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Every Blessing in Christ,
David W. Virtue DD
Dear VOL Supporters,
WE DID IT! Some 100,000 visitors from 150 countries on 6 continents viewed 400,000 pages of text all produced by VOL’s team of writers during the Episcopal Church’s recent General Convention in Indianapolis.
It was a monumental effort unmatched by any other news service in the Anglican Communion. We worked around the clock for eight days to bring you the news as it broke, with commentary and analysis pouring into your inboxes and posted to VOL’s world class website. We were the most widely read news source in the Anglican Communion for this event.
Next month, I will be attending the Anglican Consultative Council’s (ACC) meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, where decisions will be made that will affect the future of the Anglican Communion. This is a liberal Anglican body with considerable power. The Global South that makes up the majority of the Anglican Communion does not love it.
Continuing gyrations in the Communion, specifically TEC property law suits, women bishops in the Church of England, and who will succeed Dr. Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury remain top stories. One possible scenario is to divide the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury and transfer them to a “presidential” leader of the Anglican Communion. It has never happened before with one Anglican leader declaring it untrue and “mischievous”.
The growth of the Anglican Church in North America continues apace, but not without ecclesiastical hiccups. Even though ACNA is not recognized by the Archbishop of Canterbury or the ACC, it is recognized by several GAFCON archbishops in the Global South who have a lot of influence in the future course of the Communion. There is talk that the next ABC might be Ugandan born John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. The Global South would favorably receive his election. We will continue to write and post Anglican news and provide the best commentary we can find.
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"Given that we continue to live in a period of confusion and sometimes misinformation regarding the tragic state of the Anglican Church as a result of the unilateral and non biblical decisions and actions of the North American church we are more grateful than ever for the clarity and relevance of Virtueonline. We thank God for this important and faithful ministry to the worldwide communion." -- Gregory James Venables, Bishop of Argentina and former Archbishop of the Southern Cone
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"There is no one except David Virtue who provides us with timely and essential news, as well as searching biblical analysis of that news. In this he serves not only the biblically faithful in North America but throughout the Anglican Communion. It is my prayer and hope that he will be able to continue his service to us for years to come." -- The Right Reverend John H. Rodgers Jr. ThD. AMIA (ret)
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"VirtueOnline is an incredibly valuable channel of global communication on all matters affecting the wider Christian body, and especially our Anglican part of it. I've always been impressed with David's own writing that while appropriately acerbic, remains insightful, theologically rich, and deftly humorous. VirtueOnline's format has increasingly become both user friendly and comprehensive. I cannot commend it too highly." -- Peter C. Moore, former Dean and President of Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA
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