Press Release: New Chair for Anglican Communion Alliance November 2013
At its September meeting the Board of Directors of the Anglican Communion Alliance unanimously elected Roseanne Kydd as its new Chairperson. Dr. Kydd follows the two-year leadership of The Rev. Canon Dr. Murray Henderson of Christ Church St. James Anglican Church in Etobicoke who has retired from the Chair but will stay on as Past Chair. The Rev. Canon Dr. Brett Cane, former rector of St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, Winnipeg, and currently fulfilling the roles of Chaplain and Mentor at Trinity College Bristol, UK, was the first chair of ACA in 2009.
As a laywoman, Roseanne brings a different flavor and energy to ACA, one marked by the determination to build relationships with both clergy and laity across the Anglican Church of Canada. Since July she has travelled in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and into BC, meeting with some bishops, clergy, laity, and Anglican Studies Departments to gauge the needs of Anglican conservatives while encouraging them in their ministries. Roseanne is best known as a church music director, with her academic studies culminating in two masters’ degrees and a Ph.D that focused on the language of music criticism and gender studies. Her research, writing, and critical-thinking abilities transfer readily into the church where her passion for theology and pastoral care will be put to good use. Roseanne is a longstanding member of the Doctrine and Worship Committee of the Diocese of Toronto and serves on the Wycliffe College Board of Trustees, along with its legal and evangelism committees. She is married to the Rev. Dr. Ron Kydd, associate professor of Church History at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto. Four children and seven grandchildren make for lively family gatherings in their home at Lakeport on Lake Ontario that boasts flower gardens, herbs, vegetables, old maples, and a tall evergreen forest on three sides.
Many consider mainstream Christianity to be in the grip of a powerful liberal class that controls the churches’ governance. Is the space granted theological conservatives shrinking? Certainly the exit of large numbers of evangelical Anglicans to different denominations or new Anglican initiatives has weakened the traditionalist base, but Roseanne is clearly optimistic about the potential contribution of the Anglican conservative wing: “My sense is that there is a deep substructure of conservative Anglicans who are biding their time, wounded but not defeated by the global and local turmoil that marks our communion. It’s no secret that many of the churches that are thriving in their communities are conservatives. We would like ACA to be a safe docking area for those committed to historic Anglican orthodoxy. Politically, we want to remind the larger church that their emphasis upon diversity includes us, and that welcoming space needs to be made for those who have not opted for theological accommodation to cultural innovation. Liberal chill and radical change will not help to maintain the loyalties of the many new travellers on the Canterbury Road where they must forfeit their sound doctrinal roots in favour of, well, what? Hopefully by providing a national organization that upholds classical Anglicanism as reaffirmed in the Anglican Covenant we can slow or even reverse the quiet bleeding that is contributing to our church’s decline.”
The new website design will provide links to global Anglican news, keep people informed and maybe even inspired. Regional groups or clergy and/or laity can benefit by joining together for prayer, study, and fellowship under the larger ACA umbrella. Dr. Kydd’s convictions are clear: “It is ACA’s goal to link together these diverse groups and individuals into a digital web of information sharing, special events, friendship, welcome, and support. We are stronger working together than we are singing solo. Kingdom building is a communal adventure.”
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