THE Anglican Mission in England (AMiE), a conservative Evangelical group launched last year (News, 1 July 2011), is “ready to extend” its ministry, the chairman of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans’ (FCA’s) UK Panel of Bishops, the Rt Revd John Ellison, said last week.
The AMiE, a registered mission society, has a panel of bishops which offers alternative episcopal oversight when diocesan bishops are considered to be failing to uphold “orthodox” teaching.
In a statement read out at a meeting at the Emmanuel Centre, Westminster, on Thursday evening of last week, Bishop Ellison said: “The Primates of the FCA have assured us that . . . those who might otherwise have been under pressure to leave the Church of England can remain within the family of global Anglicanism, and be recognised by that body as faithful to the Church of England itself.”
Bishop Ellison said that the AMiE was “ready to extend” its ministry “and to expand its panel of bishops accordingly.” He invited parish incumbents “who affirm the Jerusalem Declaration” to meet on 27 June.
In an address to the Westminster meeting, Dr Wabukala said that the ordinations last year had been “a last resort, after four years of discussion with senior Anglican leaders in England failed to find a way in which those genuinely in need of effective orthodox oversight in the Church of England could receive it”.
In contrast to North America, he said, there had been “a reluctance [in the UK] to go to law against those who are seen as dissidents in the Church — although I do not think you can assume that will always be the case”.
Speaking on Radio 4’s Sunday programme this week, Bishop Ellison said: “If people of firm conviction who are orthodox Anglicans are increasingly marginalised in the Church of England, we want them to know that they are truly Anglican, and have an honoured place in the Church of England at its best.”