We Anglicans too can use this expression, especially when there is yet more progress towards unity and the healing of old differences in the Anglican Continuum. This will be an occasion to give us more confidence and credibility with our people. This seems to be the time of reconstruction and positive building. This is great news.
I reproduce this article from Fr Robert Hart – Formal Accord:
Continuing Anglican jurisdictions Announce Formal Accord
The following is an interjurisdictional letter of support issued by the four heads of the Continuing Anglican Churches.
We the undersigned bishops of the Continuing Anglican churches, as indicated below, pledge to work cooperatively, in a spirit of brotherly love and affection, to create a sacramental union and commonality of purpose that is pleasing to God and in accord with godly service to our respective jurisdictions.
Additionally, we will endeavor to hold in concert our national and provincial synods in 2017. Our goal for this meeting will be to formalize a relationship of communio in sacris.
During the intervening period, we will work in full accord toward that end. We will seek ways to cooperate with each other, supporting each others’ jurisdictions and communicating on a variety of ecclesiastical matters. We will maintain regular monthly communication by teleconference.
The Most Reverend Walter Grundorf, The Anglican Province of America
The Most Reverend Mark Haverland, The Anglican Catholic Church
The Right Reverend Paul C. Hewett, The Diocese of the Holy Cross
The Most Reverend Brian R. Marsh, The Anglican Church in America
Virtue Online has published Continuing Anglican Churches Announce Formal Accord. At the end of the same quote as above, this is added:
The photo omits Bishop Hewitt and includes Presiding Bishop Peter Robinson of the UECNA. We regret the omission. To date rthe UECNA has not signed on to this accord. We will let you know when they do.
There are comments in both articles which may be of some help for understanding the positions of Archbishop Peter Robinson and the Anglican Province of Christ the King.
I also add that the photo on this article is of the ACC bishops at our Provincial Synod of 2015 with bishops of other Churches present as observers. It has no other intended meaning.
Why not the Anglican Province of Christ the King as well?
I thought you were informed about these things… The best would be to ask one of the American bishops.
Makes the heart glad.
Fr. Hart, in the comments on that blog article, says:
“The formal accords of the ACC with both the UECNA and the APCK still stand. Regarding the latter, however, expect no action whatsoever to be taken on their part toward unity until there is a new archbishop.”
This is a wonderful development. Praying for you all!
This is an excellent Christmas gift from the Bishops , especially to those who have worked for so long to see this happen – of whom, Wally Spaulding of the Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen must be delighted! A message of hope for the future of traditional anglican catholic faith and worship…..