UK Unity Forum meets

Oct 11, 2017 by

by George Conger, Anglican Ink:

Traditionalist Anglicans in the UK are not prepared to accept women priests as a condition of forming an alliance with overseas groups to push back against the changing teaching on Christian marriage.

On 5 Oct 2017 the Bishop Primus of the Free Church of England, the Most Rev. John Fenwick the second hosted a gathering of orthodox Anglicans. On 6 June 2017 Bishop Fenwick hosted the first meeting of British Anglicans “representing a range of jurisdictions, organisations and churchmanships to begin to explore a united way forward.”

Approximately 20 church leaders met at St Andrews Free Church of England in Walsall in the West Midlands. The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey of the American Anglican Council and the Rt. Rev. Trevor Walters of the Anglican Network in Canada (pictured) were invited to facilitate the closed door meeting.

Sources tell Anglican Ink the day was spent in a broad range of discussion that looked at the history and powers of the Anglican “instruments of unity” — the unofficial entities that order pan-Anglican relations, as well as the deteriorating situation for traditionalists in the Scottish Episcopal Church, Church in Wales and Church of England.

The suggestion the groups comprising the unity forum adopt the “mixed” economy model used by the Anglican Church in North America were discussed. The meeting recognized that a number of GAFCON provinces ordain women to the priesthood: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the two Sudans, and the Congo — Nigeria does not.

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