Welcome to San Francisco Anglicans

Welcome to San Francisco Anglicans! This website is a ministry of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). More specifically it is a ministry of St. James Anglican Church in San Jose. It has a very simple purpose: help people in San Francisco find us so we can help launch new Anglican Churches in San Francisco. Emmaus Anglican Church is our first. We hope to launch many more in the coming months. We hope this interests you. If you would like more information please email Fr. Ed McNeill or call him at 408-674-2770.

Almost Anonymous: Giving is Never Really Secret.

A few years ago Anonymous was moved by a random email from a bishop within the ACNA.  This man was at a particularly prayerful and important time in his life. He was near retirement; he had sold a business. And he was waiting for guidance from the Lord on how to best honor Him for His provision. The random email from the bishop sparked his imagination. Subsequently through prayer, Anonymous landed on Isaiah 58 as the inspiration for what God was calling him to do.

Isaiah 58 reads (in part), “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?” (This is what Jesus echoes in Matthew 25.)

This man was convinced that God was calling him to set aside a significant amount of money for the work of compassion and outreach to the poor. He contacted our Archbishop and asked if funds might be needed within the ACNA. (Archbishop Beach subsequently called the effort to place these funds The Matthew 25 Initiative.)

Fast-forward a few years.  Last March, through our Archbishop, I was asked to meet this man and help find a way to make this vision happen.

More specific details of the matching fund program called The Matthew 25 Initiative are available at the link and applicants are urged to apply for matching grants.  Significant funds have already been given; good work is being done around the ACNA because of this effort. New ministries and new applications are hoped for soon.  See details at the site.

But I want to consider a deeper issue: Anonymous is anonymous…almost. He cares about being obedient more than being known. He cares about faithfulness over fame. And God is using him and these resources for the advance of the Gospel and for the good of the poor and marginalized.

But, in fact, nothing we do is really ever anonymous.  It can only be mostly anonymous. There is One who knows…and for all those who give and give freely and in secret, there is One who sees in secret.  Jesus said, “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:3-4)

This article was reproduced with permission from AnglicanPastor.com.

Anglican Leaders Received in Moscow

The delegation made a pilgrimage to the monastery of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius on Monday, August 24th before beginning meetings with Metropolitan Hilarion , chairman of the Department for External Church Relations on Tuesday, August 25th.  Later in the day, the conversations continued when the delegation was officially received by Patriarch Kirill at his residence. 

Patriarch Kirill gave thanks for the Anglican Church in North America’s courageous witness in the midst of the dual challenges of an increasingly secular western culture, and an environment of religious compromise:

“Your church went through a very difficult period of its history, and the faithful took courage and had the ability to respond to a great temptation. There are two models of the behavior of the Church and of Christians. One involves obedience to the secular power and the powerful forces that have an impact on social development. The other model involves the ability to speak the truth and to remain faithful to the Christian message.”

During the communist era, the Russian Orthodox Church suffered decades of severe persecution.  This week the Anglican delegation saw a transformed religious landscape in which Christian symbols now dominate Red Square and Moscow, and new churches are being planted across the country (on average 1,000 per year for the last 27 years). 

image Both the Russian Orthodox Church and the Anglican Church in North America expressed a desire to see the growth and deepening of relationships between Orthodoxy and faithful, global Anglicanism.  Archbishop Beach delivered a letter of greeting from Archbishop Wabukala, the Archbishop and Primate of Kenya, and Chairman of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GAFCON).

As the realignment of Anglicanism continues to unfold, Archbishop Beach gave thanks for the common ground that the faithful of both churches are finding on the practical moral issues that confront our societies:

“Globalization has increased the effect that we have on one another, and at a time when the family is being threatened by forces that would seek to redefine marriage, normalize sexual compromise, and fund the slaughter of unborn children, it is an encouragement to have a strong and unwavering partner in the Russian Orthodox Church on these issues.”

The relationship between Anglicans and Orthodoxy has a rich history dating back to the English Reformation where the recovery of the biblical Gospel was accompanied by a recognition of the common Patristic heritage the two churches share. Cranmer incorporated an Eastern Orthodox prayer, called the epiclesis, into his 1549 edition of the Book of Common Prayer, which eventually made its way into the American prayer book. The mutual affection between Anglicans and Russian Orthodoxy has had a variety of expressions over the centuries, from Bishop Grafton and Patriarch Tikhon to Archbishop Ramsey and Patriarch Alexei.

The armed conflicts of the 20th century and the liberal theological innovations of some Anglicans in the early 21st century have hindered the relationship between the churches, but this meeting constituted an important step toward a new era of ecumenism between Anglicanism and Russian Orthodoxy.

The delegation from the Anglican Church in North America was headed by Archbishop Foley Beach, Bishop Ray Sutton (Dean of Ecumenical Affairs), Bishop Kevin Allen (Chair of the North American Anglican – Orthodox dialogue), Bishop Keith Ackerman, Dr. Moheb Ghali, and The Rev. Canon Andrew Gross.

They were also joined by Fr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor of St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York and a member of the North American Anglican-Orthodox dialogue.

In addition to the official meeting, the delegation visited the Donskoy Monastery, the Church of St. Catherine, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and worshiped at the church of The Joy of All Who Sorrow.


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Senior Leaders Reopen Conversations with the Anglican Mission

In our conversations at this meeting, we experienced many requests for forgiveness for past actions and words. With surprising and encouraging depth, forgiveness was extended in both directions for many things.

We agreed to continue conversations to develop godly relationships that fully honor Christ. We are committed to comprehensively addressing the offenses of the past in a similar fashion to the way that we addressed the first issues dealt with today.

Our conversations were shaped by this prayer:

Heavenly Father, we bless and thank you for our creation, our salvation and our preservation, through your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. We come to you confessing our sinful quarreling and the divisions among us. We are determined to follow you, Lord Jesus, to the foot of your cross. There we will find forgiveness and the the restoration of our unity.

By your Holy Spirit, give to us that wisdom and that mind which only you can give.  Forge in us both humility and charity that we might think better of each other that we think of ourselves. For we believe that we have renounced the spirit of this present age and we have received your Holy Spirit. Give us grace to walk together in the way of Jesus Christ and thus to proclaim that He truly is Lord over His people. All this we in Jesus Holy Name.

Present at the meeting were Archbishop Foley Beach, Bishop Philip Jones, Bishop Bill Atwood, Bishop Sandy Greene, Philip Ashey, and Allen Hughes.