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Provincial Council 2015: Live from Vancouver


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

From all across North America – and from around the world – delegates and guests attend Provincial Council 2015

Morning Session begins with Call to Order at 9:30 a.m. by Archbishop Foley Beach.

The Rev. Canon David Short preached at the Wednesday, June 24 Morning Prayer service, as the Provincial Council begins their second day of meeting with worship.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
ye soldiers of the cross;
lift high his royal banner,
it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory
his army shall he lead,
till every foe is vanquished,
and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the trumpet call obey;
forth to the mighty conflict,
in this his glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve him
against unnumbered foes;
let courage rise with danger,
and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
stand in his strength alone;
the arm of flesh will fail you,
ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the gospel armor,
each piece put on with prayer;
where duty calls or danger,
be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the strife will not be long;
this day the noise of battle,
the next the victor’s song.
To those who vanquish evil
a crown of life shall be;
they with the King of Glory
shall reign eternally.

George Duffield


Provincial Council 2015 Day Two will begin it’s Morning Business Session at 9:30 a.m. (PDT)


Archbishop Foley Beach is addressing the the Provincial Council and introduces Bishop Al Gadsden and Bishop William White of the Reformed Episcopal Church, members of the Anglican Church in North America. Bishop Gadsden is paying tribute to the life of Myra Thompson who was killed in the South Carolina shooting while leading the Bible Study. She was the wife of the Rev. Anthony Thompson, Vicar of Holy Trinity REC (ACNA) Church, Charleston, SC. Bishop White also spoke and asked for prayers. Bishop Steve Wood, of the Diocese of the Carolinas, joined Bishop Gadsden and Bishop White to pray for them and for their ministry, that others may see their reconciling power in Jesus Christ and for God’s mercy to reign over Charleston and the state of South Carolina. “Give us humility to stand with the community that has known for far too long prejudice and hatred,” Bishop Wood prayed.


The Rt. Rev. Bill Atwood, Bishop of the International Diocese, is now giving his report on International Affairs.

Canon Bill Deiss of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund reports to the Provincial Council. You may read more here.



Canon Bill Jordan is reporting to the Council on the work of the Anglican Global Mission Partners. Read more here.

The Right Rev. Miguel Uchoa of the Diocese of Reclife, Brazil brings greetings to the Provincial Assembly and reports on the mission and ministry in his diocese. He is also the rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Brazil.

Provincial Council is taking a short break and will resume at 10:55 a.m.

Archbishop Bob Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh, is reporting on the work on Liturgy and Common Worship and announced that the Anglican Church in North America may have a new prayer book by 2019. Read more from the Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force here.
The Rev. Dr. Jack Gabig is reporting to Provincial Council on the work of the Catechesis Task Force. Read more about their work here.

The Task Force is working on building up a team of people who can teach the Catechism, including Church Planters.

Archbishop Beach calls on Canon David Roseberry to report on the Matthew 25 Initiative. The Anglican Church in North America has an opportunity at this moment to think long-term and grow into a voice on behalf of the weak, the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed (Isaiah 58, Matthew 25), and to develop strong, healthy, long- term initiatives and ministries that will last for decades, bringing about real kingdom transformation. Read more here.



There is a Redeemer
Jesus, God’s own Son
Precious Lamb of God
Messiah, Holy One

Jesus, my Redeemer
Name above all names
Precious Lamb of God
Messiah, O for sinners slain

Thank You, O my Father
For giving us Your Son
And leaving us Your Spirit
‘Til the work on earth is done

When I stand in glory
I will see His face
And there I’ll serve
My King forever
In that holy place

Keith Green


Afternoon Session will begin at 2:00 p.m. PDT


Archbishop Foley Beach calls on Bishop David Hicks from the Theological Task Force on Holy Orders. To learn more about their work, click here.

Georgette Forney of Anglicans For Life announces Summit 2016: Mobilizing the Church for Life in Falls Church, VA on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Lay and ordained leaders from all the dioceses in the Anglican Church in North America are invited to mobilize and equip our leaders on life issues. This summit will focus on the pastoral needs in the parish. Opportunities to meet and discuss these issues with others. There will be an Anglican worship service on Friday, January 22, 2016, prior to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Gus Haddad is speaking to the Provincial Council on the Anglican Immigrant Initiative. To learn more, click here.

Bishop Derek Jones then gives his report from the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy. Read more about the Chaplaincy here.

Read more on what is happening in the Anglican Church in North America here.

Stephen Tighe (via video) reports on the work of the Young Anglican Project. Learn more about Young Anglicans here.


Canon Dan Alger reports to Provincial Council on the Anglican Church Planters Initiative.

The Rev. Dr. Steven Noll is now speaking to the council on the Marriage, Family and Single Life Task Force. Learn more about their work here.


The Chancellor of the Anglican Church in North America, Scott Ward, Esq., speaks on Religious Liberty. “Religious liberty is not about special rights,” say Scott Ward, “but equal rights—including minority rights.”


