ACNA Provincial Council 2016

Canon Phil Ashey sends this video report from the ACNA Provincial Council, currently meeting in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

GAFCON UK offers Scottish churches alternative episcopal oversight

scottish-episcopal-church-general-synodAs the Scottish Episcopal Church moves towards allowing same-sex marriage, the GAFCON UK Panel of Bishops has offered alternative episcopal oversight to those churches which many need it.

This letter from GAFCON UK has been released by The Scottish Anglican Network:

“We are saddened and appalled that the Scottish Episcopal Church will next week debate amending its Canon C31, so as to adopt a wholly unbiblical approach to human sexual relationships. To so amend the canon would sever the church from the teaching of Christ and His Apostles, and also the considered and expressed conviction of the vast majority of the bishops of the Anglican Communion at Lambeth 1998, which was reinforced by the Anglican Primates Gathering only months ago.

We stand with you and pray for you as you resist this unhelpful and dangerous innovation. Should the church decide to follow the revisionist approach, disobey the clear teaching of Scripture, and thus cause a break with orthodox Christian teaching, the Gafcon UK Panel of Bishops offers to provide alternative episcopal oversight, and thereby your recognition as faithful Anglicans by the worldwide Gafcon movement, which represents the majority of Anglicans worldwide.

We remind the Scottish Episcopal Church of the cautionary words of Jude that unbiblical standards in sexual ethics “….deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Chr ist”. This is an issue over which the Scottish Episcopal Church is dividing the church, and we will stand united with faithful Anglicans in Scotland seeking to uphold the plain doctrinal and moral teaching of the Holy Scriptures.

Warmly in Christ,

The Rt Rev John Ellison, The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, The Rt Rev Wallace Benn, and The Rt Rev Ken Barham, on behalf of the Panel of Bishops, Gafcon UK

The Rev Paul Perkin, The Rev Michael Ovey, on behalf of the Exec Committee, Gafcon UK

The Rev Canon Andy Lines, Mr. Dan Leafe on behalf of the Anglican Mission in England.”

Dominic Steele interviews Peter Jensen at the Nexus16 Conference in Sydney

nexus-16-video-0Dominic Steele conducted an on-the-spot interview with Peter Jensen at the Nexus16 Conference at Annandale on May 23.

If you didn’t see it as part of the live stream, you can watch the segment here, via the GAFCON website.

Appointment of American Bishop ‘leads to split with Nigerian Diocese’

bishop-susan-goff-virginia-420“It has come to the attention of Reform, that the Bishop of Liverpool, The Right Reverend Paul Bayes, has appointed Bishop Susan Goff as an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Liverpool.

Susan Goff is a Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Virginia in The Episcopal Church. In July 2016, she voted in favour of changing the definition and purpose of marriage according to in Canons of The Episcopal Church…”

– Here’s a media statement from Reform in the UK.

Photo: The Diocese of Virginia.

Related: Diocese of Liverpool Global Links.

Greetings for new Kenyan Primate

Archbishop-Elect Jackson Ole SapitThe GAFCON website has posted these messages of greeting to the new Kenyan Primate The Rt. Rev. Jackson Ole Sapit, who was elected last week:

Archbishop Peter Jensen – on behalf of GAFCON.

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali – Primate of Uganda.

Archbishop Foley Beach – on behalf of ACNA.

Andy Lines – on behalf of Crosslinks, also gives thanks for the ministry of Archbishop Eliud Wabukala on his coming retirement.

Primate of Uganda welcomes new Kenyan Primate

abp-stanley-ntagaliArchbishop of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali, has sent this message to the newly-elected Archbishop of Kenya:

The Rt. Rev. Jackson Ole Sapit
Anglican Church of Kenya

Dear Archbishop-elect Jackson,

Greetings from the Church of Uganda in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

On behalf of the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda, the clergy, and laity of the Province, we extend our hearty congratulations to you on your election as the next Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya.

We have been praying for the election and believe that God’s will has been done. Your colleagues have recognized God’s apostolic calling and anointing on you, and we believe His grace will be sufficient for the big ministry ahead of you. We shall warmly welcome you to the GAFCON Primates Council and look forward to walking together as neighbours in East Africa in the cause of Christ, His Gospel, and the expansion of His Kingdom into every corner of our region and into every heart. 

