Monday, October 21, 2013

GAFCON II: Archbishop Welby addresses Gafcon

Oct 20, 2013

In a surprise visit to Nairobi, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby preaches from All Saints Cathedral. He spoke of his fondness for the goals of GAFCON and his love for the Kenyan people as they recover from the Westgate Mall attack.

BBC: Archbishop of Canterbury makes Kenya detour on way to Iceland
Archbishop Justin Welby, who arrived on Saturday night, gave sermons at All Saints Cathedral on Sunday morning.

He made the "last-minute" 24-hour trip to offer condolences after the Westgate centre attack, Lambeth Palace said.

He is also meeting conservative Church leaders who are in Nairobi for this week's conference of the breakaway world Anglican group, Gafcon.

Archbishop Welby was due to fly to Iceland - via London's Heathrow Airport - on Sunday night.

In Iceland, he will attend a primates' meeting of the Porvoo Communion, formed of churches mainly in northern Europe... BBC

Anglican structures need updating, says Archbishop
...The Secretary of the Council, Bishop Peter Jensen, former Archbishop of Sydney, said following the Archbishop's sermon that "Archbishop Justin opened the door to a changed Anglican Communion which gives us hope, although he will need to hasten to catch up with the Anglican Future which began five years ago."... Christian today

Canterbury greetings for ACNA Archbishop Duncan
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. & Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, greeted the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America, the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, before the start of services at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi... Anglican Ink

Welby backs GAFCON vision for a renewed Church
Nairobi: The Archbishop of Canterbury offered his qualified personal endorsement to Gafcon today, telling the congregation of All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi his vision for the future of the Anglican Communion was of a Bible-based church dedicated to mission and evangelism – goals shared by the Gafcon movement of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA).

While Archbishop Justin Welby stopped short of giving Gafcon his formal imprimatur, he conceded the existing instruments of communion were no longer fit for purpose in ordering the life of the Anglican world.

 The archbishop also hinted the Communion may not be able to count upon the Church of England to hold the line on issues close to the heart of the Gafcon movement. Archbishop Welby recounted his strong public opposition to the British government’s same-sex marriage bill, noting it had come at a great “personal cost” to him as the culture and government were hostile to the church. However, he was silent on whether the Church of England would permit the blessing of gay civil unions.

The archbishop’s multi-layered sermon evolved over its two presentations – after being all but silent about Gafcon in his first sermon, in its second reading the archbishop spoke three times about the forthcoming Gafcon conference, set for 21-26 October 2013, at All Saints Cathedral... Anglican Ink

Okoh leads 470 Anglicans to Nairobi for GAFCON


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