August 5, 2003

From figueroa Wed Aug 6 01:23:13 2003
Subject: General Meltdown Report 8/5
To: philemon
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 01:23:13 -0400 (EDT)

Dear faithful AAC members and friends and guests,

Report from the General Convention at Minneapolis - meltdown day 1

Brothers and sisters,

As you know, 62 of the 107 bishops with jurisdiction voted YES to confirm V. Gene Robinson as bishop coadjutor of New Hampshire. I do not yet know how Bishop Thompson voted. It appears that that information has not yet been released by the House of Bishops secretariat.

Timing was unfortunate as well. When the House of Deputies adjourned for the day at 6:00 p.m., the House of Bishops had just started voting and had an hour to do so. It was very disorderly. The Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC) had a 6:00 p.m. dinner scheduled with speaker Michael Nazir-Ali, the bishop of Rochester, England. That was underattended because many people hung around at the convention center waiting for the results of the vote. I went to the dinner. When we broke from the dinner at 8:00, I joined about 150 people upstairs in the fellowship hall at their end of their worship service led by the AAC bishops and some of the Anglican Primates or their representatives.

Sadly, all of this conflicted with a Concert of Praise and Worship by Slater Armstrong for the persecuted church in the Sudan that was taking place in the Central Lutheran Church sanctuary beginning at 7:30.

Here is the plan:

Tomorrow morning when the House of Deputies convenes, there is a plan to read a statement rejecting this action of General Convention. I expect we may find some deputies absent, or totally gone. I'll let you know.

Expect a statement from the Anglican Primates sometime tomorrow.

Expect a special meeting of the Anglican Primates to be convened to determine what sort of rescue mission to launch for faithful Episcopalians.

The AAC board meets two weeks after General Convention.

S. Ohio AAC clergy will meet at The Rev. Keith Mathew's home on August 30.

An AAC meeting of "Anglican Communion Parishes" will be held at Christ Church, Plano, in October.

As you can see, it will take a while for the shape of the future to become clear. What is clear is that the end of the Episcopal Church as we knew it has started, and it will never be the same.

I urge everybody to prayer and fasting. God has called us to walk through this fire for a while. Thank you Jesus. Support each other. Pray for each other.

Lee Buck's predictions really seem to have merit. See them on our chapter web site, under "Articles."

Andy Figueroa

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