Why a Global Anglican Future Conference? - Chris Sugden

In June 2008 archbishops and bishops from both the Evangelical and Anglo-catholic wings of the church, who lead 30 million of the world’s 55 million active Anglicans will make pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  They are travelling to the places of Christ’s ministry and where the gift of the Holy Spirit was first poured out, to strengthen them for what they believe will be difficult days ahead.

The vision, according to Archbishop Nzimbi of Kenya is to inform and inspire invited leaders “to seek transformation in our own lives and help impact communities and societies through the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ”. 

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  1. Bishop Ijaz Inayat Says:

    Yes, Christian life and witness is never easy. We have to fight the forces of darkness, which have taken over parts and positions in the Church. With the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and prayers we shall over come.
    Not only the leaders of the world gathering in Jerusalem (June 14-22) but the rest of the believers from all over the world shall lift up this agenda in prayers during those days and the days to follow.

  2. Alice C. Linsley Says:

    At her blog, Ruth Gledhill wrote, “Thinking Anglicans, the Guardian and I have been leaked (and posted almost simultaneously!) a copy of the minutes of two recent meetings that took place in Jerusalem between Bishop Suheil Dawani, Archbishop Peter Akinola and Archbishop Peter Jensen.”

    The minutes of those meetings are posted for January 22, here: http://timescolumns.typepad.com/gledhill/

  3. Alice C. Linsley Says:

    May God Almighty bless the Global Anglican Future Conference!

  4. Bishop Ijaz Inayat Says:

    God bless GAFCON.

  5. The Heretic Says:

    Bishop Suheil says “GAFCON would be disastrous for his ministry in the Holy Land.”

    May God awaken GAFCON from its arrogant slumber!

  6. Bishop Ijaz Inayat Says:

    HERETIC, let the Lord open your inner eyes.

  7. Steven Berry Says:

    GAFCON and the whining about the violation of Ante-Nicene Tradition and Canon Law.

    Please take a short trip back in history with me to November 29, 2007, when the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams presided over a secret Communion service in All Hallows by the Tower Church, in London, for homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender clergy and their partners.

    Why? Well, according to published reports, the Bishop of London was not notified that this would be taking place within his jurisdiction. Hummm? Is this not analogous to the GAFCON meeting in Jerusalem? Isn’t this a horrid breech of Anglican tradition and Canon Law? According to all the News stories, don’t we hear the repeated clamor that Bishop Akinola and others failed to get the permission of the Bishop of Jerusalem before planning GAFCON? This is horrible (wringing of the hands)!

    While it is true that the Canon law of the Anglican Church declares that “every bishop is, within his diocese, the principal master, and to him belongs the right…of ordering, controlling and authorizing all services in churches”, Lambeth Palace stated that “the Archbishop did not have to inform the Bishop since the invitation to participate involved a GROUP not a PARISH.”

    Well now … that puts a different perspective on things, doesn’t it? I say, what is good for the goose, is good for the gander. Since GAFCON is not a service in a parish, but a ministry to a group, the Bishop of Jerusalem’s permission was not required.

    In Him,


  8. The Heretic Says:

    So Steve,
    Now we are reduced to repaying evil with evil?  If the ABC can violate canon, that gives everyone else the right to?  Maybe GAFCON should take the higher road, and respects the wishes of the local episcopate, regardless of what everyone else is doing.


  9. Steven Berry Says:

    Doubting Thomas (Heretic),

    I don’t enjoy arguments for the mere sake of argument, so let me see if I can help to correct your misunderstanding.

    The whole point of what I wrote is that no Canon or Tradition was violated by the ABC or the planners of GAFCON. There is no “higher ground”, no “repaying evil for evil” as you suggest. The argument that both Tradition and Canon was violated is merely a contrivance by people grasping for anything that might prevent GAFCON from happening.

    Their ox (revisionist doctrine and practice) is about to be goaded (compelled forcibly by an outside agency to change) and they are upset.

    Why not respect the wishes of the local episcopate? The answer should be plain enough. Bishop Suheil Dawani is free to have his opinion and state his objections to Archbishop Peter Akinola and Archbishop Peter Jensen. And, in the discussions that ensued, it was reported that his concerns were in fact given, but when all is said and done, Bishop Suheil Dawani, as shown by Dr. Rowan Williams and Lambeth Palace’s statement, simply has no say in the matter.

    GAFCON is to meet in the city of Jerusalem which is a pilgrim city open to all Christians, Anglican, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant.


  10. Alice C. Linsley Says:

    J.I. Packer has good insight into GAFCON. He notes, “the GAFCON gathering of primates, bishops and leaders in Jerusalem in June, before the Lambeth conference, inevitably looks like an attempt to upstage and defuse the Lambeth Conference. A number of bishops are not going to the Lambeth Conference—they see Rowan Williams as too compromised. Williams is trying to meet their needs by organizing Lambeth as a study conference with Bible study and topical study without serious resolutions emerging.

    But the general consensus is that that isn’t an answer. We are not going to attend Lambeth and put our heads in the sand. We are not going to not discuss this question about gay unions and holiness with licit linkings fit for blessing. If Lambeth doesn’t deal with these issues, Lambeth is not worth coming to. The unity of the Anglican Communion is so impaired at the present time that any Lambeth agreement would be hollow. That is why bishops are not coming. I see GAFCON as an attempt to upstage Lambeth by making policy decisions for the Anglican Communion, distilling policy guidelines for the Anglican Communion for Lambeth proper.”  Read David Virtue’s full interview with Packer here: http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=7564

  11. Alice C. Linsley Says:

    Also, see the Church Times interview with NT Wright, a close friend of +Rowan Williams. He makes the sad division in Anglicanism more apparent. All this so Episcopalians in the USA can have gay bishops, something most of them don’t want?

  12. Bishop Ijaz Inayat Says:

    May the Lord have mercy on TEC and lead it a point where they woulf repent of the demage they are causing to the entire Church.

  13. Alice C. Linsley Says:

    In a press conference today (Jan. 30, 2008) in Logos, Nigeria, Archbishop Akinola said, “The issue is that there are members of our Anglican family who are not paying attention to scripture, but are giving prominence to modern culture. They are bringing new principles to interpret scripture. The word of God has precedence over any culture. Those of us who will abide with the Word of God, come rain come fire, are those who are in GAFCON.

    Those who say it does not matter are the ones who are attending Lambeth. There might be a view, for whatever it is worth, that they want to be there to observe what is going on. But Uganda, Rwanda, Sydney, Nigeria: we are not going to Lambeth conference. What is the use of the Lambeth conference for a three weeks’ jamboree which will sweep these issues under the carpet. GAFCON will confer about the future of the church, which will set a road map for the future. We are a movement that will move away from the “maybe - maybe not”.

    The issue is that church leaders are endorsing what is wrong. They are not willing to make the gospel that the Lord can bring change available. We want to move forward with commitment to the word of God. The question is asked how many people we are. The question is rather how many people we are representing. Four primates who are in the leadership of GAFCON represent more than 30 million Anglicans.”

    May God bless and strengthen the Primates who stand for God’s Word.