Magazine article Anglican Journal

Essentials Conference Planned for June

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Essentials Conference Planned for June

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ESSENTIALS, a group of Canadian Anglicans hoping to direct the church back to its more orthodox roots and teachings, will hold its second national conference June 14-19, 2001, just two weeks before General Synod, with a full program and the theme "Lift High the Cross."

Organizers have invited a controversial bishop, Maurice Sinclair of the Southern Cone of South America, as keynote speaker. They have also chosen to host the conference in the diocese of New Westminster, considered one of the most liberal on sexuality and ordination of gay priests within the national church.

The chair for the conference says the group is non-political. Essentials grew out of a conference in Montreal in 1994, and embraces a traditional view of Christian faith and practice. It is an amalgamation of three main organizations -- The Prayer Book Society (which is Anglo-Catholic), Barnabas Anglican Ministries (Evangelical) and Anglican Renewal Ministries (Charismatic).

Rev. George Sinclair, priest of St. Alban the Martyr in the Diocese of Ottawa, said in an interview that the choice of location of Langley, B.C. came about because some Anglicans on Vancouver Island offered to host the conference in their area.

"The whole focus of the conference is meant to be positive. It was not designed to counteract the liberals," he said.

Mr. Sinclair said that Archbishop Sinclair (no relation) was invited to speak several years ago when the conference was being planned, and his invitation was in no way tied in to the recent publication of the archbishop's book decrying the ordination of homosexual priests.

"He is a very spiritual, traditional Anglican, and we wanted to hear what he had to tell us," said Mr. Sinclair.

In early June, the diocese of New Westminster's synod plans to vote on whether to allow the blessing of same sex marriages and ordination of practicing homosexuals, just two weeks before the Essentials conference. …

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