Friday, September 23, 2011

You are usurpers, AMiE tells C of E ‘Establishment’

From The Church Times-

THE Anglican Mission in England (AMiE), a group formed in June to provide alternative episcopal over­sight for conservative Evangelicals (News, 1 July), has compared its for­ma­­tion to the Arab Spring in the Middle East, and has told “the Church of England Establishment” that it “will not be robbed of its An­gli­can identity”.

Writing on the AMiE website, Canon Chris Sugden, secretary of the Panel of Bishops of AMiE, and Canon Vinay Samuel, a member of the Steering Committee of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, describe the formation of the new society as a “game changer”. It indicates that conservatives will “no longer play the game of the Church of England as defined by the Church of England Establishment”.

The group, which procured the ordination of three clerics from the diocese of Southwark in Kenya in June, speaks of a “wall of silence” from the C of E in the face of its griev­ances about homosexual prac­tice and the draft legislation for consecrating women bishops. It also complains of a lack of support for church-planting.

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