A Call to Prayer for Egypt

TO ALL THE FAITHFUL OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA:

Archbishop Mouneer Anis has been a friend of the Anglican Church in North America from our beginning, and before. He is a Global Trustee of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. The situation in Egypt is “on the edge.” Please pray for Archbishop Mouneer, his family, his clergy, his people, for Pope Tawadros II, for the Coptic Church and for Egypt. Ask the Lord to intervene. (He has a history of intervening in Egypt!)

Thank you for your charity and your faithfulness in responding to this call to prayer.

And remember to give thanks for the freedoms and security we enjoy as both Canada Day and Independence Day are celebrated.

Faithfully in Christ,

+Robert Pittsburgh
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church in North America

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STATEMENT FROM ARCHBISHOP MOUNEER ANIS
27 June 2013

My dear brothers and sisters,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The situation in Egypt is very serious. I do not know where this situation will take us. I feel that Egypt is at the verge of violent demonstrations, another revolution, or civil war. We do not know what is going to happen, but we know that we are at the edge of something drastic.

One year ago Dr. Mohammed Mursi became the President of Egypt, following 11 months of turbulence in the socio-economic and political situation in Egypt. Many had hoped that Egypt would move forward for the better however things became worse and are now very difficult. Egyptians became divided between Islamists and non-Islamists. A constitution that was written and approved in haste was one of the main reasons for these divisions. Other reasons were the exclusion of moderates and non-Islamists from participation in the political life, and the appointment of Islamists as ministers in the Cabinet and other prominent posts.

These divisions led to instability, a lack of security, and many demonstrations which in turn badly affected the economy and tourism. People started to complain from the rise of food prices, the frequent power cuts, the sectarian clashes, and lately the lack of fuel. Two weeks ago there were demonstrations in several governorates in objection to the appointment of new governors who are known Islamists. A new movement called, “tamarrod” or “Rebellion” was formed last April and they called for massive demonstrations against the President and the government on the 30th of June. They claim to have gathered the signatures of 15 million supporters.

One week ago the Islamists made big demonstrations in support of the President. They warned the supporters of “tamarrod” against demonstrating on the 30th of June. “Anyone who will sprinkle water at the President will be sprinkled with blood,” said one of the supporters of the President. This means that there will be bloodshed if people try to force the President to step down.

Some Islamists also threatened the Christians if they participated in the demonstrations. Others produced a fatwa saying that those who would demonstrate are “kafiroon” or “godless” and deserve to be fought against. The Grand Imam of Al Azhar stated that, “anyone can demonstrate to express his or her views and this has nothing to do with faith.” His Holiness, Pope Tawadros II, of the Coptic Orthodox Church said, “everyone is free to express his or her views.”

Yesterday, in an attempt to calm the situation, the President delivered a 2.5 hour speech. Unfortunately, the speech stirred the people even more. Demonstrations started yesterday at Tahrir Square and in the Province of Mansoura where dozens were injured and two people were killed. Now the military tanks have started to move in to protect the important sites.

What is going to happen on the 30th of June? We do not know. All what we know is that when emotions run high, anything can happen. However, we trust that God is in control and we are in His hands. Two days ago during his visit to Egypt, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, encouraged us by using St. Paul’s words, while in the middle of a storm, “But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost” (Acts 27:22a).

I am writing this to request your prayers for Egypt and for the people of Egypt.

May the Lord bless you.

+ Mouneer Egypt
The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt
with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
President Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican
Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East

A Communique from the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America

Leaders of the Anglican Church in North America gathered at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin, as the Provincial Council met on June 18-19, 2013 and the College of Bishops on June 20-21. Our time together included worship, prayer, Bible study, fellowship and deliberations about our life and mission to reach North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.

The historic conflicts out of which we began produced in us a commitment to pursue a change in heart and a change in how we go about applying Biblical standards in our common life. We are committed to a change in behavior from our previous experience, embracing transparency and charity as we practice Biblical fidelity. Happily, we are progressing in our pursuit of a Biblical, missionary, and united Anglicanism in North America, even as we face great challenges.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ redeems, transforms and offers the only real hope to the world. We have experienced the change and power it brings and are passionately committed to furthering that grace in North America and the world beyond.

