REC General Council 2017 Report

by admin on June 20th, 2017

General Council 2017 was held in Dallas, TX from June 14-16.  Clergy and lay delegates from the dioceses of Northeast, Southeast, Central States and Mid-America filled a ballroom at the Embassy Suites DFW-N along with representatives from the Free Church of England, REC Germany, REC Croatia, and REC Cuba.  After his election Wednesday afternoon, the Archbishop of the ACNA, Foley Beach, assisted in the installation of our new Presiding Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Ray Sutton.

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A moving video montage tribute to Bishop Grote was presented Wednesday evening, and a resolution of appreciation was presented to his family.  Before he passed he started the planning process on a new church planting initiative called REC 100 – planting 100 new RE churches in the next 10 years.  Three teaching sessions to delegates explained the new initiative and focused efforts on what Bishop Sutton called “front-porch evangelism”.

A new hymnal has been in the works for the last decade, started with the original intent of revising and updating the Book of Common Praise hymnal.  About 400 of the best of the older hymns have been kept, and they have been complemented by addition of such previously-missing greats as “Amazing Grace”, “And Can It Be” and many others, including some contemporary selections that fit with the Anglican worship style.  The formatting of the hymns has been greatly improved, and the indexing improvements help select tunes appropriate to Anglican services built around the liturgical calendar.  The first printing of the new hymnal is being offered direct to REC churches at a discounted rate.

Council heard a number of reports on REC mission works, including progress in Germany, Croatia, Cuba, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, and a new work in Hungary.  Our own Bishop Gillin is now president of the Board of Foreign Missions.  The Corbins are back and recovering in Victoria while Matt looks for a job, and the Board is praying for the recruitment of several new missionaries.

Reports to General Council are available online HERE…

Bishop Sutton’s presentation on REC100 in PDF format HERE…

The next General Council is planned for 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina.

AnglicanTV live-streamed most of the business and teaching sessions at the hotel.  Below are links to the Facebook video feeds for various parts:

The Opening Prayer Service Wednesday Afternoon:

More sessions, and the REC100/”Veritas” teaching sessions are below the break line here…

 

The first Business Session Wednesday Afternoon (starts about 5 minutes in):
(the video tribute to Bishop Grote starts about the 50 minute mark)

 

Second Business Session Thursday afternoon:

 

Third Business Session Thursday afternoon – ratification of new bishops:

 

Continuing third Business Session – Christian Education:

 

Fourth Business Session Friday Morning – Board of Foreign Missions, Women’s Ministry, etc:
(Matt Colvin’s address begins about 34 minutes in)

 

Bishop Sutton’s first REC100/Veritas teaching session on Wednesday afternoon:

 

Bishop Sutton’s second REC100/Veritas teaching session on Thursday afternoon:

 

Bishop Sutton’s third REC100/Veritas teaching session Friday morning:

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