bring both Word and Sacrament into a secular setting.”

In the Command Center, used by senior executives to run the largest airline in the world with massive windows overlooking the flight operations floor housing several hundred employees 24/7, McBrayer holds Eucharist services.

“I can see through that window as I’m lifting up the cup and see the hundreds of people out there who can see this happening. That is all God,” he said. “[I have] the opportunity to marry and to bury.” He’s given last rights on the flight operations floor. He’s baptized his coworker friends of many years.

McBrayer’s ministry has now been incorporated into all of American Airlines. The entire company has his contact information to reach him for ministry needs. He has a hotline in which people all over the world can call in to his weekly services to participate from their desk. And, he can be deployed by the company at any time to travel for pastoral needs. He serves 6,000 people in his Fort Worth office alone.
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On top of that, McBrayer also services countless thousands of passengers and employees of all walks of life who venture through the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. His position at American Airlines has provided him opportunity to become the director of the DFW Airport Chaplaincy, a separate but related ministry.

As the director of the airport chaplains, he leads services in the airport’s five chapels and oversees a staff of thirty who do ministry in the chapels and have a ministry of presence in the terminals. He prays over fallen soldiers and airline employees. He and his chaplains serve passengers, employees, and their families.

While so many travelers are unaware of the ministry going on around them, McBrayer and his team encounter those in desperate need. “You realize, people aren’t going to see Mickey Mouse. They’re going to bury people and to deal with life issues,” he described somberly of the life realities of travelers.

Walking through the modern airline facilities, as we passed blue backlights around elevators and full glass doors to offices and conference rooms, the stories rolled on, one after another. In the simple yet chic prayer room, one large table holds the Quran, Torah, Book of Mormon, and several Bible translations. The English Standard Version laid open to Proverbs in the center. This picture is a subtle representation of the diversity of the company and the beauty of the ministry McBrayer holds. image

Looking at the diversity of the religious scripts on the table amidst the calm, quiet, white of the room, he shared one of his favorite testimonies. A coworker of his had married another co-worker, a Muslim. She had grown up Roman Catholic but converted to Islam upon marriage and was far more devout than her husband. But, in 2015, she began acknowledging the Spirit’s pursuit of her.

“At one point, she told me that she had begun having dreams, and flash backs, PTSD-type symptoms and that she was questioning her renunciation of Christ as a result of what had occurred early in her life. She said that she thought Jesus was reaching out to her and that she wanted to talk with me about it.” McBrayer met with her and then invited her to the Monday Bible study. “She soon began studying and worshiping with us and began to fully embrace her gradual turn back to Jesus.”

But, McBrayer says, “The truly amazing story is how Jesus used her conversion and our Monday ministry to bring her daughter into a saving relationship with Jesus.” The young woman’s first visit to the Bible study “brought her to a spiritual awaking and led to her accepting Christ as her Savior two days later.” She was eventually baptized by McBrayer and is now an active member of an Anglican church in Pittsburgh!

Really, it’s about “relationship and finding people where they are,” McBrayer says. “You have to take the Church to the world.” Speaking of the reality of work hours and the need to see our workplace as a mission field, McBrayer enthusiastically proclaimed, “you’re going to be here most of your life, so why not be used here. The need is tremendous.”

As he sees it, “the richest mission field in our country today is corporate America.”

But to serve “requires boldness. It requires a desire to serve God where He has placed you.” That goes for those with a collar and those without. It goes for you and for me.

“If you’re faithful in your commitment to Him, to serve in these places, the one thing I can tell you for sure is that He is going to be faithful,” McBrayer says. “The greatest reward I get is getting up every morning and getting to say, ‘you know what, God is going to use me today at American Airlines to do Kingdom work.’”

To hear more from Fr. Greg McBrayer, check out the Anglican Church in North America podcast here.


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Confessional Lutherans and Anglicans Take Talks Global


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GERMANY – The latest round of dialogue between the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC), and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) took place in Wittenberg, Germany from October 28-November 2, 2019, welcoming the representatives of several European churches to the discussions for the first time.

