Emerging church in North America
It seems that a new church is emerging in North America.
Leaders representing Canadian and US orthodox Anglican jurisdictions approved applications for membership of 28 dioceses and dioceses-in-formation and finalized plans for launching the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). Twelve Anglican organizations are uniting to form the ACNA.
The ACNA Leadership Council, in addition to accepting these dioceses as constituent members, finalized a draft constitution and a comprehensive set of canons (Church bylaws) for ratification by the provincial assembly. A list of the new dioceses, the constitution and the canons will soon be available at http://www.united-anglicans.org.
At the last-mentioned site we also learn that Pastor Rick Warren, Metropolitan Jonah, the Rev. Dr. Todd Hunter are to Address ACNA Assembly:
Three Christian leaders, Pastor Rick Warren, Metropolitan Jonah, and the Rev. Todd Hunter have agreed to be among those addressing the organizing Assembly of the Anglican Church in North America scheduled for June 22-25 at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, Texas.
I don’t know much about Rick Warren, other than that his role at US President Barack Obama’s inauguration caused some controversy.
I know a bit more about Metropolitan Jonah, the Archbishop of Washington and New York and the Metropolitan of All America and Canada for the Orthodox Church in America. He was tonsured a monk in the late 1980′s at St. Tikhon’s Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania after spending time at the Valaam Monastery in Russia. He was an Episcopalian before joining the Orthodox Church in 1978, which makes me curious about what he will say to ACNA, and also wonder why he was invited.
The same site tells us that
The Rev. Dr. Todd Hunter is the Director of West Coast Church Planting (www.c4so.org) for The Anglican Mission in the Americas and author of Christianity Beyond Belief. Hunter also founded Three is Enough, a small group movement that facilitates missionally focused spiritual formation. A past president of the Alpha USA evangelism ministry, Hunter is an adjunct professor of evangelism and postmodern ministry at George Fox University, Fuller Seminary, Western Seminary and Wheaton College. Earlier in his career he served as the Church Planting coach for Allelon Ministries and the National Director for the Association of Vineyard Churches.
Ir seems that there are some interesting things emerging in the North American church scene, and I wonder what this one will look like when it has emerged, and where it will go from there.