A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to Michael, whom he remembered, among other things, as one who […]
Christopher Johnson provides a succint intro to ECUSA (TEC?) events of the day. In short, the dioceses of Pittsburgh, San Joaquin, and South Carolina requested alternative primatial oversight. One of the largest Episcopal churches in the United States, located in Plano, Texas, announced its plans to exit the ECUSA yesterday.
In addition, as Captain Yips reports:
Today, the Church of Nigeria announced that it had elected Martyn Minns (whom I’ve often with tongue in cheek called ‘the best bishop ECUSA has never had’) to serve as bishop in its Convocation of Anglican Churches in North America (CANA). There are a couple of CANA parishes here in the Chicago area. This gives Bishop-elect Minns a borderless, transcontinental jurisdiction.
Archbishop Peter Akinola said that, “We have already witnessed God’s blessing on our decision to elect a missionary Bishop to the Congo. We have also recently decided to appoint a non-geographic Bishop for migrant Fulani herdsmen who number over 12 million across West Africa sub region.” He also said that he was “mindful of the precedent set by the Convocation of American Churches in Europe and also the recent action of the Archbishop of Canterbury in welcoming the Rt. Reverend Sandy Millar, Assistant Bishop in the Church of Uganda, as a Bishop in Mission in England.” In all this he said that, “we believe we are continuing the tradition of Missionary Bishops that has always been an essential part of Anglicanism and which the Church of Nigeria has embraced in response to the 1988 Lambeth Conference Call for a Decade of Evangelism.”
He also stated that, “We have deliberately held back from this action until now because of our hope that the Episcopal Church USA would heed the cry of the Anglican Communion as expressed in the essential elements of the Windsor Report and the Dromantine Communiqué. The elections and actions of their 75th General Convention, however, make it clear that far from turning back they are even more committed to pursuing their unbiblical revisionist agenda.”
“For the sake of the mission of Christ and out of faithful obedience to His Gospel we have no other choice than to offer Biblically faithful episcopal care to our beleaguered congregations and others who will not compromise the ‘faith once delivered to the saints.’”