Fr Stephen Smuts

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On Dealing With Criticism

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From an e-mail over at The New Continuing Anglican Churchman blog:

… So, after ten years of full time parish ministry, I have learned that clergy should not bother responding to e-mails like this. Because no matter the response, people with this attitude are not going to change their ways, and have a spiritual revival, and start coming to church, and supporting the ministry, etc. I’ve heard of innumerable troubles that clergy invite on themselves by answering people like this… spiritually dead people with hardened hearts. It is best for clergy to focus their energy on the people in their church who are responding positively and build the church from there. When repeated efforts to teach people fail – because they are not around, and don’t read anything you send – the only thing that you can do is pray for them, as taking them seriously any other way could put them in spiritual danger.

You can read the whole mail here. Sound advice.

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October 29, 2015 at 17:24

On Continuing Anglican Unity

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Fr Anthony Chadwick has a look.

… Indeed, we look forward to the fortieth anniversary of the Congress of Saint Louis, and to much progress having been made to recover from bad experience in this process of Christian healing and reconciliation.

Read the rest of his thoughts here.


The Congress of St Louis Recordings

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Bishop Chandler Holder Jones points out the historic recordings of The Congress of St Louis :

The Congress was arguably the seminal event in the formation of the Continuing Anglican Church movement, and was certainly one of the most important events in the contemporary history of Anglicanism…

Wikipedia has more by way of info on the conference here.


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January 6, 2014 at 04:23

Pastoral Letter: Anglican Church in America and the Anglican Province of America

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On the Anglican Province of America website:

From the Presiding Bishops of the Anglican Church in America and The Anglican Province of America

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Grace and Peace to you all in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

This Pastoral Letter comes to you with every good wish for you and for the parish churches of the Anglican Church in America and the Anglican Province of America. It is our expectation that this letter will be read in every parish within our sister jurisdictions and distributed to all who may wish to share the news of our ongoing reconciliation process.

Nearly two years ago, bishops of the Anglican Church in America and the Anglican Province of America signed an agreement of reconciliation between our two national churches. This reconciliation agreement represents a historic step forward in the realignment of Classical Anglicans in the United States and, indeed, throughout the world. It has been a catalyst for closer cooperation between groups of Anglicans who share a common theology and a unity of purpose. The reconciliation agreement and the attendant cooperation that has been engendered by it cannot be minimized. It is an important document and will no doubt be long regarded as a necessary step in the reunion of Classical Anglicans.

At the present time, both the ACA and the APA have agreed to hold concurrent synods at a common location in October, 2014. These synods will bring our two jurisdictions together for worship and fellowship. Business sessions will be held separately, as is appropriate to individual jurisdictions. This is yet another way in which we may join together as Christians in an atmosphere of mutual support and cooperation. Some have suggested that these meetings will result in the complete reunion of our two jurisdictions. This is not the case. It is premature to enter into serious talk of such reunion when there are many preliminary details that must be worked out and many other issues resolved. Complete reunion between our jurisdictions, if and when it happens, must be left to the grace of God. It is our task to discern, as best we can, God’s will, placing ourselves at His service and in the service of His church.

There are many things that have been achieved up to now. The Reconciliation Committee has produced a common Constitution to be proposed for adoption by the synods of both jurisdictions. The committee is also working on a unified set of canons. Such practical work is being done faithfully by those who are committed to accomplishing the work of the church in a cooperative manner. There are, we confess, historical issues, as well as issues of the heart, that must be dealt with first. As many of us know, the past history of our churches has often involved considerable heartbreak. The many fractures, schisms and improper activity have all caused great pain and injury within God’s church. Much pain, along with its attendant trust issues, still remains. These should be discussed in a forthright and transparent manner. But we need also remember that, as Christians, we must be prepared to adopt an attitude of forgiveness for those who we perceive have injured us, just as we must also adopt a penitential approach to those we may have harmed. This is God’s way. And we pray that He will be pleased with our work, as we seek to promote healing and full reconciliation.

