ConservativeAnglicans say 1,000 may attend Jerusalem event
The Global Anglican Future Conference
Jul 01, 2008
An independent, pre–Lambeth Conference gathering in the Holy Land of Anglican conservatives who oppose churches they consider too liberal on gay and scriptural issues was expected to attract up to 1,000 participants to the June 22-29 event in Jordan and Jerusalem.
The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) reported that participants from 17 Anglican provinces would include 280 bishops, although “final attendance figures will depend on smooth processing of requested visas and other factors,” it announced.
The conference earlier was criticized by local church leaders, including Jerusalem’s Anglican bishop Suheil Dawani, who voiced concerned that GAFCON would “import inter-Anglican conflict” into his diocese. GAFCON organizers then moved the consultation part of the conference to Jordan, to be followed by a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Jordan is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.