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“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12

On July 18 – 19, 2014, twenty-four children between the ages of 3 and 13 participated in a combined Vacation Bible School at All Saint’s Anglican Church in Attleboro, MA. This was a combined VBS for the children and families from All Saints and Anglican Church of The Way in Manville, RI.

Children enjoyed teaching, crafts, games, snacks, and other entertainment at VBS. This year’s theme was ‘Many Parts, One Body’, from 1 Cor. 12:12. There were many volunteers who helped out from both congregations, making this years VBS a special time. The event concluded with a parish cookout with food and fellowship.

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Dear President Lindsay,

I am writing to express the full support from my office, as the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese in New England, for your principled stand in support of religious liberty. These are challenging times for faith-based organizations, especially colleges such as Gordon, and while others are reserved to watching from the sidelines, you have made your voice heard despite the expected retaliation from cultural liberals and their supporters.

You are to be commended for your strong leadership of Gordon College and your efforts to keep the College’s focus on students and the life-changing work that happens on and around your campus. You have kept the College in line with its long-held Statement of Faith and its Statement on Life and Conduct, documents potentially under direct assault by the ENDA executive order by President Obama. As you have written recently, “These form the foundation upon which Gordon has for many years articulated a common framework in which we experience life together in shared commitment to the Christian faith. Signing the letter to President Obama was in keeping with our decades-old conviction that as an explicitly Christian institution, Gordon should set the conduct expectations for members of our community.” (more…)

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Dear Friends,

20140628_112705-EFFECTSThe Anglican Church of North America opened the 2014 Provincial Assembly with a glorious Eucharist at the Benedictine Arch Abby of St Vincent, in Latrobe, PA in which the founding Archbishop of the province, the Most Rev Robert Duncan, raised our hearts and minds with a stirring address entitled Thy Kingdom Come: Conversion, Compassion and Courage. These themes were expanded all through the week in one of the most exceptional gatherings of Christian teachers, pastors, and apologists I have ever been privileged to attend. 

When we founded this province we committed our regular Provincial Assemblies to be times of mission-focused teaching for all attendees. This gathering was all we could have imagined in that vision.

My time in Latrobe began a few days before the start of the Assembly when I gathered with the College of Bishops to participate in a conclave to elect the second Archbishop of the ACNA. This was an extraordinary experience for me, a first for our new province, and indeed a first for many of our Anglican Provinces.

This process of election of our new Archbishop from among the College of Bishops was covered in prayer, free of outside interruption, deep in holiness, and committed to find God’s man to lead us for the next five years. Like all of the work of discernment of God’s leading in His church, this meant getting to a place of complete trust in His will and letting go of our own agendas for the greater good of the whole church. Getting to this place of abandonment to God’s will requires a faith that leads one to a holy detachment. In this place of detachment and abandonment to God’s will, we were made ready to receive whatever was determined to be the will of God for his church. The hard work of this process was one of the deepest places of the work of God by his Holy Spirit that I have had the privilege to go. To do this along with the 51 other bishops present during the conclave was truly extraordinary. The acclamation and thrill of the final vote for our new Archbishop, Foley Beach, is a moment I will carry in my heart forever. (more…)

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