Lastly, we have no particular plan aside from doing the work of God. Rumors may abound. It is perhaps natural, given our past history, to assume that there is some hidden strategy that is being covertly put forward. Such is not the case. Although many options may be discussed in various committees and among individuals and small groups, we remember that we are synodical churches; any final decisions on important matters must come before the councils of the church for ratification. But it is in the discussions, as well as within the small and large groups and committees of our churches, that we will most certainly discern the voice of God. He will speak to the unification of His church and lead us to the way and manner of that unification. But until full reconciliation is finally achieved, we must seek only to greet each other in love, working to heal the church and seeking to do no harm to any of God’s people. We must embrace each other as faithful Christians and committed Anglicans. And we must always pray to God to teach us the way. Because we can never find our way without the certain guidance of Our Lord.

Your Brothers in Christ,

The Most Rev. Walter Grundorf

The Most Rev. Brian Marsh


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August 20, 2013 at 20:04

The ACC as an Alternative to the Church of England?

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Peddling the Anglican Catholic Church as a ‘credible alternative’ to the Church of England. Naturally, there is no mention of other Continuing Anglican jurisdictions as ‘credible alternative[s]’.

Fr Chadwick notes on the above post:

The “marketing strategy” of the ACC is good…

That he should know, given he is one identifiable consumer of that said ‘marketing strategy’.

Wikipedia covers the history of the ACC here.

And in good faith, the Traditional Anglican Communion in Britain is here.


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July 8, 2013 at 17:13

Continuing Anglicanism

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Wikipedia has modified their page on Continuing Anglicanism and it makes for rather interesting reading:

The Continuing Anglican movement encompasses a number of Christian churches in various countries that profess Anglicanism while remaining outside the Anglican Communion. These churches generally believe that “traditional” forms of Anglican faith and worship have been unacceptably revised or abandoned within some Anglican Communion churches in recent decades. They claim, therefore, that they are “continuing” or preserving Anglicanism’s line of Apostolic Succession as well as historic Anglican belief and practice.

The modern “Continuing” movement principally dates to the 1977 Congress of St. Louis in the United States, at which meeting participants rejected the ordination of women and the changes that had been made in the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer.

Much more here.


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May 20, 2013 at 15:35

The Episcopal Consecration of The Rev James Randall Hiles

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UPDATE:  Bishop Chandler Holder Jones has posted the Consecration and I LINK TO HIS BLOG:

The Right Reverend James Randall Hiles was consecrated Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of the Northeast  of the Anglican Church in America on Saturday, April 27th 2013 at Saint Paul’s Church, Brockton, Massachusetts.

The Most Reverend Brian R. Marsh, Presiding Bishop of the ACA and Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Northeast, was Chief Consecrator.

The seven Co-Consecrators were:

The Right Reverend Stephen D. Strawn, Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of the Missouri Valley, ACA
The Most Reverend Walter H. Grundorf, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of America, and Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Eastern United States, APA
The Right Reverend John Vaughan, Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of the Eastern United States, ACA
The Right Reverend Michael Gill, Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of Pretoria, Anglican Church of Southern Africa
The Right Reverend Edward H. Macburney, retired Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Quincy, The Episcopal Church
The Right Reverend Juan Garcia, Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, ACA
The Right Reverend George D. Langberg, retired Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of the Northeast, ACA



Bishop Chandler Holder Jones, please would you be so good as to put up a post covering Bishop James Randall Hiles’s recent Consecration on your blog (like you did on Sunday with Bishop Owen Rhys Williams), so that I can report on it by reposting from your blog and thereby avoid linking to the Anglican Church in America (TAC) Diocese of the Northeast website? (I’m not allowed to link to the ACA.)

For those of you who can’t wait,  all you have to do is Google your way to the above mentioned website where you will find a report (freely available) on the event with some great photos as well. It seems to have been a most blessed day.

BTW. this is still a busy and well read blog.

With most of our faithful readers residing in America… The land of the free.



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