18th July 2017
Bishops Fenwick, Hunt and Rossello were among 22 signatories of an open letter addressed ‘To the Anglicans of Great Britain’. The letter was occasioned by a number of developments at the July General Synod of the Church of England regarding the defence of the uniqueness of Christ, and gender issues. In response Primus circulated those who had attended the Anglican Unity Forum hosted by the FCE on 8th June. The consensus was that an open letter would be appropriate.
Those signing include representatives of GAFCON UK, AMiE, Jesmond and Anglicans in Wales and Scotland.
The letter makes public the fact that a meeting has already taken place ‘to discuss how to ensure a faithful ecclesial future’ and announces that a further meeting is planned for October.
Following the publication of the letter Primus released a Press Statement reinforcing the aims of the gatherings and pointing out that the concept of an alternative Anglican jurisdiction already exists in the FCE. He stressed that ‘leavers’ and ‘remainers’ are ‘committed to working together to ensure the continuation of orthodox Anglican jurisdictions. The precise form those jurisdictions might take is one of the areas of discussion. The priority is to ensure that they enable the proclamation of the biblical Gospel within the Anglican patrimony.’