Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mere Anglicanism

This past week I went to Mere Anglicanism, a gathering of evangelical Anglicans in Charleston.  It was like a reunion being able to visit with some of my heroes in the modern Anglican movement:  Bishop Fitz Allison, Bishop Alec Dickson, Bishop Ed Salmon.  The event was held at historic St. Philip's Church, a vibrant parish in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina.

Titled "The Once and Future Church," we heard some great presentations on the evangelical contributions of Anglicanism.  Richard Turnbull, the Principal of Wycliff Hall in Oxford highlighted the eighteen and nineteenth centuries.

The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, spoke on a previous bishop of London, Henry Compton, and his emphasis on missions in the colonies back in the late 1600's.

Bishop Chartres

Dr. John McCardell, Vice Chancellor at the University of the South, spoke of the ramifications and influence of the Great Beaufort Revival of 1831. Absolutely incredible!

Dr. McCardell

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, the retired bishop of Rochester, England, spoke about how we have lost our way in recent decades.

Bishop Nazir-Ali

Bishop Mark Lawrence, the Episcopal bishop of South Carolina, spoke about his challenges and the future of Anglicanism in South Carolina.
Bishop Lawrence

Lastly, we had worship with Archbishop Ben Kwashi preaching on sharing the faith.  Archbishop Kwashi is from Jos, Nigeria and his ministry is touching hundreds of thousands in Nigeria in the midst of Islamic persecution and aggression.

Long-time friends Brian McGreevy and Bishop Bill Skilton

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