On the 2020 Anglican Joint Synods

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A hearty AMEN to our Bishop’s comments here regarding the 2020 Anglican Joint Synods.

The orthodox Anglican men and women that founded my parish (Saint Paul’s Anglican Church – Los Altos) were abandoned by the Episcopal Diocese of California. Bishop Pike’s heresies denying the virgin birth and incarnation went uncorrected. His adultery and womanizing undisciplined. They were sheep without a shepherd.

The national church refused to hold its historic standards – a symptom that led to the soon to come split that would birth the Continuing Anglican movement.

Today, I pray that Anglicans will hold fast to the Biblical tradition. That our unity will be more than institutional. We certainly recognize the various G4 jurisdictions and continue to pray that our various Anglican families with be one institutionally just as they are already one in our spiritual and sacramental identity.

Bishop Joseph writes:

“Over the next few days, churches descending from the Congress of St. Louis in 1977 will meet again at the G4 Joint Synod in Dunwoody, GA. The Anglican Churches of America and Associates, while not officially a Continuing Anglican Church, and started 9 years before the St. Louis Congress, receives its current Apostolic lineage from the Bishops of the Continuum.

We rejoice in the newfound unity, mutual submission and godly love that this Joint Synod expresses and we heartily endorse it as an expression of emerging synodality amongst separated churches with the same vision of faithfulness within the Anglocatholic Tradition.

We send to our warmest greetings to all the bishops of the G4 and pledge to pray for all members of the Continuum over the course of this week in our Morning and Evening Prayer, and ask for special grace and mercy for the G4 Synod during our masses this week!

May God bless the Anglican Catholic Church, the Anglican Province of America, Anglican Church in America, the Anglican Diocese of the Holy Cross, and any other groups coming into communion with them.

We pray that God brings us all into a greater love for Him, a more profound humility, and a stronger desire for unity and brotherly accountability, with the ultimate goal of mutual recognition and Apostolic order!”

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Steve Macias
Father Steve Macias is an Anglican priest in California's Silicon Valley. He is the Headmaster of Canterbury Christian School, Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, and Archdeacon of the West Coast for the Anglican Churches of America. He is married to Sarah and the father to Athanasius, Anselm, Assumpta, Basil and Zoe. His professional work consulting with political campaigns, leading nonprofit organizations, and in the California State Capitol has been recognized by The Los Angeles Times, National Review Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, The Chalcedon Foundation, and numerous online and print publications. You can reach him on twitter @stevemacias.