Sounds like a gathering at which there might be a few Touchstone readers. (Let me know if, in fact, you are a reader and will be there!) An Evangelical & and Orthodox Bishop as speakers? If there were a Catholic speaker, then it might be a Touchstone conference!
After years of preparation, evangelical, orthodox and traditionalist Anglicans from across North America, many of them recently departed from the Episcopal Church, will meet in Texas this week to formally launch the new denomination. ACNA unites 28 Anglican groups under a single Archbishop and positions itself as an alternative to the U.S. Episcopal Church within the global Anglican Communion.
With an estimated average Sunday attendance of 100,000 congregants, the launch of ACNA will be the largest denominational enterprise of its kind since the founding of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) in the 1970s. Ecumenical speakers including Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California and Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church in America will offer keynote addresses.
The Anglican Communion is divided over hot button issues like homosexuality and scriptural authority, with U.S. Episcopal church leaders being more theologically and politically liberal than their overseas counterparts. IRD supports a conservative perspective that affirms traditional church teachings.
What: Anglican Church in North America Provincial Assembly
Who: Delegates from eight Anglican groups uniting as a single denomination
Where: St. Vincent’s Cathedral, Bedford, Texas
When: Monday, June 22 through Thursday, June 25