GAFCON interview: Vaughan Roberts

On Thursday at GAFCON in Jerusalem, Dominic Steele spoke with Vaughan Roberts, Rector of St. Ebbe’s Oxford. Watch here.

GAFCON Live Day 4 – Thursday

The GAFCON Livestream for Day 4 is now available at

Do tune in.

Response to the ACC Secretary General’s Criticism of Gafcon’s Ministry Networks

Here is a media release from GAFCON:

As nearly 2,000 delegates from over 50 countries were travelling to Jerusalem for Gafcon 2018, Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), wrote a letter to the Primates suggesting that his office alone should have a monopoly on all ministry networks in the Anglican Communion.

In a letter dated 13 June 2018, the Secretary General criticised Gafcon for developing grassroots ministry networks, describing them as un-Anglican and inaccurately suggesting that they harbour “potential for schism.”

On behalf of Gafcon, Archbishop Peter Jensen made a strong response to these false allegations today:

“The attempt by Anglican Communion Office to challenge the Gafcon Primates for supporting new ministries is further evidence of how much the institutional form of Anglicanism is out of touch with spiritual reality.

The launch of our networks is a sign of spiritual vitality which ought to be welcomed and applauded. Voluntary movements getting involved in much needed ministry has a long tradition within the Anglican Communion.

This anxious missive suggests a fear that people are not under the control of some central organisation. Had the institutions of the Communion been clearer in their theological stance, movements of reform and renewal like Gafcon may not have arisen. Now, however, the wisdom of God is displayed in that the work and the workers are adding to the ministry of the gospel. Thanksgiving rather than criticism is surely the appropriate response.”­

The Jerusalem Statement from the first Gafcon conference in 2008 came to “the devastating conclusion that we are a global Communion with a colonial structure.” Ten years later, Dr. Fearon’s letter is another example of this persistent reality.


For decades the Anglican Consultative Council and its secretariat, heavily funded by western revisionists, has shown little respect for the matters of conscience which currently separate Anglicans.  The recent history of its networks reveals a pattern of trivializing the Communion’s challenges by attempting to draw orthodox Anglicans into closer cooperation with those who continue to tear the fabric of the Communion.  Gafcon is stepping into this vacuum to provide leadership and ministry networks for those who share a common foundation in Scripture.

– from GAFCON.


“A letter has been received by GAFCON primates meeting here in Jerusalem written by Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council condemning the actions of the Primates in establishing seven new Networks to reach the growing demands of the Anglican Communion.

While the letter has not been made public, Sydney Archbishop Glenn Davies confirmed the existence of the letter at a press conference today and described it as written in a fit of ‘pique’ by the Secretary General. …”

(Photos: GAFCON Media.)

“Claims the Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) was denied accreditation at the GAFCON III conference are incorrect, the director of communications for the pan-Anglican gathering in Jerusalem tells Anglican Ink…”


GAFCON participants lay claim to Anglican orthodoxy

“Church of England priests are among the participants at the third GAFCON meeting this week, estimated to number almost 2000.

The gathering has returned to Jerusalem, the site of the first Global Anglican Fellowship Conference a decade ago. It is reported that there are 1966 participants: 993 clergy and 973 laity, 333 bishops, 38 archbishops, ten active Primates and six retired Primates.…

On Monday, Anglican Communion News Service reported that it had ‘applied for media accreditation to cover the conference, but organisers declined’. This account was disputed by the GAFCON communications director, Canon Andrew Gross…”

– Story from Church Times. Photo: GAFCON Media.

GAFCON interview: William Taylor

William Taylor, St. Helens Bishopsgate from GAFCON Official on Vimeo.

During a break at GAFCON in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Dominic Steele spoke with William Taylor, St. Helens Bishopsgate.

Plain speaking, worth watching. Note his comments on ‘the idolatry of unity’.

See also these interviews:

Largest International gathering of Anglicans in 50 years meets in Jerusalem

“The largest international gathering of Anglicans in 50 years is meeting in Jerusalem this week under the theme “Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations.”  1,966 delegates from over 50 countries have come on the 10-year anniversary of the renewal movement’s founding in the Holy Land to launch 9 new ministry networks. …”

Encouragement from GAFCON, with links to some highlights of GAFCON 2018 so far.

To illustrate the international nature of the gathering, the Media team has posted ‘The Fashions of GAFCON’.

“GAFCON is not an alternative Anglican Communion because …”

“A recurring theme of the first two days of GAFCON has been ‘We are not leaving Anglicanism. Others have left by departing from the Anglican formularies, particularly its commitment to the authority of scripture.’  …

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali reported the May 30 decision of the Uganda House of Bishops on any participation in the Lambeth Anglican Communion.

  1. We are not attending Lambeth 2020
  2. Unless godly order is restored we will not attend other meetings invited by Canterbury
  3. Unless ACNA and the new Brazil Province are invited we will not attend any meetings invited by Canterbury

This was greeted by a standing ovation followed by spontaneous singing of the East African Revival Hymn Tukutendereza Yesu (We praise you Jesus). …”

– Chris Sugden reports on GAFCON 2018 at Anglican Mainstream.

Photo of Archbishop Ntagali – GAFCON Media.

Kangaroos don’t go backwards

“Among the 2,000 international delegates meeting at GAFCON III in Jerusalem is one from Australia who is giving each delegate that he meets a “gold” kangaroo pin. To the non-antipodeans he explains why …”

– Story from GAFCON.

Where can I find the Jerusalem Declaration?

Have you been hearing about The Jerusalem Declaration from the first GAFCON gathering in 2008? (It was quoted by Archbishop Okoh in his address on the opening day.)

You can read it – as well as the GAFCON 2008 Final Statement and the Lambeth 1998 Resolution 1.10 on Human Sexuality – in our Reference Documents and Press Releases section of the website.

GAFCON Live – Tuesday

The Tuesday session of GAFCON is now being streamed from

Forward. Always forward. Everywhere forward!

“GAFCON Primate the Most Revd Dr Foley Beach, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), has taught his Province the axiom, “Forward. Always forward. Everywhere forward!”.

What pertains to a single GAFCON Province could also describe aptly the whole GAFCON movement.

For movement it is. Out of what GAFCON General Secretary Dr Peter Jensen described today as the two significant moments for GAFCON- the Lambeth and GAFCON conferences of 2008, has come a single movement of increasing momentum. …”

– Read the latest from GAFCON.

See also:

Photo of Archbishop Okoh’s address via the American Anglican Council.

Couldn’t get to Jerusalem? Check the GAFCON photo albums

The GAFCON media team have been posting photos of the event so far.

Click the image above for a taste, or here for the full photo albums.

Thanks for all their work!

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