General Synod has crossed the line

Open letter to British Anglicans of July 18, 2017 urging collective action to reform and renew the Church of England

Many will share our dismay at the recent decisions of the General Synod of the Church of England and the pursuing principles, values and practices contrary to Holy Scripture and church Tradition.

Given the persistent failure of the majority of the House of Bishops to fulfil the God-given duties which they have sworn to discharge these tragic developments were, sadly, not wholly unexpected.

Accordingly, and in preparation for such eventualities we, as some of those committed to the renewal of biblical and orthodox Anglicanism have already started to meet, on behalf of our fellow Anglicans, to discuss how to ensure a faithful ecclesial future.

We now wish that we have done so to be more widely known.

Our number is drawn from bishops, clergy and laity, from across Great Britain and from a breadth of traditions. Much more importantly, however, we meet joyfully united by a shared endorsement of the terms of the Jerusalem Declaration.

We will meet again, as planned and with external facilitation, mediation and episcopal advice, in October. It is our intention to welcome on that occasion an even greater diversity of contributors.

We would value your prayers and any expressions of interest from those who feel they might be able to make a valuable contribution to our deliberations.

Anyone desiring to contact us can do so through any of the organisations or churches listed.

Revd Dr Gavin Ashenden, Former Chaplain to the Queen

Mrs Lorna Ashworth, General Synod of the Church of England, Archbishops’ Council

Revd Nigel Atkinson, Vicar St John’s, Knutsford and Toft

Revd Andrew Bawtree, Chair of the House of Clergy, Diocese of Canterbury

Revd Mark Burkill, Chairman of Reform

Rt Revd John Ellison, Anglican Mission in England Executive

Rt Revd John Fenwick, Bishop Primus, Free Church of England

Rt Revd Josep Miquel Rossello Ferrer, Free Church of England

Ven Dr Amatu Christian-Iwuagwu, Vicar St Mary’s Harmondsworth & PiC Anglican Igbo Church of the Holy Trinity, London

Rt Revd Paul Hunt, General Secretary, Free Church of England

Canon Nigel Juckes, Incumbent, Llandogo, Monmouth

Mr Daniel Leafe, Gafcon UK

Mrs Susie Leafe, Director of Reform

Rt Revd Andy Lines, ACNA Bishop with Special Mission

Revd David McCarthy, Coordinator of the Scottish Anglican Network

Revd Lee McMunn, Mission Director, Anglican Mission in England

Revd James Paice, Trustee, The Southwark Good Stewards Trust

Rt Revd Jonathan Pryke, Senior Minister Jesmond Parish Church, Anglican Mission in England Executive

Revd Dr Peter Sanlon, Convenor of Anglican Partnership Synod

Ven Dr Will Strange on behalf of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales

Revd Andrew Symes, Executive Secretary, Anglican Mainstream

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