The Church of England stopped short of recognising a new conservative church in North America on Wednesday, avoiding possible embarrassment for the main Anglican church in the United States.
But some evangelicals in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) said they were encouraged by the decision of the General Synod, the CoE’s parliament, for the archbishops of Canterbury and York to report back on the break-away church’s progress next year.
Some members of ACNA, formed in opposition to pro-gay members of the official Anglican body in North America, said they had not expected any kind of recognition from the Anglican mother church for another five years.
“We are hopeful on this,” Kevin Kallsen, an ACNA member from Connecticut, told Reuters.
The synod voted to “recognise and affirm” the desire of those who have formed ACNA to remain within the Anglican family, amending a private member’s motion brought by Canadian-born CoE lay member Lorna Ashworth.