Anglican Communion Network Diocesan Bishops Meet

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Bishop Robert Duncan, moderator of the Anglican Communion Network, has released a short statement at the conclusion of the meeting of Network diocesan bishops in Chicago on April 24.

The diocesan bishop of every Network diocese, as well as a dean representing all the Network convocations, met together in Chicago on April 24. It was an extraordinarily productive meeting. As has happened so many times before in the Network’s five year history, deepened understanding and deeper unity, despite remarkably different contexts and strategies regarding the Episcopal Church, were the fruit of the meeting. The Network’s vision of a biblical, missionary and united Anglicanism was again affirmed and embraced,” stated Bishop Duncan.



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1. DeeBee wrote:

So?

April 25, 1:11 pm | [comment link]
2. Eugene wrote:

I hope that all the Evangelical Bishops (too late for the Anglo-Catholic ones, they are leaving) will unite in one stragegy instead of every one for himself!

April 25, 1:44 pm | [comment link]
3. Robert Dedmon wrote:

No specific information here

April 25, 1:51 pm | [comment link]
4. BJ Spanos wrote:

It’s amazing to me that all these various messages from the various group whether ECUSA, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Anglican Communion Network - whoever - say absolutely nothing.  I have never met a group of people - except for many politicians - who can use so many words to say absolutely nothing.  Truly amazing.

April 25, 1:54 pm | [comment link]
5. Bob Maxwell+ wrote:

Many are learning that action, not verbage, is the more effective communication. By their fruit you will know them. What I have seen from 815+ since ‘03 is at it’s best roughage, and much of their fruit will lead to pleasing Screwtape, IMO.

April 25, 2:28 pm | [comment link]
6. Br_er Rabbit wrote:

Even a say-nothing missive such as this—if it were only signed by all the participants at the meeting—would say something.
The Rabbit.

April 25, 3:11 pm | [comment link]
7. Dee in Iowa wrote:

It said something to me.  “all bishops of Network Diocese members were present.”  To refresh memories - could someone post the list, as well as the list of the deans of the convocations?

April 25, 3:54 pm | [comment link]
8. WilliamS wrote:

#7,

The diocese and convocations of the ACN are listed at the bottom of the page here: http://www.acn-us.org/ .

William Shontz
willsho.org

April 25, 4:39 pm | [comment link]
9. Bishop Iker wrote:

If you know that wonderful song from “Spamalot” you can appreciate the fact that this meeting simply says, “I’m not dead yet!”

Present were San Joaquin, Pittsburgh, Springfield, Western Kansas, Fort Worth, Quincy, Dallas, Albany, Central Florida, South Carolina, and a host of interceding angels.

+JLI

April 25, 4:47 pm | [comment link]
10. w.w. wrote:

And Rio Grande…?

w.w.

April 25, 4:52 pm | [comment link]
11. Bob Maxwell+ wrote:

Rio Grande is vacant with Steenson resigned and “gone to Rome.” We asked him to lead, he did.

April 25, 5:06 pm | [comment link]
12. seitz wrote:

Hello Bishop +Jack, could you tell the general public how the matter of the relationship of Network and Common Cause was decided? If one goes to Mark Harris’s website, he is sending people to a web link from ACN. It shows Network as a movement en route to Common Cause (through some fascinating graphics). Is this now a consensus of Network leaders, including all the Bishops?

I appreciate that Network is ‘not dead yet’—but what is Network and what is Common Cause?

Many thanks indeed, in Christ—CRS

April 25, 5:09 pm | [comment link]
13. tjmcmahon wrote:

Thank you Bishop Iker.
Clarity and Monte Python all in one bishop.  What more do you need?

April 25, 5:10 pm | [comment link]
14. Robert Dedmon wrote:

Thank you Bishop Iker.

