Archbishop Duncan Offers Prayer following New Zealand Earthquake

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The devastation following a massive earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand is overwhelming. News reports indicate that at least 65 people have been killed in the natural disaster and many more are still trapped.

We stand with all who have been affected by this tragedy, especially our Anglican brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Christchurch. As you may know, Christchurch Cathedral is an historic Anglican place of worship, and has been called the “heart and soul” of the city.  Christchurch Cathedral has been a living house of prayer for the city of Christchurch and the Anglican Diocese for over a century. Sadly, after standing firm for 110 years, the Cathedral’s 63 meter spire toppled due to the devastating quake. 

I hope you’ll join me in prayer for Bishop Matthews and the clergy of the Diocese of Christchurch as they attend to the needs of those who are suffering in the aftermath of this tragedy.

Please also pray for the families of those who were killed, for those who are missing and injured, for aid workers, military personnel, government officials, and other volunteers who are part of the rescue and relief efforts. We know that the Lord can work in powerful ways, especially in the midst of crisis.

If you are able, please consider donating to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) which is currently sending funds to aid the Christchurch tragedy. Donate here: 

Prayer: Gracious Father, creator and Savior of this mortal world, we ask your comforting and strengthening help for the people of New Zealand. Comfort those whose loved ones have died, bring swift rescue for those who are missing, and strengthen those who are injured. In all of this crisis, empower your people with your Holy Spirit as they bring Gospel love and courage to their fellow countrymen. Keep us steadfast in prayer until this season of trial has passed for our brothers and sisters. All these things we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Faithfully your archbishop,

+Robert Pittsburgh

Photo credit: Associated Press. Debris from the 6.3 New Zealand earthquake rests on a crushed car outside the Christchurch Cathedral on Tuesday. The quake hit the country’s second-largest city, Christchurch, at the height of a busy workday, killing at least 65.

“Rekindling the Fire” Power in the Church Conference

On Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, Anglican Church in North America Bishops Roger Ames, David Anderson and David Bena will gather in Akron, Ohio to host a conference on the work of the Holy Spirit in individuals and congregations. Additional information is available here, along with registration and hotel details.

The event will take place at St Luke’s Anglican Church located at 565 South Cleveland-Massillon Rd., in Akron and will begin at 7:00 pm on Friday and run from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday. The event is open to clergy and lay leaders and all are invited to stay to enjoy the Sunday Eucharistic celebration at St. Luke’s.

The conference will be focused on the presence and power of the Holy Spirit and will aim to rekindle and ignite the Church with fresh fire for mission, two areas that the Province has set out to emphasize and develop. The cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. A special group rate of $10 per person is available for groups of five or more.

The conference will include sessions on:

•The Power to Serve:  “Tools in the Toolbox” with Bishop David and MaryAnne Anderson
•The Power to Break Free: “Generational Healing” with Bishop Roger and Gretsie Ames
•The Power to Heal: “Healing the Whole Person” with Bishop David and Mary Ellen Bena

Worship and personal ministry will be a part of each session with trained prayer teams under the direction of Fr. Michael T. Kraynak, Rector of St. Luke’s.

“It is vital that we all rediscover the power of the Holy Spirit not only for ministry, but for everyday living. It is simply not possible for us to live a victorious Christian life on our own strength. We all need to re-appropriate the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit,” said Anglican Church Bishop Martyn Minns of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America.

“Some of us were blessed to be part of the Charismatic Renewal of years ago – it transformed our lives – but we cannot depend on the gifts of the past. We all need to experience again the Holy Spirit who is the Lord and giver of life. ‘Rekindling the Fire’ will be led by three remarkable men of God who I have the privilege of calling friends: Roger Ames, David Anderson, and David Bena. Come and be blessed,” Minns concluded.

Anglican Church in North America Executive Committee Meets in Phoenix

Archbishop Duncan joined members of the Anglican Church in North America Executive Committee for meetings February 9-11 at Christ Church Anglican in Phoenix, Ariz.

The 12-member Executive Committee is comprised of clergy and laity and serves as the Board of Directors for the Anglican Church in its capacity as a non-profit corporation.

It provides temporal oversight for the Church and ongoing governance between Provincial Council meetings.

Also present in Phoenix were members of the Archbishop’s Cabinet, which includes bishops who serve as advisers on issues within the province and the wider Anglican Communion.

The Archbishop’s Cabinet met to deal with issues of spiritual leadership within the church and then joined the Executive Committee for a joint session.

Several topics were discussed during the meetings, from international issues affecting our brothers and sisters in Christ around the Anglican Communion to the exciting news about the growing Anglican Church chaplaincy program.

Those in attendance also discussed plans for the Anglican Church in North America’s Provincial Assembly in 2012 and received reports from the Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force and the Anglican Standards Task Force regarding criteria for approving seminaries.