Reports are coming in via websites, blogs, and Facebook regarding the Second Annual Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America, held June 7-11 in Amesbury, MA. Boiling it all down, news includes:
- The ACNA offered prayers for those struggling with economic crises, those effected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and for persecuted Christians around the world.
- Two new dioceses were recognized: the Diocese of the South (made up of parishes in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee) and the Diocese of the Great Lakes (parishes in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana). The Council also elected a missionary bishop to serve the Niobrara Sioux Native Americans. This brings ACNA’s stats to 20 dioceses, 614 congregations, and over 100,000 members.
- Over 100 new congregations have been planted in the past year.
- Ecumenical progress has been made with groups as diverse as the Orthodox Church in America, a number of Lutheran churches, Messianic Jews, and the Roman Catholic Church.
- Along similar lines, “The meeting provided a mechanism for celebrating relationships with Mission Partners who share the fundamental declarations of our Anglican faith and who are united with us in reaching out with Christ’s transforming love.” (ACNA website)
Bottom line, the emphasis continues to be on gospel and mission, and welcoming the partnership of those whose aims are the same.