April 25, 5:21 pm | [comment link]
15. ACNApriest wrote:

I think the relationship between the wider network and common cause partnership is a valid one.  Everybody else is asking it.  Will not the leadership clarify where they stand?  Isn’t this the reason that the meeting was announced publicly before hand?  Did they come to a conclusion that is secret or will be announced later?  As usual an anglican meeting poses more questions than it provides answers.

http://commoncause.wordpress.com

April 25, 5:45 pm | [comment link]
16. DaveW wrote:

Article from the Chicago Tribune, April 24, 2018

The diocesan bishop of every Network diocese, as well as a dean representing all the Network convocations, met together in Chicago on April 24. It was an extraordinarily productive meeting. As has happened so many times before in the Network’s fifteen year history, deepened understanding and deeper unity, despite remarkably different contexts and strategies regarding the Episcopal Church, were the fruit of the meeting. The Network’s vision of a biblical, missionary and united Anglicanism was yet again affirmed and embraced,” stated Bishop Duncan, now retired.

April 25, 5:52 pm | [comment link]
17. tjmcmahon wrote:

stated Bishop Duncan, now retired.

Wishful thinking on the part of someone in TEC?

One might speculate that the relative quiet from the good bishops is the result of the fact that of the 10, 1 has been uncanonically deposed, a second is slated for non-canonical deposition, at least 2 more have been threatened with non-canonical deposition, all 10 are targeted by various of Bonnie Anderson’s lay groups.  Let’s face it, attendance at the meeting is grounds for dismissal from the point of view of “leadership” of TEC.
  I am sure we will know soon enough what was discussed.
    TJ

April 25, 6:22 pm | [comment link]
18. Jill C. wrote:

Thank you, Bishop Iker, for the added information.  I’m glad to know that my bishop was in attendance.  We’ll continue to pray for the whole lot of ya!  smile

April 25, 6:28 pm | [comment link]
19. Anonymous Layperson wrote:

Given that Bishop Schofield has been “deposed” and that KJS has determined that Bishop Duncan has abandoned the communion and is hell-bent on deposing him, aren’t all these other bishops doing a very risky thing in attending such a meeting?

April 26, 9:31 am | [comment link]
20. Bishop Iker wrote:

In response to Dr. Seitz in #12:  There was not a lot of discussion about Common Cause.  The question was asked, “What is next on the calendar for Common Cause?” and the answer given was “GAFCON.”  I reported on the two Common Cause meetings that have been held in the DFW area and said that I was surprised by the turn-out both times and noted a great sense of expectation and hope.

+JLI

April 26, 11:57 am | [comment link]
21. 0hKay wrote:

Interesting that Bishop Howe went. He is a puzzle to me.

April 26, 12:03 pm | [comment link]
22. seitz wrote:

Thanks, Bishop +Jack. The question is what is one to make of Network promotion (see Mark Harris for the ACN piece) that indicates eventual merger int a Common Cause movement. It is not my sense that the Network Bishops agree on this. If not, will these kinds of ‘ACN’ reports continue, and was there discussion about the propriety of this? Many thanks indeed, CRS.

April 26, 5:35 pm | [comment link]
23. Sarah1 wrote:

Seitz-ACI—I’ve noticed it too, for the past year or so.  I just take it for granted.  Essentially the Network is Common Cause, and in fact, the latest fundraising letter emphasized fundraising for those leaving TEC.

It doesn’t offend me—the Network chose to pursue the “outside strategy”.  Seems to me that if bishops haven’t formally and publicly left the Network then they’re “on the record” as essentially okay with it.

If they weren’t—they’d go ahead and officially leave the Network . . . as Dr. Radner did.  I mean—they can “talk privately” I suppose about not liking it . . . but they’re still in the Network, so . . .

April 26, 8:53 pm | [comment link]
24. Betty See wrote:

It seems to me that they are quietly trying to earn each others trust now. That trust is essential to the unity of those leaders who accept the challenge of proclaiming the Christian faith as revealed to us in Scripture.

April 26, 11:09 pm | [comment link]
25. seitz wrote:

Sarah, thanks for putting the issue so clearly. If Common Cause is an ‘outside strategy,’ it is no longer the strategy of the charter of network, and for that reason, several of the bishops are unlikely to be headed to Common Cause. This was the point of my original note and concern about ACN’s PR. That is why I inquired about the state of affairs. This could of course just be a fig-leaf….

April 27, 6:26 am | [comment link]
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