Reformed Episcopal Church

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Scriptural · Traditional · Liturgical · Evangelical
Classification Protestant
Orientation Anglican, Reformed
Polity Episcopal
Leader Presiding Bishop Leonard W. Riches
Associations Anglican Church in North America, Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas. Intercommunion with Free Church of England, Anglican Province of America and Church of Nigeria.
Region United States and Canada
Founder George David Cummins
Origin December 2, 1873
New York City
Separated from Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA
Congregations 149[1]
Members c. 14,000

The Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) is an Anglican church in the United States and Canada and a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). In 2009, the Reformed Episcopal Church reported 13,600 members, but within the ACNA it is a part of a denomination of approximately 103,000 members.

The REC has approximately 150 parishes and missions in the United States, Canada and Cuba, being also present in Germany, Brazil, India, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia and Liberia. The current Presiding Bishop is the Most Reverend Leonard W. Riches.[2]

The REC was founded in 1873 by Bishop George David Cummins, formerly of the Protestant Episcopal Church. The church's services are celebrated in accordance with the 1928 Book of Common Prayer; its liturgy is a “key element of the REC’s distinctive position.” [3] However in more recent years after a substantive liturgical revision utilizing the fifth Book of Common Prayer (1662) as its benchmark, selected congregations have adopted the REC Book of Common Prayer.[4]

History[edit]

G.D. Cummins, founding bishop.

In the 19th century, as the Oxford Movement urged that the Protestant Episcopal Church and the Church of England return to Anglicanism's roots in pre-Reformation Catholic Christianity, George David Cummins, the Assistant Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky, became concerned about the preservation of Protestant, Evangelical, Reformed, and Confessional principles within the church.[5][6]

The founding of the Reformed Episcopal Church followed an 1873 controversy about ecumenical activity. In October of that year, Bishop Cummins joined with Dean Smith of Canterbury, William Augustus Muhlenberg, and some non-Anglican ministers at an ecumenical conference of the Evangelical Alliance. During the conference, held in New York City, Cummins, Smith and the non-Episcopalian ministers presided at joint services of Holy Communion. The retired missionary bishop, William Tozer, who was visiting New York at the time, criticized Smith and implicitly Cummins for participating in a rite different from that in the Book of Common Prayer. Tozer's criticism appeared in a letter published by the New York Tribune on 6 October 1873.[7]

Bishop Cummins defended his actions in a letter published 10 days later, but after criticisms from Anglo-Catholic clergy, he resigned his position on November 10. Three weeks later, joined by 21 Episcopalian clergy and lay people, he organized the first general council of the Reformed Episcopal Church in New York City on 2 December 1873.[7][8]

However, the actions of Bishop Cummins and his followers were not rash decisions but simply a final decisive action founded upon long-held convictions about the growing sacerdotal practices within the church. They believed that these practices had been present from the founding of the Church of England and had found increased support from the Tractarian or Oxford Movement. Bishop Cummins describes the evolution in his understanding of these influences within the church and prayer book in a letter to Bishop Cheney, where he cites earlier attempts to create reforms within the Protestant Episcopal Church. "We went before the General Conventions of 1868 and 1871 with petitions signed by hundreds of clergymen and laymen from all parts of the land, asking relief for Evangelical men. We asked but three things, the use of an alternate phrase in the baptismal office for infants, the repeal of the canon closing our pulpits against all non-Episcopal clergymen, and the insertion of a note in the Prayer-book, declaring the term "Priest" to be of equivalent meaning with the word Presbyter. We were met by an indignant and almost contemptuous refusal." [9] These earlier attempts to address the issues had failed to produce change and the conflict over Tozer's criticism of the ecumenical communion service gave opportunity for decisive action.

However, this decisive action was never meant to be a schism. Instead Bishop Cummins and his fellow reformers saw themselves as providing a Protestant, Anglican identity under which there could be a 'closer union of all Evangelical Christendom.' "The Reformed Episcopal Church would be what the Protestant Episcopal Church might have become had it not been paralyzed by the Tractarian virus." [10]

The term "Reformed" was never intended to denote any Calvinistic sense of Reformed theology, but was intended to convey Cummins' purpose of an Episcopal Church that had been reformed to what he thought it should be or has always been. Despite this, the REC has had several periods of a general distinct theology. Although it began as a way to preserve Protestantism within the Anglican identity, the Anglican aspect of the identity began to fade over time. With its growing and heavy emphasis on ecumenical relations with other Protestants, many of those who converted or were confirmed in the REC had identities from various other Protestant backgrounds. Due to this influx and the short lived bishopric of the founders, the typical Reformed Episcopalian went from a Protestant, Latitudinarian pathos to a more Dispensationalist persuasion in a relatively short period of time, much of this happening in the early 1900s. Over the following several decades, the REC made the transition to a more Reformed theology in the Calvinistic sense. It was not until the 1970s that the Presiding Bishop, Leonard Riches, pushed for the revitalization of Anglican theology and identity in the REC.

