ANGLICAN FUTURE CONFERENCE 2016 CONTENDING FOR THE GOSPEL IN CONTENTIOUS TIMES http://www.fcanz.org REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN: CHRISTCHURCH Saturday 16 April 2016 La Vida Centre – Riccarton AUCKLAND 18 – 20 April 2016 AUT University – City Campus
“Anglican Future Conference”. We desire to gather as brothers and sisters in Christ seeking the best way to honour God and love people. We are delighted to welcome Rev Vaughan Roberts (St Ebbe’s, Oxford, UK) as our headline speaker who will speak on “True Gospel, True Sex, True Love, and True Unity”. Other speakers include Rev Dr Sarah Harris exploring the topic of ?Faithful Hermeneutics: women and same-sex?, and Rev Dr Rhys Bezzant and Rev Dr Peter Adam reminding us of our Anglican Identity and Heritage. We will also begin each day in God’s word with Revs Dale & Paul Williamson as they teach us from the Gospel of Luke on Jesus’ mission, authority, and call. Through workshops, worship and times of fellowship we will explore together how best to contend for the gospel once for all entrusted to the saints. We look forward to you joining with us. CHRISTCHURCH (9am – 5pm) Saturday 16 April 2016 La Vida Centre – Riccarton $39+bf (lunch provided) AUCKLAND 1pm 18 April – 1pm 20 April 2016 AUT University – City Campus $135+bf (lunch provided – Tuesday) ANGLICAN FUTURE CONFERENCE 2016 not all speakers are at all venues – for full programme information head to http://www.fcanz.org
Influenced by GAFCON and the U.K.-sourced ‘Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, FoCA, a group of people of earnest Conservative Evangelical persuasion seems determined to plant the roots of a similar type of group in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
A group of Overseas Speakers has been invited to address delegates to the advertised Meetings in Christchurch and Auckland, which look like duplicating a similar meeting that took place in Australia last year, hosted by FoCA (Aust.), which is an outreach from the GAFCON organisation which has fostered schismatic activity in the USA and Canada – leading to the formation of ACNA the so-called “Anglican Church in North America’, an ‘Anglican’ schismatic body that affects to replace the U.S. Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Anglican Church of Canada.
The 3 highlighted entities (above) are all involved in an attempt to take-over the Anglican world with a limited ‘sola-Scriptura’ understanding of sexual identity and gender issues, such as is currently practised by Anglican Churches in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda, where known homosexuals are subject to harsh criminal punishment – a situation officially deplored by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the recent Primates’ Meeting in the U.K.
Whether this locally sponsored organisation of FoCA will elect to undermine the Anglican Church in New Zealand – as has been the practice in the U.K., Australia and other Provinces of the Anglican Communion – is yet to be seen. However, it is well-known that there were New Zealander clergy in attendance at the Australian Conference of FoCA, and no doubt they will be present at the New Zealand meetings. One might hope there won’t be too many of them! Religious Fundamentalism of any kind – whether Christian or Muslim – has no place here.
The timing of this meeting – before our General Synod debates the issue of Same-Sex Blessings in ACANZP later in May – would seem to have been related to the current controversy surrounding ‘Motion 30’ set to take place at the General Synod.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand