Skip to comments.Former Episcopalians launch Anglican Church in North America
Posted on 06/24/2009 9:39:12 AM PDT by NYer
.- Former Episcopalian leaders from across North America gathered in Bedford, Texas on Monday to launch the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), described as an alternative to the U.S. Episcopal Church within the Anglican Communion.
The new denomination claims 100,000 members from several varieties of Anglican spirituality described as evangelical, charismatic or catholic. A union of eight groups, it is seeking recognition as part of the Anglican Communion.
The new denomination's constitution emphasizes biblical authority, church discipline and evangelical missionary outreach.
The Episcopal Church has been afflicted by controversies over theological and moral issues, including the authority of Scripture, the ordination of women and the ordination of an openly homosexual man as bishop.
Former Episcopalian Bishop of Pittsburgh Robert Duncan leads the group, which expected 300 delegates including 50 bishops for its meeting.
Bishop Duncan addressed a crowd of leaders in St. Vincents Cathedral, telling them that it is a new day in which God the Father is drawing His children together again in a surprising and sovereign move of the Holy Spirit. He is again Re-forming His Church."
According to the Anglican news site VirtueOnline.org, the bishop warned those gathered that Satan will attempt to lure us back to old ways and old hurts and old fights.
On the topic of womens ordination, Bishop Duncan said that Anglicans should be in mission together until God sorts us out. It is not perfect, but it is enough.
Discussing conflicts with the Episcopal Church, he said that many of those gathered have lost properties, sacred treasures, incomes, pensions, standing and friends. He called for a return to muscular Christianity, saying, No cross, no crown. No pain, no gain.
Jim Naughton, canon for communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C., was critical of the endeavor.
There's already a crowded marketplace on the right wing of the American religious spectrum. I think the challenge is to move beyond the events that spawned them, he told USA Today.
Many overseas Anglican churches have sent observers to the assembly. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, head prelate in the Anglican Church, has sent retired Seychelles Bishop Santosh Marray to the gathering as a pastoral visitor.
Ecumenical speakers such as Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California and Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church in America will offer keynote addresses later in the week.
Jeff Walton, the Institute on Religion and Democracys Director of Anglican Action, said that the ACNA event was remarkable because it is uniting multiple churches rather than splitting off from an existing church.
After over 30 years of splintering, traditionalist Anglicans are setting aside many of their differences in order to pursue common mission, he said. This is clearly not a schismatic quest for purity by a small group of discontents. Rather, it is a theologically diverse group that sees how much is held in common.
It’s about time.
Now all TEC has to do is pass a resolution affirming “same sex marriage blessing” at its General Convention in July and it can be buried in one of its own graveyards.
I'm reminded of Bullwinkle trying to pull a rabbit out of his hat. Rocky reminds him that the trick never works and Bullwinkle obliviously replies "This time for sure!"
This has been going on in the Anglican world for almost my entire lifetime. What's different this time? They're even recycling names now. They've split from each other so many times they've run out of new names.
Not much different from the Unitarian Church, except for bell, book, and candle rituals.
I always enjoy seeing JIM NAUGHTON pontificating (I use that word advisedly) on CONSERVATIVE people “BREAKING AWAY.”
Quite the different tune Jim sang when, as a Roman Catholic at Holy Trinity Parish in Washington, DC, he was all for “independent faith communities.”
Anyhow, before taking ANYTHING the “Very Reverend Canon” (imagine!) Jim Naughton has to say seriously, go have a gander at this little biography.
One more leftist-fascist out to make sure the Right doesn’t get too uppity.
The hypocrisy of these Left Wing Loons is breathtaking - for its sheer chutzpah!
Yes, it has been 30+ years since the St. Louis declaration and the Anglicans are getting more splintered, not less.
read their constitution and canons. They are more Christ-centered than any denomination with which I am familiar.
If you are talking about the TEC, one must ask: is it the Christ of Arius or Athanasius?
no, TEC wasn’t mentioned - read the constitution and canons of the new Anglicam province. They did a good job.
I thought you were talking about the TEC and its syncratism. No, My brother is an Anglican.