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October 30th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

Why GAFCON 2? by Andrew Symes

GAFCON 2013: The Nairobi Communique

GAFCON 2 Daily diary

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GAFCON2 reflections, Nairobi, October 2013

October 28th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

By Simon Vibert

GAFCON2 (the Global Anglican Fellowship Conference) has just finished.
 
Choosing Nairobi as a venue has caused considerable anxiety over recent months. The airport was nearly destroyed by fire in the summer and the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab attacked the Westgate shopping Mall only a matter of weeks before the start. However, I am so grateful that it was held here.
 
Our hosts, All Saints Cathedral and Archbishop Wabukala, have done such a marvellous job, both in their welcome to us and the exemplary organisation.
 
I was not present in Jerusalem in 2008 for the first such global conference. I sense that the movement has gone from strength to strength since then. There were nearly 1300 delegates, 331 of whom are Bishops, and 27 Anglican Provinces. There has been a great spirit of unity among the 120+ UK delegates, although it is sobering to note that there were more Nigerian Bishops than the entire UK contingency!
 
The week began with a presentation of the impact of the East African Revival which swept Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and beyond, in the 1930s. I was deeply moved to hear of the key themes of brokenness, calls to repentance, Christ-centredness and visibly changed lives through the work of the Holy Spirit in individuals and communities. In the 1970s these key themes were rediscovered and a new wave of revival swept through East Africa.
 
It was fitting that our closing Holy Communion service incorporated an extended time of individual and corporate confession and repentance. Whilst the Jerusalem Declaration rightly makes the following point (no 13):
 
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Top 10 Things You May Not Have Expected About GAFCON

October 27th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

By Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism

The Global Anglican Future Conference is meeting this week in Nairobi, Kenya, gathering together almost 1,400 delegates from across over 40 countries and 27 Anglican provinces. Here is our top 10 list of the things about GAFCON you might not expect.

10. Not all delegates are from provinces typically associated with GAFCON like Nigeria and Kenya. Delegates from the countries of Sri Lanka, South Africa and even Mexico are on site in Nairobi. There is a bishop from the Anglican Church of Canada and at least three U.S. Episcopalians participating, some in prominent roles.

9. Nairobi’s brand new Trinity Center is a modern facility. Built on the campus of All Saints’ Cathedral, the multi-story complex features stadium seating and modern audio and video projection systems. The building is designed in a gothic style, with dark wood floors and stone arches to closely match the 1930s cathedral.

8. Delegates describe a “peaceful, less anxious” climate than GAFCON 2008. “I expected to build relationships,” reported one delegate “but I never expected such unity and intimacy in Christ.”

7. Global South Anglicans are leading the conference, not merely the visible spokesmen for a western-backed effort. At 450 delegates, the Nigerian contingent is several times larger than the North American delegation. Kenyan, Nigerian and Australian leaders are prominent, with one western delegate noting that “the Global South is maintaining the faith as the West is losing it.”

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GAFCON offers itself as ‘important and effective instrument of Communion’

October 26th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

By Chris Sugden, Christian Today

GAFCON2013 began by learning from the East African Revival and ended with the singing of the revival song 'Tukutendereza Jesu' in response to the reading of the Nairobi Communique and Commitment.

Three thousand words in length, it sets the following path for this global movement that "will continue to work within the Anglican Communion for its renewal and reform".

To that end it identifies as a priority "supporting genuine gospel initiatives, recognising that there are times when the maintenance of structures can constrain the proclamation of the Gospel".

In line with the 2008 GAFCON Jerusalem Statement's expectation that the Primates' Council would intervene to provide "orthodox oversight to churches under false leadership", the Primates' Council will carefully consider working beyond existing structures as an obedient response to Jesus' commission to take the Gospel to all nations.

The significance of this statement is that it speaks for over 300 bishops and archbishops around the Anglican Communion.

For the Church of England the Nairobi Commitment states:

"We commit ourselves to the support and defence of those who in standing for apostolic truth are marginalised or excluded from formal communion with other Anglicans in their dioceses. We have therefore recognised the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) as an expression of authentic Anglicanism both for those within and outside the Church of England, and welcomed their intention to appoint a General Secretary of AMiE."

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Fwd: The GAFCON Jerusalem Cross

October 26th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

The GAFCON Jerusalem cross has been brought from Jerusalem where the first GAFCON was held in 2008. It was carried in procession during the final communion service. It will stay in Nairobi until the next GAFCON to which the Conference committed itself.

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GAFCON 2013: The Nairobi Communique

October 26th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

You are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. (Ephesians 2:19-20)

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we, the participants in the second Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) – 1358 delegates, including 331 bishops, 482 other clergy and 545 laity from 38 countries representing tens of millions of faithful Anglicans worldwide – send you greetings from East Africa, a place of revival in the last century and of growth in the Anglican Church today.

