The International Anglican Family Network (IAFN) is one of the Networks of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It is a forum for the exchange of information about the challenges facing families in different countries and cultures and the practical work being undertaken by churches and individual Christians.
IAFN is currently exploring the theological concept of family as the primary place of belonging and how the churches of the Anglican Communion and Christian-based organisations are working to sustain that sense of belonging as part of their mission and outreach. ‘Family’ does not fit with any single understanding or description but, at its best, is a group of people in relationship within which each one is given status, identity and dignity - because ‘we belong’.
There are many forces and pressures, personal actions and inactions, which can put us outside of the family because status, identity and even safety are lost. The parable of the Lost Son in Luke’s Gospel gives us a model of the family as a reconciling community, where reconciliation is possible because forgiveness, love, and inner grace are present. IAFN’s latest newsletters gather stories from around the Communion that show how the Church can support families wherever there is estrangement and the need to belong once more.
A name and nationality is every child’s right, enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international treaties. Nevertheless, the births of nearly 230 million children under the age of five have never been registered. IAFN considers that birth registration is a Gospel issue since under-registration marginalises millions of children and adults, excluding them from the benefits and protection of citizenship. IAFN is therefore promoting the role of churches in raising awareness and helping families to overcome obstacles to birth registration.READ MORE
The Family - A Reconciling Community (August 2015) continues IAFN’s exploration of the theological basis for the concept of ‘family’ and celebrates the potential of Christ’s reconciling love lived out in family and community settings. It shows how practical expressions of this theology can help to strengthen partnerships between family members and encourage reconciliation where relationships have been broken by stigma, substance abuse, clashes of culture or teenage rebellion.READ NEWSLETTER