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Archbishop Duncan’s State of the Church Address

Archbishop Duncan, in his opening address to the Provincial Council, described “the immense favor God has granted us” in the Church’s first four years, reflected in unity despite significant differences. He said that his prayer for the Church is that “its founding vision – ‘a biblical, missionary and united Anglicanism in North America’ – will always remain its vision and its commitment.”

Quoting Yogi Berra, Archbishop Duncan said, “The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.” The challenge facing the Church is to “put away lesser differences and band together to imagine and structure a future for a renewed and re-invigorated Anglicanism.”

He noted that the formation of the Province in 2009 marked a reversal of the historic pattern of disintegration of Anglicanism in North America. He quoted English church historian Colin Podmore, who said of our founding: “This coming together was unusual in all of Church history.”

Archbishop Duncan said that an organization’s first stage is typically characterized by agreement, but “then come the growing pains: the normal conflicts and legitimate disagreements over how to resolve important questions of organizational life.” He identified issues to be addressed by the Council and the College of Bishops, including: the progress of Anglican1000; “overlapping” dioceses; the minimum size of a diocese; how we relate to our global partners; financial support of the Province; and approving liturgies “with a right and generous spirit.”

He also cited reasons to celebrate, such as the new churches planted and the new converts who have come to faith in Jesus Christ; the progress on an Anglican Catechism and on classical Anglican liturgies; the Church’s public witness on the sanctity of life and religious freedom; growth of our military and institutional chaplains; partnerships in the Global South and Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GAFCON/GFCA) and ecumenical relationships; and the work of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund.

Archbishop Duncan noted with gratitude the presence of the Bishop of South Carolina and other representatives of that diocese, as well as observers from the Jubilee Pentecostal Fellowship of Churches and the Bishop of Recife, Brazil.

In conclusion, Archbishop Duncan encouraged the Council:

“The main thing is the kingdom of heaven, and by God’s grace it has come very near to us. We have received God’s favor, not because we deserved it, but because God gave it…‘Freely we have received. Freely give.’ The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.”

(The full text of the Archbishop’s address can be read here.)

Anglican1000 Report

The Vicar of Anglican1000, the Rev. Alan Hawkins brought an informative and encouraging report to the Provincial Council concerning the work God is doing through Anglican1000. Since Archbishop Duncan’s inspiring call at his investiture to plant 1000 churches in five years, God has done great things: the subject of the conversation has been changed to “church planting;” resources have been mobilized and deployed to train and support churches and planters; and over 300 new churches have been planted through the ministry of the Anglican Church in North America and its constituent dioceses and sub-jurisdictions. Praise God!

The focus of Anglican1000 for the next year will be a series of regional training summits in key locations around North America: Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, Toronto, Phoenix and Houston. Skilled trainers have dedicated seven weeks of their lives over this period to gather with leaders and planters in each of these cities and teach the basics of church planting.

Will 700 more churches be planted? If every church takes up the “1-2-3 Challenge,” the answer will be “yes!” (Visit the Anglican1000 website for details.) Yet while we believe the goal of 1000 new churches is important, even more important is birthing and nurturing mission and church planting as a way of life in our Province. The Lord Jesus came “to seek and save that which is lost” (Luke 19:10). His heart is to see many sons and daughters brought to glory. A thriving church is a church that is multiplying the Gospel in word and deed, by strategic and loving engagement with its community and by participating in the single most significant method of making new disciples of Jesus in our generation: planting new churches.

We are grateful for the God-inspired vision of Archbishop Duncan, carried on initially by Canon David Roseberry, and now brought to fruition by Vicar Alan Hawkins and his team. Pray, proclaim, plant!

An Anglican Catechism

The Catechism Task Force, which has been developing a comprehensive Catechism over the past two years, presented a report to the College. To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism is now is in final refinement for a working document to be published by the end of the year.

