Friday, June 26, 2009

North American Anglicans hold inaugural gathering

From the Church Times in England-

REFORMATION is now under way, Bishop Robert Duncan told the inaugural gathering of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) in Bedford, Texas, this week.

Of the 800 people present, 234 are delegates from the 28 groups that have broken away from the Episcopal Church of the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada. Bishop Duncan, deposed from the Episcopal Church in 2008 and now a bishop in the Province of the Southern Cone, was due to be installed as Archbishop of the would-be province on Wednesday at St Vincent’s Cathedral.

The assembly has ratified its canons and constitutions, and pro claimed its support for the Anglican Covenant, which it would like individual dioceses to be able to adopt, rather than provinces. It has retained a declaration that says: “We are grieved by the current state of brokenness within the Anglican Communion, promoted by those who have embraced erroneous teaching and who have rejected a repeated call to repentance.”

ACNA says it has 693 congregations, 81,311 worshippers, and an average Sunday attendance of 69,197. It seeks to become a legitimate province of the Anglican Communion. Its intention to replace the jurisdictions of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada was conveyed in a memo from the American Anglican Council in December 2003.

The memo declared: “Our ulti mate goal is a realignment of Anglicanism on North American soil, committed to biblical faith and values and driven by Gospel mission. We believe, in the end, this should be a ‘replacement’ jurisdiction with confessional standards, maintaining the historic faith of our Communion, closely aligned with the majority of world Anglicanism” (News, 24 January 2004).

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