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ACNA Opens Inaugural Assembly: TLC 6.22.09 June 24, 2009

Posted by geoconger in Anglican Church of North America, Living Church.

First published in The Living Church.

The Inaugural Assembly of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) attracted more than 900 attendees to St. Vincent’s Cathedral, Bedford, Texas. This week, the gathering will formally create an Anglican church with 28 dioceses and dioceses-in-formation, more than 700 congregations and 100,000 members, according to the organization’s website.

“Though the journey took its toll, we know that we have been delivered, and have found that deliverance very sweet indeed,” said Bishop Robert Duncan, archbishop-designate for the ACNA, addressing delegates, attendees, and other guests during the assembly’s opening worship service. “Our God is up to something very big, both with us and with others. The Father truly is drawing his children together again in a surprising and sovereign move of the Holy Spirit. He is again re-forming his Church.”

ACNA announced that more than 35 Anglican and ecumenical guests from around the world, including the primates or official delegations from eight Anglican provinces, are observing or participating in the assembly. The Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray, retired bishop of the Seychelles in the Province of the Indian Ocean, is attending as the official pastoral visitor of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

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