GAFCON Bits and Bobs

I read a couple interesting reports from GAFCON today. The first is from this blog, which says:

1-My own Anglican tradition, Anglo-Catholicism, isn’t a major player at GAFCON. The Anglican Church of Nigeria is High Church, and conservative with the Prayer Book, but Evangelical Anglicanism seems to be almost universal. Indeed, there was a small workshop on reconciling Evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics on Monday, a fact to which much surprise was expressed by some delegates.
2- There is no agreed position on Women in Orders. Kenya ordains women. Nigeria does not. North America is still discerning this. Those of you who know me know my position.
3-Part of the East African Revival was holiness of life, particularly among clergy. One of the disciplines that clergy in this part of the world observe is complete abstinence from smoking and alcohol. Some of our delegations have observed this. Some have not.

There are three interesting take aways from that post:
[1] I think that in the USA the same balance of “evangelical” to “Anglo-Catholic” (broadly construed) numbers are true, and yet it seems like the majority of ACNA leaders are Anglo-Catholic. In other words, the leadership does not reflect the composition of the churches. That’s just my opinion, I certainly can’t prove it. On the global (GAFCON) level, this seems to not be the case.
[2] I really want to see who makes up the GAFCON commission that will be reviewing ACNA’s report on Holy Orders. This will become a vital subject next year.
[3] The East African Revival is certainly being talked up at GAFCON, but this gentlemen points out its positions on alcohol use which are indicative of its origins in the Keswick movement and Pietism. This is not a good template for Christendom. Also, the East African Revival did not stop the genocide in Rwanda, one of the most “Christian” countries on earth, at least on paper.
The second report comes from here, it was written by a female priest named Shari Hobby and says in part:

Highlight of the day for me was the clergy women’s dinner. Over 40 of us attended from  Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, province of the Indian Ocean, US, and I’m forgetting someone!…I sat beside a woman from Uganda who pastors 10 congregations, walking between 4 and 10 miles to get to them from her home.  Amazing group of women, many of whom pastor churches while working in other professional jobs.  I am humbled and amazed in what they are experiencing for the sake of the gospel….Good time connecting with a woman priest and Canon from Rwanda who solely leads 5 services in 4 different languages every Sunday.

Anyone who thinks GAFCON will decisively resolve the issue of women’s ordination had better think again. 

2 thoughts on “GAFCON Bits and Bobs”

  1. Regarding your response to my post: 1-I wouldn’t say the majority of ACNA leaders are Anglo-Catholic. To be honest, most of my exposure to to ACNA has made it seem very Evangelical/Charismatic. 3-You are certainly correct about the East African Revival not stopping the genocide in Rwanda, and yes, they are very much talking it up.

    1. On 1, you may be right. As a Reformed Anglican, it is distressing to see “evangelical/charismatic” folks who are often weak tea theologically as the leaders of the movement. And they can often be pro-WO too, another bad omen. I still maintain that the proportion of Anglo-Catholics in leadership positions of ACNA does not reflect the numbers on the ground in churches, but as I said, I haven’t studied it empirically and it is simply my observation.
      The mass conversions produced during the East African Revival are impressive, but the accompanying theology is not the greatest. In Rwanda it has produced a Church that is silent in the face of evil from the State.

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