Communiqué from the GAFCON Primates Council

Apr 27, 2014 by

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GAFCON 2 Resources

Oct 30, 2013 by

Why GAFCON 2? by Andrew Symes GAFCON 2013: The Nairobi Communique GAFCON 2 Daily...

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GAFCON2 reflections, Nairobi, October 2013

Oct 28, 2013 by

By Simon Vibert GAFCON2 (the Global Anglican Fellowship Conference) has just finished.   Choosing Nairobi as a venue has caused considerable anxiety over recent months. The airport was nearly destroyed by fire in the summer and the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab attacked the Westgate shopping Mall only a matter of weeks before the start. However, I am so grateful that it was held here.   Our hosts, All Saints Cathedral and Archbishop Wabukala, have done such a marvellous job, both in their welcome to us and the exemplary organisation.   I was not present in Jerusalem in 2008 for the first such global conference. I sense that the movement has gone from strength to strength since then. There were nearly 1300 delegates, 331 of whom are Bishops, and 27 Anglican Provinces. There has been a great spirit of unity among the 120+ UK delegates, although it is sobering to note that there were more Nigerian Bishops than the entire UK contingency!   The week began with a presentation of the impact of the East African Revival which swept Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and beyond, in the 1930s. I was deeply moved to hear of the key themes of brokenness, calls to repentance, Christ-centredness and visibly changed lives through the work of the Holy Spirit in individuals and communities. In the 1970s these key themes were rediscovered and a new wave of revival swept through East Africa.   It was fitting that our closing Holy Communion service incorporated an extended time of individual and corporate confession and repentance. Whilst the Jerusalem Declaration rightly makes the following point (no 13):   Read here...

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Top 10 Things You May Not Have Expected About GAFCON

Oct 27, 2013 by

By Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism The Global Anglican Future Conference is meeting this week in Nairobi, Kenya, gathering together almost 1,400 delegates from across over 40 countries and 27 Anglican provinces. Here is our top 10 list of the things about GAFCON you might not expect. 10. Not all delegates are from provinces typically associated with GAFCON like Nigeria and Kenya. Delegates from the countries of Sri Lanka, South Africa and even Mexico are on site in Nairobi. There is a bishop from the Anglican Church of Canada and at least three U.S. Episcopalians participating, some in prominent roles. 9. Nairobi’s brand new Trinity Center is a modern facility. Built on the campus of All Saints’ Cathedral, the multi-story complex features stadium seating and modern audio and video projection systems. The building is designed in a gothic style, with dark wood floors and stone arches to closely match the 1930s cathedral. 8. Delegates describe a “peaceful, less anxious” climate than GAFCON 2008. “I expected to build relationships,” reported one delegate “but I never expected such unity and intimacy in Christ.” 7. Global South Anglicans are leading the conference, not merely the visible spokesmen for a western-backed effort. At 450 delegates, the Nigerian contingent is several times larger than the North American delegation. Kenyan, Nigerian and Australian leaders are prominent, with one western delegate noting that “the Global South is maintaining the faith as the West is losing it.” Read...

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GAFCON offers itself as 'important and effective instrument of Communion'

Oct 26, 2013 by

By Chris Sugden, Christian Today GAFCON2013 began by learning from the East African Revival and ended with the singing of the revival song 'Tukutendereza Jesu' in response to the reading of the Nairobi Communique and Commitment. Three thousand words in length, it sets the following path for this global movement that "will continue to work within the Anglican Communion for its renewal and reform". To that end it identifies as a priority "supporting genuine gospel initiatives, recognising that there are times when the maintenance of structures can constrain the proclamation of the Gospel". In line with the 2008 GAFCON Jerusalem Statement's expectation that the Primates' Council would intervene to provide "orthodox oversight to churches under false leadership", the Primates' Council will carefully consider working beyond existing structures as an obedient response to Jesus' commission to take the Gospel to all nations. The significance of this statement is that it speaks for over 300 bishops and archbishops around the Anglican Communion. For the Church of England the Nairobi Commitment states: "We commit ourselves to the support and defence of those who in standing for apostolic truth are marginalised or excluded from formal communion with other Anglicans in their dioceses. We have therefore recognised the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) as an expression of authentic Anglicanism both for those within and outside the Church of England, and welcomed their intention to appoint a General Secretary of AMiE." Read...

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Fwd: The GAFCON Jerusalem Cross

Oct 26, 2013 by

The GAFCON Jerusalem cross has been brought from Jerusalem where the first GAFCON was held in 2008. It was carried in procession during the final communion service. It will stay in Nairobi until the next GAFCON to which the Conference committed itself.

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