Daily lunchtime legislative briefings for deputies and 4 p.m. “Unconventional Breaks” are among events scheduled during General Convention by the American Anglican Council (AAC), an organization on record as opposing liturgies to bless same-gender unions.
“The American Anglican Council (AAC) will launch a comprehensive mainstream Anglican presence at General Convention 2003 designed to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through legislative engagement, special events, worship and prayer, and the media,” Bruce E. Mason, AAC media officer and program director, advises the Daily.
“The AAC will work diligently to ward off, on theological and practical grounds, any attempt by General Convention to affirm homosexuality through the development of liturgies for same-sex unions or the giving of consent to the election of Canon Gene Robinson, the openly-homosexual bishop-elect of New Hampshire.”
Central Lutheran Church (ELCA), 333 S. 12th St., will be the hub of AAC General Convention activities, and the site for the lunch briefings and “Unconventional Breaks,” Mason said.
Also on the AAC events calendar is a “Concert for the Orphaned Children of the World,” set for 7 p.m. this Friday. Jointly sponsored by Compassion International, TOUCH (Treasure One Ugandan Child) and the AAC, the concert will feature contemporary Christian recording artist and four-time Grammy nominee Geoff Moore. Convention attendees will be able to purchase discounted tickets, Mason said, and proceeds will benefit the TOUCH program, a ministry that works to promote sponsorship through Compassion International for Ugandan AIDS orphans.
“A new component of the AAC’s ministry at convention this year is the formation of the Fellowship of Younger Reforming Episcopalians (FYRE),” Mason notes. “FYRE is comprised of men and women in college, seminary, and early career who will be adding their gifts and talents to the ministry of the AAC at convention. FYRE will be producing its own daily publication, ‘Balaam’s Donkey,’ for distribution.”
The AAC General Convention newspaper, “Daily Encompass,” will be published in Minneapolis. “The AAC is pleased to have Doug LeBlanc of Christianity Today as part of its ‘Daily Encompass’ team,” Mason said. Headquartered in Washington, D. C., the AAC also offers a General Convention Web site at www.aplacetostand.org