Bishop Michael Nazir Ali adds support to St John's Shaughnessy

May 25, 2009 by

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To Canon David Short, Rev Dr James Packer, the wardens and church council of St John’s Church, Shaughnessy, Vancouver and other churches in the Anglican Network in Canada in Vancouver

Dear Colleagues, 

We, your brothers and sisters in the Anglican communion in the UK, and members of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans  want to write to you and express our wholehearted support for you in this time of great difficulty. We wish to express our shock and sadness that such an action be taken against you all at St John’s church, and to assure you of our love, support and prayer. Even now we pray that mediation may take place. 

We have grave concerns regarding your diocese’s departure from orthodox Christian teaching which is held by the majority of the Anglican communion, and pray that this will not distort the nature of our proclamation of the gospel of transformation which we are all called to declare. 

We hold you in our affection and affirm in the strongest terms your membership of the world -wide Anglican church, our sisters and brothers in the faith. 
May the Lord uphold you in your fiery trial and like the friends of Daniel, may you know our precious Lord in the midst of it. 
with the love of Christ,

Rev Paul Perkin, Vicar of St Mark’s Battersea Rise
Canon Andy Lines, General Secretary of Crosslinks
Bishop Michael Nazir Ali, Bishop of Rochester
Rev Francis Gardom, Secretary of Cost of Conscience
Mr Hugh Pratt, Forward in Faith
Canon Dr Chris Sugden, Member of General Synod
Mrs Sarah Finch, Member of General Synod
Rev William Taylor, Rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate, London
Rev Richard Coekin,  Dundonald Church
Canon Dr Tudor Griffiths, Church in Wales

Steering Group of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans in UK and Ireland.

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