We thank Archbishop Eliud for his steadfast leadership of the Anglican Church of Kenya and the global GAFCON community. He has been single-minded in proclaiming and contending for the “faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). We believe the future is very bright for the Anglican Church of Kenya and we thank God for your election to serve as Archbishop and shall pray for you as you prepare to receive the baton being passed to you.

Your brother, in Christ,

The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali

– via GAFCON.

Bishop Jackson Ole Sapit elected Archbishop of Kenya

Archbishop-Elect Jackson Ole Sapit“Reverend Jackson ole Sapit of Kericho Diocese elected the new Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop…”

– News from The Standard, Kenya.

See also: Bishop Jackson Ole Sapit of Kericho elected ACK headDaily Nation.

The Anglican Church of Kenya has this profile. (PDF) Photo: Church of Kenya.

Update: Announcement from the Anglican Church of Kenya.

‘The Wabukala Succession: Lessons from Past ACK Archbishops’

Archbishop Eliud WabukalaThe Anglican Church of Kenya is due to elect a new Archbishop today (20 May 2016). Please pray for the outcome.

The Kenyan newspaper, The Star, has published an informative history:

“The curtains are closing on the seven-year tenure of the fifth Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), His Grace The Most Rev (Dr.) Eliud Wabukala.

Archbishop Wabukala was elected and thereafter enthroned on July 7, 2009. He retired on account of attaining the age limit for serving in the office…”

Read it all here.

Earlier: Primate approaches retirement with call to trust. (Anglican Communion News Service.)

ack-tn“Six bishops are standing in the election to become the seventh Archbishop of Kenya: Joseph Masamba, of Mbeere; James Kenneth Ochiel, of Southern Nyanza; Joel Waweru, of Nairobi; Lawrence Kavutsu Dena, of Malindi; Jackson Nasoore Ole Sapit, of Kericho; and Julius N Wanyoike, of Thika.”

Click the image for the Anglican Church of Kenya website, which has profiles of the candidates.

See also: Anglicans get new archbishop today – The Standard (Kenya).

“By 2pm today, one of the six bishops will be declared the archbishop-elect and await the consecration and enthronement to be conducted on July 3, when he will officially assume the reins of the Archbishop of the Province of Kenya, who also doubles as the bishop of the All Saints Cathedral diocese. Speaking to The Standard yesterday, ACK Chancellor Tom Onyango, who also doubles as the Electoral College chairman, said the new archbishop could be known as early as 1pm.”

Online Bible Study with Abp Justin Welby

abp-welby-fb-bible-study“The Archbishop of Canterbury was joined by thousands of Christians around the world today for his first live Bible study on Facebook…”

– Some encouraging news from the Anglican Communion News Service.

Looking for a See Change?

lambeth-palace“The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is seeking an adviser for Anglican Communion affairs, to work from Lambeth Palace, his London home and office.

The successful applicant, who will be a priest or bishop in the Anglican Communion, will ‘serve and support the Archbishop in all matters relating to his Anglican Communion responsibilities.’

The closing date for applications is 9 June; and Lambeth Palace say that ‘Given the nature of this role, applications are welcome from all [priests and bishops] of the Anglican Communion, particularly those from the Global South.’…”

– Details from The Anglican Communion News Service.

(Photo of Lambeth Palace courtesy

The Anglican Communion and GAFCON: Interpreting the Peter Jensen interview

The Rev Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream“Peter Jensen, the retired Archbishop of Sydney and the current general Secretary of GAFCON, has given an extensive interview to VirtueOnline in which he expressed frankly some of his views on the current state of the Anglican Communion, and the mission of the Christian church in contemporary culture. The Virtue piece also contains some excerpts from talks that Jensen gave to the recent CANA meeting in Pennsylvania. It is worth giving these comments some analysis, as they give voice to the thinking behind GAFCON, as well as bringing to light some of the problems in global Anglicanism that derive from very different perceptions and interpretations of events…”

– Andrew Syme at Anglican Mainstream provides his analysis of the reported interview with Dr. Jensen.

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