Prayer Book and Common Liturgy

A very helpful report was received from the Prayer Book and Common Liturgy Task Force. The Ordinal, version 4.0 was slightly revised by the College and given final approval.  Initial approval was given for use in the Church of two rites for the celebration of Holy Communion – one that is normative for a Sunday morning service and a shorter one which may be used at other times. We worshiped using the proposed rites for the Eucharist and for Daily Morning and Evening Prayer, which were also approved for use in the Church. We heard reports on other liturgies currently being developed for baptism and confirmation, and noted that all the liturgies seek to retain the richness of the theology of the historic Books of Common Prayer, expressed in a more contemporary language.

Finances and Stewardship

For the fourth year since our founding, the Province is finishing the fiscal year in the black. There is a challenge, as well, as not a large enough percentage of our Provincial income comes from diocesan giving. At this stage of our corporate life, what the dioceses give has to be supplemented by other individual gifts in order to fully fund the Province’s lean budget. While we have adopted the tithe (10%) as the standard of giving for individuals, congregations and dioceses, tithing is not yet fully practiced. Noting that we have taken many other steps which have required faith and sacrifice, there was a renewed commitment to teach about Biblical stewardship and for dioceses to fulfill the full 10% giving to the Province.

Religious Freedom and Islam

In his sermon at his investiture in 2009, Archbishop Duncan said, “We’ve got to be about the business of engaging Islam…because there is only one way to the Father, it’s the only way. It’s a matter of life and death.” Accordingly, the Anglican Church in North America is a leading voice in matters of religious freedom and understanding the challenges of a resurgent Islam. 

Given that our Church is committed to promoting and respecting the sanctity of every human life from conception to natural death – a commitment expressed explicitly in our Canons – nearly half our College of Bishops marched in the fortieth anniversary March for Life in January 2013, in Washington, D.C.

The Province is committed to educating our dioceses and congregations about the challenges and growth of Islam and to provide ways for the love of God and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ to be demonstrated to all faith groups.

Recognizing that the suffering and persecution of Christians by other faith groups (especially Islam) is an increasing trend, the Anglican Church in North America stands alongside Christians everywhere, especially those in the Global South, whose lives and livelihoods are being devastated through the suffering and persecution. We call upon the faithful across North America to pray fervently for an end to religious violence.

2012 Congregational Report

More than two-thirds of Anglican Church in North America congregations reported statistics for the 2012 Congregational Report (formerly known as the Parochial Report). While this is an increase over the number of responses received in 2011, we must continue to do better, striving for full reporting from every member congregation in future years. Doing so will enable us to know better who we are and what we are doing as a Church.

The numbers reported were positive, indicating that we remain true to our mission of “reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.” For 2012, our congregations reported that 2,382 individuals were baptized and 1,758 were confirmed. For every two children baptized, one adult was baptized. Additionally, the number of adult confirmations in 2012 increased threefold compared to previous years. Finally, more than 1,900 conversions for Christ were reported for 2012.

Matters of Jurisdiction

The Anglican Church in North America is an Anglican Province of dioceses and jurisdictions with both geographic proximity and affinity relationships, which participate equally and fully in the life of the Province.

Both geographical dioceses and affinity jurisdictions are being used by Almighty God to further the mission of the Province to reach North America with the Gospel.

It has become clear at this stage of the life of the Province that the multiplicity of overlapping jurisdictions throughout North America and Canada presents a relational challenge for the bishops, dioceses and congregations of our Church. 

While affinity-based jurisdictions and overlapping dioceses are not unknown in other Provinces of the Anglican Communion, the Provincial Council expressed a determination to move towards geographical structures as normative and affinity structures as the exception. The Provincial Council also affirmed that unity in the Province will be strengthened as bishops, clergy and churches from overlapping jurisdictions join together in fellowship, spiritual growth, and mission. To that end, both the Provincial Council and the College of Bishops are committed to discerning practical methods for collaborative mission and ministry in several specific geographic regions. 

New Dioceses and New Bishops

Noting the growth and commitment to church planting of a number of groups applying to be admitted as dioceses, the Provincial Council approved the following as new dioceses: the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others, the Diocese of the Southwest, the Diocese of the Upper Midwest, the Missionary Diocese of All Saints’, the Missionary Diocese of CANA East, the Missionary Diocese of CANA West, and the Missionary Diocese of the Trinity.

