Musings of an Anglican/Episcopal Priest

Month: July 2005 (Page 1 of 2)

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Strip Malls Across the Fruited Plain

When landscape is destroyed, culture is imperiled.

By Arthur Versluis

I grew up on, and still help on, our family’s farm on the west side of Grand Rapids, Mich. This past year, the last hundred acres of farmland within the confines of the city, just down the highway from our fruit stand, was destroyed to make way for a cheap subdivision. Now ours is the only farm left even partially within the city limits.

As Russell Kirk, who lived two counties north of us, wrote, “This brutal destruction … of the very landscape, in this age of the bulldozer, constitutes a belligerent repudiation of what we call tradition. It is a rejection of our civilized past—and a rejection out of which sharp characters may make a good deal of money.”

While the destruction of the natural world may be embraced by neoconservative “sharp characters,” such destruction cannot be accepted by the traditional conservative. If one affirms and seeks to preserve what enriches human life, then it is not possible to endorse the ruin of the natural world. Indeed, historically as well as etymologically, conservatism and conservation go hand in hand. What is a conservative if not one who seeks to conserve?

The traditional conservative identifies with a particular place, a particular family, a particular region and landscape. The very idea of conserving what has come to us from the past assumes that something has come to us from the past and that something has to be actual—a place, language, cultural inheritance, a particular forest, lake, orchard, vista. One’s fundamental impulse is to preserve what is actual, what has meaning and gives meaning.

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CAPAC’s covenant Statement

A Covenant of Understanding

As the fundamental principle of our common life, we share our commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and seek to lead all people to have faith in His saving grace.

Being inheritors of a great missionary tradition that brought the apostolic faith to this hemisphere, we express our profound gratitude to our Anglican forebears for the spiritual legacy they have delivered to us. We have been strengthened by decades of mutual encouragement through many effective companion diocese relationships, mission trips, and other shared mission opportunities. Therefore, as Communion-committed Anglicans, we covenant to walk together to maintain and further our witness as Anglicans.

Inspired by the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) we commit to forming The Council of Anglican Provinces of the Americas and Caribbean (CAPAC) in order to provide regional solutions to regional needs. Membership in CAPAC is open to provinces, dioceses, and recognized networks and ministries in the region that remain committed to conform to the historic Anglican formularies and have endorsed the theological position of the Windsor Report. CAPAC is a covenanted affiliation of Communion?–committed Anglicans organized to enable coordination, cooperation, collaboration, and communication, and to encourage mission as well as resource theological education and ministry of the Gospel in the Caribbean and the Americas.

We declare:

* A commitment to the primacy of Scripture as presented in the classical Anglican formularies. Our understanding of faith and practice conforms to the theological standards described in the Windsor Report Sections A & B which we affirm and to which we wholeheartedly subscribe.

* We are committed to advance our witness, cooperation, and common cause in the Gospel with others of like theological commitment and practice in our hemisphere and collaborating with those who embrace the historic apostolic faith.

* Our intention to encourage and resource the ongoing life of the Anglican Communion in this hemisphere in mission, ministry and sacramental life together with others of this theological persuasion. We are particularly concerned that Anglican theological and liturgical resources be developed in the major languages of the region and that plans be made to discern, articulate and pursue a faithful strategy for mission among the various national and cultural groups.

* A remarkable breadth of diversity bridged and united among us as Communion-committed Anglicans.

* A common call to unify Communion-committed Anglicans currently fragmented by history and the present strident challenges to the historic faith and, in some places, the tragic oppression of faithful Christians. Intending to serve the wider communion by addressing the numerous overlapping jurisdictions in our hemisphere, CAPAC seeks to provide a solution in the context of the wider Anglican Communion.

Cognizant that it may be necessary to establish interim, provisional measures for mission and ministry, we fully intend to pursue cooperation with the Instruments of Unity of the Anglican Communion in compliance with the Windsor Report and the direction of the Lambeth Conference of 1998.

We purpose to move forward by establishing a steering committee representing the constituent provinces, conforming national networks, and dioceses that share these theological values.

The Episcopal Steering Committee is hereby established incorporating the Bishops who lead the first four organized entities entering into this Covenant:

The Primate of the Southern Cone

The Primate of the West Indies

The Moderator of the Anglican Communion Network in the USA, (and Chair of Common Cause in the United States)

The Moderator of the Anglican Network in Canada

Provisions are also hereby made for such executive and administrative support as agreed by the Episcopal Steering Committee.

Approved unanimously by the participants of the Anglican Pan American Conference gathered in Nassau, Bahamas, July 6-8, 2005 and attested to by the signatures hereto affixed by the Episcopal leaders of the founding entities.


