ANGLICAN LEADERS BEGIN FORMING NEW CHURCH
IN NORTH AMERICA
WHEATON, IL, Dec 3, 2008 – Bishops, clergy and lay leaders from the United States and Canada unveiled a provisional constitution and the first set of canons for the new Anglican Church in North America at a news conference and worship service Wednesday at Wheaton Evangelical Free Church in suburban Chicago.
The movement unites 700 orthodox Anglican congregations, representing roughly 100,000 people, in an organization that members believe will be recognized as a province – the Anglican term for the church’s largest regional jurisdictions – by many of the world’s Anglican leaders.
“The purpose of this province is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his transforming love in the United States, Canada and beyond,” said Bishop Bob Duncan of Pittsburgh, moderator of the Common Cause Partnership.
Church officials and lay people at the news conference said that the new church would heal many years of division and unite Anglicans committed to Scripture and traditional Anglican beliefs. The preamble to the provisional constitution says that they are “grieved by the current state of brokenness within the Anglican Communion (Anglicans’ worldwide church) prompted by those who have embraced erroneous teaching and who have rejected a repeated call to repentance.” Dr. Michael W. Howell, who has been appointed the executive director of Forward in Faith North America, said he was thrilled at the movement to form a new church. “Some of us have been praying for this for decades,” he said. “Instead of focusing on things that divide us, we as orthodox Anglicans are focusing on the things that unite us.”
Cynthia Brust, Director of Communications for the Anglican Mission in America, added, “Today is the day the Anglican Communion begins to heal.. ...For me, the most significant component of the provisional constitution is that it has a mission focus. We will be driven by mission, not structure.”
The Common Cause Partnership is a federation of Anglican Christians that links together eighty Anglican jurisdictions and organizations in North America, including the American Anglican Council, the Anglican Coalition in Canada, the Anglican Communion Network, the Anglican Mission in the Americas, the Anglican Network in Canada, the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, Forward in Faith North America, the Reformed Episcopal Church, and the bishops and congregations linked with Kenya, Uganda, and South America’s Southern Cone.
The leadership of the Common Cause Partnership began forming the new church in response to a request from the primates – the leading archbishops – of the Global Anglican Future Conference in Jerusalem last summer. At the close of that gathering, Anglican leaders released the Jerusalem Declaration and the GAFCON Statement on the Global Anglican Future, which outlined their Christian beliefs and goals to reform heal and revitalize the worldwide Anglican Church.
Bishop of the Common Cause Partnership, joined by members of the congregation, signed the Jerusalem Declaration at Wednesday’s Common Cause Worship Celebration. An estimated 800 people, representing Anglicans from all across North America, participated in the service.
Bishop Martym Minns of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America said it took “a lot of prayer, a lot of grace and a lot of hard work” to formulate the documents organizing the new church. Bishop Duncan said that the leaders on the council passed every provision of the constitution and each of the nine canons unanimously.
“We submitted to one another on matters of unity,” Bishop Duncan said.
The Anglican Church in North America will hold a church-wide assembly in the summer of 2009 in Bedford, Texas, where the documents will be ratified by all those who choose to be part of the Anglican Church in North America.
For more information, visit www.united-anglicans.org
A video of the service may be seen at the RE website – rechurch.org
The St. Andrew’s Preschool Thanksgiving Program took place in the chapel Thursday morning, November 20, 2008.
The annual Community Thanksgiving Service was held at St. George Roman Catholic Church on Sunday evening November 23, 2008.
On Sunday, December 14, 2008 during the coffee hour, the Woman’s Guild had a Bake Sale and Mini Christmas Bazaar. All proceeds went to the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. They want to thank those who supported them by their donations and purchases.
Dates to Remember
Sunday, February 8, 2009. Woman’s Guild Bake Sale.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009. Ash Wednesday/Lent begins.
Missionary of The Month
Sue Brodish, Christian Kindergarten. Schwalmstadt Germany.
Jan. 1 – Judy Ashmore
Jan. 6 – Elaine Spencer
Jan. 8 – Shirley Drobnak
Jan. 11 – Laura Sutton
Jan. 11 – Henry Leenstra
Jan. 12 – Marie Bowman
Jan. 14 – George Yapp
Jan. 18 – Janet Toomey
Jan. 18 – Caroline Robertson
Jan. 19 – William Garrison
Jan. 26 – David Sutton
Jan. 28 – Paul Christenson
by Helen Kitchell Evans
Steadily the old year passes;
Another year arrives again.
Will it bring a better way
To stamp out greed in hearts of men?
Another year extended to us
By our Lord’s amazing grace;
Another chance to overcome
The problems of our human race.
Another year of striving
To find a way for peace;
Another chance for planning
How to make wars cease.
Another year, the time flies on!
Let us cherish every hour
As we try to serve our Master.