The Anglican Indigenous Network traces its historic beginnings to the 1991 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Phoenix, Arizona where the first step was taken toward forming a network of indigenous Anglicans. Consequential gatherings of AIN have resulted in a mission statement:
Anglican Indigenous Network - Mission Statement
•We are indigenous minority peoples living in our own lands.
•We are committed to the Anglican tradition while affirming our traditional spirituality.
•We have discovered that we have many things in common: a common spirituality, common concerns, common gifts, common hopes.
•We believe that God is leading the Church to a turning point in its history and that the full partnership of indigenous peoples is essential. Therefore we pledge to work together to exercise our leadership in contributing our vision and gifts to transform the life of the Christian community.
The creation of a secretariat has been established to organize and administer AIN and its gatherings that are held once every two years. Although the present membership is made the indigenous and national ecclesiastical authority consist of indigenous Anglicans from Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders), Canada, Hawai'i (Native Hawaiian), and the United States of American, since 1994 AIN has sought to invite and expand its membership to include other indigenous Anglican minorities in the Communion.
Delegates to the AIN gatherings represent the five programme areas of AIN: elders, youth, women, clergy and indigenous theological educators. Delegations are responsible for their airfares to all gatherings and the host member is responsible for ground transportation, accommodations and meals. The AIN gatherings occur every two years and hosting is done by rotation and also financial requirements.
Malcolm Naea Chun, Secretary-General;
Office: Honuakaha #432, 545 Queen Street, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813
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