+Jonah Calls Anglicans to Embrace Orthodoxy

June 24, 2009

Speaking at an Assembly in Bedford, TX, Metropolitan Jonah, the leader of the Orthodox Church in America, has re-kindled relations with the Anglican Church. Addressing delegates and attendees of the inaugural assembly of the Anglican Church in North America — a new, conservative, break-away branch of Anglicanism — His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, said, “I am seeking an ecumenical restoration by being here today. This is God’s call to us.”

His Beatitude’s message was focused on unity but did not fail to address areas of contrasting beliefs between the two churches. Though united in upholding the authority of the Bible and uniqueness of Jesus Christ, the Orthodox Church and Anglican Church in North America have differing opinions on matters such as the ordination of women and other doctrinal issues. Despite this, the Metropolitan told the audience that “our arms are open wide.”

“We have to actualize that radical experience of union in Christ with one another,” Jonah said. Speaking for 45 minutes, the Metropolitan addressed the importance of looking past our differences in order to work together for mission. “Our unity transcends our particularity,” he said.

Jonah Speaks to Anglicans

+Jonah Speaks to Anglicans

Following the speech, a representative of an Orthodox seminary, St. Vladimir’s, announced a cooperative effort with Nashotah House, an orthodox Anglican seminary, that would help further these ecumenical relationships and what Jonah described as a “new dialogue between the Orthodox Church in North America and the new Anglican province in North America.

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