Anglican Church in North America Develops New Catechism

Led by the Rev. Dr J.I. Packer, the Task Force has developed a unique and powerful resource for helping inquirers come to an understanding of the Christian faith, and for helping disciples deepen their relationship with God.  Written in a “Question and Answer” format, this Catechism, in the words of Packer, “is designed as a resource manual for the renewal of Anglican catechetical practice. It presents the essential building blocks of classic catechetical instruction: the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments (the Decalogue). To these is added an initial section especially intended for those with no prior knowledge of the Gospel; as such, this catechism attempts to be a missional means by which God may bring about both conversion to Christ and formation in Christ.”

The Most Reverend Robert Duncan, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, noted the global impact of this work: “This Catechism assumes a post-Christian world where the basic foundations of the faith cannot simply be assumed.  It begins by outlining the faith for those who have no Christian background, or were never fully discipled. This production is a landmark offering, both for North Americans and for the whole Anglican world. Our Christian brothers and sisters from other provinces who saw advanced copies have enthusiastically begun translating the Catechism into their native languages.  So far we know of translation work in Spanish, Mandarin, Farsi, and Urdu.  We are excited to see this work expand in the days ahead.”

The Catechism will be available for purchase from Anglican House Publishers in the second quarter of 2014.  It is now available here for non-commercial use in PDF and Microsoft Word format.

Anglican Bishops Support LIFE Coast to Coast

Pittsburgh, PA (January 1, 2014) – Nineteen Anglican bishops, including Archbishop Robert Duncan, are joining Anglicans for Life and hundreds of thousands of Christians to March for Life. On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, in Washington D.C., Anglicans Bishops will participate in the 41st March for Life. The following Saturday, January 25th, Bishop Eric Menees of the Diocese of San Joaquin will be joined by bishops and other Anglicans in San Francisco for the 9th Annual Walk for Life.

The Anglican bishops in DC will start the day in prayer by attending an ecumenical prayer service at the National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers, at Constitution Hall (1776 D Street, N.W., Washington D.C.).

“I am honored to stand, along with my fellow bishops of the Anglican Church in North America, in recognition of the millions lost through abortion and to demonstrate our commitment to uphold the sanctity of life for all of God’s children,” said Archbishop Robert Duncan.

“The Anglican Church in North America has a deep commitment to the sanctity of life,” said Bishop John Guernsey of the Anglican Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.  “Our hope is that the presence of so many of our bishops for the March for Life this year will help spur the Church to even greater support for the sacredness of human life.”

According to Bp. Menees, “Often we buy into the media description of these events as Protest Rallies - I disagree.  In Spanish this is called a manifestación - easily translated into English as “manifestation.” That is what this is – a manifestation of Jesus’ presence and love for the most vulnerable and fragile in our midst – pregnant mothers and the babies in their wombs. This is why the Anglican Bishops make this a priority in our schedule.”

The bishops will join with fellow Anglicans marching under the Anglicans for Life banner as they acknowledge 41 years since the landmark ruling Roe v Wade that permitted abortion on demand in the United States.  Since then, over fifty-six million babies have been aborted leaving a tremendous impact on an entire generation and the nation.

The Anglican Church in North America teaches that all Christians are to uphold the Sanctity of Life from the moment of conception to natural death. From The Canons of the Anglican Church in North America: “God, and not man, is the creator of human life. The unjustified taking of life is sinful. Therefore, all members and Clergy are called to protect and respect the sanctity of every human life from conception to natural death.” (Canon II.8.3)

Anglicans for Life encourages, equips, and empowers the Anglican Church to fulfill Scripture’s mandate to protect the vulnerable, defend the fatherless and plead for the widow through a variety of strategies including publications like the new Honor Life Calendar and Project Life Adult-Education Curriculum., 405 Frederick Avenue, Sewickley, PA 15143, 800.707.6635.

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Bishop Dobbs Appointed to Lead CANA

The Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, Primate of all Nigeria (Anglican Communion) in consultation with the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, has appointed The Rt. Rev. Julian M. Dobbs as Missionary Bishop of CANA. 

The Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) is a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America, a missionary jurisdiction of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), and consists of congregations that are organized under diocesan structures.

Bishop Dobbs will remain in his current role as Bishop of the CANA East Diocese while taking on the additional responsibilities of providing oversight and leadership to CANA’s overall ministry.

Archbishop Duncan commented:  “I was officially notified by Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of this appointment earlier today.  I am delighted this appointment has been made.  Bishop Julian already serves as a member of my Archbishop’s Cabinet, and has previously served on the Provincial Executive Committee, to which he was elected by Provincial Council.  He is a great leader and will continue the process by which CANA is fully integrated into the Anglican Church in North America, at the same time that CANA’s important place as a missionary work of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) is strengthened.”

Bishop Dobbs and his wife Brenda, have made their home in Northern Virginia since 2006. He was elected and consecrated as bishop by the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) in 2011, and is a member of the College of Bishops in Nigeria and also the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) where he is a member of the Archbishop’s Cabinet and the Governance Task Force and has also served on the Executive Committee.