October 21-26 -- GAFCON 2013, Nairobi.Global Anglican Future Conference 2013.
"GAFCON Travel Advice" excerpt by Bishop Bill Attwood
The Second Global Anglican Future Conference will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, 21st-26th October 2013. The focus will be on our shared Anglican future, as we engage with the missionary theme, ‘Making Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.’
The first conference, GAFCON 2008, was held in Jerusalem. GAFCON gave birth to a movement, the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. The aims of the GFCA are to proclaim and defend the apostolic gospel within and beyond the Anglican Communion and to recognise and share fellowship with orthodox Anglicans globally, especially those who have been disaffiliated by false teaching and behaviour.
We continue to face the triple challenge of sceptical secularism, militant religion and compromised Christianity. GAFCON 2013 has been summoned so that GFCA can help both plan for and experience the future of the Communion of which we, with many others, are part.
The invited delegates, laity, clergy and bishops, are united by their commitment to the Jerusalem Declaration and Statement as well as the aims of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. They will assemble to listen to God, to pray, to deliberate, and to plan about the Anglican future, seeing it as a great spiritual and missionary fellowship, energised by the defence and proclamation of the gospel.
The General Secretary of the GFCA, Archbishop Peter Jensen said, ‘God is establishing new churches creating new believers and transforming lives. Our hope for the future is in him. Our aim is to move forward confidently, to plan and experience in fellowship a future for Anglicans in which his Word is honoured and our witness is clear. We are looking forward with great expectation to seeing God at work as we meet in Nairobi.’
"Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus. I'm writing as the GAFCON/FCA Ambassador (and a somewhat experienced international traveler) to offer some information and tips for those who are about to embark on their GAFCON adventure. Many probably have a great deal of experience in international travel, others may have many questions.
"First of all, you may have friends or parishioners who are asking, "Why is GAFCON2 important? Why take the time and resources to travel to Africa? Isn't there a better use for resources?" The Body of Christ extends throughout the world. Our connection and place is with other Anglicans. Tragically, we live in an age where some who are linked with Anglicanism do not share the foundations, purpose, or core values of "the faith which was once for all delivered." Because of that, it is important for us to be linked with the others who share that faith. Those people are linked together more concretely through GAFCON/FCA than through any other mechanism.
"It is not necessary for everyone from the various orthodox Provinces to go to GAFCON2, it is, however, essential for some to go to keep us connected with the other members of Christ's Body to which we belong. That is why representatives from dozens of Provinces will be going together.
"We will gather and pray, study God's Word, network, and try to discern how God is calling us to carry out Gospel mission in this time in the midst of challenges from economic hardship, materialism, multi-culturalism, and radical Islam. The links that are made at GAFCON gatherings are encouraging and forge powerful friendships and links for Kingdom purposes. Many people describe life-long friendships forged in Jerusalem in 2008. We are looking for those powerful ties to emerge again this time."