Note from the Provincial Council
Provincial Council Update
By Charlie Atkinson
Traveling to Plano, Texas may not rank high on the list of summer destinations, but Brenda and I were privileged to serve as lay delegates from the Rocky Mountain Diocese at the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) annual meeting in Plano last month. The gathering is called the Provincial Council and we met with the bishops, clergy delegates and lay delegates representing the other 28 dioceses from around North America. In addition to the work of the council we worshipped together and shared in a beautiful Choral Evensong Service. Each day included Morning Prayer with a teaching on Philemon.
It would have been easy to feel like outsiders; here we are relatively new to the Anglican Church, from a church that is equally new to the ACNA, and yet that was not the case. From the time we registered and for the next two days we were welcomed by warm, friendly people who made us feel very much at home. It was encouraging to be among others who, as they discussed and dealt with significant matters, did not lose sight of following Jesus. While considering important amendments, welcoming a new diocese, hearing reports, and approving the annual budget, the work of the church was carried out with openness, grace and truth.
We came away having made new friends, people we hope to see again. In Brenda’s words, “I discovered a group of church leaders and lay people that are passionate to see people come Christ, to interact with and love the marginalized, and to continue to walk the path of our ancient faith.”
Brenda and Charlie would be glad to share more so feel free to catch them at church or give them a call. A summary of the Provincial Council is here . Videos of the various sessions can be found here.
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