Friday, June 22, 2007

"Holy Boldness"

(thanks to Liz Foreman's comment on SFIF for the title.)

Fantastic news from The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi

Rev John Guernsey, the rector of All Saints, Woodbridge, VA, and dean of Mid-Atlantic Convocation of the ACN, has been confirmed as 'domestic Bishop' of the Province of Uganda.
"I am writing to share with you a significant decision I and the House of Bishops have made today that I hope will be an encouragement to you. And, I want you, if possible, to hear it first from me.

The Church of Uganda is now providing ecclesiastical oversight to twenty-six congregations in America, and we continue to receive appeals from other congregations. Yet, when we first started responding to such appeals in 2004, I don't think any of us imagined at the time that the American church would be in the state that it is in today, and that the tear in the Anglican Communion would or could become deeper. We always envisioned the episcopal care and oversight we were providing you and other churches as being a temporary measure. Hence, we sometimes referred to this as our "ecclesiastical refugee ministry."

Likewise, we have always said that we will be there for you and not abandon you, and we stand by that commitment and our word. At the same time, we have said that we would do everything we can to work towards a Biblically orthodox domestic ecclesial entity in the USA so that at some point in the future, we could "repatriate" you. Read it all, and see also TLC here, and the Network here.

The carefully worked out and unanimously agreed Pastoral Scheme by the primates in our February 2007 Dar es Salaam Communique has now been soundly rejected not only by TEC's House of Bishops, but also by their Executive Council. We take their rejection very seriously."
Even though our mission, St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Mission to South Dakota, in Hot Springs is not a part of the Province of Uganda, this is huge news for those holding up the banner of the King!

Uganda now becomes the fourth African province, joining Kenya, Nigeria, and Rwanda, to establish domestic bishops in America to care for the disenfranchised Anglicans and former Episcopalians who have been left to fend for themselves against the heavy-handed advances of the Episcopal Church, the Presiding Bishop, and her Chancellor.

The days of east-ward missionary endeavor is over, the tide has turned, we are now being evangelized and supported by Global South (third world, so-called) provinces, to preserve and uphold the faith once delivered to the saints.

Praise the Lord! Have another cuppa good Rwandan coffee, sit back and watch the fireworks!

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