The meetings in Wittenberg focused on opportunities for new areas of cooperation between confessional churches, both Lutheran and Anglican, in continental Europe and England, especially in the areas of theological education. To that end, the dialogue welcomed additional guests from Germany’s Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche – SELK), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in England (ELCE), the Free Church of England (FCE), the Reformed Episcopal Church in Germany (Anglikanische Kirche in Deutschland – AKD), the Reformed Episcopal Church in Croatia (Protestantska Reformirana Kršćanska Crkva – PRKC), and the United Methodist Church in Germany (Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche – EMK).

Despite differing backgrounds, the individuals in attendance were united in their commitments to the Gospel of forgiveness, life, and salvation by grace through faith in Christ together with the infallible authority of Holy Scripture in all matters of doctrine and life. Although meeting in Europe, the Anglican and Lutheran representatives both have firm connections and shared perspectives with churches in the Global South who are at odds with the growing numbers of churches in the West that have forsaken biblical teaching and turned instead to affirming universalism, same-sex marriage, ordination of active homosexuals, and other deviations from Scripture.

The event was also notable in that it featured introductory meetings between the heads of the International Lutheran Council (ILC) and Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON): Bishop Hans-Jörg Voigt of SELK and Archbishop Foley Beach of ACNA, respectively. The ILC is a growing association of confessional Lutheran church bodies representing millions of Lutherans around the world. It includes LCC and the LCMS among its members. GAFCON was born out of the confessing realignment of world Anglicanism as those who uphold the authority of Scripture banded together. Today GAFCON represents roughly 50 million of the world’s 70 million Anglicans.

During the dialogue, participants took time to outline the background of their various churches and movements. This was especially important given the addition of multiple European church leaders who were attending the discussions for the first time. Bishop Ray Sutton, presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church and Dean of Ecumenical Affairs for ACNA, outlined the history of the confessing Anglican movement. The Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer, Chairman of the LCMS’ Commission for Theology and Church Relations, provided background on The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, while Bishop Voigt presented on the history of SELK. LCC’s Past President Robert Bugbee spoke on both the history of LCC as well as the International Lutheran Council. Discussions turned to the possibility of further discussions between GAFCON and ILC leadership. Future meeting dates were set for additional discussions on this subject.

A major focus of the meetings was investigating the possibility of cooperative educational work in continental Europe and the United Kingdom. The seminaries of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England were particularly highlighted as potential venues for such cooperation. Additional discussion focused on the possibility of interchanges between Anglican and Lutheran representatives in Germany and England, as well as those form North America.

As the meetings coincided with the observance of Reformation Day on October 31, participants had the opportunity to visit a number of Reformation sites throughout Wittenberg, including Martin Luther’s house, Philipp Melanchthon’s house, the Castle Church, and St. Mary’s Church. On Reformation Day itself, participants gathered at the doors of the Castle Church where they made a joint declaration:

On these doors some 502 years ago, Martin Luther called all believers to a life of repentance. Scorning the high-sounding promises of a corrupt church, he asserted that every repentant Christian “participates in all the blessings of Christ and the church.” As repentant Christians, representatives of Anglican and Lutheran churches, and heirs of the Reformation that began in this place, we humbly rejoice that together we believe, teach, and confess such truths. In humble faith we join our voices to declare the enduring, central truth of the Reformation: that although “we have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” we “are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Romans 3:23-25).

The next dialogue meeting between the ACNA, LCC, and the LCMS is set for April 21-23, 2020 in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. The event will be a planning meeting to establish meeting plans for the next triennium.