The Most Revd Drexel W. Gomez, Archbishop of the West Indies

The Most Revd Gregory J. Venables, Presiding Bishop of the Southern Cone

The Rt. Revd Robert W. Duncan, Moderator, Anglican Communion Network

The Rt. Revd Donald F. Harvey, Moderator, Anglican Network in Canada


Dr. Bill Atwood

More on the Council of Anglican Provices of the Americas and Caribbean (CAPAC)

Council of Anglican Provinces of the Americas and Caribbean (CAPAC) Press Release
Filed under:

{Thanks to Kendall}



Following a conference July 6-8 in Nassau that gathered dozens of leaders from across North and South America and the Caribbean, plans for a new body committed to the historic Anglican faith and formularies have been announced. Inspired by the effective witness of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), Archbishops Drexel Gomez and Gregory Venables announced plans for the formation of the Council of Anglican Provinces of the Americas and Caribbean (CAPAC).

Initial steps organizing CAPAC were taken by the two Archbishops and the Moderators of the US and Canadian Networks leading to the creation of a body that will “enable coordination, cooperation, collaboration, and communication, and to encourage mission as well as resource theological education and ministry of the Gospel in the Caribbean and the Americas.” It has become necessary because of the confusion and theological chaos that has been introduced in the region by the unilateral actions of the Episcopal Church in the USA (ECUSA) and the Anglican Church of Canada, who have departed from historic Anglican faith and practice. The ensuing conflict has drained huge amounts of energy and resources from the mission of the church around the world. CAPAC is being organized to re-energize mission and ministry in the region.

The Covenant of Understanding signed by the four leaders will be shared with their provinces/organizations for discussion and ratification. Archbishop Drexel Gomez said, “This is important for the future of the faith. As we move ahead, it must be on an agreed theological foundation. We envision CAPAC not only to build on the theological foundation of Anglicanism, but also to seek to collaborate with structures like the Instruments of Unity and the Panel of Reference.”

Bishop Robert W. Duncan, Moderator of the Anglican Communion Network in the US said, “There has been an increase in incidents of unfair and excessive action by liberal bishops against clergy and congregations who share the faith and values of the majority of the Communion. Not only has mission been undermined, but theological innovations in the region have increased in stridence.”

Spokesman for the group, Canon Bill Atwood said, “It is important for those who share Anglican faith and practice to support clergy and congregations who are ‘in serious theological dispute’ with their bishop or province. While the Panel of Reference has been formed to monitor provisions for adequate episcopal care, its slow start and pace have left many clergy and congregations in even greater peril. Faithfully engaging mission means both reaching out to the unchurched and caring for those inside the church.”

One of the most exciting aspects of CAPAC’s formation is a plan to gather Spanish language theological resources and translate other key documents into Spanish. Other major languages of the region will follow.


titusonenine–Kenan Malik

titusonenine — Kenan Malik–Multiculturalism has fanned the flames of Islamic extremism: “ONE was a loving father. Another helped out in his parents’ fish and chip shop. All apparently chatted away as if they were going on holiday as they walked through King’s Cross station with their deadly rucksacks. It is the contrast between the ordinariness of the London bombers’ lives and the savage barbarism of their actions that is so shocking. ”

This remidns me of a book I read–basically the published congressional report that was released after the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. The title was something like “Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why?” and it indeicated that the old liberal mantra that terrorism is the child of oppression and scarcity is false–at least in the first instance–it may serve as a motivation or a sort of martyrology but not the manner many argue. This isn’t surprising given the origins of modern Islamism in the writings of Sayid Qtub, a man who interpreted Islam politically through a lens of reaction against the western political philosophies of Communism and Liberalism.

More on the Pan-American Anglican conference

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from The Living Church

Nassua Meeting Concludes

A group of self-described “biblically orthodox Anglicans” from the Americas
and Caribbean met July 6-8 in Nassau, Bahamas. The summit was chaired by
Archbishop Drexel Gomez, Primate of the West Indies and Archbishop Gregory
Venables, Primate of the Southern Cone (Argentina). The list of meeting
participants from the Episcopal Church, according to a press release,
included representatives from the Anglican Communion Network, the American
Anglican Council, Anglicans United, Ekklesia and Forward in Faith North
America (FiFNA).

The Nassau meeting became news last month after an advocacy group,
Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh (PEP) and The Guardian, a British
daily newspaper, published a draft document detailing plans to set up an
alternative Anglican Communion that was purportedly discussed at a meeting
in Lagos, Nigeria last January. “The constitution, which seems not to have
been formally agreed to by meeting participants, names [Nigerian Primate
Peter] Akinola and Archbishop Drexel Gomez, of the West Indies, as interim
co-presidents,” said a June 14 PEP release accompanying the
document. “Akinola and Gomez have been two of the most vocal critics of the
Episcopal Church and of the Anglican Church of Canada for their treatment
of homosexuality.”

According to an article in the June issue of Forward Now, the official
publication of FiFNA, the purpose of the meeting was to set up an
organization similar to the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa (CAPA)
for the Western Hemisphere.

