The second Global Anglican Futures Conference – Gafcon II – will be held in Nairobi this October, the chairman of the primates’ council of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, reports.
In his New Year’s Day message to the Anglican Church of Kenya, Dr. Wabukala stated that he was “very happy” to report that “in October this year, we are expecting the second Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON 2) to be held here in Nairobi and we look forward to welcoming Anglican leaders from around the globe. I believe this will be a strategic moment in the reshaping of the Anglican Communion to fulfil our vision for global mission and a time when we will experience a foretaste of that glorious gathering of the people of God which Isaiah prophesied.”
The site and agenda for Gafcon II has been uncertain, FCA leaders tell Anglican Ink. The 2008 conference was held in Jerusalem and the initial plans for the 2013 gathering were for Cyprus. At their Fall meeting the FCA primates agreed to a proposal to hold Gafcon II in Athens. Dr. Wabukala’s New Year’s Day announcement now moves the gathering to Nairobi – home to the Anglican Church of Kenya and CAPA -- the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa.
The Rt. Rev. Bill Atwood told Anglican Ink the move to Africa was prompted by symbolic and logistical concerns. The Greek economic crisis coupled with visa restrictions for many African and Asian participants and high costs had caused the primates to take a second look at Athens. He noted that “there were several sites being considered. There was some enthusiasm for Athens, because it is a Biblical site as Jerusalem was. Teams made numerous visits to a variety of sites.”
“Along the way, there has been a strong sentiment that the GAFCON movement needs to reflect the shift of the Anglican centre of gravity to Africa. In the final analysis, Nairobi has proven to be the best option for GAFCON II this October,” Bishop Atwood reported.