This year’s Provincial Council and Assembly, entitled Mission on our Doorstep, occurred at Wheaton College, IL, with the Council on June 27 and Assembly from June 28-30. Our lay delegates, Bill Harper and Patty Wood, along with clergy delegates, The Rev. Leah Turner and The Rev. Justin Howard, represented the ADNE and voted on various initiatives and changes in the ACNA Canons, both at Council and at Assembly. During the Provincial Assembly business meeting, Archbishop Foley Beach gave his State of the Church addressed, which may be seen here. In addition, we had a number of lay and clergy visitors attending for the week, and The Rev. Craig Vickerman led a delegation of New England youth, which joined other youth groups from around the Province for the Youth Assembly on Thursday evening and for a missions trip to the inner city of Chicago. Our youth delegation was the largest, second to the delegation from Church of the Resurrection, Chicago, and we are thankful for all who came to represent New England!
Each day included the council and assembly business meetings, in addition to various plenary sessions, worship services and workshops, including Equipped to Heal; Always Forward Church Planting; Caminamos Juntos; and others. Meals were served to all throughout the event; there were over 1400 registered to attend. Some of those guests included bishops and archbishops from around the world. Archbishops Stanley Ntagali of Uganda, Ben Kwashi of Nigeria, and Tito Zavala of the Southern Cone all spoke on evangelism, maintaining our mission, and the state of the GAFCON movement throughout the week at the various sessions. The newly elected Archbishop of Kenya, The Rt. Rev. Jackson Ole Sapit, was also in attendance and was able to meet with ACNA bishops and other GAFCON primates.
Two major milestones occurred at Council and Assembly this year. The first was the official reception of the Diocese of South Carolina into the ACNA. The momentous and unanimous decision was met with a resounding applause and standing ovation, as our now largest diocese finished its transition from The Episcopal Church into the Anglican Church of North America. The second milestone was the final Holy Communion service on Friday morning, with the consecration of a new missionary bishop to Scotland, The Rt. Rev. Andrew Lines. You can read more about this particular event here. The significance of this event for GAFCON and the Global Anglican Communion cannot be overstated.
The ADNE would like to thank all of our delegates, leaders, and representatives who brought a little bit of New England to the provincial Church gathering. Continue to pray for all the developments from this time together and, particularly, for the Diocese of South Carolina and for Bishop Andrew Lines as they embrace the new mission ahead. Stay tuned to the provincial website for continued reports and results from Provincial Council and Assembly.