Month: July, 2012

Links: Anglican Communion Alliance

The Anglican Communion Alliance

“We are the Anglican Communion Alliance (formerly the Anglican Essentials Federation).  In the light of recent developments within orthodoxy in Canadian Anglicanism, we are establishing ourselves as a separate organization to continue the affirmation of classical Anglicanism within the Anglican Church of Canada.”

“The reasoning behind the transformation and our new name is as follows:

a. “Anglican” is Anglicanism in its classical form (as clarified by the wide coalition of orthodox Canadian Anglicans in the 1994 Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials)

b. The “Communion” is the Anglican communion that is being reaffirmed around the Anglican Covenant

c. The “Alliance” is the banding together of congregations and individuals across the country who share our specific vision and mission”

“OUR VISION: to be the theological and spiritual rallying-point for historic orthodoxy in the Anglican Church of Canada.”

“OUR MISSION: to call the Anglican Church of Canada to embrace and live by its orthodox Christian heritage under the renewing guidance of the Holy Spirit.”

To find out more, visit the Anglican Communion Alliance website.

Links: Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

Anglican Church In North America:
Reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.

“The Anglican Church in North America unites some 100,000 Anglicans in nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States and Canada into a single Church. It is a Province-in-formation in the global Anglican Communion. The Most Rev. Robert Duncan is the archbishop of the Church and bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.”

“Members of the Anglican Church in North America are in the mainstream, both globally and historically, of Christianity – the biblically-faithful way of following Jesus and being part of the “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church”. As Anglicans, this orthodoxy is defined by and centered on our church’s classic formularies – the Book of Common Prayer, including the Ordinal, and the Thirty-nine Articles – which all point back to the authority of the Holy Bible and articulate foundational principles of the Anglican tradition throughout the world. We wholeheartedly embrace the Jerusalem Declaration, the founding declaration of the global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, and the Theological Statement of the Common Cause Partnership – the precursor to the Anglican Church in North America.”

To learn more, visit the Anglican Church in North America website.

ASF News: ANiC E-PISTLE #3

E-pistle #3:  February 15 2012

Anglican Sojourners Fellowship E-pistle #3

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,

This is the third general newsletter to those who have expressed an interest in the Anglican Sojourner Fellowship (ASF). It has taken longer to prepare than I would have wished for some of the reasons outlined below, but there is progress to report and new challenges to discuss. The first report of progress is that the Anglican Sojourner Fellowship now has a page on the ANiC website. It provides a brief summary of the origins and aims of the Fellowship and includes a link to the two previous E-pistles as well ( for those of you who have not received them). The page can be found at: http://anglicannetwork.ca/sojourner_fellowship.htm

Hidden Pain

Over the past weeks, in stories from some of you, I have become increasingly aware of the deep undercurrent of pain borne by many who feel abandoned and estranged from their churches. Being an “orphan” is not just about the circumstances of isolation, but about disillusionment and loss of trust. As I have experienced it myself, it is very often a pain hidden even from the bearer. What is more serious is that loss of trust in the institutions of the church can so easily lead to estrangement from the Lord of the Church. In forming this Sojourner’s Fellowship, we must each be prepared to address this issue. We need to support one another in seeking healing  and we must each be prepared to consider that a part of that healing will involve our own acts of repentance – and of an ongoing commitment of turning to Jesus Christ…

READ THE REST (IN PDF FORMAT):  ANiC Sojourner E-pistle 3

ASF News: ANiC E-pistle #2

E-pistle #2:  December 16 2011

Anglican Sojourner Fellowship E-pistle #2

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,

This is my second general newsletter to those who have expressed an interest in the development of the Sojourner Fellowship. I will attempt to include the first package of material for those who have expressed an interest since it went out on November 14. I apologize to all of you in advance. This is a clumsy way of sharing information, but it is important to keep everyone informed as we go along. Once the SF website is functioning and we have an interactive chat capability (see Sections below) it should make communications much easier for everyone.

I want to start by sharing a prayer with you:

Lord God Almighty, You hold all things in the palm of Your hand. You hold each of us individually and You hold us all together as a part of Your Church in this Sojourner Fellowship initiative. We ask that You will guide us by Your Holy Spirit in this work: Protect us, Prevent us, Inspire us, enable us that all may be done to Your honour and glory. We pray this in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN

The Challenge We Face

As I have heard from some of you and as I have explored further the implications of creating a virtual church as an integral part of the mission of the Anglican Network in Canada, I am daunted by the challenge of what we are undertaking. At the same time I am even more deeply convinced that this is a remarkable opportunity…

READ THE REST (IN PDF FORMAT):  ANiC Sojourner E-pistle 2

ASF News: ANiC E-pistle #1

E-pistle #1:  November 14 2011

Anglican Sojourner Fellowship E-pistle #1

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,

This is my first effort to share general information with those who have indicated an interest in what began a year ago as a discussion between Claus Lenk and myself at the 2010 ANiC synod in Ottawa about an idea for reaching out and supporting Anglican orphans using the internet and social media tools. Claus, ANiC’s Treasurer and I are old friends having both been members of the same Koinonia Group (House Church) at Little Trinity Church in Toronto many years ago. As we went along, we asked Bishop Charlie Masters who had been interested in this concept for some time to become involved with us.

What follows is an attempt to bring you up to date with what has happened in the intervening year…

READ THE REST (PDF FILE):  ANiC Sojourner E-pistle 1