Approximately 70 people representing 15 congregations and fellowships
gathered on Saturday, October 29 as Archbishop Robert Duncan visited his
"Wisconsin flock." The Archbishop has been a speaker at SEWAAC events
in prior years, but this gathering was his first visit since he began
oversight of Anglican congregations in Wisconsin. Archbishop Duncan
spoke of events in the Anglican Communion, including his participation
in the GAFCON primates meeting in London, and expressed his joy at the
work being undertaken to plant vibrant, orthodox Anglican congregations
in the Upper Midwest.
The next day (Sunday, October 30),
Archbishop Duncan made his first episcopal visitation to St. Michael's
Anglican Church. 130 people gathered for worship, with a dozen
individuals being confirmed or received into the Anglican Diocese of
Pittsburgh. More than two thirds of the congregation took the
opportunity to renew their Baptismal vows with their new Bishop.
The October 29 meeting was the first of many such future
SEWAAC-sponsored gatherings to form a strong fellowship among Anglican
churches wanting to be part of the movement to form an Anglican diocese in Wisconsin. SEWAAC's mission is to act as a facilitator by drawing churches together for education and mutual encouragement so that they may
act together as a united body with a common purpose of being an orthodox Anglican witness and planting new congregations in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest.