Friday, 8 November 2013

GAFCON II report - spiritual warfare and the future of the Anglican communion

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For those interested in the future of the third-largest Christian denomination, here is a report on the Gafcon II (Global Anglican Future II conference two); this is an informed and authoritative account of the proceedings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dp5qgGc68E#t=1660

The first half is of most interest - up to 27 minutes - indeed the second half is so out-of-synch that it becomes hard to follow...

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The most interesting and significant theme is the spiritual warfare that Kevin and George perceived was going-on at the conference.

This is often - it seems - a sign of significant moments in church history (since it is usually expedient for the powers and principalities to do their work unnoticed) - this emphasizes the great potential importance of the Gafcon movement, and also the hazards.

As Galadriel says: The Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the Company is true

Perhaps paradoxically, I find this evidence of spiritual warfare to be encouraging; since if all was lost for sure, then it would not be happening. 

There must, it seems, be reason for hope. 

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[On a lighter note: avid Welby-watchers such as myself will be delighted by the account of the Archbishop of Canterbury's interactions with the conference. Fascinating to see what happens when the epitome of over-promoted smug mediocrity is confronted by conflicting but un-ignorable reality...]

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An interview with a delegate Gavin Ashenden (an Anglo Catholic) gives a brief and lucid picture of the dire Christian situation in England, and the looming probability of 'bloodshed':

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJrubVvkK3o

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