Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Anglicans: "Yes We Can!"

Breakaway Episcopalians—now Anglicans—from the United States and Canada gathered for the first meeting of their newly formed province in Bedford, Texas, this week, despite the fact that Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has not formally recognized them. Wednesday evening Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh will be installed as the first archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

The some 28 dioceses containing 700 parishes represent about 100,000 North Americans who have broken from the Episcopal Church over issues of orthodoxy. Duncan said in a statement that the new province—an unprecedented formation since the Episcopal province already has jurisdiction over North America—would be “the reconstitution of a faithful church.”

A coalition of five other breakaway protectorates that include parts of Africa, Australia, and South America—churches organized under the Global Anglican Future Conference—officially recognized the ACNA as an Anglican province in April. The provinces in the Global South represent about 30 million Anglicans.

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