We want to make you aware of an important gathering that will be taking place two week from now in Raleigh. Please make time to come if you are able and contact the ASC office with any questions or visit the event website.
A Sacred Assembly of Reconciliation, Worship and Connection
Join the Sacred Assembly. January 16-18, 2012 in Raleigh,NC
MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER
Hear from Rwandan and North American church leaders
Pray for healthy and vital relationships
Worship together in unity and peace
Connect with God and other believers
Something exciting is happening across the world. In places such as Africa, South America and Asia the church is expanding rapidly, as people come to Christ and seek to follow him. People are being baptized, confirmed and gifted by the Spirit in great numbers, and they in turn are sharing their new found faith, further extending the reach of the Christian Gospel.
The dynamic vitality of many of these ‘Global South’ churches is, thankfully, spilling over into the Western world. People in North America are experiencing renewal in Christ through spiritual friendship with brothers and sisters in other parts of the world who know the Lord’s goodness even as many of them face disease, oppression and injustice.
For over a decade the Anglican Church of Rwanda has engaged in mission in North America. At the dawn of the new millennium eleven years ago, having seen God work powerfully at home to reconcile and heal genocide survivors and perpetrators, Rwandan church leaders responded to urgent calls for assistance from Anglicans in the United States. These Rwandan leaders effectively partnered with Anglicans in North America to establish a church planting movement combining orthodox faith and practice with the spiritual vitality of the Global South. God blessed this work, such that renewal has spread far beyond these Rwandan mission congregations to shape the revitalization of North American Anglicanism. Today, there are new opportunities to carry forward the same Gospel message that has given new life to people in Rwanda and around the world. Through Christ, we have hope for reconciliation with God and with one another.
Moving Forward Together, A Sacred Assembly brings together leaders from Rwanda and North America to pray for healthy partnership; worship in pursuit of unity and connect for the purpose of ongoing mission. It is open to all clergy, laity and congregations interested in honoring the faithful witness shown by the Anglican Church of Rwanda and exploring ongoing interdependent global mission for the future.
Moving Forward Together, A Sacred Assembly will be rooted in worship, confession, prayer and conversation. There will also be an important place for testimony—the sharing of stories that highlight our interdependent relationships in the Lord. We will also talk about possible ways forward, following our gathering in Raleigh.
The assembly begins on Monday, January 16th at 3:30 pm and ends at noon on Wednesday, January 18th. The $125 registration covers various costs including three meals (Monday evening, Tuesday lunch and Tuesday evening).
Moving Forward Together, A Sacred Assembly will feature Anglican church leaders from North America and Rwanda; in particular two Archbishops who are leading vital church movements in different regions of the world.
The Most Rev. Dr. Onesephore Rwaje serves as Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Rwanda. He began his term as Primate in early 2011 following a number of years as Bishop of the Byumba Diocese, and ministry as Dean of the College of Bishops. Archbishop Rwaje holds a post-graduate diploma in Theology from the University of Edinburgh and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is known as a pastor and shepherd, with a deep concern for those under his spiritual care.
The Most Rev. Robert Duncan is Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, and Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. Archbishop Duncan was ordained a deacon in 1972 and a priest later that same year. In 1995, he was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and continues to serve Pittsburgh as their Bishop. He became known outside of Pittsburgh for his role in mission and for his efforts to draw together the Anglican Church in North America. An extraordinary leader at a critical moment in church history, Duncan was elected to the office of Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America in June 2009. He has a passion for a unified, orthodox Anglicanism in North America.