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Continuing The Conversation
April 17, 2010

Episcopal Forum - Sunday - April 18 - Summerville - 4 to 6 PM

In This Issue:
SUMMERVILLE EFSC FORUM - Sunday, April 18, 2010 ..... 4 PM – 6 PM
Directions to Summerville Forum
Conservative Primates Council elects new leadership, criticizes Episcopal Church
Anglican Communion II... I don't know why we bother.
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SUMMERVILLE EFSC FORUM - Sunday, April 18, 2010 ..... 4 PM – 6 PM
•No Registration Required • • • No Charge for Forum

Sunday, April 18, 2010
4 PM – 6 PM
Cuthbert Community Center
105 West 5th South Street
Summerville, SC

A panel of lay people and clergy will discuss issues which are important to all Episcopalians after viewing video clips from the 3/6/10 Enthusiastically Episcopalian Conference conference with Frank Wade.

• There is an Enthusiastically Episcopal Church out there.
• House of Bishops meeting actions/reports.
• Diocese of SC Convention actions/reports.
• Implications of St. Andrews vote to leave TEC
• The Diocesan leadership's stated position on these issues.
• Activities of The Episcopal Forum of SC.

All Are Welcome • Bring Your Questions • Bring Your Friends

No Registration Required • No Charge for Forum

The Enthusiastically Episcopalian Conference explored the positive, affirmative perspective of being a joyful member of The Episcopal Church in spite of the disassociation rhetoric and tension within the Diocese of SC.

The Rev. Dr. Frank Wade, a respected leader in the Episcopal Church for over 40 years, shared good news of the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church. He was also a keynote speaker at the EFSC conference held on November, 2007. A copy of his presentation notes can be read at the link below.

A spirited panel discussion with Q & A, "What in The world is Going on in The Diocese of SC", follow the presentation. A DVD of the conference will be available at these Forums

The Rev. Dr. Frank Wade is a prominent speaker and consultant. An Episcopal priest since 1966, he is a graduate of The Citadel and Virginia Theological Seminary. After serving congregations in his native West Virginia for 17 years, he was called as rector of St. Alban’s, Washington, DC, where he served from 1983 until his retirement in 2005. At the 2000 and 2009 General Conventions, he served as chaplain to the House of Deputies.

He teaches in the doctoral program at Virginia Theological Seminary and at the General Theological Seminary as adjunct professor of pastoral theology. He is the author of The Art of Being Together: Common Sense About Life Long Relationships. Information Flyer for Enthusiastically Episcopalian.


Directions to Summerville Forum
The Forum will be held in downtown Summerville. See M map and link below for more directions.

Sunday, April 18, 2010
4 PM – 6 PM
Cuthbert Community Center
105 West 5th South Street
Summerville, SC
Directions to Summerville Forum

Conservative Primates Council elects new leadership, criticizes Episcopal Church

By Matthew Davies, April 13, 2010

[Episcopal News Service] A group of conservative Anglican primates, meeting April 5-9 in Bermuda, has criticized the Episcopal Church for the election of a partnered lesbian as a suffragan bishop in Los Angeles and named new leadership for the Global Anglican Future Conference/Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans Primates Council.

The council was formed out of the controversial Global Anglican Future Conference that was held in Jerusalem during June 2008, one month prior to the Lambeth Conference of bishops. Many of the bishops attending GAFCON chose to boycott the Lambeth Conference.

A communiqué issued at the conclusion of the Bermuda meeting described the FCA as "a movement defined by theology that delivers spiritual and practical outcomes to faithful Anglican Christians around the world."

Archbishop Gregory Venables of the Argentina-based Province of the Southern Cone will serve as council chairman, succeeding retired Church of Nigeria Archbishop Peter Akinola. Archbishops Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda and Eliud Wabukala of Kenya will serve as vice chairmen. Archbishop Peter Jensen of the Diocese of Sydney, in the Anglican Church of Australia, will continue as general secretary.

