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Fissures amongst the breakaways

Fissures amongst the breakaways

A nomination for paragraph of the day:

The last Episcopal church planted in the Jackson Purchase, the one planted in 1980, experienced a church split following the election and consecration of Gene Robinson as the Bishop of New Hampshire. The group of conservative Episcopalians that broke away from the congregation affiliated with one of the Continuing Anglican jurisdictions.  This group has experienced a number of splits of its own since that time and has been affiliated with three different Continuing Anglican jurisdictions. The Jackson Purchase’s two Continuing Anglican churches trace their origins to this group.

That’s from the conservative blog Anglicans Ablaze.


At the time of the formation of the Anglican Church in North America evangelicals were urged to overcome their misgivings and vote for the draft constitution and canons. What troubled them, they were told, could be fixed later. Later has come and gone and none of the things that caused them misgivings have been fixed. To put it plainly, they were duped.

One possible solution is to reorganize the Anglican Church in North America into two provinces. They would share the same name and the same geographic territory but would have entirely different doctrinal foundations, structures, forms of government, bishops, and rites and services. One province would be essentially the present ACNA; the other province would be more classically Anglican, faithful to the teaching of the Bible, loyal to the doctrine and principles of the Anglican formularies, and committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

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Posted by John B. Chilton


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Scott Elliott
Philip B. Spivey

Wonderful joke; I rest my case.

Ray Gaebler

I just stumbled across this and wonder what this conversation has to do with going forth and making disciples of all nations. Surely Scott is closest to correct. We cannot fulfill the great commandment if we insist on conformity and comfort. Peter and Paul didn’t and neither should we. Let us reach out to one another to the best of our ability and leave the sorting out to God.

Kenneth Knapp

I think the church would have been better off if both the conservatives and the liberals had broken away and left the church to the mainstream which tends to embrace the “via media” and isn’t interested trendy opinions on either extreme.

Scott Wesley

On bad days I might agree with this, but the truth is the Episcopal Church, and any church, is much worse off when folks leave. The church is not meant to be a comfortable place for like-minded folks. It is where we should encounter very different, sometimes challenging folks. But, as one who embraces “liberal” I think, perhaps wrongly, that liberals are more likely to embrace a multi-cultural expression, while some conservatives are more interested in a holiness code with some notion of purity. The body of Jesus is made up of of sinners.

David Allen

So where would that leave all the baptized? No women’s ordination? GLBT members as second class folks?

Bro David

Eric Funston

“More classically Anglican….” is a phrase which just makes one’s head spin. The most “classically Anglican” jurisdiction in North America is the Episcopal Church! Our polity may be slightly different from our “mother” the C of E, but our comprehensiveness is as true to the beginnings of “classical Anglicanism” under Good Queen Bess as can be. We have never “open[ed] windows into men’s souls” [sic], preferring that we all worship and work together leaving our theological differences of opinion aside. You can’t get more Anglican than that!

Amanda Clark

I view “classically Anglican” as “Reformed and Calvinist, but with bishops”-like the reality in Elizabethan England for parishes that weren’t cathedrals. In that case, the PCA or OPC would be the logical end game for someone concerned that even the REC isn’t classically Anglican enough for them.

Geoff McLarney

Most of the “Network” parishes in Canada have an Evangelical flavour, though there are some with a more Catholic style, and the first moderator was a retired Anglo-Catholic bishop from Newfoundland. Interesting that it’s so different over the border.

Amanda Clark

I don’ t think it is different, the author of the OP just wants extremely pure evangelical Anglicanism.
Maybe he can join a PCA church.

Geoff McLarney

That may be, but there is still a significant Anglo-Catholic grouping in ACNA in the US which is mostly lacking up here. For one thing, we didn’t have any dioceses go over mostly-en-masse, like Quincy and Forth Worth which are both Anglo-Catholic in ethos. And the Missionary Diocese of All Saints set up by Forward in Faith is not represented here. In fact, apart from one remaining Reformed Episcopal parish in southern Ontario and a few AMiA churches (mostly out west) the only cluster/”diocese” of ACNA active in Canada is the Argentine mission to heterosexuals, the so-called “Anglican Network.”

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