DIOCESE OF THE CAROLINAS OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA in formation
September 5, 2011

The Rev’d Steve Wood, Vicar General of the Diocese in Formation

In This Issue:
The Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas
The Rev’d Steve Wood named Vicar General of the Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas
The Episcopal Church and ACNA
ACNA Church Locator
Learn More about these issues on The Episcopal Forum Website
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The Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas

The Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas is a diocese in formation of the Anglican Church in North America. It is comprised of Anglican parishes and missions in North and South Carolina.

The preamble to Diocesan Constitution states:The Diocese of the Carolinas (the “Diocese”), a member of the Anglican Church in North America (the “Province”) and thereby a participant in the worldwide Anglican Communion and a member of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church (the “Church”), ordains and establishes this Constitution.

The Anglican Church in North America (“ACNA”) unites some 100,000 Anglicans in nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States and Canada into a single Church. It is a Province-in-formation in the global Anglican Communion. The Most Rev. Robert Duncan is the archbishop of the Church and bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The Anglican Church in North America was initiated at the request of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCon) in June 2008 and formally recognized by the GAFCon Primates – leaders of Anglican Churches representing 70 percent of the active Anglicans globally – on April 16, 2009 after a thorough examination of the Anglican Church’s leadership, organizational structure, proposed constitution and proposed canons.
Link to Diocese of the Carolinas website

The Rev’d Steve Wood named Vicar General of the Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas
The Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America unanimously voted to admit two groups of congregations in the Carolinas and the Southwest (West Texas and New Mexico) to begin to form dioceses in their respective geographic locations.

The Leadership organization of the Diocese as listed in their website (http://dioceseofthecarolinas.com/leadership/) includes:

The Rev’d Steve Wood, Vicar General of the Diocese in Formation

Clergy/Parish Life: The Rev’d Canon Filmore Strunk
Commission on Ministry: The Rev’d Larry Shrum
Communications Committee:Barbara Lockman

Constitution and Canons Committee: Philip Clarke, Esq.
William Nelson, Esq.,Tom Parrott, Esq., The Rev’d Larry Shrum, John Wood.

Diocesan Steering Committee: The Rev’d Claudia Dickson, The Rev’d Ed Milligan, The Rev’d Canon Filmore Strunk, Tucker Viccellio ,The Rev’d Steve Wood
Link to ACNA announcement

The Episcopal Church and ACNA
The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) February 01, 2010

.......The Episcopal Church is over 7400 congregations in 109 dioceses plus three regional areas in 16 countries with 2.2 million members.

It is important to note that membership in ACNA includes churches and denominations which have disassociated from The Episcopal Church both recently and over the last 130 years, as well as congregations which have never been part of The Episcopal Church. A definitive number is difficult to ascertain. (ACNA claims to have 100,000 Anglicans in nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States and Canada)

ACNA is lead by an archbishop (currently Arch Bishop Duncan)who is not a member of The Episcopal Church, The Church of England, the Anglican Church of Canada, or The Anglican Communion.

The Episcopal Church laity and clergy believe the Christian faith as stated in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. We call the Holy Scriptures the Word of God because God inspired their human authors and because God still speaks to us through the Bible. We look to the Holy Spirit, who guides the Church in the understanding of the Scriptures. Our assurance as Christians is that nothing, not even death, shall separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Episcopal Church welcomes all who wish to serve God through Jesus Christ.

The Episcopal Church welcomes women in ordained ministry – deacons, priests and bishops. The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church is the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman to lead The Episcopal Church as well as any of the 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion. ACNA does not permit women to serve as bishops and, in some areas, bars women from all ordination.

The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, serving God together and working together to bring the Reign of God on earth. ACNA is not a member of the Worldwide Anglican Communion.

It is important to note that those who have remained in The Episcopal Church in those places where some have left include conservatives as well as liberals, persons on the political right as well as on the political left, and everything in between.

It is an inaccurate and misleading image that pictures those who have broken away from The Episcopal Church as the persecuted faithful, when in reality those who have remained have felt deeply hurt, and now in some cases are exiled from their own church buildings by ACNA.

Link to ENS

ACNA Church Locator
Go to this link to view ACNA congregation in Diocese of the Carolinas and throughout USA & Canada. ACNA Church Locator

Learn More about these issues on The Episcopal Forum Website
The Episcopal Forum of SC sponsored this conference on 3/12/11. This conference addresses the many issues raised when congregations of Episcopalians leave the Episcopal Church. DVD's from this conferenc are available.

Bishop Lawrence and many leaders of the Diocese have steadily distanced themselves from The Episcopal Church and formed closer association with ACNA. The Episcopal Forum will continue to monitor & report on this process.

The articles in this current eNewsletter report on the establishment of an "Anglican Diocese" by ACNA in the same geographic territory of the Diocese of SC currently lead by Bishop Mark Lawrance. St. Andrews Episcopal Church of Mt. Pleasant recently seperated itself from the Diocese of SC and is now Vicar General of the Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas.
Link to EFSC Website

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