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I'm Going to Bedford

I will be going to Bedford (DFW), Texas this week to attend the organizing assembly of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). The ACNA is the coming together of 28 dioceses, 700 congregations, and 100 thousand Anglican Christians in North America to form a new Province. Essentially, it is the birth of a new American branch of Anglicanism made up of a number of smaller denominations, congregations, and mission groups. My church is part of the The Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA). The AMiA is one of the founding members of this group, so Church of the Redeemer will be part of ACNA by virute of our membership in the AMiA.

On Wednesday night I expect to witness Bishop Bob Duncan of Pittsburgh being made Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America. I will be wearing my clergy robes and standing with hundreds of other priests as we gather at an AMiA church called Christ Church in Plano. This is especially meaningful to me because Bishop Duncan was the man who ordained me over ten years ago. I have a great affection for him.

There will be a large gathering for young people at the Bedford meeting. I was humbled and honored to be invited to be the speaker at this event, and I will be doing that on Tuesday night. I look forward to this a great deal, though I am quite nervous about it right now. Please pray for me.

If you would like to learn more about the gathering, I strongly encourage you to visit the ACNA Assembly website at www.acnaassembly.org. There is a video about the conference which you can view there, or through our church YouTube channel.

For those of you using Twitter, I will be twittering throughout the event. You can read the official church twitter account by following www.twitter.com/RedeemerNash. Or you can follow my personal twitter account at www.twitter.com/thomasmckenzie. The RedeemerNash account is for official church stuff. The thomasmckenzie account is personal, like this blog. So you never know what you're going to get.

I was at another event in the Dallas area back in October of 2003. At the time, I thought it would be the beginning of a new Anglican Church in North America. It wasn't, though it sowed the seeds for this. I remember being discouraged and frustrated with the leadership at the time. Now most of those leaders are stepping up and moving forward with the mission of the Church. While I know that there will be many issues to work through, and many fights to be had, I am excited to be a part of this.