Anglican Fellowship of Prayer
Dear Partners in Prayer,
In early June the AFP U.S. Council met at Kanuga, an Episcopal conference center located on 1400 acres in the mountains of western North Carolina. Kanuga sponsored a Spirituality Conference on prayer which was led by the Rt. Rev. Donald M. Hultstrand who, as many of you recall, is a former Executive Director of AFP. We saw this as a great opportunity to to hear Bishop Hultstrand's wonderful teaching and to meet and talk with him again, and we sent the word out to our E-mail list. AFP has held at least two international conferences at Kanuga, the latest being in 2004, and it seemed as if we were returning home as we drove onto the grounds. The lake with its resident ducks, the cottages, the inn, the lobby, the dining area, the porch with its rocking chairs, the labyrinth, all brought back fond memories of our past conferences there. The conference was five days long, with Bishop Hultstrand giving six thoughtful and meaningful teachings entitled "Christ's Great School of Prayer" as taken from the 18th chapter of Luke. This being the season after the coming of the Holy Spirit into the lives of the believers, during the teaching Bishop Hultstrand placed much emphasis on the Holy Spirit and His working in our lives. The Rev.Ted Duvall, our chaplain, led us in the Eucharist and Morning and Evening Prayer with thoughtful homilies at each one. Workshops and small group discussion filled out the week with free time after lunch. What a wonderful way to enjoy God's creation in nature and be renewed by such uplifting teachings by two Spirit-filled teachers.
Through the advertisements by Kanuga and AFP there were people in attendance from far and near, from Oregon, Idaho, Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Turks and Caicos Islands, North Carolina, and of course, South Carolina where Bishop Hultstrand and his lovely wife, Ann, reside part time in Greenville--and is on the staff at Christ Episcopal Church, where Fr. Duvall is assistant rector.
The board had a successful meeting and was very compatible with the staff at Kanuga. Together we decided to explore the possibility of working with Kanuga to discover where the two groups might be of mutual assistance for future conferences. All in all it was a great mountain top experience which touched our lives to help us live lives filled with the Holy Spirit as we return to the valleys.
William C. Williams
President, US Council
"Come Holy Spirit, Come! Come as the fire and burn, come as the wind and cleanse, come as the light and reveal!"
Pres.: Dr. William C. Williams Rec. Sec'y.: Mrs. Mary Leberknight Corr. Sec'y: Mrs. Celinda Scott, 1106 Mansfield Ave., Indiana, PA 15701 < firstname.lastname@example.org> 724-463-6436 . Other Board Members: the Rev. Paula Claire Hall, Mr. Robert Barry, and Mrs. Patricia Hayes