Traditional Anglican Church of Canada: Synod Planned for the Fall

Firstly, Fall is what the rest of us would call Autumn.

Secondly, these are former TAC folk:

The clergy and lay delegates of parishes in the Traditional Anglican Church of Canada will meet at the Queen of Apostles Retreat and Conference Centre in Mississauga, Oct. 23-25.  This meeting is being organised by The Revd. Robert Mansfield, the rector in Parry Sound, who is the secretary of our interim diocesan council, assisted by The Revd. David Marriott.

Archbishop Mark Haverland (ACCOP) and Archbishop James Provence (APCK) will both be in attendance.  The highlight of the Synod will undoubtedly be the Ordination to the Diaconate of George Betsos.

Father Stanley Sinclair has been asked to give a series of keynote addresses at each session of the Synod, which has been given the motto, “Pastoral Availability with Organisational Stability,” reflecting the real issues that face these newly-reunited traditional Anglicans, formerly connected with the Anglican Catholic or Anglican churches.

The Traditional Anglican Church of Canada has close relationships to two major bodies in the U.S., which explains the presence of the two archbishops, whose churches are in communion with each other.  Until a bishop is elected for Canada, the TACC will continue to be directly under their jurisdiction…

Okay, so it’s TACC as opposed to TAC. I suppose these are of those lost in the opportunistic joint ACC and APCK venture seeking to take over of the ACCC (TAC) remnant parishes, which we first mentioned here?

Me thinks someone is itching for a purple shirt…



Breakaway Anglican Church Calls Eviction ‘Blessing’


Property battles in the Episcopal Church have cost a prominent Washington, D.C.-area congregation its multi-million-dollar home.

The 4,000 members of The Falls Church Anglican must now find a new place to worship after holding their last service in the historic 1732 sanctuary Sunday.

A Fairfax County judge gave the final order to depart this spring, ending the breakaway congregation’s six-year fight with its former denomination.

Anglicans say the Episcopal Church has drifted from the historic Christian faith.

“It’s an outcome of our desire to be faithful to the person and teachings of Jesus Christ,” John Yates, rector of The Falls Church Anglican, told CBN News.

On Tuesday, Yates held a final staff meeting full of memories and hope for the future.

“The church is people, not buildings,” he said. “We knew that — but didn’t know it as well as we thought we knew it.”

Church staff are now relocating to temporary quarters, not really sure just where they’ll land. But in the midst of such uncertainty, Yates said the faith of his congregation is growing.

“What we’re feeling is a great sense of privilege to be going through what we’re going through,” he said. “It’s sure not easy, but it’s a blessing.”

“We know that we have a lot to learn from it so we’re thankful for it,” he said.

Falls Church Episcopal, a congregation of 200, has met offsite since the 2006 split. It’s now moving back onto the property and will hold its first service there Wednesday night.

Their website is here.



BBC’s Songs of Praise to Remain Christian

That’s a miracle. The Telegraph reports:

Songs of Praise is to remain Christian despite calls for it to be turned it into a multifaith programme, the BBC’s first Muslim head of religion has pledged.

Aaqil Ahmed said that it was vital that religious programming promoted “diversity” but insisted that Songs of Praise would always remain Christian.

Mr Ahmed’s appointment three years ago attracted controversy in some quarters and even complaints to the corporation.

In an interview in 2010 he accused the Church of England of “living in the past” by complaining about a fall in the number of hours given to religious broadcasting.

But speaking to an audience invited by the Catholic Communications Network in London he said it was “childish” to think that religion was being cut back on the BBC…

He said that diversity was “the future” but added that traditional offerings such as Songs of Praise were still “loved” in the corporation.

“So no multifaith Songs of Praise,” he said.

“It will, whilst I am in the job, remain a Christian programme.

“And it can remain so because on Sunday mornings be it on TV and radio we have real religious, cultural and intellectual diversity available through Sunday on Radio 4 and The Big Questions on BBC 1.”

His remarks follow an outcry over suggestions that by a Sikh executive producer, that there was “no reason” it could not explore other faiths.

Mr Ahmed said that although the average age of Songs of Praise viewers was now 65 it was still drawing in huge audiences…

The whole piece here.



Biblical Knowledge

Our Irish Anglican, Fr Robert, has a poignant note:

A clear grasp of the Biblical message is essential to real Christian piety. But this does not mean the Christian man, priest/presbyter pastor, theologian or otherwise, knows it all in doctrine or dogma. Paul says: “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.” (1 Cor. 13:9)  But, the “part” we can know, let us seek to know it!  And that must needs be Biblical, but as too historical and theological.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..” (Hosea 4:6)  “Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel.” (Am. 7:8)