6/22/2009

The ACNA Bishops gather.


Here they are: ACNA Bishops gathered after the Service on Sunday. Most are those who make up the ACNA College of Bishops. Some are visitors.

Their number will be increased by three more elected (by the College) for Canada:

The Venerable Charles Masters, Executive Archdeacon
The Venerable Dr Trevor Walters, Archdeacon for BC
The Rev Stephen Leung, rector, Church of the Good Shepherd (Vancouver, BC)

and

Three bishops-designate from the dioceses of the Anglican Mission in the Americas previously selected by the Anglican Province of Rwanda.

The Rev Dr Todd Hunter, leader of Churches for the Sake of Others
The Rev Canon Doc Loomis, Canon Missioner for AMiA;
The Rev Silas TAK Yin Ng, rector, Richmond Emmanuel (Richmond, BC)

plus

For the Diocese of Western Anglicans

The Rev William Thompson

For Forward in Faith Diocese in formation

The Rev William Ilgenfritz


All in all 8 new bishops.

ACNA seems to have learned its bishop strategies from the Province of the Southern Cone, where, as Bishop Fran Lyons said today, the Province has decided on a amazing expansion of bishops, particularly given that the whole Province has perhaps 25,000 people.


What will become of all of them?

20 comments:

  1. Is that Bishop Schofield and is he wearing white? And after Trinity Sunday? TBL

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  2. Is that Pope Benedict in the front row, dressed in white? The photo is a little blurry.

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  3. That's a whole lotta pale males.

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  4. Thank goodness there was a layperson present, otherwise who would have taken these very important men's picture?

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  5. Oh Lisa! It is to laugh!

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  6. ACNA seems to have learned its bishop strategies from the Province of the Southern Cone, where, as Bishop Fran Lyons said today, the Province has decided on a amazing expansion of bishops, particularly given that the whole Province has perhaps 25,000 people.

    or TEC, where we have, what, 110 diocesans plus assistings and others for some 400,000 worshippers . . .

    Peace,
    JB

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  7. All Chiefs and no Indians! I guess that is no longer PC, but it says it all.

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  8. The Lead says that ACNA says they have 69.197 members. They will have 45 Bishops. That is one bishop for every 1537.7 members.

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  9. RevKaren, you gave me a good guffaw. You reminded me of a great (and true) story that won't translate without a proper set-up. But the punchline was said by a great lady - who just happens to be kind, intelligent and very pretty to boot. It was an honor to work with her when she was on her way "up" the ladder (and yes, she's made it to the top, her way).

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  10. JIM

    Why isn't +Duncan in the center of the picture since he is the designated archbishop of NA?

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  11. Boy do they ever need a rainbow!

    FWIW
    jimB

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  12. That's a whole lotta pale males.

    Not to be snarky but I count at least 5 of 38 people of color in that photo - or 13%

    The statistics I was able to find show that ECUSA has 7.7% black bishops (and a whopping 3.4% priests).

    Do we really have that much room to be so cocky?

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  13. Will there be enough peasants to service each of these newly minted princes of the church?

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  14. I sense a turf war brewing in Canada between ANiC and AMIA.

    ANiC's announcement of the elections includes the note that Bishop-elect Leung is to have special responsibility for evangelism among Asian-Canadians.

    With Silas Ng as AMIA's newly elected Canadian bishop, it seems that both are targeting the same population.

    I am on the other side of the country and am not that cognizant of the history or current events in Vancouver (where both Ng and Leung are located), but it might be interesting to dig into this further.

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  15. Believe that one of the "people of color" (nicely put, by the way, Renz) in the scan is Archbishop Nzimbi of Kenya. Front row. Perhaps someone can identify the other two. Considering just how many of the individuals shown were consecrated as bishops of African provinces - Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria - I really don't see the hypocrisy in asking "what's with all the white boys?"

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  16. Renz,

    The difference is that the 7% Episcopalians are not going home to Africa real soon.

    FWIW
    jimB

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  17. Jim, my comment was directed more at us than them. I'm not so sure our stats are diverse enough to truly allow pointing at the other folks - something about the log in our own eye? In fact the web site I found stated that in something like 48 of our dioceses there wasn't a single congregation led by an African-American. Just saying...

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  18. It was pointed out that the three new ANiC bishops are to be the bishops in charge because previously all the bishops of the ANiC were retired bishops who presumably will become "retired" again.

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  19. They resemble nothing so much as the Orthodox bishops with impressive titles but with virtually nobody to lead.
    Which is pretty much what they are, come to think of it.

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  20. By the year 2058, the Anglican Church of Canada will have one pastor and one lay member left. This, according to its own statistics; it's lost 53% of its members since 1963.

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