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Global Anglicans Flex Muscle: Conservative bishops join forces to counter potent revisionist wing
Christianity Today ^ | 01/11/2006 | Timothy C. Morgan

Posted on 01/11/2006 3:31:39 PM PST by rhema

On Saturday, November 12, Frank Lyons, the conservative Anglican bishop of Bolivia, performed four ordinations heard round the world.

In front of 2,400 conservative church leaders at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Lyons ordained three deacons and one priest—all who will minister in liberal dioceses of the Episcopal Church. In 2003, the 2.3 million-member denomination's top leaders endorsed V. Gene Robinson, an active homosexual, as bishop of New Hampshire. That act galvanized conservative opposition to the church's leftward march. About 22 of 38 primates (as global Anglicanism's leading bishops are called) oppose Robinson's consecration, setting in motion a clash of historic proportions among the world's 77 million Anglicans.

After the ordinations, Lyons told Christianity Today, "The Anglican Communion is broken." He said he and his archbishop in South America (Gregory Venables, Southern Cone) do not recognize the Episcopal Church as a legitimate Anglican body. "As far as I'm concerned, this is one great missionary territory up here for anybody." He said his diocese now has oversight for 18 congregations and 30 clergy within the United States. In normal times, a bishop would never assert that kind of direct control over churches outside his own diocese.

Overseas Oversight

There may be as many as 200 Anglican/Episcopal congregations receiving oversight from non-U.S. bishops or archbishops, mostly from the Global South—Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia.

In addition to Bolivia, oversight is coming from conservative leaders in Chile, Southeast Asia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya. One leader estimated that conservative Anglicans are planting a new congregation in the United States or giving safe harbor to an existing one at a rate of about one every three weeks.

This controversial trend started in 2000 with the creation of the Anglican Mission in America (AMIA), which has 85 congregations under oversight from

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KEYWORDS: anglican; episcopal

1 posted on 01/11/2006 3:31:41 PM PST by rhema
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2 posted on 01/11/2006 3:49:27 PM PST by sionnsar (†† | Libs: Celebrate MY diversity! | Iran Azadi 2006 | Is it February yet?)
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To: sionnsar
I like that line.....

"..this is one great missionary territory up there for anybody...."

The Episcopal version of the vast right wing conspiracy, perhaps?..."

3 posted on 01/12/2006 4:45:00 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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It also rather ignores the right-wing Anglicans already working the field. But we're used to being mainly ignored anymore.

4 posted on 01/12/2006 5:29:06 AM PST by BelegStrongbow
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