You’re invited! Read the letter from Cn Ed den Blaauwen:
In the Summer of 2013, after an excellent Forward in Faith NA Assembly to study and pray around the theme “Ecclesiology at the Crossroads” led by the retired bishop of Rochester, the Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, it was discerned that a wider conversation through a Global Anglican Congress was needed. After prayerful discernment and discussions with catholic and evangelical bishops around the globe, the question pressing upon us as we consider the future of our tradition remains: how we might rediscover a sound ecclesiology.
I want to invite you on behalf of catholic-minded Anglican leaders from across the globe to such a Congress. The themes for this extraordinary Global Anglican Congress will be centred on the call to catholicity and the challenges facing Anglican ecclesiology in the church today. We have used the words from a well-known hymn as the all-encompassing theme, “One Church, One Faith, One Lord.” In anticipation of the 2015 gathering to be held in Forth Worth, Texas, I am asking that you consider placing on your diary the dates of 13-17 July so you may be present with us.
In order to ensure that a dynamic conversation with action to insure a preferred future results from our deliberations, your presence is welcomed and essential as voices from around the Communion gather to safeguard and promote the catholic faith. Our time together will be spent worshipping and praying at St Andrews Church with daily Mass and Choral Evensong, sermons and reflections. Our Congress at the Hilton will centre on Bible Study led by Bp Michael Nazir-Ali, papers and workshops by several presenters, and a banquet with key-note speaker.
Together we will explore how catholic tradition and ecclesiology have been received and understood, and how at this time we can again explore ways of promoting ecumenical catholicity within the Communion and with Christians who stand with us in this tradition.
It is our desire and intention to ensure that Dioceses and Bishops who share this vision for a renewed Anglican ecclesiology participate in this extraordinary process. I ask you therefore to prayerfully and purposefully consider this invitation and if you are interested in participating to be in touch with me.
With gratitude for your interest in, and willingness, to support, both prayerfully and financially, and participate in this important Congress.
In Christ Jesus,
Cn Ed den Blaauwen, Organizing Secretary
INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC CONGRESS OF ANGLICANS
Restoring the Conciliar Church and Her Mission
July 13-17, 2015
Hilton Hotel & St. Andrew’s Church
Fort Worth, TX
A conciliar gathering of Catholic Anglicans rooted in the past.
Ready for the future.
The Rt. Rev’d Michael Nazir-Ali
The Rt. Rev’d Keith L. Ackerman
Canon Ed den Blaauwen
1717 8th Ave.,
Moline, IL, 61265
P.O Box 210248
Bedford, TX, 76095-7248