Welcome from the Archbishop
Anglicanism today is entering the final stages of an identity crisis that began some fifty years ago with the first serious liberalising measures, which relaxed the church's stance on divorce, and began the long and wearisome march of the Episcopal Church towards functional apostasy. This journey was not one that the Episcopal Church made along as most of the so called 'mainstream Churches' have taken the same path.
The cause of the move away from the historic faith lay in the rejection of the authority of Scripture as the word of God. As a result American Christianity became polarized between Liberals and Fundamentalists, leaving very few who still accepted the conservative, reverential, but scholarly approach to the Scriptures that had characterized the Western Church since at least the 13th century, and that had provided the intellectual basis for the Protestant Reformation.
The United Episcopal Church believes in the inerrancy of God's Word, and that it is the sole foundation for Christian teaching. The Bible contains the God's revelation of Himself to humanity and is valid for all time to all peoples. To help us remember what the Bible says about God, we hold to the three ancient Creeds - the Apostles', the Nicene, and the Athanasian, which date to between the second and fifth centuries and are summaries of the Bible's teaching about Christ. We also retain a great reverence for the Early Fathers, and Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Church as guides to the meaning of the Bible to the Early Christian Church, and in doing this we find a large area of common ground with both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches.
However, the United Episcopal Church is also a 'church of the Reformation.' We retain the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion of 1563 as a witness to the great truths of the Reformation, especially Justification by Grace through Faith only, and the sufficiency of Holy Scripture in doctrinal matters. Our Liturgy - way of worship - the 'Book of Common Prayer' is based upon ancient sources, but was reformed at the Reformation to eliminate superstitions, and to make the church service more 'user friendly.'
The Bible also provides us with a pattern for our daily lives. Rather than follow the tyranny of moral relativism, the UECNA prefers to uphold a Biblical, Christian, pattern of morality as the best hope for a stable society and for the happiness of the individual. We take seriously the words of the Lord Jesus when He declared Himself to be 'the Way, the Truth, and the Life.'
I invite you to explore our website, find out a little more about our church, and if you feel yourself moved to join us, see if there is a congregation near you, or contact the Archbishop's Office about the possibility of initiating new work in your area.
Last I would like to add that we firmly believe that the best way for the Church to advance the Christian Faith is to abstain from ecclesiastic politics, and to devote all our energy to preaching the Gospel of Christ, and celebrating the sacraments of our Redemption. Our mission as the Church is to point always beyond ourselves and towards our Saviour preaching the Gospel of God's Love in Christ for humanity.
+Peter D Robinson,
Missionary Bishop of the West.