Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rick Warren to be a keynote speaker at the Anglican Church in North America Provincial Assembly in June

From here:
Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church, will speak on June 23. Warren, a longtime friend of orthodox Anglicans, has been repeatedly recognized as a key spiritual leader in America. Named “America’s Most Influential Pastor” by Christianity Today in 2003, Warren has also been called one of “America’s 25 Best Leaders” (US News and World Report 2006), and one of the “15 People Who Make America Great” (Newsweek 2006). Saddleback Church, founded by Warren in 1980, is an innovative evangelical congregation of 22,000 in Lake Forest California.

Warren combines strong biblical convictions with a heart for mobilizing Christians around the world to make a difference. He has been particularly active in supporting and funding work to fight the AIDS pandemic in Africa, training leaders in developing countries and empowering local congregations to address poverty, disease, corruption and illiteracy through the PEACE Plan.

In addition, the Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America will speak. Elected primate of the Orthodox Church in America last year, Metropolitan Jonah was tonsured a monk in the late 1980's at St. Tikhon’s Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania after spending time at the Valaam Monastery in Russia. An Episcopalian before joining the Orthodox Church in 1978, he attended St. Vladimir's Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1985 and a Master of Theology in Dogmatics in 1988.

Also, The Rev. Dr. Todd Hunter is the Director of West Coast Church Planting (www.c4so.org) for The Anglican Mission in the Americas and author of Christianity Beyond Belief. Hunter also founded Three is Enough, a small group movement that facilitates missionally focused spiritual formation. A past president of the Alpha USA, Hunter is an adjunct professor of evangelism and postmodern ministry at George Fox University, Fuller Seminary, Western Seminary and Wheaton College. He is the former National Director for the Association of Vineyard Churches.


Martha said...

BIG TIME positive attention and confirmation!! Way to go, Pastor Rick and other assorted luminaries!

Anonymous said...

I still say they are going to need a "bigger boat" to hold this thing in than St. Vincent's Cathedral, Bedford. It can only hold a few hundred and I think there will be a thousand or more coming.


Andrew said...

The real question is: Will Bishop Guilick and his Goon Squads let them use the building without having to worry about covert night raids to change locks? They might want to arrange for some police protection.

Jill C. said...

No way?! All these guys are coming to Bedford? Oh my goodness! I'm going to have to hang on to my claim to be Anglican just a little while longer. (Gotta find a parish with which to associate first!) Anyone going to Bedford in an official or semi-official capacity need an assistant or "gofer?"

Miss Sippi said...

Met Jonah will be there? Wow!

1662 BCP said...

The GAFCON primates assembling in London recognised the new "Anglican "Church in North America with the following words. "It is our aim to ensure that the unity of the Anglican Communion is centered on Biblical teaching rather than mere institutional loyalty. It is essential to provide a way in which faithful Anglicans, many of whom are suffering much loss, can remain as Anglicans within the Communion while distancing themselves from false teaching."

However the question that needs to be asked of these primates is why is it, that a self proclaimed Biblical and Orthodox Church cannot agree not only on womens ordination but as to the very meaning of the Gospel? Whilst the Anglican Church in North America affirms the 39 articles in" their grammatical, and literal sense" and that they express "fundamental priciples of authentic Anglican belief," the Church is set to be launched in a Cathedral Church where at least six of the articles are openly flouted. At St Vincents Cathedral ( Diocese of Fort Worth, Southern Cone ) there is eucharistic reservation, worship of the communion elements, masses for the dead, invocation of Saints and venerated images. You can also find the times for auricular confession and the Rosary group listed on thei Cathedral web site. How conservative Evangelicals can sit easily with this is a mystery to me.

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