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NAIROBI: GAFCON Anglican Bishops Say They Will Cross Boundaries in Defiance of Any Archbishop

October 26th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

Archbishop Wabukalaby David Virtue, VOL

In a bold move designed to maintain unity in the Anglican Communion, 331 orthodox Anglican archbishops and bishops meeting at the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) conference in Nairobi said they would recognize Anglicans in places where Biblical faith has been compromised.

The bishops resolved to expand their leadership in supporting and recognizing such Anglicans and voted without dissent to recognize and oversee theologically isolated Anglicans including the Anglican Mission in England and similar bodies around the Communion.

"We came to Nairobi seeking God's guidance for the future. Should we stop? Should we slow down? The bishops told us we must go on," said Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate and Chairman of GAFCON.

The General Secretary of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, Dr. Peter Jensen said the problems of the communion in the 21st Century were articulated by Archbishop Justin Welby who argued for the "contextualization" of homosexuality last week, a position repudiated later by Jensen who said sex could only be recognized between a man and a woman in marriage. The clash between the two men revealed how deep the fissures are in the Communion. "This conference, this movement, is not just calling attention to the dysfunction (caused by Welby) it's about building for the future."

It is now apparent that the de facto schism in the communion, precipitated by Dr. Rowan Williams and his failure to enforce Lambeth Conference Resolution 1:10, will only continue under Archbishop Welby.

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Read also:  GAFCON Movement Bishops Vote to Expand – Across Boundaries by David Ould


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GAFCON 2 report, Friday 25th October

October 25th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

By Andrew Symes

Morning worship

William Taylor from St Helen’s Bishopsgate preached the sermon after a service of Morning Prayer led by Bishop Tim Dakin. As we opened Ephesians 5, we were reminded of the theme of “walking with Christ” which had begun in Chapter 4. The purpose is that “Christ’s cosmic victory erupts in physical expression in the local meeting of Christians”. This was very important in the context of fear of demons and worship of a female goddess in Ephesus. Its also very relevant to us. Paul sees sexual immorality and greed, which derive from self-centredness, as very serious sins. Examples were given of extra marital affairs, pornography and homosexual practice. We all need support to live lives of purity.

In Verse 7 Paul says “do not partner” with those with an immoral and worldly philosophy. The church is being asked to approve of unbiblical sexual ethics – we must resist. The GAFCON movement started because the Global South Anglicans could not in conscience partner with the Episcopal Church. The question was asked why the Church of England is partnering with the “Porvoo” Scandinavian Lutheran Churches, when they have among their number a lesbian Bishop and an unbelieving Marxist Bishop.

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GAFCON latest: The dual challenges of an aggressive secular world and increasingly worldly established church

October 25th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

By Chris Sugden, Christian Today

There is nothing in Anglicanism like GAFCON. The Lambeth Conferences have all the bishops and their wives; the Anglican Consultative Council has a few representatives from each province. The Third Divine Commonwealth Conference in Nigeria from November 18-22 with 5000 people is largely composed of members of the Church of Nigeria.

GAFCON2013 is made up of bishops, clergy and lay people drawn from 38 countries numbering over 1300 people.

The Archdeacon of Cardigan, the Venerable Will Strange, describes the worship, led by a choir and a drummer as fantastic. The morning bible expositions of the Book of Ephesians have been spectacular and models of their kind.

Mini-conferences which include topics such as Gospel and Culture, Being Women of God and Episcopal Ministry have continued. There is an extraordinary energy in the Cathedral precincts where coffee, tea and meals are served as people are eagerly engaged in conversation. A lot of the energy according to a member of the Conference Secretariat has been generated by the 43 exhibitors – including the Anglican Relief and Development Fund from North America, SOMA, Five Talents Micro-Enterprise, Christian Concern and Barnabas Fund.

Michael Abel from Pakistan told how following the recent martyrdom of over 100 Anglicans at All Saints Peshawar, Pakistani civil society has for the first time responded in defence of Christians who are seen as a despised minority. In Lahore Muslims formed a ring around a church and said we are a human shield against the Taliban.

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Battle for the Soul of Britain

October 25th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

By The Rev Paul Perkin, Vicar St Mark’s Battersea Rise, London and Chairman FCA (UK and Ireland

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Nairobi: daily digests

October 25th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

Each day's events have been recorded by a number of delegates:

ACNA's daily digest of events plus many photographs can be read here.

