Conservatives fund alternative US relief agency

The Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes, the conservative grouping in the United States, announced its own international relief agency on Wednesday 29 September. The agency, to be called Anglican Relief and Development (ARD), is expected to plug gaps in funding when provinces in the developing world decline to accept aid from the official agencies of the Episcopal Church in the United States (ECUSA), chief among which is the Episcopal Relief and Development fund (ERD).

The patron of the new Anglican Network fund is the Most Revd Peter Akinola, Anglican Primate of Nigeria. Three conservative Primates and one former Primate are trustees of the fund: Archbishops Yong Ping Chung, Henry Orombi, Drexel Gomez, and David Gitari. The fund has been started in partnership with Geneva Global, an established development agency, which has promised to match ARD’s first $2-million target with another $0.5 million. The emphasis will be on funding “grass-roots organisations . . . run by local leaders working for local wages”.

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