Well, CANA’s website is up and running. Click HERE to see it. CANA, you may remember, is the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, a subsidiary of the Church of Nigeria.
The bishop elect of CANA, Canon Martyn Minns, is to be ordained on the 20th of August. His election has given rise to a rather complex and convoluted set of issues about jurisdiction and the place from which Minns is to exercise ministry. It would appear that he is staying close to home, namely his current parish in Virignia. The mailing address for the CANA office is in Fairfax.
The Church of Nigeria website states that “Some Anglicans from the convocation and other churches in the US still in communion with Nigeria will be attending the consecration in Abuja.” The sense of this is that there are already “convocation” individuals or churches and there are “other” churches in the US “still in communion” with Nigeria. It will be interesting to see who attends and if there are American bishops taking part in the consecration.
The Website lists as “affiliates” of CANA the Church of Nigeria and the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s an odd use of the word, and an odd paring of two distinctly different entities – one a Church and the other the holder of a position in a church. CANA is not an “affiliate” of Nigeria, it is a subsidiary diocese within the Church of Nigeria. CANA is no an “affiliate” of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It may well have the ABC as a supporter, a patron or whatever, but I suspect not.
For all the spiffiness of the website it is still seems mostly like ecclesial slight of hand. I suppose we will have to see who goes to the consecration and who chooses to affiliate with CANA and why. The wide range of small fragments in the disaffected and now realignment movement is now one wider and the list of “Anglican but not Episcopal” churches in the US is increased by one.
I would hope the Archbishop of Canterbury could at least state that he is not indeed in any way affiliated with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America. He needs to speak up, NOW.