From the Bishop

Our Global Partnership comes to New England

To the Churches of the Anglican Diocese in New England (ADNE): Dear Friends, Summer 2018 is rapidly coming to an end, and as we look back to where we’ve been and forward to where we’re headed, there is a lot to notice and celebrate. This past June we had a large delegation that traveled to GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem. This historic event in the church’s life brought Anglican Christians together from across the globe, and the Spirit’s presence has helped us go forth with new energy and focus. This weekend, August 31 to September 2, the Mission of GAFCON, “Faithfully Proclaiming Christ to the Nations”  comes home to the ADNE as we welcome the Archbishop of Kenya, His Grace Jackson Ole Sabit, to our East African Festival at Faith and Grace Anglican Churches in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Archbishop Jackson arrived here on Monday, and on Tuesday we had the joy of welcoming him to All Saints Anglican Cathedral in Amesbury. Archbishop Jackson is now the third Kenyan archbishop to visit All Saints.  As he joined me, Dean Nathan Baxter, The Rev. Dorcas Abright, and The Rev. Leah Turner for a tour of the cathedral grounds, he was able to hear again the story of the ADNE’s founding and our partnership with Kenya. He then broke out in his own stories of how the Gospel is going forth in Kenya and how our partnership in mission is expanding into so many areas of economic, spiritual and Gospel growth. Dean Nathan Baxter expressed the importance of this continued partnership and how there was so much to learn from our Kenyan Anglican sisters and brothers. This week, the Archbishop’s presence with us is a drawing card for all our East African Churches. The festival program can be seen on our events page. One of the highlights will be a panel discussion with Archbishop Sabit, myself, and The Rev. Canon William Beasley of the Anglican Church in North America’s Greenhouse Movement. Canon Willian is also the newly appointed GAFCON Chair for one of the nine networks of GAFCON’s global mission: the Global Mission Partners Network.  This is the new design for the Anglican Church’s mobilization for mission around the world. New England will now be one of the first places this new mission apparatus will be rolled out into action as we gather Ugandan, Kenyan, and Sudanese Anglicans into an even greater unity with a more developed focus for mission. I am grateful for the global partnerships developing between our province and East African provinces like Kenya and am pleased our diocese can be a part of that movement. I am also thankful for Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit and his presence and support here with us this week. I hope that many of you will come to Bridgewater to experience this exciting moment of Gospel celebration. In Christ’s Name,
Bishop Bill Murdoch
Archbishop Jackson, Rev. Dorcas, and Bishop Bill on the Cathedral Grounds

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