Gafcon inaugurates its own special Feast Day

In deference to its own agenda – as a separatist organisation within the traditional Anglican Communion – a global south provincial conglomerate that calls itself ‘GAFCON’ has now announced its own flagship Sunday, set to rival the official Anglican Communion’s gathering of the world’s Anglican Bishops who are loyal to the Founding Province of Canterbury, at the next Lambeth Conference in London and Canterbury from 26 July to 8 August. (Most Gafcon Bishops have refused the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury to attend Lambeth, on the grounds of what they describe as his ‘Anglican unorthodoxy’ on matters of faith and morals).

Scheduled independently from the world-wide gathering of Anglican Bishops at Lambeth, this extra-curricular gathering of dissident Anglicans from the ‘Global South’ – including Sydney and Tasmania – will only serve to confuse the mainstream Anglican world (and those outside of it who wonder at the culture of separation that insists on maintaining a puritanical view of human gender and sexuality) on what exactly is important enough to cause division on an issue that has already been seen as adiaphora (not a salvation issue) but needing to be addressed by the Church as a matter of clear social and spiritual justice?

It is important to realises that Gafcon is so intent on dividing the Anglican world in its moral crusade, that it has already fostered the creation of rival quasi-Anglican (orthodox?) dioceses in foreign territories of the Anglican Communion – including North America, the U.K. and now, here in New Zealand.

Sadly, some of our cousins ‘across the ditch’ in Australia – especially in the strictly conservative evangelical dioceses of Sydney and Tasmania – have become part of Gafcon’s push to continue the now discredited culture of homophobia, sexism and misogyny that we, here in New Zealand, have pledged to overcome; in recognition of the fact that the world has moved on from such demeaning and unjust structures within society, and looks to the Church to do the same.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Gafcon Sunday 2022

Celebrate Gafcon Sunday with your generous gift to guard and proclaim the unchanging truth. Become a regular monthly partner to assist Gafcon continue encouraging and supporting faithful gospel ministry around the world.

Over the past two years our world has been changed due to the Covid pandemic and we have all faced unique and difficult challenges. Many of us could not gather in person and may still find gathering is difficult, especially meeting face-to-face with people from across the world. Pentecost Sunday has just past with the timely reminder and assurance that we are not alone because the promised Holy Spirit is with us to comfort us in our daily living. As the Holy Spirit comforts believers, so Gafcon stands firm on the #UnchangingTruth to faithfully #Proclaim Christ’s words of eternal life faithfully to the nations and to #Encourage one another as we #Contend for the Gospel.

This Gafcon Sunday (26 June 2022) will mark 14 years of faithfully proclaiming the unchanging word of God to a lost and desperate world.

Our goal for Gafcon Sunday 2022 is US$150,000.  Will you make a donation today so we can continue making plans for the fourth Gafcon global conference to be held in Kigali in April 2023?

We are asking churches to celebrate Gafcon Sunday on 26 June 2022 by

  • giving thanks to God for the work of Gafcon
  • praying the Gafcon prayer in your services
  • preaching the unchanging truth of God’s word, and
  • taking up an offertory for the ongoing work of Gafcon

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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4 Responses to Gafcon inaugurates its own special Feast Day

  1. Kieran Crichton says:

    I will gladly donate if it helps to speed up their departure. I will pray that going makes them better and more joyful Christians.

  2. kiwianglo says:

    Well said, Kieran

  3. Richard says:

    I love that GAFCON Sunday is the same day is Pride Day in the U.S.

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