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A Common Purpose

Nov 5, 2011

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Archbishops Robinson, Haverland, Marsh, and Grundorf at the ACC's XIX Provincial Synod.

The Nineteenth Provincial Synod, which met October 19th-20th in West Palm Beach, Florida, may be remembered as the time when the main jurisdictions of the Continuing Church arrived at a collective sense of common purpose. 

In light of recent developments within the Canterbury Communion and the reestablishment of cordial relations among Continuing Church leaders.  Though there are no immediate plans to bring together all five jurisdictions, it is expected that cooperation on all levels will increase.  The ACC, APCK, and UECNA already enjoy a state of communio in sacris, while the APA and ACA recently concluded an agreement of intercommunion, meaning a "two track" approach to reunion would appear to be the most likely path.

Present were the Most Reverend Mark Haverland, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the ACC; the Most Reverend Walter Grundorf, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of America, the Most Reverend Brian Marsh, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church in America; and the Most Reverend Peter Robinson, Archbishop of the United Episcopal Church of North America.  The Most Reverend James Provence, Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Christ the King, was invited, but could not attend due to a prior commitment.

For more information on this and other news from around the ACC, see the November/December issue of The Trinitarian.

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