21st Century Anglican's blog is here

Virtueonline may be read here

David Ould for Stand Firm here

 

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GAFCON II: Bishop Nazir Ali

October 25th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

More videos from Anglican TV can be seen here

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GAFCON II is a movement of the Holy Spirit

October 24th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

By Mary Ann Mueller, Virtueonline

GAFCON II is not an African event, nor is it a gathering of African bishops, as some have claimed. Rather the Global Anglican Future Conference is a modern movement of the Holy Spirit.

Occasionally the Holy Spirit deems it necessary to let His omnipresence be made known and a renewed religious fervor occurs. It is happening again, this time through GAFCON II and in Africa.

Why Africa? Because Africans are not so stiff-necked that they cannot respond to the Holy Spirit's gentle nudge. As with King David of old, they dance with joy and abandon. Worship isn't timed by the clock but by a timeless act of adoration and praise.

When hearts become hardened and ears become deaf the Holy Spirit has to act. Several times in America's history the Holy Spirit has made Himself known. These occasions have been called the Great Awakenings and have mirrored similar European revivals. The First Great Awakening happened during the colonial period – before the Revolutionary War and the establishment of the United States as a sovereign country. Powerful preachers such as Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield – an Anglican – thundered the message of salvation from their pulpits. Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is representative of the style of preaching during the First Great Awakening which led the people back to God.

The Second Great Awakening came around the turn of the 19th century. The United States of America was founded and Methodism, an offshoot of Anglicanism, was exploding as circuit riders rode the back trails of the American frontier on horseback to bring the Good News. This was an early form of church planting particularly in isolated rural areas.

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GAFCON 2 Report Thursday 24 October

October 24th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

By Andrew Symes
 
Morning worship

After some great praise songs led y the Ugandans and Kenyans, we heard a brief interview with Michael Abel from Pakistan, who is now involved in supervising church planting in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. In Pakistan, many Christians were originally converted from lower-caste Hindus, and so are looked down on not just because of religion but because of class. This means restrictions and discrimination but it is not directly from Government, rather from the predominantly Muslim society.

Pakistan is on the front line in the war on terror. The enemy is all around you – suicide bombings and indiscriminate killing. Also Christians can be targeted, for example the attack on All Saints Church Peshawar where 85 died. Civil society has been sickened by this, and many ordinary Muslims have begun to reject the Taliban and express solidarity with Christians. In Lahore groups of Moslems have been known to protect churches against the Taliban.

Michael urged us to pray for the church in Pakistan: to stand firm in faith and the proclamation of the Gospel, and for protection against the evils of terrorism.

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Church must be holy and gracious around sexuality issue, Archbishop tells GAFCON

October 24th, 2013 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

By Chris Sugden, Christian Today

The Archbishop of Canterbury delivered his personal greetings to the GAFCON2013 conference by video recording on Wednesday morning.

"I particularly want to congratulate Archbishop Eliud [Wabukala of Kenya] and all his team and all the people in the Anglican Church of Kenya who have worked so hard to get this gathering together," Archbishop Justin Welby said.

"And I am so thrilled that you should be coming together to seek afresh the face of Jesus Christ, and for yourselves to have new vision in his service and bringing the gospel to an incredibly needy world."

He said that it is essential to take time out from the business of life to meet together.

"Archbishop Eliud powerfully spoke a few weeks ago of confidence in the gospel, of a Church that is confident in the good news of Jesus Christ and does not hesitate to proclaim it. What's happening is all around that, in what you're saying and doing with each other," the Archbishop said.

In order to carry out the task of telling people about Jesus Christ, the Archbishop said Anglicans needed to be a Church that is holy.

"That is always a massive challenge. The challenge is slightly different wherever we live. We are dealing with very rapid changes of culture in the Global North and the issue of sexuality is a very important one. How we respond rightly to that – in a way that is holy, truthful and gracious – is absolutely critical to our proclamation of the Gospel.

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Nairobi: UK and Ireland Delegation at the House of the Deputy British High Commissioner

October 24th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

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Chairman’s Address GAFCON 2013 Plenary 22nd October

October 22nd, 2013 Chris Sugden Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

Global Challenge

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala

"As we gather to worship, pray , hear the Scriptures expounded and reflect on particular issues in the mini conferences, I am sure that the Holy Spirit will lead us into a common mind for the future and I do not want at this stage to anticipate. But some things already seem clear to me.

1. We must be ready to take action. From the outset this movement has sought not only to articulate what the Bible teaches, but also to act in obedience to that teaching. We cannot stand by passively as the cause of Christ is attacked and undermined. We are in a spiritual battle which requires prayerful action.

2. The strategic global challenge within the Anglican Communion is the re-evangelisation of the West. As my brother GAFCON Primate, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has said, GAFCON should be to the Anglican Communion as the East African Revival was to this region. This will extend from adventurous practical partnership in mission to the encouragement of powerful biblical apologetics to challenge the secular world view which is now so established. Acting in this way will also be a protection for those of us in the Global South as we seek to develop churches and societies which are honouring to God."

