"ANiC is under the Episcopal authority of Bishop Harvey and is a diocese in the Anglican Church in North America which unites over 100,000 faithful Anglicans from across this continent. It now numbers 733 parishes and eight forming congregations in North America with more than 3500 in church on an average Sunday."
I had assumed "3500" was a typo for "35,000" the percentage present on a Sunday is similar to that of the Episcopal Church (don't know about the Anglican Church in Canada). The numbers seem to have gone up a bit again, reaching the 100,000 spoken of prior to the formation of ACNA.
IT HAS BEEN POINTED OUT in two comments on this blog that the press release now reads, "ANiC is under the Episcopal authority of Bishop Harvey and is a diocese in the Anglican Church in North America which unites over 100,000 faithful Anglicans from across this continent. ANiC now numbers 33 parishes and eight forming congregations in North America with more than 3500 in church on an average Sunday." I believe, but cannot show that this is a correction. I have no reason to have produced the first press release with other numbers and believe I simply copied and lifted the quote directly.
At any event the revised standard numbers - that the 3500 is a reference only to the ANiC - means that my comments concerning the size of ACNA needed revision.
Revised comment: ACNA , at 100,000 persons is about 1/20th the size of The Episcopal Church. Given that a fair number of the 733 parishes were never part of TEC or the Anglican Church of Canada, and that their communicants likewise were never part of the Provinces of the Anglican Communion, this would place the numbers of people who have left TEC or the ACiC for the ACNA or any of its subsidiary parts at well below 5%, probably more like 4%.
There are no doubt a number of people why have simply wandered off from The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada. That's one of the problems of a bridge church, people wander in, they wander out.
It seems more and more likely that the effect of all the miseries of the past few years will be that some 4 or 5 percent of TEC people will leave for ACNA. The notion that somehow ACNA represents a better form of Anglicanism and will be therefore immediately attractive to TEC members past or present is not at all certain.
The National Post in Canada interviewed the Archbishop. According to the NP, Duncan
"...says it is the national churches in Canada and the United States -- the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church USA -- that are the real schismatics, trading in the Bible and orthodoxy for a trendy form of Christianity that is trying to be popular instead of faithful.
Those institutions have "turned so far to the left" they are now on the road to virtual oblivion, he said, pointing to such innovations as the blessing of same-sex marriage.
"They'll become irrelevancies," he said during an interview with the National Post. "People who are looking for a saviour who can save. They are really looking for how they can shape their lives and what they can trust in. And what the [national churches] are offering is Jesus Lite. Folks don't need a Jesus Lite."
... Archbishop Duncan, who is based in Pittsburgh, said in the end it will be the conservatives that will win.
"People will turn to what's true," he said while attending an ACNA synod in St. Catharines. "And we'll have the souls and they'll get the stuff. We'll get the future, they'll get the past. I'd rather have the souls and the future."
He believes that what is going on in Anglicanism right now is nothing short of a new Reformation, similar to what Luther kicked off in Germany 500 years ago. For the Anglican Church worldwide, he said, it will be mean a complete shift in orientation away from Canterbury, the historical spiritual home of Anglicanism, to Africa, the faith's new spiritual home.
"In the year 2000, the Archbishop of Canterbury was the second most important Christian leader in the world. In a short space of time that office has utterly been diminished. It shows that the British model of Anglicanism has failed."
He fully expects either a new "Canterbury" to emerge in Africa, or that the old seat of Anglicanism will remain where it is, but future archbishops will come from the Global South -- and be black and brown."
Aside from the usual arrogance of the two second flip of the finger..."what the (Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada) are offering is Jesus Lite," his most telling remarks had to do with the turn from Canterbury (the one in England with the Archbishop of Canterbury as Primate and "focus of unity" for Anglicans) to Canterbury with archbishops being appointed from the Global South or a new Canterbury - seat of the Communion's chief Archbishop - located somewhere in Africa.
The first is a fantasia. The Church of England will continue to appoint its Archbishop of Canterbury by a means most Anglicans find odd to say the least. Disestablishment might bring more democratic processes into play but that is a far cry from archbishops being chosen from the Global South.
The second is the dream field of the rigorous Global South. There may in fact be a new Anglicanism, one related to the Church of England's Anglicanism in only the most superficial ways. If the Archbishop of ACNA and his 100,000 want to go there, welcome to it.
Meanwhile the 95% will continue, having neither sworn on to "Jesus Lite" or to the fantasies of the Global South and their American counterparts.