GAFCON Roadshow, 2017
The Rev. Canon Jay Cayangyang
In early March, Bishop Dobbs and Canon Jay Cayangyang had the privilege of joining Archbishop Peter Akinola and Archbishop Peter Jensen in support of GAFCON’s North American Roadshow. Over a span of seven days, the team visited seven churches and four cities in North America.
The tour started the day after Ash Wednesday in the Toronto – Burlington area where a presentation was held at Saint George’s Anglican Church. The next day, the team headed to Charleston, South Carolina where the team spent time with Bishop Mark Lawrence of the Diocese of South Carolina on the eve of their affiliation with the Anglican Church in North America. Later in the evening, a presentation was made at Saint Andrew’s Church – Mount Pleasant.
Afterwards, the team darted across the country to Orange Country, California where St. James Anglican Church hosted area Anglicans to learn more about the Gafcon Movement. On Sunday, the team split up and joined Southern California churches for worship services. Archbishop Jensen preached at All Saints Long Beach, Bishop Dobbs preached at Saint Luke’s La Crescenta, with Archbishop Akinola and Canon Cayangyang worshiping with Saint David’s Burbank. To close out the trip, the team headed back to Canada and made a presentation at Saint John’s Anglican Vancouver.
It has been almost ten years since the first GAFCON gathering in Jerusalem in 2008. It was this meeting that served as a catalyst for the birth of the Anglican Church in North America. The purpose of the North American roadshow was to raise awareness of this history and the continued importance of the Gafcon movement as a vanguard of biblical orthodoxy for Anglicans across the globe. The roadshow highlighted the importance of the Jerusalem Declaration, particularly to those who have come to Anglicanism in North America in the last ten years.
With GAFCON 2018 a year away, churches, groups, and individuals where encouraged to sign on to the Jerusalem Declaration, and support through prayer and financial contributions the work of the Gafcon movement.