“Those present have committed to furthering the common ministry of the
Americas and the Caribbean and to assist the global Communion with finding
solutions to the crisis currently afflicting the Anglican churches in the
Western Hemisphere which hinders our gospel witness in this region,” said
the press release issued at the conclusion of the meeting. “We look forward
to building on the work of the conference and working with our
constituencies to strengthen our ties and promote our traditional Anglican
heritage in submission to the primates and the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

When contacted for further details, one meeting participant told The Living
Church that those in attendance agreed “that no one can say anything except
for what is in the press release.”

A Hymne to God the Father

Jesus Christ
By John Donne

Wilt thou forgive that sinne where I begunne,
Which is my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive those sinnes through which I runne,
And do run still: though still I do deplore?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.

Wilt thou forgive that sinne by which Ihave wonne
Others to sinne? And, made my sinne their doore?
Wilt thou forgive that sinne which I did shunne
A yeare, or two: but wallowd in a score?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.

I have a sinne of feare, that when I have spunne
My last thred, I shall perish on the shore;
But sweare by thy selfe, that at my death thy sonne
Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore;
And, having done that, Thou hast done,
I have no more.

Potted Meat goes high class..

I was bored yesterday and happened to be searching the web looking for pop-culture reflections on potted meat. Why? Well, because I was nostalgic–I’m one of those odd southern folk who was raised with the occasional potted meat sandwich or potted meat and saltine cracker snack. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Actually, for all that people ridicule it, if potted meat were made by the French, it would be a delicacy–I mean, come on… is pate any better? At any rate, during my web-travels I ran across this collectable tin from England–like I said, high class.

I also came upon some pretty funny sites, which you should all look at, at least once in your life.

The Potted Meat Museum

The Potted Meat Food Product tribute page

and just for the heck of it…
the OFFICIAL Potted meat food product homepage by Armour Star.

Official Potted Meat page

Ok, so I go from the sublime to the ridiculous

Anglican Pan-American Conference

Press Statement from the Anglican Pan American Conference
Biblically Orthodox Anglicans from the Americas and Caribbean meet to
promote their common ministry in the Western Hemisphere


Nassau, Bahamas. The Pan American Conference of orthodox
Communion-committed Anglicans met in Nassau, Bahamas, from July 6-8 under
the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. The meetings were chaired by
Archbishop Drexel Gomez and Archbishop Gregory Venables. The group met for
prayer and bible study and to find ways to promote and support our unity and
common ministry in the Western Hemisphere. Submitting to one another and to
our Lord Jesus Christ, we were greatly blessed by our time together and by
the relationships we have established and strengthened.

Those present have committed to furthering the common ministry of the
Americas and the Caribbean and to assist the global Communion with finding
solutions to the crisis currently afflicting the Anglican churches in the
Western Hemisphere which hinders our gospel witness in this region. We
look forward to building on the work of the Conference and working with our
constituencies to strengthen our ties and promote our traditional Anglican
heritage in submission to the Primates and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Given the enthusiasm for this preliminary meeting, we are confident of
future participation from a broader representation of Communion-committed
Anglicans in this hemisphere.

The conference was attended by representatives from the following biblically
orthodox and Communion committed groups:

The Province of the West Indies
The Province of the Southern Cone
The Anglican Communion Network (ACN)
The Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC)

The American Anglican Counsel (AAC)
The Anglican Communion in Canada (ACiC)
The Anglican Communion in New Westminster (ACiNW)
Anglican Essentials Canada (AEC)
The Anglican Mission in America (AMiA)
The Anglican Province of America (APA)
Anglicans United (AU)
Christian Formation Ministries (CFM)
The Diocese of Recife
Forward in Faith America (FIFNA)
The Foundation for Christian Theology
The Reformed Episcopal Church (REC)
Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA)

The conference also made a further statement which follows:

Resolution on Recife

The Anglican Pan American Conference meeting in Nassau, Bahamas July 6-8,
2005, notes with profound concern and regret the lack of restraint by the
Primate of Brazil, Orlando Santos de Olivera and the Province of Brazil in
the precipitous actions taken against The Rt. Revd. Robinson Cavalcanti, by
not allowing the Panel of Reference an opportunity to mediate the conflict.

In this way, the Province of Brazil has failed in its fiduciary and
pastoral duty towards the diocese of Recife. The rush to judgment being
both unwarranted and untimely has caused a fundamental lack of confidence
in the findings of the court. Therefore we are constrained to maintain our
relationship with Bishop Cavalcanti and the clergy and lay people who
continue to recognize him as their bishop.

Further, we implore the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates of the
Communion to call for a halt to the legal process in Brazil regarding this
issue and to conduct a fair and impartial inquiry into the conflict.

For more information: Contact Rev. Canon Dr. Bill Atwood,
General Secretary for Ekklesia Phone: (800)

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