The College elected the Rev. Stewart Ruch, III, rector of Church of the Resurrection, Wheaton, IL, as bishop of the new Diocese of the Upper Midwest and the Rev. Peter Manto, rector of Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church, Mason, OH, as Suffragan Bishop of the REC Diocese of the Central States. The Rev. The Rev. David Bryan, rector of Christ Church, Murrells Inlet, SC, was confirmed as a nominee for Bishop in PEARUSA to serve the Southeast Regional Network. In addition, Bishop John Miller, now serving as rector of Christ Church, Vero Beach, FL in the Gulf Atlantic Diocese, was restored to full fellowship in the College.

Theological Task Force on Holy Orders

The Theological Task Force on Holy Orders is currently working on Phase 2 of its study, in which it aims to articulate the principles of biblical interpretation that will be used to guide its work. These principles, set forth in a draft preliminary report presented to the College of Bishops, were drawn from the foundational documents of the Anglican Church in North America: the Constitution and Canons, the GAFCON Jerusalem Declaration, The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. The bishops gave approval to the preliminary work, and the Task Force will now produce a document that will form its report to the College of Bishops for this phase of the study. The Task Force aims to have Phase 2 completed for the January 2014 meeting of the College of Bishops. When the final form is approved by the bishops, it will be released to the rest of the Church.

Global Partnerships

We are deeply encouraged by the partnership we experience with the Global South and the GAFCON/GFCA Provinces. We rejoice in the fellowship and mission cooperation of these relationships and look forward to sending a strong delegation of more than 130 representatives from all of our dioceses in the United States and Canada to the GAFCON 2 meeting in Nairobi. This October gathering promises to lay out concrete ways to cooperate in the pursuit of Gospel mission as Global Anglicans.

Anglican Relief and Development Fund

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) is the official relief and development agency of our Province. Since its founding in 2005, members of the Anglican Church in North America have provided over $5.5 million in funding for 124 development projects in 34 countries. In so doing, we have dramatically strengthened our partnerships in the Global South. In addition to development work, we are engaged in relief efforts around the world and in North America. To best respond to those in need, the College of Bishops recently adopted a new emergency response protocol. The Provincial Office responded with ARDF to the recent deadly tornadoes in Moore, OK, successfully putting this protocol to work. We issued a call to prayer, bulletin inserts from ARDF, and direct e-mail and social media appeals. The response has been overwhelming: ARDF received over $72,000 for relief work in Oklahoma City. These funds are being transferred to the International Diocese and its congregation, St. James Anglican, which is working with partners in the Oklahoma City area to support the victims of the disaster.

 

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We remember in prayer our brothers and sisters who live under circumstances of persecution or as victims of natural disasters, especially tornado victims in Oklahoma and wildfire victims in Colorado. We have been greatly blessed by the good news of the Gospel and we seek to share that hope in word and deed with all who suffer. Knowing the great love which God has lavished upon us, we are eager to continue reaching out to others in mission.

Freely we have received, freely we give.

 

Archbishop Duncan Addresses the 5th Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America

.ADDRESS TO PROVINCIAL COUNCIL
On the State of the Church

“Freely you have received.  Freely give.”  [Matthew 10:8]

The opening of this 2013 Provincial Council marks the fourth anniversary of the constitution of the Anglican Church in North America.  Following the Inaugural Assembly of 2009 which met at Bedford, Texas, Provincial Council first met at Toronto, Canada.  Then we met at Amesbury, Massachusetts.  Then we travelled to Long Beach, California. Next we gathered at Ridgecrest, North Carolina, in connection with Assembly 2012.  Now we find ourselves at Nashotah, Wisconsin.  What a journey it has been! 

It is my responsibility to make some comments on the journey and to help to focus us on the work we are called to do in the two days of this 5th Provincial Council.  Because we understand so clearly that we are synodically governed and that we are episcopally led, I will also share some of the challenges – and the joys – before the College of Bishops in the work they will do in the two days that follow-on from this Provincial Council.  There is a tremendous amount before us in these four days. 

