From Bishop Hicks:
The next installment of our seminars with AAC Canon Phil Ashey will be held on August 3-6, 2016. We will be arriving, after dinner, on Wednesday, August 3rd, seminar sessions will begin on Thursday morning and conclude before lunch on Saturday, August 6th. Note that this is a change from the original date in June. As before, I am strongly urging all rectors and vicars of parishes to attend, and all clergy are encouraged to attend. Canon Ashey will be presenting new material; however, you need not have attended the previous seminar to understand what is going on.
The location is Fellowship Deaconry, 3573 Valley Road, Liberty Corner, New Jersey 07938. The cost of the retreat is $240 for a shared room and $260 for a single room. Single rooms are limited and given on a first-come, first-served basis. The price includes all meals, beginning with breakfast on Thursday morning and ending with breakfast on Saturday morning. Please provide the following information with your check (made payable to the “Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic”) to the Diocesan office in Blue Bell by July 8, 2016: Name, Address, Phone, Email, and Room Type.
In Christ, +David
The Provincial Council of the ACNA is meeting this week at St. Andrews Anglican Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Representing the Diocese are Bishops Hicks and Gillin, Canon Riches is representing the Seminary, and Rev. Miller the Church Army USA. Several other delegates are representing individual parishes.
The Executive Committee meets Monday, Council is Tuesday and Wednesday, and the College of Bishops meets Thursday and Friday. HERE is a link to the text and video of the Tuesday address by Archbishop Beach on the State of the Province. Below is an interesting graphic of the structure of the ACNA.
Ricky McCarl was ordained to the deaconate on Friday, June 3rd. Bishop David Hicks presents his stole, while Rev. Russ Buchanan assists. Rev. McCarl is assisting at Emmanuel R.E. Church in Pipersville, PA. In the photo below, Rev. Garrison of Emmanuel, Rev. France, Rev. McCarl, Rev. Buchanan, Canon Riches and Rt. Rev. Hicks.
Diocesan Council 2016 is being planned for Thursday and Friday, November 3-4, at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD, where it was in 2014 and 2011. Detailed planning will take place during the summer, and the daily schedule and online registration will be available at the beginning of September. Reports will be posted online during October.
Projected room rates are $125 per night, plus taxes. Instructions for reserving online or by phone, including our group code, will be posted by the end of August. Special note that room reservations within our discounted rate block will need to be made by October 3rd.
Also note that advance planning has begun for R.E. General Council June 14-16, 2017 at Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas, TX. More details will be communicated later in the fall. Parishes that have their congregational meetings this fall or winter need to make sure they appoint General Council representatives for 2017.
The Anglican Way Institute announces it’s 2016 Summer Conference,
The Church and the State:
The Christian’s Responsibility in the Public Square
Dates: July 6-10, 2016
Location: Church of the Holy Communion, Dallas TX
Keynote Speaker: Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali was the 106th Bishop of Rochester for 15 years until September 2009. Originally from Asia, he was the first non-white Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England. Before that, he was the General Secretary of the Church Mission Society from 1989 to 1994 and prior to holding this position was Bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan. He holds both British and Pakistani citizenship and from 1999 was a member of the House of Lords where he was active in a number of areas of national and international concern. He has both a Christian and a Muslim family background and is now President of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue (OXTRAD).
Online registration is HERE.
Schedule and workshops are still being finalized.
What do you get when you combine Christian young people from English-speaking countries with German youth who want to learn English? English Camp! The theme for 2016 is “Camp of Discovery,” and the dates are July 16-23, 2016.
We invite you to join this year’s English Camp for kids, teenagers and young adults between 9 and 21 years of age. A well-balanced program of recreational activities is awaiting you: games, music, sports, hiking, canoeing and so much more! It is a great opportunity to meet like-minded young people and to grow in your faith through devotions, prayer and Bible study groups. The camp language is English and all of the sessions are led by experienced team leaders from the US and the UK. Hope to see you there!
English Camp website: HERE (in German, your browser may offer to translate)
Facebook page for English Camp: HERE
English Camp 2015 video on Vimeo: HERE (in German)
Facebook photo album: HERE
Knull Camp website: HERE (in German)
RE Church in Germany (REKD.de): HERE (in German)
Bishop Meyer’s Youtube Channel: HERE
The Primates of the Global Anglican Future Conference, including Archbiship Foley Beach of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), met in Nairobi, Kenya, last week. GAFCON was formed to oppose the liberalizing drift away from traditional understanding of Scripture, doctrine and practice in the Anglican Communion, most notably in the American Episcopal Church. The Reformed Episcopal Church, which broke away from the Episcopal Church back in 1881, was a founding jurisdiction of the ACNA.
Here are some excerpts from the GAFCON Communique:
“GAFCON works to guard and proclaim the unchanging, transforming Gospel through biblically faithful preaching, teaching, and programs which free our churches to make disciples by clear and certain witness to Jesus Christ in all the world.
This week we made progress on a wide variety of initiatives to build up the body of Christ. We planned for GAFCON 2018, approved a program that will facilitate bishops’ training, received good news from our provinces and branches, added staff to further the ministry, and made a transition in Primatial leadership. We have also paid careful attention to the facts that have arisen from the Anglican Consultative Council’s meeting in Lusaka.”
The full text of the Communique is available HERE.
Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Blue Bell, PA has two major receptions coming up this next month:
The Friends of RE Seminary is sponsoring the 2016 FoRES Banquet on Saturday, May 21st. It will begin at 12:30pm in the Birkdale Room at Blue Bell Country Club. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Alan Crippen, the founder and president of the John Jay Institute. Students, faculty and alumni of RES will also speak on “what RES means to them”. The cost is $50 per person, which includes the lunch buffet and a one year membership in FoRES. RSVP is requested by May 15th. A full-page flyer is available for download HERE.
The 126th Commencement of R.E. Seminary will begin at 10am on Saturday, June 11th at St. Paul’s R.E. Church in Oreland, PA. The Commencement speaker will be The Ven. Canon Dr. Jon I. Lumanog, Canon and Chief Operations Officer of the ACNA. A reception hosted by FoRES will follow the ceremony. All are invited.