Saturday, May 02, 2009

What Happens When the ACoC Misses the Boat

From The Anglican Planet RSS feeds:

On April 12, Bishop Don Harvey, moderator of the Anglican Network in Canada, informally welcomed St John’s Sudanese Anglican Church into the year-old organization. With 5,000 Sudanese in the Greater Vancouver area, many with an orthodox Anglican background, there seemed to be a clear need to plant a Sudanese Anglican church.

One wonders if this will be a pattern among the emerging Anglican Global South mission congregations in Canada. With immigration decreasing from Anglo countries, and increasing from Africa and Asia where the church is far more theologically sympatico with the ACNA than the ACoC, my money is on the new "Anglican" province growing more through immigration and less through disaffected conservative Anglos.

The fact that so many of our Anglican churches in the ACoC have missed the boat by not welcoming Anglicans from churches other than the Church of England will have lasting consequences, especially in neighborhoods populated by new Canadians.

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