The volume of work is a sign of the immense favor God has granted us in these four short years.  We must not forget that agreement in the Word of God (“biblical”), agreement about the mission to North America (“missionary”), and the will to be one despite our differences (“united”) are a huge part of the reason there has been such favor.  It is also this fundamental agreement about Scripture and the mission, and this will to be one, that have enabled us to accomplish so much in such a short time.  My prayer for this Church is that its founding vision – “a biblical, missionary and united Anglicanism in North America” – will always remain its vision and its commitment.

Challenges

“The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.”  So spoke the great American philosopher Yogi Berra.  As we mature, it will be our “main thing,” too.  God has given me the privilege of leading this movement for ten years.  The tempest – the storm, the cataclysm – in which we were born motivated us – with the help of countless international and ecumenical friends – to put away lesser differences and band together to imagine and structure a future for a renewed and re-invigorated Anglicanism. 

I believe that a major part of what brought us together was not only the desire for refuge from the long-developing super-storms of 2002 (Canada) and 2003 (United States), but also a sovereign act of God to change and re-make our hearts.  The trajectory of faithful Anglicans whether dated from the 1970’s (the Continuum) or the 1870’s (the Reformed Episcopal Church) was division and dis-integration.  The foundation of the Anglican Church in North America was a change of direction for North American Anglicanism – God’s gift that went way beyond the content of our cries for help.  English church historian Colin Podmore says of our foundation: “This coming together was unusual in all of Church history.” 1

Organizational development theorists speak of four stages of organizational life: forming, storming, norming, and performing.2 Agreement characterizes the first stage.  Then come the growing pains: the normal conflicts and legitimate disagreements over how to resolve important questions of organizational life.  “Storming” is where we are as a Church.  How shall we keep the main thing the main thing?  How shall we resist reversion to the patterns we came out of?  How shall we begin to establish the organizational norms that will make for healthy church life and the fulfillment of the course our God surely has in mind?  Everyone here is responsible.  To be a New Testament Church will require New Testament behaviors of every last one of us here, and of many, many others.  God has done a wonderful new thing among us.  Now the stewardship of the “thing” is ours.

Over our meeting must sit the vision: “biblical, missionary and united.”  Over our decisions must sit the mission:  “reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.” 

In this meeting we will wrestle with many questions:

  • Where are we with Anglican 1000?
  • How can geographical “overlap” of dioceses be coordinated for local “coherence”?
  • What is the minimum size of a diocese?
  • What happens when we think we need to alter canonical interpretation?
  • How do we relate to our partners in Nigeria and Rwanda, in GAFCON, Global South and Church of England?
  • How can every diocese do its fair share in supporting the province?
  • What is the balance between support for provincial sub-jurisdictions and the province?
  • Can we agree about provincial liturgies with a right and generous spirit?
  • Are we able to carry forward our foundational “two integrities” practice?
  • Can we invite other existing jurisdictions into our fellowship?
  • Can we give the energies to discipling (catechizing) we have given to church-planting?
  • Is it possible to do better at gathering statistics so that we can know more fully who we are and what we have done?

Please do not be alarmed if our fellowship is a bit more “vigorous” than usual.  This is where we are supposed to be.  This does not need to turn out badly, quite the contrary.  These discussions will build godly muscle.  It all just depends on keeping the main thing the main thing.  Keeping God’s purposes before us will insure that our fellowship is even stronger when these meetings conclude.  “A biblical, missionary and united Anglicanism in North America”… “Reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.”  This is the main thing.

Things to Celebrate

We continue to plant churches.  We changed the subject.  Everywhere you go, it is church-planting that is being discussed.  The statistics we do have tell us that there is at least one new congregation launched every week, something like 300 in four years.  Will there be 1000 new congregations in five years?  With the 1-2-3 challenge put forth by Can. Alan Hawkins and his A1K team – every congregation planting one new church in the next two years using one of three strategies – it could still happen.  Whether it does or not, I think we can reasonably say that church-planting is now fixed in the genetic code of this Province.  What a triumph that is!

