Statement on Developing Relationship with The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS)

UPDATE (April 23, 2012): The Anglican Church in North America and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod released a joint statement addressing areas of theological agreement, unique challenges faced by both churches today, and ways in which the churches may work together in the future. Statement here: LCMS-ACNA_Joint_Statement.pdf.

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A first meeting of representatives of the Anglican Church in North America and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) was held Tuesday, March 27, at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. 

This gathering included representatives from the two denominations, including the leaders of both groups: Archbishop Robert Duncan and Bishop John Bradosky (NALC). The Anglican Church in North America was formed in 2009 as a new Anglican Province in North America. The NALC was formed in 2010 as a reconfiguration of Lutheranism in North America.  Both bodies represent a biblical, confessional expression of their respective historic traditions.

The group was hosted by Trinity School for Ministry, a biblical and orthodox Christian seminary which trains men and women for lay and ordained ministry. A presentation was made by Bishop John Rodgers on historical Lutheran-Anglican dialogue. Bishop Rodgers was a regular participant in this work at both the international and national levels from 1969 to 1990.

Bishop Bradosky and Archbishop Duncan affirmed that it is our mutual commitment to pursue the development of ecumenical relationships between the Anglican Church in North America and the NALC on the basis of Holy Scripture.  Jesus’ prayer “that they all may be one . . . so that the world may believe” (John 17:21) calls us to give expression to our unity in Him as a vital part of our witness to the world and an expression of the power of the Gospel. It is further our commitment to pursue this relationship on the basis of strengthening the capacity of both church bodies for mission and ministry; strengthening both pastoral leadership and congregational outreach.

The joint group agreed to meet again for reflection on prior Lutheran-Anglican ecumenical work and the study of both groups’ foundational documents: the Lutheran Augsburg Confession and the Anglican 39 Articles. They will also explore opportunities for joint mission and service work through Lutheran and Anglican relief agencies.

In addition to the leaders of both groups, participants included Bishop Ray Sutton and Pastor David Wendel, ecumenical officers of their respective bodies; along with Bishop Win Mott, Bishop Paul Spring, Pastor Mark Chavez, Canon Jack Lumanog and the Rev. Dr. Travis Boline.

Photo caption (from left to right): Canon Jack Lumanog, Bishop Win Mott, Bishop John Rodgers, Bishop Ray Sutton, Dean Justyn Terry, Bishop John Bradosky (NALC), Pastor David Wendel (NALC), Archbishop Robert Duncan, Archdeacon Mark Stevenson, Pastor Mark Chavez, Bishop Paull Spring, Rev. Dr. Leander Harding, Rev. Dr. Travis Boline, Dr. Theresa Newell (Credit: Trinity School for Ministry).

The Next Phase of Anglican 1000

As one of the primary ministries of the Anglican Church in North America, Anglican 1000 has grown immensely since its inception in 2009.  Following Archbishop Duncan’s prophetic call for 1000 new congregations during his investiture, more than 200 new works have been planted, many with the assistance and support of Anglican 1000.

Canon David Roseberry, along with the Rev. Daniel Adkinson and other key leaders have helped to grow Anglican 1000 into a collaborative effort by rectors, bishops, dioceses, networks and others who are embracing the call to plant churches.

As with any new ministry, the time has come to move to the next phase in order to expand upon God’s call to spread His Church.  Working towards this next phase, the central leadership role and office of Anglican 1000 is moving to the Provincial office located just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This new role, the Vicar (Provincial Director) for Anglican 1000, will be the “provincial catalyst for making church planting the central enterprise of the Anglican Church in North America” explained Archbishop Duncan.

Archbishop Duncan’s closing message at the 2012 Anglican 1000 Church Planting Summit addressed the history of the church, spiritual warfare, remaining a movement, and “reaching 1000.” Click here to hear audio of his address.

The Vicar will serve Anglican 1000 in raising up an ever-increasing number of Anglican congregations and communities of faith to reach the men, women and children of North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.

If you are interested in learning more, a full job description can be found here.  Application materials will be accepted until Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.

Please join us in praying for this vital new phase in the life of the Anglican 1000 movement.

The Church of Uganda Responds to Kony 2012 Campaign

The following article was originally posted by the Anglican Relief and Development Fund:

The Church of Uganda has been made aware of the Kony 2012 campaign initiated by the US-based organization, Invisible Children. The Rev. Canon Alison Barfoot, Assistant to the Archbishop for Int’l Relations has released a statement in response and a portion of this statement reads:

“While Invisible Children has been a good partner with the Church of Uganda, they are not the only organization working in Northern Uganda. The Church of Uganda, through its dioceses working in the affected areas, has a number of programmes related to rebuilding educational infrastructure, improving health services, providing water and sanitation services, orphan care, and community development projects. The Church is in every village with schools and health centres, is in touch with needs at the grassroots, and has a solid accountability structure. Some people may want to support the ongoing efforts to restore normal life to the people of Northern Uganda through other organizations.” To read the full release, click here.

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) is accepting tax-deductible contributions for Church of Uganda projects that address currentconcerns in Northern Uganda. These projects will go through the ARDF research, approval and follow-up process providing donor accountability. ARDF is honored to partner with the Church of Uganda. The Province of Uganda has a proven track record of development and is uniquely qualified to support this work as follows:

1) With more than 500 local congregations, the Church of Uganda is active at the grassroots and is found in every village and community throughout the affected areas in Northern Uganda…not just an office in a major town.

2) The Church of Uganda not only has churches where Kony survivors and victims find solace, counseling, healing, and hope, but it has many schools, health centers, and community development projects that have practical impact.

3) Only three churches in Northern Uganda survived the war; most people are still worshiping under a tree and long for the day when they can gather and worship when it rains because they have a building again.

4) The Church of Uganda provides approximately half the education and health services in Northern Uganda. Most church-founded schools and health centers were destroyed during the war, and they need to be rebuilt.

5) Boreholes and wells at church centers and in villages need to be redug so there is access to safe, clean drinking water as people rebuild their lives and communities in their home areas.

6) The Church of Uganda is running a number of vocational training programs that could reach more people if greater funding were available – tailoring, carpentry, brick laying, catering, etc.

Archbishop Robert Duncan said: “The Northern Uganda Rehabilitation effort of the Church of Uganda will be immensely significant in rebuilding countless lives, families and communities. Let’s do what we can to aid our partners in this Matthew 25 work.” (As you did it to the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me – Matthew 25:40)

To financially assist projects that address current concerns in Northern Uganda, click here.