The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth  


October 4, 2013


Gafcon delegationFrom Oct. 21 to 26, Nairobi’s All Saints Cathedral and its adjoining conference center will host GAFCON 2 – the second Global Anglican Futures Conference. Twelve hundred bishops, clergy, and lay people will attend, including a large delegation from the ACNA. Our own diocese will be represented by Bishop Iker, Dean Ryan Reed, Fr. Christopher Culpepper, and Debbie Petta.

The first GAFCON was held in 2008 in Jerusalem, because many bishops were prevented for reasons of faith and conscience from attending the Lambeth Conference in London that summer. GAFCON embraced bishops, clergy, and lay people representing a majority of the Anglican Communion. The fruit of that conference was a statement of belief known as the Jerusalem Declaration, and a renewed spirit among traditional, Gospel-affirming Anglicans from six continents. The six days of worship, study, and pilgrimage in Jerusalem, Bethlehem. and Galilee became a turning point, setting the course for a global Anglican future disentangled from dysfunctional structures.

Now, five years later, a new GAFCON meeting has been called to convene at a holy place in a troubled city. All Saints Cathedral was consecrated in 1952 in the presence of the future Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Philip. Three Archbishops of Canterbury have visited since that time. Among its treasures of stained glass, silver, and textiles, the cathedral counts two stones: one from Lindisfarne, known as the seat of St. Aidan; the other from St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Outdoors, beside the cathedral's north tower stand two mature cypress trees, grown from seeds brought to Nairobi from Jerusalem.

A large new multi-purpose building on the cathedral grounds, completed in 2010, will hold the meeting comfortably. The conference theme is “Make disciples ... and behold I am with you always to the end of the age.” Participants will study Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and consult together concerning the challenges of making disciples in an age of cultural rebellion and increasing persecution.

The delegation asks you to pray in the days ahead for safe travel, for the protection of all conference participants, support staff and minsters, and for the success of the gathering.



Bishop Iker on GAFCON 2:

Oct. 23: The Ven. Dr. Will Strange (Church of Wales) interviews Bishop Iker at GAFCON 2 (5 min. MP3)

Oct. 31: Bishop Iker reflects on GAFCON 2