- Anglican Communion Network
name = Anglican Communion Network
type = Traditionalist Episcopalian/Anglican (religious) group
membership = 200,000 congregants, 2,200 clergy in 900 affiliated parishes
location=United States and Canada
formation = 2004
website = Anglican realignmentThe Anglican Communion Network (ACN) (officially the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes) is a theologically conservative network of
dioceses and parishes working toward Anglican realignmentwith the key issue of adhering to traditional, orthodox Christian doctrine in the Anglican Communionon subjects such as the infallibility of Scripture and sexual morality (especially regarding the ordination of non-celibate homosexuals and the blessing of same sex unions), particularly in the USA. Most of these dioceses and parishes are members of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America(ECUSA), while others are under the jurisdiction of overseas bishops from Uganda, Kenya, Bolivia and other countries.
The ACN also includes a
Forward in Faithconvocation of churches, some of which may be in the Continuing Anglican Movement. As of January 2007, the ACN claims to have the support of 200,000 laity and 2,200 clergy in ten dioceses and 900 congregations in the United Statesand Canada. [http://www.acn-us.org/about/ Anglican Communion Network's official website]
The ACN was officially formed in January 2004 at a conference in
Plano, Texasattended by several hundred priests and lay leaders, including 12 Episcopal bishops. Its main intent is to provide a system to supply theologically conservative leadership and church oversight to Anglicans in the United Statesand Canada.
The ACN was formed in response to suggestions by the
Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Rowan Williams, in the wake of the controversy regarding Anglican views of homosexuality. In the United States the initial controversy was the 2003 consecration of Gene Robinsonas bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. At the time of his election, Robinson was openly living with a same-sex partner.
Some issues date back to the adoption of 1979
Book of Common Prayer. Further controversy followed the election of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. Statements made by Schori, such as "Our mother Jesus gives birth to a new creation", have also been disputed.
In Canada the main trigger was the approval of the blessing of
same-sex unionsby the Diocese of Westminster, also in 2003. Most of the work in establishing the ACN was performed by the American Anglican Council, a group of theologically-conservative congregations within the Episcopal Church.
The current ACN Moderator is the Right Reverend Robert Duncan, seventh bishop of the
Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Anglican Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) was created by the ACN in 2004 to be a support and humanitarian organisation working with Anglicans in the
Global South. The ARDF works on multiple Millennium Development Goalsprojects throughout Africa, South America, and the Middle East. [http://www.anglicanaid.net/what/2006/index.shtml]
ARDF is supported by the
Church of Nigeria, the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Province of South East Asia, the Church in the Province of the West Indies, and the Church of the Province of West Africa. In 2005 over $1.4 million was donated from ARDF.
Youth and children
Youth ministers from Network Dioceses gathered in
Charlotte, North Carolinaprior to the November 2006 National Youthworker's Conventionhosted by Youth Specialties. During this meeting, speakers inspired participants to get back to the basics of faith, including instructing youth and children in Biblical literacy. Jack Gabigis the current director of youth and children for the network. He is in the process of providing training for lay and professional youthworkers. Jack has participated in training with St. Timothy's Co-op.
These are the
dioceses of the Episcopal Church that have been part of ACN from the beginning:
*Diocese of Albany (N.Y.)
*Diocese of Pittsburgh
*Diocese of Central Florida
*Diocese of South Carolina
*Diocese of Quincy (Ill.)
*Diocese of Springfield (Ill.)
*Diocese of Fort Worth (
*Diocese of Dallas
*Diocese of the Rio Grande (N.M., extreme western Texas)
*Diocese of San Joaquin (Calif.)
Common Cause Partners
Common Cause Partnership, founded in June 2004, is an alliance of several churches and ministries which support ACN. The initial meeting was followed by a gathering in February 2005 which resulted in a [http://www.acn-us.org/archive/2005/02/common-cause-partners-meet.html/ Statement of Common Cause Partners in North America]
The Common Cause Partners are as follows:
American Anglican Council
Anglican Coalition in Canada
Anglican Essentials Canada
Anglican Mission in America
Anglican Network in Canada
Anglican Province of America
Convocation of Anglicans in North America
Forward in FaithNorth America
Reformed Episcopal Church
Anglican Coalition in Canada
Anglican Mission in America
Anglican views of homosexuality
Continuing Anglican Movement
* [http://www.edow.org/follow/ "Following the Money"] , article by Jim Naughton. Washington Window, Vol. 75, No. 6, May 2006, published by the
Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
* [http://www.acn-us.org Official ACN website]
* [http://www.greaterdanburyanglicans.org/AMiAChurches/AMiAChurches.html?ShowAll Map of ACN Affiliated Churches]
* [http://www.anglicanaid.net/ Anglican Relief and Development Fund]
* [http://www.anglicancommoncause.org/ Anglican Common Cause Mid-South]
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