Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans

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The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) is a global network of conservative Anglican churches which formed in 2008 in response to what it claimed was an ongoing theological crisis in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Conservative Anglicans met in 2008 at the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), creating the Jerusalem Declaration and establishing the FCA.

Founding[edit]

The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) was held near Jerusalem in June 2008 at the initiative of theologically conservative African, Asian, Australian, South American, North American and European Anglican leaders who opposed the ordination of homosexuals and the blessing of same-sex unions by member churches of the Anglican Communion. The meeting came as the culmination of a series of controversies in the Anglican Communion which began in 2003 when the openly non-celibate gay bishop Gene Robinson was consecrated by The Episcopal Church in the USA. GAFCON was organised as a conservative alternative to the 2008 Lambeth Conference which was boycotted by many traditionalists.

The GAFCON Final Statement recognises the Archbishop of Canterbury for his historic role in the Anglican Church but denies that his recognition is the cornerstone of Anglican identity. The statement also called for the formation of "A Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans".[1]

The FCA was instrumental in the formation of the Anglican Church in North America in 2009. The ACNA was formed as an alternative church structure for those disaffected by the official Anglican structures in the USA and Canada. The Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America, which covers much of South America, is a key constituent of the FCA movement. The Anglican Diocese of Sydney, Australia played an important role in forming the FCA and its Archbishop Peter Jensen is the FCA's secretary.[2]

Organization[edit]

The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans aims to extend the goals of GAFCON into a movement, to "preach the biblical gospel ... all over the world" and "provide aid to ... faithful Anglicans" disaffected from their original churches.[3]

FCA recognizes the Jerusalem Declaration, written at the 2008 GAFCON meeting, as a "contemporary rule".

The FCA is administered by a "Primates' Council" originally consisting of Primates from the African provinces of the Anglican Communion.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "GAFCON Final Statement". gafcon.org. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sydney Synod endorses Jerusalem Declaration" (Press release). Anglican Diocese of Sydney. October 20, 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Jerusalem Declaration | Resources". Fca.net. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans launched in South Africa" (Press release). Gafcon. September 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ Russell Powell. "FCA underway | News". Sydneyanglicans.net. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  6. ^ Formation of Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans New Zealand, Anglican Mainstream, 19 April 2016

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