Bishop Chandler Holder Jones points out the historic recordings of The Congress of St Louis :
Audio recordings of the entire proceedings of the Congress of Saint Louis 1977, courtesy of the Anglican Church of Our Saviour, Florence, South Carolina.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Good people. Yes, I am well aware of the Consecration of Bishops taking place in the Anglican Church in America this week – thanks for the e-mails and notes sent in this regard! Joyful occasions. The Church is growing. Reproducing. New shepherds. Added protection.
So why no word here yet?
Well the truth be told, basically, Bishop Brian Marsh has – and let me make sure I use the correct word here – ‘asked’ (?) that I make no mention of the Anglican Church in America on the blog. Why? I’m not sure. The idiom, ‘your guess is a good as mine,’ does come to mind (my mind at least).
Some of you have already noticed the trend and asked about the ongoing omission of the ACA. So now you know.
[But] at the risk of
again incuring the good Most Reverend’s wrath – and given that it’s Freedom Day here in South Africa (the day we get to commemorate, celebrate and reflect on the sacrifices made by those who fought for democracy and freedom of speech and expression in our land) anyway – the men are:
The Rev Dr James Randall Hiles
Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:30 a.m.
Saint Paul’s Parish 701 Pleasant Street, Brockton, Massachusetts
And a couple of days ago:
The Rev Owen R. Williams
Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:30 p.m.
Trinity Pro Cathedral 180 Rochester Hill Road Rochester, New Hampshire
There is a photo of this Consecration here.
Do say a prayer for Bishop Marsh, and the two men Consecrated.
We need strong and saintly Bishops who are overflowing with heroic virtue so as to shepherd us through these dark days and to stand boldly against the Devil and the world.
Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy holy Apostles many excellent gifts, and didst charge them to feed thy flock: Give grace, we beseech thee, to all Bishops, the Pastors of thy Church, that they may diligently preach thy Word, and duly administer the godly discipline thereof; and grant to the people, that they may obediently follow the same; that all may receive the crown of everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
St Paul’s Brockton has a nifty website here.
The purpose of the Church is God’s purpose.
Clearly understanding (unlike some ecclesiastical blogophobes out there) the full value and tremendous potential of blogs, since having left the Traditional Anglican Communion for the Anglican Catholic Church, Fr Anthony Chadwick has started up a new blog simply entitled: The Anglican Catholic.
From the about page:
This blog is inspired by my previous and present experience of blogging and is intended to be a direct organ of communication of the Church to which I belong as a priest. My personal blog enables me to express myself more freely whilst upholding my promises as a cleric of this Church. This blog is designed to supplement existing organs of information such as the Church’s official websites…
Besides Fr Chadwick, the other contributors presently listed are Deacon Jonathan Munn and Fr Ed Bakker.
‘Continuing Episcopalians’? The ChristianPost:
The head of The Episcopal Church is making an official visit to Episcopalians who belong to a diocese that has opted to break away from the denomination.
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the TEC, arrived Friday in South Carolina to visit Episcopalians in the Diocese of South Carolina who want to remain with the denomination. As part of her itinerary, Jefferts Schori will attend the “Continuing Episcopalians” special meeting on the election of a new provisional bishop for their churches, as the legal battle over who can rightfully call themselves the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina continues in court.
The Steering Committee for the Continuing Episcopalians nominated retired East Tennessee bishop Rt. Rev. Charles Glenn vonRosenberg to the post. The vote to confirm him will take place at Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston on Saturday.
Hillery Douglas, chairman of the Steering Committee and senior warden of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, said in a statement that Jefferts Schori was a welcomed presence. “We welcome the opportunity to have her with us at this important time in the history of our diocese, and it will be a privilege to share with her firsthand the energy and diversity of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina,” said Douglas.
Rev. Canon Jim Lewis, who is part of the diocesan leadership that decided to break away from TEC, told The Christian Post that he has little issue with the process that the Continuing Episcopalians are undertaking. “We have said consistently that The Episcopal Church (TEC) is free to set up a new Diocese here. She has every right to come and be a part of that process,” said Lewis.
