Bishop Eric Menees
A blessed St. Francis Day to you all!
With this Bishop’s Note, I conclude my presentation on the “Jerusalem Declaration.” We began this journey fourteen weeks ago upon my return from the Global Anglican Future Conference in Jerusalem. We examined the fourteen individual points of the declaration and their importance to us in both the Anglican Church in North America and the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin. The “Jerusalem Declaration” ends with the following concluding statement:
We, the participants in the Global Anglican Future Conference, were summoned by the Primates’ leadership team to Jerusalem in June 2008 to deliberate on the crisis that has divided the Anglican Communion for the past decade and to seek direction for the future. We have visited holy sites, prayed together, listened to God’s Word preached and expounded, learned from various speakers and teachers, and shared our thoughts and hopes with each other.
The meeting in Jerusalem this week was called in a sense of urgency that a false gospel has so paralyzed the Anglican Communion that this crisis must be addressed. The chief threat of this dispute involves the compromising of the integrity of the church’s worldwide mission. The primary reason we have come to Jerusalem and issued this declaration is to free our churches to give clear and certain witness to Jesus Christ.
It is our hope that this Statement on the Global Anglican Future will be received with comfort and joy by many Anglicans around the world who have been distressed about the direction of the Communion. We believe the Anglican Communion should and will be reformed around the biblical gospel and mandate to go into all the world and present Christ to the nations.
Feast of St Peter and St Paul
29 June 2008
Our participation in GAFCON, and more specifically our subscription to the “Jerusalem Declaration,” is fundamental and foundational to our understanding of what it means to be Anglican in the 21st Century. At the present time, the liberal provinces, including the Church of England, have failed to sign onto the “Jerusalem Declaration.” I believe that is a very sad statement because, in the end, the “Jerusalem Declaration” simply affirms the key tenets of what it means to be Anglican. I would venture to say that one hundred years ago, or even fifty years ago, no province would have hesitated to sign this declaration.
We in the ACNA and the ADSJ affirm this declaration, and will continue to do so as a part of who we are as Anglican Christians; Christians called within this diocese to fulfill our mission: "As the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin, We Will Call and Equip Laity and Clergy to Bring People to, and Disciple Them in, a Saving Relationship with Jesus Christ."
I pray you all a blessed week!