At a business meeting of the ACNA Provincial Assembly last week (about 1 hour 22 minutes into this video), Canon David Roseberry acknowledged online concern about “someone that we have in our lineup” for The Matthew 25 Gathering in September and promised to “get to that right after the first of next month [i.e. July].” Likely, that someone is Dr. Rah.
I appreciate Canon Roseberry seeing the need to address concern about The Gathering lineup, and he should be given the space to do so. I will say my main concern is not Dr. Rah himself. It is hardly his fault he was invited to be the keynote speaker.
Most mainline denominations, including The Episcopal Church, have confused ministry and lib/left political advocacy. That has greatly harmed those denominations (and was a factor in my leaving the mainline Presbyterians) and would harm the Anglican Church in North America if we repeat that error. And it would harm the Matthew 25 Initiative as well. I am not alone in withholding donations until I am confident funds will not go to lib/left advocacy I oppose.
I pray God is using this episode to steer us and ACNA leaders away from that ministry error and will wait for Canon Roseberry’s statement with that hope.