FCA Primates’ Letter

Peter Akinola, writing on behalf of the Primates of the FCA, sent this letter to Paul Perkin, Chairman of FCA (UK)

To:      The Organising and Executive Committee of FCA-UK and Ireland

The Rev’d Paul Perkin, Chairman

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We, the GAFCON Primates Council, are deeply thankful for your report of the launch of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (UK and Ireland) on July 6th, which gathered many of those who remain committed “to the faith once delivered to the saints”.

We have heard your distress about the marginalization of some of those seeking to maintain and strengthen Gospel witness in Anglican Churches. In particular, we note your concern about the difficulties faced by those of orthodox Anglican conviction in the process of discernment, selection, training and deployment in ordained ministry. We also share your grief over the lack of adequate recognition and support of newly formed congregations arising from faithful Gospel witness. It is evident that your churches are not immune to the crisis and divisions that have so deeply assaulted other parts of the Anglican Communion

We are encouraged by your commitment to work for an internal solution that can address these deep concerns. Steps taken early enough to make provision to address them can preserve good order.  We firmly support your efforts to ensure the provision of appropriate oversight, and if this is not forthcoming, to provide it.

We welcome the formation of the FCA-UK and acknowledge its Executive Committee as the authentic voice of a very broad coalition of orthodox theological perspectives. We are also encouraged that having embraced the Jerusalem Declaration you are in fellowship with the Primates Council and wish to be accountable to us as a branch of FCA worldwide.

And so, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 20,21)

On behalf of the Primates’ Council

+Peter Abuja

It’s an interesting letter for the following reasons

1. they say that they’ve heard our issues cocnerning the recruitment, training, deployment and recognition of staff.

2. they say that they share our grief at the lack of support given to church planting.

3. they attribute these issues to theological division not merely church order.

4. they promise to step into the breach and provide alternative episcopal oversight where needed.

For more information on FCA go here.

I’ve blogged on FCA here. My attempt at a succinct analysis of the situation in the UK is here.

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