Bishop Julian Dobbs speaks to the Provincial Council on religious persecution around the world. Read the Report from the Task Force on Islam and Religious Freedom.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

“I pray that God will richly bless our time together this week and grant us wisdom to discern His purposes for our Province. May our grief in the tragic loss of one of our own—Myra Thompson—in the South Carolina shooting, intensify our sense of urgency to reach North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.”

The Rt. Rev. Charles Masters
Bishop, Anglican Network in Canada


8:49 p.m. WDT – The day begins with Morning Prayer

The First Song of Isaiah Ecce, Deus
Isaiah 12:2-6

Surely, it is God who saves me; *
I will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, *
and he will be my Savior.
Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *
from the springs of salvation.
And on that day you shall say, *
Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;
Make his deeds known among the peoples; *
see that they remember that his Name is exalted.
Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, *
and this is known in all the world.
Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *
for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


Dr. Michael Howell, Executive Director of Forward and Faith, is leading Morning Prayer. He serves on the Executive Committee of the ACNA and is on the Board of Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA

The Rev. David McElrea, rector of St. Matthews Anglican Church (Abbotsford, B. C. Canada) is the preacher. “We have been given this trust,” he said, “to feed, to edify and to protect God’s flock. May be found faithful.”

Morning Business will begin at 9:30 a.m.

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Follow Provincial Council 2015 on Twitter at #PCVAN2015.

Archbishop Foley Beach opens the Provincial Council 2015 of the Anglican Church in North America at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada). Michael Howell is appointed Deputy Chair of the Council. Tad Brenner of the Diocese of Quincy is appointed as Parliamentarian of the Council by Archbishop Beach.

Ministry Partners are seated with voice and vote. They are:

The American Anglican Council – Mary Orr and Phil Ashey
Anglican Relief and Development Fund – Bill Deiss and Jack Lumanog
Forward in Faith North America – Michael Brooks and Michael Howell
Anglican Global Mission Partners – Bill Jerdan and Sharon Steinmiller

Andrew Gross is recognized to share about online internet access as well as access to the Provincial Council Document Center.

Bishop Charlie Masters of the Anglican Network in Canada, welcomes the delegates and guests to the Provincial Council and to Canada.

Two clergy and two lay to be elected to the Executive Committee.

Michael Howell has taken the floor to lead the Provincial Council through the election process.

Watch the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, the Rt. Rev. Foley Beach, addresses the Provincial Council of 2015. Watch his address live above or here.

Regardless with how the Supreme Court will rule, this church will continue to support the biblical view of marriage.

The Rev. Dr. Steve Noll has been appointed to lead a task force on marriage. Dr. Noll will speak later in the council.

Encouraged: New church plants, young people excited about the Lord, reaching out to the needy but do not compromise the Gospel. We are not perfect, we have a lot of things to work on, but it is exciting to see folks at work sharing the love of Christ.

Full text of Archbishop Foley Beach’s Provincial Council address will be available online later today.

10:34 a.m. BREAK



Canon Jack Lumanog, Chief Operating Officer and Archbishop’s Canon, addresses the Provincial Council. He announces that he will be moving from the Provincial Office in Ambridge, PA, to the Provincial Office in Loganville, GA. Asks for his prayer and he and his family prepare to move.

June 28-29, 2016 – Provincial Council 2016 will be hosted by Bishop Steve Wood of the Diocese of the Carolinas at St. Andrew’s Church in Mount Pleasant, SC.

June 26-30, 2017 – Assembly 2017 will be hosted by Bishop Stewart Ruch of the Diocese of the Upper Midwest at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, IL.


Canon Phil Ashey takes the floor and reports on the Governance Task Force. Read the report here.


Bishop Kwan Kim Seng of the Diocese of Singapore and the Very Rev. Lewis Lew, Dean of Nepal, extend their personal greetings to the Provincial Council.



Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain—
Free to all, a healing stream—
Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain.

In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.

Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and Mercy found me;
There the bright and morning star
Sheds its beams around me.

Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day,
With its shadows o’er me.

Near the cross I’ll watch and wait
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river.

-Frances J Crosby



Executive Committee Election Results
• Raymond Dague
• Gus Haddad
• The Rev. W. Hall Hunt
• The Rev. Filmore Strunk

Bishop John Guernsey, Dean of Provincial Affairs, gives his report, followed by Canon Andrew Gross, who will speak on Provincial Communications and Congregational Reports.

Brad Root reports on the Budget for Fiscal year 2015-2016.

Canon Alan Hawkins reports on Development.

Brad Root returns to the podium and presents the Budget for Fiscal year 2015-2016. You may view the proposed 2015-2016 budget here.

The Provincial Council is now hearing a report from the Pension Task Force. You may read their report here.



Chicago Anglican from David Santoso on Vimeo.

Bishop Stephen Leung of the Asian and Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC) is now speaking on his work in ethnic ministries. He is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Rev. Shihoko Warren, Priest-in-Charge of Church of All Nations in Vancouver reports on her mission experiences and vision for reaching the world for Christ.

Bishop Ray Sutton takes the floor to report on the work of the Ecumenical Relations.

You may read more here.

St. Peter’s Fireside

Provincial Council continues on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.



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