2018 Anglican Future Conference

EFAC Australia and FCA Australia will again partner to hold a second Anglican Future Conference in Melbourne in September 2018.

Anglican Future Conference 2018 will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) from Thursday evening 6th September till lunchtime on Sunday 9th September.
The partner organisations are planning for this to be a much bigger Conference with the expectation of strong lay participation. EFAC (Evangelical Fellowship of the Anglican Communion Australia) and FCA (Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans – Australia) partnered together in 2015 to run the first Anglican Future Conference in Melbourne with over 350 participating. FCA Chair, Bishop Richard Condie (Bishop of Tasmania) is keen for all Anglicans who uphold the fundamental declarations of the Anglican Church in Australia to come together to be challenged, inspired and equipped for the challenge of mission today. EFAC Australia Chair Bishop Stephen Hale wants this to be a large gathering of lay leaders and clergy, as we offer a voice of hope for all who minister in and through the Anglican Church of Australia.

Confirmed speakers are Frogg Orr-Ewing and Wes Hill. Frogg is the Rector of Latimer Minster, as well as Chaplain and Missioner for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics with teaching responsibilities at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He has written several books and is married to Amy with three small children. Frogg will speak on Mission and Culture. Dr Wesley Hill is assistant professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, and author of the much-discussed book “Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality” as well as “Spiritual Friendship”. Wes will open up the Scriptures on the area of Faithful Sexuality as he reflects on his own journey as a same sex attracted person. Other speakers as well as Bible Study leaders will be announced shortly.

The Conference will be preceded on Thursday 6th September with a range of Ministry and Mission Intensives. Each Intensive will run during the day and will be led by experienced leaders in key areas as well as facilitating Networks across our vast land.

Stephen Hale (Chair-EFAC Australia)
Richard Condie (Chair – FCA Australia)

For further information contact Chris Appleby cappleby@cappleby.net.au

Annual General Meeting 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the FCA Australia was held last Weds, 31st August, 2016, at St Paul’s Cathedral. The Rev’d Dr Michael Jensen gave our keynote address on Lessons from the Gruen Transfer for Mission in the Modern World. The text of his talk is available here.

The following directors were elected to the board:

  • The Rt Revd Dr Richard Condie – Bishop of Tasmania (Chair)
  • The Most Revd Dr Glenn Davies – Archbishop of Sydney (Deputy Chair)
  • Mr Philip Gerber (Company Secretary)
  • Dr Laurie Scandrett (Trasurer)
  • The Revd Stephen Carnaby – Rector, St Mark’s Bellerive, Tasmania
  • The Revd Paul Hunt – Rector, St George’s Magill, South Australia
  • The Revd Joshua Kuswadi – Rector, St Peter’s Nightcliff, Northern Territory
  • Mrs Fiona McLean – Lay member, Victoria
  • Mr Chris Purton – Lay member, South Australia
  • The Very Revd Kanishka Raffel – Dean, St Andrew’s Cathedral Sydney
  • The Revd Trevor Saggers – Rector, Good Shepherd, Cairns, Queensland
  • Dr Claire Smith – Lay member, NSW
  • The Revd Peter Smith – Rector, Dalkeith Anglican Church, Western Australia
  • The Revd Richard Trist – Dean of the Anglican Institute, Ridley College, Victoria

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (Australia) Ltd (FCA-Australia) will be held as follows:

Time: 7.30pm
Date: Wednesday 31st August 2016
Location: St Paul’s Cathedral
Cnr Flinders Street & Swanston St
Melbourne VIC
Agenda: Consideration of annual financial report, Directors’ reports, and Auditor’s Reports
Election of Directors
Appointment of Auditor
Other business (of which proper notice has been given)

Guest Speaker: Rev Dr Michael Jensen – “Lessons from the Gruen Transfer for Mission in the Modern World”

Nominations for Director (due in specified written format by 17 August 2016), Proxies (due by 28 August 2016) and rsvp’s/apologies should be lodged with the Secretary at gerberlegal@bigpond.com or PO Box 29 Toongabbie NSW 2146.

You can also rsvp online.

The Constitution of FCA-Australia can be found here.

