Anglican Communion Institute (ACI)

Dear Bishop Doyle, We thank you for your thoughtful letter and for your obvious concern that under the canons the Bishops of our church be enabled to discharge their pastoral responsibilities. We share your concern for an adequate pastoral response to the behavior of clergy. We nonetheless believe that the three basic points you make in your letter actually indicate points in the new Title IV that serve to weaken rather than strengthen the pastoral care a bishop is called upon to offer his or her clergy. The three points you make are these: 1. The new Title IV is “more pastoral” and “the...
Dear Archbishop John Thank you for your communication. Our ACI Board Bishop +Michael Scott-Joynt has also been in helpful contact over the Communion Partners initiative, as he and +NT Wright, +Donald Mtetemela, +Drexel Gomez, and others attended earlier meetings – even meetings including the several bishops (4 out of the 21 in attendance) now moving toward a ‘new province’ idea. We are beginning to see the initiatives in individual dioceses of TEC to move forward with the same sex agenda (Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina, most recently). This includes various forms of approval: of blessings...
Is this any longer a Church one wants to join? A Plea to the Leaders of the Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church (TEC) is experiencing a precipitous decline in Sunday morning attendance. Without addressing some of its institutional pathologies, TEC will render itself evermore irrelevant. Yet the current proposals to restructure the church ignore its basic problems. 1 The present practices, or likely outcomes in the very near future, of TEC raise a number of questions. Here is a sample: A proposed modification of the Book of Common Prayer Marriage Rite wherein the rubrics are malleable and...
Is this any longer a Church one wants to join? A Plea to the Leaders of the Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church (TEC) is experiencing a precipitous decline in Sunday morning attendance. Without addressing some of its institutional pathologies, TEC will render itself evermore irrelevant. Yet the current proposals to restructure the church ignore its basic problems. 1 The present practices, or likely outcomes in the very near future, of TEC raise a number of questions. Here is a sample: A proposed modification of the Book of Common Prayer Marriage Rite wherein the rubrics are malleable and...
TITLE IV REVISIONS Dear Bishops Bill, Bruce, Jim, John, and Mark, We write as long term friends and advisors to place before you a matter we believe to be of grave concern. In our view, recent changes in our canons that soon come into effect are unconstitutional. What is more, they give the Presiding Bishop disciplinary powers over Diocesan Bishops that convert the office into that of a Metropolitan and give that office powers that without question will be abused. In this note we will state our concerns about the revised Title IV in greater detail and urge that you take certain steps to...
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October 29, 2009
To the Members of the Covenant Design Group and the Windsor Continuation Group: I write to you as a concerned member of the Covenant Design Group, as a committed member of the Episcopal Church (USA), and as one whose professional and spiritual life has been and continues to be devoted to the strengthening of our common witness as Anglican Christians. This is a simple plea for us to do our work better in the midst of continuing ecclesial disintegration. What motivates this plea at this time? On the one hand, no more than the general evidence of ongoing divisions within North America and the...
To the Members of the Covenant Design Group and the Windsor Continuation Group: I write to you as a concerned member of the Covenant Design Group, as a committed member of the Episcopal Church (USA), and as one whose professional and spiritual life has been and continues to be devoted to the strengthening of our common witness as Anglican Christians. This is a simple plea for us to do our work better in the midst of continuing ecclesial disintegration. What motivates this plea at this time? On the one hand, no more than the general evidence of ongoing divisions within North America and the...
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January 2009
DON ARMSTRONG ON TITUS 1:9 4/20/07 Don Armstrong Says: April 20th, 2007 at 4:03 pm Not that this is particularly relevant to this thread, but I do want to make clear a couple of matters concerning ACI. The confusion concerning ACI’s own funding by my parish is born out of an single action taken by a vestry trying to fight a full frontal attack by the Diocese of Colorado (that included my own inhibition and absence from the system) and people writing on blogs whose major source of information is bad newspaper reporting. The goal of the Diocese of Colorado has been and continues to be my own...
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April 20, 2007
The Anglican Communion Institute has received the news, as is now customary (via the blogs), that the Episcopal Diocese of Texas has proposed a special plan for how it will accommodate same-sex blessings, should these be resolved as appropriate by the General Convention. The details of that plan are not the subject of this statement, and the plan itself can be read at a number of web-sites and links. (Equally, we are not concerned in this context with the status and character of General Convention resolutions in respect of diocesan reception and implementation or constitutionality). One of...
The Episcopal Church and the New Episcopal Church In 2013 an “Ecclesiology Committee of the House of Bishops” produced something they called “A Primer on the Government of the Episcopal Church and its underlying theology.” We have evaluated the document in detail at the Anglican Communion Institute website. 1 Recently the document appeared again, this time at a House of Bishops meeting in North Carolina. 2 What is the purpose of trying to secure a place for this understanding of TEC’s polity at this point in time? Leaving aside a possible pragmatic purpose (to aid in litigation), one thing...
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April 14, 2015