Anglican Church in North America

From Christopher Johnson’s Midwest Conservative Journal blog:

The long-awaited new North American Anglican province has been announced. It will be called the Anglican Church in North America and here is its provisional constitution. A few highlights follow. Once again, North American Anglicans can justifiably call their service book The Book of Common Prayer:

We receive The Book of Common Prayer as set forth by the Church of England in 1662, together with the Ordinal attached to the same, as a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline, and, with the Books which preceded it, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.

GAFCON has officially been confirmed.

We affirm the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) Statement and Jerusalem Declaration issued 29 June 2008.

ACNA will embrace both the US and Canada.

The founding entities of the Anglican Church in North America are the members of the Common Cause Partnership namely:
  • The American Anglican Council
  • The Anglican Coalition in Canada
  • The Anglican Communion Network
  • The Anglican Mission in the Americas
  • The Anglican Network in Canada
  • The Convocation of Anglicans in North America
  • Forward in Faith – North America
  • The Missionary Convocation of Kenya
  • The Missionary Convocation of the Southern Cone
  • The Missionary Convocation of Uganda
  • The Reformed Episcopal Church

More on this at the various Anglican blogs, for which there’s useful list on the TitusOneNine sidebar.

At the British Religious Intelligence, George Conger reports:

Comprised of approximately 700 congregations with an average Sunday attendance of 100,000, the newly created Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) boasts Anglo-Catholics, Evangelicals, Charismatics, and a variety of traditionalists at odds with the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada.

Its members include the four breakaway dioceses of Pittsburgh, San Joaquin, Quincy and Fort Worth and the Anglican diaspora of the last 125 years: evangelical groups that seceded within the past eight years, Anglo-Catholic groups that left following changes to the Book of Common Prayer and the introduction of the ordination of women in the 1970’s, and the Reformed Episcopal Church — an independent Evangelical Anglican church that seceded in the 1870s in protest to the high church movement then controlling the Episcopal Church.

There are related videos at AnglicanTV.

The AMiA news release on ACNA is here.

There is an excellent related article at Hills of the North, concerning ACI’s attitude toward the new province.

There’s also coverage at Christianity Today.

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