“What neither she nor TEC has a right to do is to claim to be us in that process. We remain the same legally incorporated entity that was established in 1785 (four years before TEC was founded). We have disassociated with TEC but we have not ceased to be The Diocese of South Carolina.”
Earlier this month, the leadership of the South Carolina Diocese filed suit against TEC over the rights to the name, seal, and property of the diocese body. On Wednesday, the Diocese successfully got a court order to temporarily halt TEC’s usage of the name and seal. The order will remain in effect for ten days, overlapping with the Saturday vote on vonRosenberg. A hearing will be held on Friday, Feb. 1, to determine if the order should be made into an injunction.
“Our request for a declaratory judgment is now in the hands of the court of the State of South Carolina. We expect a full and fair hearing of the issues that will in time vindicate our right to freedom of association,” said Lewis.
“We chose to join in the founding of TEC. We are also free to choose to leave that association. We believe that to be guaranteed by both South Carolina law and the U.S. Constitution.”
Due to the court order, on their website the “continuing Episcopalians” have changed their name to “The Episcopal Church in South Carolina” and have removed the diocese seal from their web pages.
Neither The Episcopal Church in South Carolina nor the national leadership of the TEC returned comment to The Christian Post by press time.
With not even a mention of the Continuing Anglican Churches and their appeal.
The Anglican Church in North America’s College of Bishops dedicated a week to meet together in Orlando, Florida under the leadership of the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, Archbishop and Primate, to worship, pray, take counsel together and do Bible study.
The College was blessed to have a number of special guests, including two dozen of the bishops’ wives. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali served as Biblical expositor, focusing on Ephesians and how it shapes our ministry to share the transforming love of Jesus Christ in North America.
The College was also honored by the presence and witness of Bishop Azad Marshall of the Anglican Diocese of Iran. Throughout the week, the Bishops pursued healthy ways of working together that foster greater unity in Christ while honoring the diverse styles and ministries of the dioceses. The College received reports from task forces on a variety of topics…
Virtue has the whole thing. Highlights (for me):
… discuss the arguments, pro and con, related to the ordination of women, considering the relevant Scriptural texts and historical arguments, and reviewing studies conducted within and without the Anglican tradition…
The Ecumenical Relations Task Force
The Ecumenical Relations Task Force, chaired by the Rt. Rev. Ray R. Sutton, reported a number of exciting new developments. In its work with catholic jurisdictions, the Task Force was told by the second highest ranking bishop in the Russian Orthodox Church, the Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, that Orthodox dialogue with the Anglican Communion in North America would be directed through the Anglican Church in North America. In addition, Archbishop Robert Duncan and Bishop Sutton were invited with Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Anglican Primate of Kenya and Chair of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GAFCON/FCA), to have a public audience in Rome with Pope Benedict XVI on November 28, 2012. The delegation was cordially and graciously received and it was an occasion for good conversation. It is hoped that this visit will foster enhanced relations between Anglicans and Roman Catholics.
On the evangelical side of the kingdom of God, new efforts have begun with Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters. CMJ-USA, whose National Director is the Rev. Canon Daryl Fenton, former Canon to Archbishop Duncan, is partnering with ten ACNA congregations to launch pilot programs for reaching Jewish people with the Gospel. Already Messianic Jewish congregations have begun to meet in several ACNA parishes.
In other work with evangelicals, the Rev. Canon Phil Ashey related how a new ecumenical coalition of confessing Christians has formed, with representatives from Evangelical Presbyterians, Good News Methodists, Lutherans, Anglicans and other evangelical groups…
Perhaps Bishops Hewett, Grundorf, Marsh, Haverland and Robinson (who has already backtracked on his signing of the ACNA letter) need to get their own act together before
dictating to approaching the ACNA?
Nice one for the CMJ.