Also present at the Bermuda meeting were the primates of Nigeria, Tanzania and West Africa, and deposed Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan, who in 2009 was elected as archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America. The ACNA is a conservative entity made up primarily of individuals and groups that have left the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, as well as those that have never been members of those two provinces.............

… The Anglican Communion will only be able to fulfill its gospel mandate if it understands itself to be a community gathered around a confession of faith rather than an organization that has its primary focus on institutional loyalty."

The council said it is committing itself to "working collaboratively both with our friends in the Global South and throughout the communion" and that it looks forward to the Fourth Global South to South Encounter, set for April 19-23 at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Singapore.

In its conclusion, the communiqué said that the council is "mindful of those who live with the threat of violence because of their Christian faith, such as Nigeria, Iraq and Sudan and those who live in places of deprivation and disaster such as Haiti and Chile."

-- Matthew Davies is editor and international correspondent of the Episcopal News Service.
Link to Article

Anglican Communion II... I don't know why we bother.
By Mark Harris - 4/13/2010

The GAFCON/ FCA Primates Council have just met in Bermuda and have published a communique..... The Primates Council is now billed as "The Primates Council of GAFCON / FCA." But it is the same self appointed righteous remnant of the past, claiming to be Global South Anglicans but not including Brazil, IARCA and Mexico...............
Here is the list of those Primates who attended.

The Most Rev’d Peter J. Akinola, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
The Most Rev’d Justice Akrofi, Archbishop, Anglican Province of West Africa
The Most Rev’d Robert Duncan, Archbishop, Anglican Church in North America
The Most Rev’d Emmanuel Kolini, Archbishop, Anglican Church of Rwanda
The Most Rev’d Valentino Mokiwa, Archbishop, Anglican Church of Tanzania
The Most Rev’d Gregory Venables, Presiding Bishop, Province of the Southern Cone
The Most Rev’d Eliud Wabukala, Archbishop, Anglican Church of Kenya
The Most Rev’d Nicholas Okoh, Archbishop, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
The Most Rev’d Henry L. Orombi, Archbishop, Anglican Church of Uganda, represented by Bishop Nathan Kyamanywa
The Most Rev’d Peter Jensen, Archbishop, Diocese of Sydney

There are two notable quirks in this list: (i) Henry Orombi did not attend, some one else attended for him. This is of note because Archbishop Orombi is often absent from various Primates gatherings. (ii) The Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), Robert Duncan, is listed as present with no qualifying remarks at all.

This second quirk is telling. Duncan is included in the list as a Primate. Period. And indeed he is. ACNA of course is not one bit "Global South," but it is only and precisely there that ACNA and its Archbishop is recognized as the Anglican presence in North America. So Duncan's presence tells us something rather useful - as far as GAFCON / FCA is concerned, it is ACNA that is the Province in North America and the Global South GAFCON / FCA Primates have indeed begun a new world wide Church endeavor.

The upcoming Global South Encounter will no doubt keep up the pretense of being part of the Anglican Communion as we know it. But it in reality will be making a clear break, and establishing a different sort of Anglican Communion, let's call it ACII, with a Primates Meeting with teeth, a leader elected from among those Primates (not automatically the ABC), with a very different style of operation, and a total excommunication of TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada. Contrary to the GSE4 statement supporting the Covenant, the Covenant as it stands will not make the cut. There will be proposed revisions and contention about its value. I believe that GSE4 will not finally be of one mind on the Covenant.

The cooperation with the Anglican Communion as it is currently constructed is coming to a close. That's the way I see it. I don't know why we bother thinking that these Primates and their churches are part of the Anglican Communion at all. We all knew that "the Historic Episcopate, locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varying needs of the nations and peoples called of God into the Unity of His Church" would lead to division precisely because of the various needs of peoples and nations. So it is.

Mark Harris is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Delaware, a Member of TEC Executive Council of the
House of Deputies, a Canon in the Episcopal Church in the Philippines

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