When it’s on the internet, it’s official.
In October of this year, I had the honor of being appointed chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of the Rocky Mountains, part of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). The chancellor is an ecclesiastical office recognized in many denominations. In the Anglican tradition, the chancellor serves as the legal counselor to the Bishop and diocesan organizations in matters affecting the Church.
For years, I’ve been a First Amendment attorney and outside general counsel to churches, ministries, and other nonprofits. Now as chancellor, I’m officially a church lawyer, charged with counseling Bishop Ken Ross and serving other leaders and organizations within the Rocky Mountain Diocese.
The chancellor is a non-clerical (non-pastoral) official. The historic “Holy Orders” within Anglicanism are Bishop, Presbyter (Priest), and Deacon. As chancellor, I am not ordained to one of these positions. Also, the chancellor position for me is part-time, and I continue to practice law in Colorado Springs with my law firm, where I counsel churches and ministries, advocate for religious freedom, and work for the good of Christians and other religious communities around the world.
Why Anglicanism and the ACNA?
The Anglican tradition is both ancient and vibrant, a historical and present stream of the “One, Holy, Catholic [worldwide], and Apostolic Church.” The ACNA stands within this stream: it is evangelical, liturgical, and global. The Rocky Mountain Diocese describes its values this way: “Ancient Faith. Global Relationships. Local Mission.” I resonate with all of these.
You can read my thoughts on some of these things at KeepingAdvent.com, a resource my wife and I designed for Christians seeking a more Christ-centered, historically rooted holiday season. I talk about the graceful rhythms of the Church Calendar and the beauty I find in the liturgy, among other topics. In these essays is some explanation for why I’m drawn to an Anglican expression of Christian faith.
The coming year
2017 brings fresh challenges for the church, our country, and the world. Some books I look forward to digging into this next year (not in any particular order):
- Michael Wear, Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America
- Tish Harrison Warren, Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life