American Anglican Council and Christ Church announce soaring registration numbers for "a place to stand" gathering
[ACNS source: American Anglican Council] The American Anglican Council (AAC) and Christ Church of Plano, Texas, have announced that registrations for the "A Place to Stand: Declaring, Preparing" gathering have topped 2200. To date, "A Place to Stand" has drawn participants from all 50 states representing at least 95 Episcopal dioceses (out of 110). The participant list already includes 40 bishops, 729 priests, 43 deacons, 91 seminary students and 1,219 lay members of Episcopal churches across the nation. International and ecumenical representatives have also registered for the event. Over 75 media credentials have been approved.
"The extraordinary conference registration numbers show that mainstream Anglicans in the Episcopal Church are mobilized and determined to find a way to remain within the Anglican family," said the Revd Canon David C. Anderson, AAC President and CEO. "As we have said all along, we're not leaving. It is the Episcopal Church that has departed from the historic teachings of the Christian church and separated itself from the Anglican Communion."
"We are seeing an incredible response for 'A Place to Stand,'" said the Revd David Roseberry, Rector of Christ Church, Plano. "The number of priests who have registered is equivalent to roughly 10 per cent of all active clergy in ECUSA and the overall number of registrants is larger than the number of ECUSA deputies and bishops who attended General Convention."
The gathering will be held at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, from noon October 7 through noon October 9, 2003.
All participants are required to register online. All media interested in attending must apply for media credentials.