Friday, December 27, 2013

ANGLICANISM 101: The Global Anglican Future

CURRENT MEMBERSHIP OF THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION


“The West”
GAFCON
Global South
England 1.2 million
Other British Isles 500,000
Anglican Mission in England 5,000
TEC 800,000
Canada 500,000
ACNA 150,000
Australia, NZ 2.5 million
Sydney 2 million
South Africa 2 million
Nigeria 20 million
Uganda 10 million
Kenya 5 million
Tanzania 2 million
Sudan 2 million
Rwanda, Congo 1.3 million
Burundi, Central Africa, Indian Ocean, West Africa 2.3 million
Chile, Recife (Brazil) 50,000
West Indies 750,000
Latin America 150,000
Asia-Pacific
India 2 million (CSI/CNI)
Others 2.8 million
Total 7.5 million (12%)
42.5 million (73%)
8 million (14%)

GRAND TOTAL: 58 million

BRIEF CHRONOLOGY OF GAFCON


1998                Lambeth Resolution I.10

2003                Election and Consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson (TEC-USA)

2002-2007       Primates’ Resolutions, culminating in “The Road to Lambeth” statement (2006) and Dar es Salaam Communiqué (2007)

2008                GAFCON in Jerusalem and Lambeth Conference in Canterbury

2009                Formation of ACNA and Recognition of ACNA by GAFCON Primates

2013                GAFCON in Nairobi

GOVERNANCE


Official/Historic Anglican Communion
Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans
38 Provinces (58 million “official” members
8 Provinces (42.5 million members)
GOVERNING “INSTRUMENTS”
Abp. of Canterbury (Justyn Welby)
Lambeth Conference
Primates Meeting
Anglican Consultative Council
GFCA AS INSTRUMENT
Chairman, Primates’ Council (Eliud Wabukala)
GAFCON
Primates’ Council
ADMINISTRATIVE ORGAN
Secretariat (London)
ADMINISTRATIVE ORGAN
Secretariat (Sydney/London/Nairobi)

This introduction was produced for an adult education class at my home parish. The membership statistics have been confirmed by some knowledgeable leaders; however, they are hardly official. Similarly, my comments on "GAFCON as Instrument" reflects my convictions about the nature of the movement and will not be shared by those outside it or many inside it. 

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