Participants
Anglican Church in North America: Archbishop Foley Beach; the Rev. Peter Frank; the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Riches, Reformed Episcopal Seminary (REC) rector and professor; and REC Presiding Bishop Ray Sutton, Dean of Ecumenical Affairs.
Lutherans: LCC Past President Robert Bugbee; the Rev. Joel Kuhl, Chairman of LCC’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR); the Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer, Executive Director of the LCMS’ CTCR; and the Rev. Larry Vogel, Associate Executive Director of the LCMS’ CTCR.
International guests included: the Rev. Dr. Christoph Barnbrock, Rector and Professor at SELK’s seminary Lutherische Theologische Hochschule; outgoing ELCE Chairman Jon Ehlers; FCE Bishop John Fenwick; AKD Bishop Gerhard Meyer; PRKC Bishop Jasmin Milić; SELK Bishop Emeritus Jobst Schöne; SELK Bishop Hans-Jörg Voigt, and the Rev. Dr. Vatroslav Župančić of the EMK.


Anglicans for Life’s Summit, ySummit, and Symposium 2020


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Life Symposium in conjunction with OneLife LA in Los Angeles will be held Jan. 17-18, 2020; Summit 2020 and ySummit 2020 will be held in Falls Church, VA in conjunction with the March for Life in Washington D.C. on Jan. 23-24, 2020.

Did you know that 43% of women having abortions in 2015* were sitting in churches within 30 days prior to their abortions? Did you know that nine states have now legalized assisted suicide and, in some of those states, you don’t have to have a terminal illness to receive help in killing yourself?

On top of the increasing cultural divide in our society, our vulnerable unborn and elderly brothers and sisters are being increasingly seen as expendable, even to those who believe in God.

Because these issues are degrading the sanctity of life, life that God says is good and created for a purpose, Anglicans for Life (AFL) is working overtime to make sure there are people in our churches who are equipped to provide ministry, pastoral care, and education on life topics. Specifically, AFL hosts an annual Summit in Washington DC, which coincides with the March for Life and the Life Symposium in Los Angeles, which occurs the day before the One Life Walk. Both events are focused on equipping God’s people for life-centered ministry!

Anglicans for Life doesn’t just have the vision of ending abortion; we’re also trying to prevent abortions through our efforts to connect with the younger generation to help them understand the importance of their relationships and sexuality, in light of their identity in Christ. Through ySummit: Mobilizing Young Anglicans for Life which is presented in partnership with Young Anglicans, we are seeking to give students a clearer picture of what the sanctity of life means.

We are very grateful that the Anglican Church in North America has faithfully supported the life-affirming ministry of Anglicans for Life. These events have been specifically designed to equip the Province to live out Title II, Canon 8, which says: “All members and clergy are called to protect and respect the sanctity of every human life.” While today’s culture increasingly celebrates and embraces death, God and His Word commands us to protect and value life. Our January events, Summit 2020, ySummit, and Life Symposium seek to mobilize life-ministry in your church by featuring awesome keynote speakers, workshops, testimonies, and networking opportunities.

Please join us at one of these events and get trained to uphold the sanctity of life in 2020!

1. Life Symposium (January 17-18, 2020): In conjunction with OneLife LA in Los Angeles, California. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.AnglicansForLife.org/Symposium-2020 .

2. Summit 2020 (January 23-24, 2020): Calling all Anglicans into Action for Life! You are invited to attend Summit 2020: Mobilizing the Church for Life on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at the Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church, VA. In a culture that embraces assisted suicide and abortion, this event seeks to inspire and equip you for life-affirming ministry! Visit http://www.AnglicansForLife.org/Summit-2020/ for details.

3. ySummit 2020: Mobilizing Young Anglicans for Life (January 23-24, 2020): If you’re in middle school or high school, we invite you to the ySummit 2020 on January 23, 2020! This event is centered around the abundant life that Jesus gives us and through worship, fellowship, and engaging speakers, we’ll connect the Gospel with the social justice issue of life, so you can make a difference for the Kingdom here on earth. Visit http://www.YouWereMadeForMore.org/ySummit-2020 for details.

* http://lifewayresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Care-Net-Final-Presentation-Report-Revised.pdf


Music Minister, Tucson, AZ



Chairman’s October Letter - Reformation Day!