Richard Condie
Chairman – FCA – Australia – July 2016

Statement from the board of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (Australia)

In response to a recent article in Newcastle Herald, the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (Australia) was described as “associated with the global Confessing Anglicans movement based on strong rejection of female and gay clergy and same sex marriage.”

We want to clarify that we are fully supportive of the global Confessing Anglicans movement. However the movement is not based on what it rejects but what we uphold.

Our principal objects are:
1. to promote orthodox Anglican faith and practice as set forth in the Jerusalem Declaration and in the Fundamental Declarations and Ruling Principles of the Constitution of the Anglican Church of Australia;
2. to help reform, heal and revitalise the Anglican Communion and expand its mission to the world.
3. to provide fellowship to orthodox Anglicans who find themselves in a minority position in their own Dioceses due to actions of others who depart from orthodox faith and practice.

We pray for, and continue to support, all orthodox Anglicans around the country.

GAFCON supporters briefing #1

Over the past year I have had the privilege of visiting Anglicans around the world and hearing how the Lord is growing his kingdom. With many of you I have also had the opportunity to talk face to face about the GAFCON movement. As you have become a supporter, I will send you three briefings to explain why GAFCON exists, the need for GAFCON and the future of GAFCON. This is the first.

The Birth of GAFCON

The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) was held in June 2008. Over eleven hundred Anglican Bishops, clergy and laity met for a week in Jerusalem. Many of the Bishops chose to attend this assembly rather than the official, once in a decade Lambeth Conference, which was held a few weeks later in Canterbury, England.

Clearly there was a crisis.

In 1998, the Lambeth Conference made clear that the world-wide Anglican Communion would stay true to the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality. But, in 2003, the American Anglicans (called The Episcopal Church, TEC), consecrated as a bishop the Rev Gene Robinson. In consecrating Bishop Robinson, who was a man living in a relationship with another man, TEC was clearly in defiance of the Lambeth 1998 Conference. Likewise, some in the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) began to provide for the blessing of same-sex unions.

There were many protests both in North America and around the world. The Primates (chief Bishops) of the Anglican Communion held several meetings to seek to resolve the issue. Individual members of TEC and ACC, and in fact whole churches and Dioceses, began to leave the denomination. They could no longer stay in fellowship with those who endorsed same-sex unions. They feared that to stay would be to betray the gospel, disobey the Bible and endanger souls.

Could those who departed still call themselves Anglicans? Some of the major Anglican overseas Provinces began to incorporate these courageous people into their fellowship and even appointed bishops to care for them. The answer from these Provinces was an emphatic ‘Yes, you still belong to us.’

When the Archbishop of Canterbury invited all the bishops to Lambeth (except Bishop Robinson), a division occurred. Many of the Bishops could not in conscience join with those who had disobeyed the Bible on such a fundamental issue. That is why GAFCON met in Jerusalem. The conference included many of those who had left TEC and ACC in protest.

GAFCON was an amazing experience of the Lord’s grace. Anglicans of many cultures and traditions joined as one. From the conference came the magnificent Jerusalem Statement (JS) which includes the Jerusalem Declaration (JD).

What began as a moment became a movement.

GAFCON encouraged the North American orthodox to unite. From this has come the 100 000 member Anglican Church of North America (ACNA).

In the years since 2008, GAFCON has been led by a group of Primates who between them represent the majority of the world’s Anglicans. A second, larger Conference was held in Nairobi in 2013, which lead to a call to expand the movement. A third conference is planned for 2018.

There are about 80 million Anglicans world-wide, in 38 Provinces, some of which are very small and others very big indeed. This crisis affects many lives. But it is not only Anglicans who are challenged. Many of the major churches in the West are going through the same experience. In my next letter I will explain why this is so, and why we need to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).

Please pray for the leaders of our movement, the Primates and in particular the Chairman of GAFCON Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, the Primate of Kenya, and our Deputy Chairman Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, the Primate of Nigeria. Pray for God’s blessing on their leadership and that the Lord will give them protection, wisdom and strength.

Yours in Christ,
Peter Jensen

Video of Archbishop Orombi of Uganda reading the Jerusalem Statement at GAFCON 2008