Archbishop Duncan’s State of the Church Address 2012
The entirety of Archbishop Duncan’s address can be read here. Below is an excerpt
A Year of Challenge
The dis-integration of the Anglican Mission in the Americas during this past year has been a challenge for North American Anglicanism and for Global Anglicanism. What was one of our founding jurisdictions, and distanced to became a ministry partner in June 2010, has gone through a season of re-definition and loss since June 2011 that has greatly diminished the AM and that has broken the hearts of many in this Council, across this Church and around the globe, not least that of your Archbishop. What will become of the remnant “Society for Mission and Apostolic Works” we cannot know, we only know that what has emerged does not look like the Anglican Mission, the AMiA, that was once so central to who and what we became as a Church. We continue in prayer for these now functionally separated brothers and sisters.
Two amazing things, at least, have come out of the adversity of this situation. One is that the vision given by God to us in the Common Cause days – the vision of a biblical, missionary and united Anglicanism in North America – is owned by more of us than ever before. The dis-integration of AMiA has produced an amazing new partner in PEARUSA (Province de L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda USA) whose bishops and representatives are here with us to take their place among us.
Yesterday, the College of Bishops adopted a three-way protocol (PEAR, ACNA, and PEARUSA) that effectively gives PEARUSA participation as if it were a diocese of this Church. Moreover, today this Council will be asked to approve a diocese in formation (called Christ the King and centered at Houston, Texas) composed of former AMiA congregations. In other parts of our two countries (Canada and the US) congregations that have been AM congregations are associating with existing dioceses of the Anglican Church in North America. Bishop Todd Hunter of Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO) has joined us as a bishop with special mission and two of our dioceses have given “cover” to two other Anglican Mission bishops and their congregations – with a third bishop and network in conversation – as their relationships to the AM gets sorted out.
Greater unity globally has also been achieved. The partnership of the Anglican Church in North America to the Anglican Church of Rwanda has never been closer, and it is our immense privilege to have Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje here with us as a sign of that deepened partnership. The GAFCON/FCA Primates Council has also gone far deeper in relationship because of the AMiA crisis and we are far more committed to one another personally than ever before. The Chairman of GAFCON/FCA, the Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala will be joining us later today and will preside at the Assembly’s closing Eucharist. Greatly heightened unity has emerged out of serious challenge to that unity. To God be the Glory.
The second blessing to emerge from the AMiA crisis is a much deepened commitment to repentance and reconciliation. PEARUSA has modeled this behavior for us all. We owe an immense debt to Bishops Glenn and Barnum and those who have led alongside them, for breathing this into our common life in a new way. I am not faultless in the AMiA breakup. We are not faultless in the sad events of these last years. The Anglican Church in North America emerges from the challenges of this last year with repentance on our lips and a desire to restore broken relationships in our hearts. Any Church with these desires stirred up within it is a Church wonderfully blessed. To God be the glory.
We would not have asked for the relational challenges of this last year, but we emerge from these pains and confusions a much stronger, much more unified Church. It is a Romans 8:28 testimony: “God works all things together for those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose…more
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