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Beloved in Christ Jesus: Greetings in the name of the crucified, risen, and ascended King, our Lord Jesus Christ!

I write to you from Wittenberg, Germany, where Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation 502 years ago by posting his 95 Theses on the doors of the Castle Church.

This month has seen an historic step in the life of the Anglican Communion. It was my privilege to be the chief consecrator, along with Co-consecrators, Archbishop Laurent Mbanda of the Anglican Church of Rwanda and Gafcon Vice-Chairman, and Archbishop Glenn Davies, the Archbishop of Sydney, as the Revd Jay Behan became the first bishop of the new diocese of the Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa, New Zealand (CCAANZ) at a joyful ceremony in Christchurch New Zealand on 19th October in the presence of a congregation of 650 supporters, with 19 international leaders present and greetings from Anglican Primates around the world.

Archbishop Peter Jensen delivered a powerful sermon in which he reminded us that the Church must always align itself with the unchanging priorities of Jesus and his Kingdom.  He said,

“What we are doing is only right if it is in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to make disciples of all nations. This service is about Jesus and the gospel. We are not to become defensive and polemical but set to a grand task of preaching an authentic gospel to be preached throughout this land.”

We did not start a new Church in New Zealand. We simply did what we as confessing Anglicans have been doing since the Gafcon moment of 2008 became a movement; we are ensuring that faithful Anglicans can maintain a clear and certain witness to Jesus Christ in contexts where the existing Anglican leadership has effectively made orthodox biblical faith optional.

There are of course orthodox Anglicans in Aotearoa New Zealand who do not yet believe it is time to leave their traditional home.  I admire the strenuous efforts of the CCAANZ leadership to try and preserve good relationships, but their overriding conviction is that the action they are taking is about ‘Not just us, not just now’.

They are convinced that ‘not just us’ means they must look beyond their own immediate parish context to address the shift that has taken place in the wider church. And that this is ‘not just now’; we only have to look at North America and the UK to see that that once the process becomes established, the secular captivity of the Church proceeds relentlessly, and it is only wise to be prepared. Although currently only 12 parishes, it must surely be only be a matter of time before the Canterbury recognised Anglicans in New Zealand follow the example of other liberal provinces by officially changing their canons to permit same sex marriage. CCAANZ is now the future of faithful Anglican witness in New Zealand.

Indeed, the wisdom of ‘not just now’ has already been illustrated by what can only be described as an intemperate attack on the newly formed CCAANZ by Archbishops Donald Tamihere and Philip Richardson who have issued a statement in which they protest about ‘boundary crossing bishops and their alleged ‘disrespect for the normal protocols of the Anglican Communion and the lack of courtesy shown to our church’. Here we see a leadership which is quick to protest when it feels that ecclesiastical geographical boundaries are being set aside, but happily condones the breaching of God’s clear moral boundaries taught in Scripture and by the Church for two millennia.

The collect for today, the Feast of Ss Simon & Jude, Apostles, gives us the perspective of the Church through the ages as we pray:

Almighty God, who built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone; so join us together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This is a prayer that takes us to the heart of the Gafcon movement and true Anglicanism because we find our unity first and foremost in the apostles’ doctrine. When this is abandoned, there is nothing to fall back on except appeals to protocol and ultimately, as we have seen in North and South America, litigation. This is a question which faces the whole Anglican Communion as bishops have to decide if they will attend Lambeth 2020. With the presence in good standing of four bishops in same-sex unions, it legitimizes and normalizes unbiblical marriage and will reshape the Canterbury Communion as a fellowship of churches bound simply by protocol and no longer by the Apostolic Faith.

Let us remember to pray for the renewal and revival of the Anglican Communion so that Christ may be faithfully proclaimed to our nations in the power of the Holy Spirit with a return to adherence to the teaching of Holy Scripture.

Your brother in Jesus Christ,

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America
Chairman, Gafcon Primates Council

The Feast of Saints Simon & Jude, 28th October 2019


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