Last week, on December 15th, leaders of AMiA and ACNA met for a second mediation meeting. The joint statement below represents hours of discussion, prayer, leadership, honesty, forgiveness and humility. +Sandy Greene, Allen+ Hughes and I represented the Anglican Mission. This meeting in Atlanta was a continuation of our first meeting in August in Dallas. The purpose is relational reconciliation stemming from issues around the most recent consecrations and other issues from the past. In following the spirit of Matthew 18 we are finding much grace.
This statement reflects a mutual recognition and commendation of each other’s ministry. This has nothing to do with structures but with relational biblical reconciliation and understanding. We believe this is a significant step for the kingdom work to God’s glory.
God bless you,
Statement on Meeting with the ACNA and AMiA Leaders
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 2: 1-5
Leaders from the Anglican Church in North America and The Anglican Mission came together on December 15, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia, facilitated by Bishop Trevor Walters. We have come together in the Spirit and mind of Jesus Christ, and in humility to acknowledge the ways we have dishonored and wounded each other in the past. As a result of our meeting we are committed to being reconciled with each other personally, face to face, and in keeping with our Lord’s command in Matthew 18; corporately fostering Biblical reconciliation. To this end we commit to:
– Always think and speak positively about each other in Christ
– Pray and bless each others’ churches and clergy in their ministries
– Look for ways to partner and assist each other in our Gospel mission
– Encourage one another to forgive in any way we have been wronged and seek reconciliation as a Gospel imperative
As leaders of the Anglican Mission we commend the Anglican Church in North America in their work in forming one, united, Biblical, missional Anglican Province in North America. Likewise, as leaders of the Anglican Church in North America, we commend the Anglican Mission in its focus on the evangelistic work of planting churches, and raising up entrepreneurial leaders for Gospel mission in North America. Though we have differences in our structures, we share a common focus on evangelism, church planting, and mission. We are committed to continue to meet and work together for reconciliation and the cause of Christ in North America.
The Rev. Canon Philip Ashey
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bill Atwood, in absentia
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
The Rt. Rev. Sandy Greene
The Very Rev. Dr. Allen Hughes
The Rt. Rev. Philip Jones
The Rt. Rev.Trevor Walters