Saturday, October 03, 2009

Virginia Synod unanimously endorses first reading to add the GAFCON Statement and Jerusalem Declaration to the ADV Constitution

Greetings from All Saints Dale City where Bishop John Guernsey resides and where we are gathered today for the annual synod of the Anglican District of Virginia. It's been great to be reunited with friends and meet new members, as well as think through the next steps we're taking in the formation of the Anglican Church in North America. As I write at this moment, we're hearing a report from the Constitution & Canons Committee on proposed amendments regarding the election of bishops, term limits on the boards, and other items. We've all ready created a Task Force to prepare the next steps for the ADV to take to become an official diocese in the Anglican Church.

All Saints is also preparing to build a new church and we're wrestling through whether to take on amending the constitution and canons now or wait until we have heard from the Task Force and call for a Constitutional Convention. It is rather cool to see democracy in action, listening to the leadership, seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit, not being afraid of discussion of different points, even when it's not easy. I love these people!

We have just passed on first reading (meaning it will come up again at next year's ADV Synod) the following amendment to the ADV Constitution:
We receive and affirm the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) Statement and Jerusalem Declaration issued 29 June 2008.
Of course, we did have a little bit of this:



But just in case anyone might wonder why they should care, the amount of care that went on today to do this well and to do this right - well, it does seem as though, when it comes to freedom some things never change. At least we didn't have to deal with too many flies.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

So the ADV is part of CANA? And ACNA? And the Network? And AAC?

I'd like to buy a consonant.

Annie said...

I'd like to buy a Tylenol.

Lapinbizarre said...

Maybe a couple of aspirates, Annie?

An Anxious Anglican said...

Thanks be to God, BB! And thank you for being first with the news (again).

King Shat said...

Um...

Who cares?

Andy said...

It was a great day to be in Dale City. I was hoping to see the "Hear no evil..." picture up on the blog.

Anonymous said...

It's good to be in the ADV where the Constitution and Canons are respected rather than manipulated to serve the agenda of the leader.

RalphM

Kevin said...

Our parish ratified the Jerusalem Declaration as part of our by-law, Sept. 13 '09, by unanimous vote. I guess we care ...

1662 BCP said...

I've missed the vicarious rides in the car, which would be nice this time of year. Hint, hint. Congratulations on the work done this weekend. ADV sounds to be on a good track unlike another organization which has grander ideas about its future. You have brought us actual news, which is more than some of the other Blogs have been doing, of late. They are pre-occupied with sniping at each other and illustrating just how juvenile they are.

Robin_G_Jordan said...

BB

Did the ADV define what it means by "receive and affirm"? Where did it put this statement in its Constitution and Canons?

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Robin:

On question 1, No.

On question 2, added at the end of Article I, Doctrine, which tracks the CCP Theological Statement.

Robin_G_Jordan said...

How can I obtain a copy of the final document? Is it available on or over the Internet?