THOUGHTS ON THE JERUSALEM DECLARATION 2: Proposing a Life-and-Death Amendment

Sep 12, 2019 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: In my first essay on “Gafcon and the Church” I argued that the Jerusalem Declaration is establishing an ecclesial identity for the Gafcon movement in the Anglican Communion. The first seven clauses and the final clause lay the biblical and historical framework of the apostolic faith in the Anglican tradition: the Gospel, the Lordship of Jesus, the Bible, the Creeds and Councils, the Anglican Articles of Religion, worship according to the Book of Common...

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Sep 9, 2019 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: The Jerusalem Declaration has been one of the best and enduring fruits of the Gafcon movement. I was a member of the Statement Group in 2008 that drafted the Declaration and have written a commentary on it (see Essay 7 of my book). In the next three essays I shall share further thoughts on what the Declaration says and what it does not say. From the very beginning, the question “Is Gafcon a Church?” has roiled the reputedly placid sea (or is it “See”?) of...

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Welby declines to endorse the Jerusalem Declaration and will not commit to attending GAFCON’s Kigali meeting

Sep 7, 2019 by

by George Conger, Anglican Ink: The member for South Holland and The Deepings, the Rt. Hon. Sir John Hayes (Cons.) tabled six questions to Dame Caroline Spelman (Cons.) the Second Church Estates Commissioner in Parliament on the Anglican Communion, GAFCON, and the Church of England on 24 July 2019. Mrs. Spelman responded as follows: Anglicanism To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church of England has plans to adopt the approach of the...

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No decision on Justin Welby’s attendance at GAFCON conference

Sep 6, 2019 by

by Marcus Jones, Premier: The Church of England’s representative in Parliament says no decision has been made about whether the Archbishop of Canterbury will attend the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Kigali, Rwanda next year. The event is seen as a rival gathering to the Lambeth Conference which Justin Welby will host next year. While all Anglican bishops have been invited to the Lambeth Conference on 27th July – 1st August 2020, some have suggested they won’t...

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African Anglicans are the future of the Anglican Communion

Aug 28, 2019 by

by David W Virtue, VOL: From New Zealand to Nigeria, from Tanzania to Chile, from South Africa to Rwanda, from Kenya to North America, the steady drumbeat of orthodox Anglicanism corralled in GAFCON is taking root even as fissures in the Lambeth Conference widen and pansexuality separates the sheep from the goats. If Archbishop Justin Welby thinks he can blow off GAFCON by calling it a “ginger group”, he is gravely mistaken. If he thinks that his ecclesiastical consiglieres —...

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Communique from Gafcon Tanzania

Aug 20, 2019 by

Tanzanian Bishops re-commit to Gafcon, reaffirm Lambeth I:10 teaching on sexuality and marriage: WE, the undermentioned ten bishops of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, meeting at Holiday Inn, Dar es Salaam, on the 14th August 2019, after prayerful discussion, hereby issue this Communique. PREAMBLE Recognizing the need for us to contribute to the global movement seeking to renew the Anglican Communion through Gafcon; Recollecting our experiences and commitments through our participation in the...

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