Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Good Shepherd and the Diocese of Central New York: Resolution and Correspondence, July 2006

From Stand Firm, next in the series by Fr. Matt Kennedy on his church's talks with Bishop Adams of Central New York:

The following three documents from the Church of the Good Shepherd were produced in July 2006 in response to General Convention. On July 5th, 2006 the wardens and vestry unanimously passed the following resolution:
Whereas The Episcopal Church has failed to comply with the Windsor Recommendations as requested by the Primates, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Anglican Consultative Council and;

Whereas the position of The Episcopal Church with regard to human sexuality clearly violates the plain reading of Scripture, be it;

Resolved that the Vestry, Wardens, and Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd intend to remain constituent members of the Anglican Communion and in full submission to the Word of God and be it;

Resolved that the Vestry, Wardens, and Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, disassociate from the decisions of 74th and the 75th General Conventions of the Episcopal Church and commit to full compliance with all the requests of the Windsor Report as accepted and amended by the Primates of the Anglican Communion and the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Dromantine Conference and be it;

Resolved that the Vestry, Wardens, and Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, on behalf of the Church of the Good Shepherd, intend to seek affiliation with and submit to full episcopal oversight from an orthodox Anglican province in communion with the See of Canterbury subsequent to adequate communication with members of the congregation.

The next day we sent this letter to the entire parish. Here is an excerpt:
...That is the core issue. The current teachings of the Episcopal Church with regard to the authority of the bible and human sexuality lead people deeper into darkness and further from the light of Christ.

For that reason and for the spiritual safety of our families, the vestry and I do not believe that we can participate any longer. It is our intention to seek affiliation with another faithful Anglican body.

There will be two parish gatherings: one on Wednesday evening the 12th of July at 6:30pm and one on Sunday morning, the 16th of July, between services. These meetings are designed to inform and to listen. Your questions and comments are welcome and encouraged. All members of the Church of the Good Shepherd are welcome.

God has prepared us over the last three years for these crucial days in the life of this parish. . .

Read it all.

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