July 27, 2012Dear Parish Family,In December of last year, the churches of the Anglican Mission in America, of which All Saints is a part,stepped into a season of reorganization as the majority of our Bishops decided to come out from under theoversight of Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje, thus stepping away from the Anglican Church of Rwanda, whichhad been our church home within the Anglican Communion since we left the Episcopal Church. The Anglican Mission had decided to explore the concept of
a “Missionary Society” as a vehicle for
continuing itsimportant work of planting churches and furthering the Kingdom of Christ in North America.
As the “Missionary Society” began to evolve,
it became clear that there would be other Anglican options foraffiliation to consider. Two former Anglican Mission Bishops, Terrell Glenn and Thad Barnum, who hadelected to remain Bishops in Rwanda, agreed to
s request to tend the affected clergy andcongregations. It was soon announced by Archbishop Rwaje that
a new “Missionary Jurisdiction”
mirroring the efforts of the Anglican Mission in her first decade, would be established out of Rwanda. A third optionalso came into play as Archbishop Rwaje and other GAFCON and Global South Primates we respect somuch continued to point us toward the Anglican Church of North America, ACNA, under the leadership of Archbishop Bob Duncan.I called All Saints to wait on the Lord, to keep our hearts soft, and to give ourselves to a season of prayer anddiscernment. I called us to stay focused on the mission and ministry that was ever before us, that nothing waspreventing us from being the Church. The various options for affiliation within the Anglican Church werestill taking shape, and any decision we would have made then, short of receiving some
would have been based on loyalty to personalities, blind assumptions, or wishful thinking. This sort of anxious rushing to structure is at best short-sighted and at worst idolatrous. I reminded the church family, weserve a God of divine revelation not vain speculation. I encouraged us all to avoid taking sides, refrain fromdemonizing, and to wait on details to surface regarding the various options. Until we were presented withsome details which we could prayerfully consider, we would be content to remain both a part of the AnglicanMission and under the oversight of Archbishop Rwaje.In May, as details began to surface regarding the three potential options for affiliation, I called together aCommunications Team, and charged them to wade through the information in an effort to inform the Parishand help highlight the distinctives of the various groups: the Missionary Society of the Anglican Mission, theMissionary Jursidiction of PEAR-USA, and the ACNA. My thanks goes out to David Scott and theCommunications Team for their hard work. I encourage you all to continue to look for the Communications Team Reports at www.allsaintspawleys.org .
As we pray and process the information before us, as we prepare as a congregation to place our vote on where we will affiliate within the Anglican Communion, I want you to know where I stand as your Rector. Ibelieve with all my heart that this is a time of coming together! At our Annual Meeting last March, I shared with you how the Lord had drawn me to Deuteronomy 2-4 in dramatic fashion. The Lord had me focus on