For every two children baptized, there is one adult baptized.  While the statistics for 2010 had the ratio at nearly one for one, these continue the statistics of a Church reaching people who have never known Christ.  There is additionally the report of 1932 conversions to Christ in 2012, not all of whom had yet been baptized, given the 740 youth and adult baptisms reported. 3

To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism is close to publication as a “Working Text.”  Not perfected but copyrighted and ready for use, this Catechism is an awesome achievement.  Intended for adult converts, intended to be far more comprehensive than previous Anglican catechisms of the Christendom age, there is already global interest in this work of our Catechesis Task Force, including requests to translate it into Chinese and Farsi.  For a four-year old Province to have produced this is a sign of just how much of God’s favor and of human giftedness are with us.  Oh yes, and our own Anglican House Publishers will put it in print, just as they have done with our first teaching video Surprising Merrily.

Classical Anglican texts for worship are now also ready to be put into wide use.  The Prayer Book and Liturgy Task Force wisely began with constructing a “theological lens” through which all efforts would be assessed.  The Ordinal, Eucharistic Texts, and the Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer – while still being subjected to Task Force assessment by feedback from their use – are very nearly in the form that will serve our Province as standards for Divine Worship for years to come. 

Half our College of Bishops marched in the fortieth anniversary March for Life in January.  We continue engaged, facing into issues surrounding religious liberty and the challenges of Islamism.  Anglicans are suddenly one of the largest groups of military and institutional chaplains, thanks to the efforts of Bishop Derek Jones and the foresight of CANA.  Our ecumenical partnerships continue to build bridges and to delight us.  Where do I stop?

The Anglican Church in North America continues to secure its place in global Anglican circles.  The amazing work of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund is a huge part of the story: 134 development projects in 36 nations, alongside of millions of dollars of relief work in global disasters, has shown the Anglican world that we desire to be agents of the transforming love of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.  In a different way, as a GAFCON/GFCA Province we are full partners with a majority of the world’s Anglicans.  Twice a year I participate in the GAFCON/GFCA Primates Council.  An even larger constellation of Anglican Provinces – the so-called Global South – also always includes our leadership in their global gatherings.  The Church of England continues to follow-through on the General Synod motion of 2010, a follow-through that, I am convinced, will lead to the recognition of our orders within another year or so.  Recently I spent four and a half hours with the Archbishop of Canterbury, at his invitation.  Last week I spent five hours of private time with the Primate of Nigeria, deepening our relationship and commitment to one another.  The role of the Anglican Church in North America in GAFCON 2 in October in Nairobi – some one-hundred-thirty-four of us – will be an immensely significant one.  The Anglican Church in North America is a significant player on the Global Anglican stage. 

Final Questions and Exhortation

The Bishop and a member of the Clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina are with us as observers.  Will they find us the kind of Church they believe they are being called into union with?  I surely hope so.  Whether we keep the main thing the main thing will affect their assessment, I am sure.  An observer from the Jubilee Pentecostal Fellowship of Churches is also here.  That Fellowship is on the Nairobi (Canterbury) trail.  Will the Anglican Church in North America be found to be the body with whom they can journey forward?  Can we keep the main thing the main thing in order to find a godly, creative and Anglican way for such a union to take place?  As with South Carolina, I hope so.  Imagine what these two unions would say – in very different ways – about 21st century Anglicanism and about the place the Anglican Church in North America might have in the effort to re-evangelize this continent.  “A biblical, missionary, and united Anglicanism.”  “Reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.”

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus instructs the twelve that they are to:

Preach as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.  Freely you have received,  freely give.  Take no gold, nor silver, nor copper in your belts…
[Matthew 10:7-9]

As it turned out, few of us got to take any gold or silver or copper…  But our whole story has been that “freely [we] have received.”  That’s our story as a Province.  We have attempted to preach the Word and do the Works, attended by the Worship and by the Wonders.  The main thing is the kingdom of heaven, and, by God’s grace it has come very near to us.  We have received God’s favor, not because we deserved it, but because God gave it.  Our formation, and our early years, have been amazing.  Let’s not retreat.  Let’s not turn back.  Let’s not settle for less than the vision and the mission, and let’s not compromise them.  Freely we have received.  Freely give.  The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing. 

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1, Private interview, London, April, 2012
2, Bruce W. Tuckman, Team Development> (1965)
3, Statistics drawn from the 2012 Congregational Report, Anglican Church in North America