GAFCON-UK Panel of Reference launched

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George Conger

GAFCON-UK has announced the membership of its Panel of Reference. On 21 Nov 2016 the conservative fellowship published on its website the names of its advisory panel: Fr. Gavin Ashenden, Chaplain to H.M. the Queen; the Rev Canon Amatu Christian-Iwuagwu, Vicar, St Mary Harmondsworth; Miss Prudence Dailey, Member of General Synod and Oxford Diocesan Synod; the Rt Rev John Fenwick, Bishop Primus of the Free Church of England; Fr. Martin Hislop, Vicar, St Luke’s, Kingston; the Rev Canon Nigel Juckes, Priest in Charge, Llandogo, Church in Wales; the Rev David McCarthy, Vicar, St Thomas’, Corstorphine, Edinburgh; the Rev Paul Perkin, Vicar of St Mark’s, Battersea Rise; the Rev Vaughan Roberts, Rector, St Ebbe’s, Oxford; and the Ven. Will Strange, Archdeacon of Cardigan, Church in Wales. Drawn from the Evangelical, Anglo-Catholic, charismatic and traditionalist wings of the Church of England, Church in Wales and Scottish Episcopal Church. According to its published aims, GAFCON-UK will be connected with the global GAFCON movement and will draw on the “global movement for renewal and mission with its spiritual vitality and evangelistic zeal, doctrinal clarity, wisdom and  faithfulness under pressure.” It notes that “as GAFCON is not a new independent church or a rival to the Anglican Communion, membership of GAFCON UK is compatible with being a loyal member of Anglican churches in England, Scotland and Wales while our national churches remain orthodox in their official teachings and policies.” However, faithful churchmen “concerned about the apparent drift of their denomination can rest secure that whatever happens, there is no need to leave Anglicanism. … The GAFCON Primates Council stands ready to authenticate those who wish to remain Anglican, but if necessary outside local institutional structures.”

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