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Churches tempted to ‘change Christian faith’ for culture

October 22nd, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

By Jeff Walton, GAFCON Media Team

Leaders of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) refuted characterizations in the western press of the gathering as a breakaway movement, with recently retired Archbishop Peter Jensen of Sydney responding that "nothing could be further from the truth."

Instead, the FCA General Secretary portrayed the movement as seeking to model how the worldwide Anglican Communion can function "particularly when the Communion insists on strong theological standards" centering on the bible.

"There is a temptation to change Christian faith to comply with surrounding culture," Dr Jensen observed at the press conference on the opening day, October 21st, 2013. "We think this has occurred far too often in the world."

The global family of churches descended from the missionary activities of the Church of England were no longer in crisis, however, according to Chairman of the GAFCON Primates' Council Eliud Wabukala.

"We [the Global South churches] have moved on," The Kenyan Archbishop assessed. "The crisis is behind us, although the factors that produced it are still there."

Wabukala defended the importance of orthodox concerns about human sexuality, noting that in addition to African churches, St. Paul and the Book of Genesis portray human sexual relations as part of God's plan for creation.

"Churches need to uphold God's ordering of creation," Wabukala expressed.

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Read further reports on the start of GAFCON from David Ould, Virtueonline and George Conger

 

 

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Welby backs GAFCON vision for a renewed Church

October 20th, 2013 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

by George Conger, Anglican Ink

Nairobi: The Archbishop of Canterbury offered his qualified personal endorsement to Gafcon today, telling the congregation of All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi his vision for the future of the Anglican Communion was of a Bible-based church dedicated to mission and evangelism – goals shared by the Gafcon movement of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA).

While Archbishop Justin Welby stopped short of giving Gafcon his formal imprimatur, he conceded the existing instruments of communion were no longer fit for purpose in ordering the life of the Anglican world.

The archbishop also hinted the Communion may not be able to count upon the Church of England to hold the line on issues close to the heart of the Gafcon movement. Archbishop Welby recounted his strong public opposition to the British government’s same-sex marriage bill, noting it had come at a great “personal cost” to him as the culture and government were hostile to the church. However, he was silent on whether the Church of England would permit the blessing of gay civil unions.

The archbishop’s multi-layered sermon evolved over its two presentations – after being all but silent about Gafcon in his first sermon, in its second reading the archbishop spoke three times about the forthcoming Gafcon conference, set for 21-26 October 2013, at All Saints Cathedral.

His sermons also sparked mixed responses. Following the first presentation, Archbishop Pete Akinola, the former Primate of All-Nigeria, told Anglican Ink Archbishop Welby’s sermon was “outrageous”. The Nigerian leader was incensed that Archbishop Welby had suggested there was a moral equivalence between the normalization of gay bishops and blessings by the Episcopal Church and the violation of ecclesiastical boundaries by church leaders from the Global South.

“Did you hear what he said? He is saying the sins of the Episcopal Church are as bad as border-crossing,” Archbishop Akinola said.

However, after the second presentation, Archbishop Welby walked back his moral equivalency comments.

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Anglican Chaplains to Staff GAFCON II

October 12th, 2013 Jill Posted in Global Anglican Future Conference Comments Off

From Virtueonline

Diocese of the The Armed Forces and Chaplaincy Release
October 11, 2013

GAFCON 2013 will be one of the largest and most significant gatherings of Anglicans from around the world. Nearly 1,200 leaders and lay people from the UK, Asia, Africa, the Pacific and South America will fly in to Nairobi for this year's Global Anglican Future Conference from October 21-26.

The Armed Forces and Chaplaincy is providing direct support to GAFCON. We are honored and blessed to be a part of this celebrated event. Chaplaincy Governmental Coordinator, The Rev. Canon Jerome R. Cayangyang, and Chaplaincy Secretary, The Rev. Canon William Harrison, will serve in staff supporting roles assisting GAFCON Executive Director Bishop Martyn Minns, and Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Chairman of GAFCON.

The Venerable Michael R. Williams, Vicar General of the Chaplaincy will be representing The Right Reverend Bishop Derek LS Jones and also assisting the staff. Three delegates will be representing the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy: The Rev. Canon Norman Beale, Vocational Coordinator; The Rev. Lou Sheldon, Traditional Values Coalition; and The Rev. Wright Wall, Chaplain in-residence.

The Armed Forces and Chaplaincy will also have a visible presence at the informational fair to answer questions on endorsement and implementation in all areas of chaplaincy ministry in the U.S.

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