Early growth[edit]

In the United States[edit]

Within six months of its founding in 1873, the REC grew to comprise about 1,500 communicants. These were served by two bishops and 15 other ministers.[11] In 1875, over 500 African-American Protestant Episcopal communicants in South Carolina's Low Country joined the REC as a group.[12]

In Canada[edit]

Within a year from the founding of the REC, like-minded Canadian Anglicans in New Brunswick and Ontario seceded from that Church and formed Reformed Episcopal congregations. In October 1874, Edward Cridge, dean of the Anglican cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia, withdrew with about 350 of his congregation to form the Church of Our Lord and join the Reformed Episcopal Church.[13] Cridge was consecrated a bishop for the REC in 1876.[14]

In England[edit]

In 1877, in response to a petition from REC sympathizers in England, the REC's Fifth General Council acted to establish the Reformed Episcopal Church in that country.[15] Former Church of England minister Thomas Huband Gregg was consecrated a bishop to lead adherents there. By 1910 there were 28 ministers and 1,990 communicant members constituting the Reformed Episcopal Church in that country.[16] In 1927, the Reformed Episcopal Church in England merged with the Free Church of England.[17]

Current status[edit]

Church of the Holy Communion in North Dallas, Texas. Seat of Bishop Ray Sutton.

The Reformed Episcopal Church reported that it had 13,600 members in 2009. The Church has 6 dioceses in the United States and Canada, and counts 149 parishes. Congregations and missions are also located in Brazil, India, Cuba, Germany, Croatia, Serbia, Sweden and Liberia.[2]

Dioceses[edit]

The Reformed Episcopal Church was originally divided into 4 synods. The synods were officially renamed dioceses in 1984. The current Presiding Bishop of the Church is the Most Rev. Leonard W. Riches.[2] The current 6 dioceses are:

Relations with other jurisdictions[edit]

Formation of Anglican Church in North America[edit]

In 2009, the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) became a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA),[20] a denomination seeking to create a new Anglican Communion province distinct from the Episcopal Church. ACNA is in communion with the Anglican Churches of Uganda, Nigeria and Sudan, with approximately 30 million members world-wide, representing approximately one-third of the faithful of the Anglican Communion.[21][22][23]

Earlier developments[edit]

The Reformed Episcopal Church in North America has been in full communion with the Free Church of England since 1927, when Reformed Episcopal congregations and clergy in England merged with the FCE. Bishops of the two Churches take part in episcopal consecrations of the other, and there are periodic visits between them. On occasion REC clergy have served in FCE parishes and vice versa.[17]

In 1998 the REC signed a concordat of intercommunion for the first time with an Anglo-Catholic communion, the Anglican Province of America (APA).[2][24] A 2005 renewal of the agreement also established intercommunion with the Anglican Communion's Church of Nigeria.[25][26]

An additional proposal would have led to an eventual merger between the APA and the REC,[27] but the APA's decision not to join the new Anglican Church in North America in 2008[28] is an obstacle to the proposed merger.

Social Involvement[edit]

George David Cummins, the founding bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church, was the son of a slaveholder. His personal view of slavery was that there was nothing inherently sinful about slave-holding and that the practice, in and of itself, was never condemned in Scripture as being an abomination to God or harmful to mankind. While most modern hearers will find this repulsive, Cummins does qualify this statement with certain opinions pertaining to the practice. According to Cummins the African-American slave is "of one blood with ourselves, a sharer in a common humanity, a partaker of our hopes and fear." Although Cummins was not anti-slavery, his view of slavery and the African-American differ drastically from that of many of his contemporaries. Indeed, many pro-slavers would not be thrilled at the notion of sharing of one blood or human commonality. This attitude of Cummins' did not compel him to endorse emancipation, however it did convince him of a kind of paternalism. Cummins charged slaveholders to be more responsible and caring of their slaves. He is on record saying, "The Anglo-American [is] the tutelar guardian of the African," adding that it is the responsibility of white Americans "to regard the African race in bondage as a solemn trust committed to this people from God, and that He has given this great mission of working out His purposes and mercy and love towards them." Cummins may have seen slavery as something that ought to train and discipline those in bondage as preparation for starting their own country/continent. Again, Cummins was not an emancipationist, but was of the mind that freed slaves should return to Africa and create a livelihood for themselves. [29]

REC and the Ordination of Black Clergy[edit]

The passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution brought an end to the system of slavery that had kept American blacks in bondage since colonial times.[30] After slavery was abolished, there was somewhat of a cultural crisis in the Southern states. Even though black Americans had received their freedom from the unjust practice of slavery, they also lost a consistent form of shelter, food, and worship. Almost overnight, these became things that tens of thousands of freed slaves now had to provide for by themselves. As if this hurdle were not enough, many white Americans, uncomfortable with this societal change, created, endorsed, and enforced Jim Crow Laws as a way to segregate and suppress black Americans.

One form of this discriminatory injustice was to segregate churches, chapels, and congregations.There were now black churches with black clergy and officiates seeking inclusion into various denominations and dioceses. While some dioceses of the Episcopal Church were more open to the inclusion of black congregations, there were many dioceses who, as a collective whole, disowned and rejected blacks from the Episcopal communion. Frank C Ferguson, a former slave and a minister of a black congregation, experienced such discrimination. This ultimately led his congregation, and four others, to leave the Protestant Episcopal Church and move to the Reformed Episcopal Church. Despite his earlier comments on slavery and emancipation, Bishop Cummins gladly welcomed black congregations and clergy into the Reformed Episcopal Church. By doing so, Cummins had scored an important moral point by rising above the "color line" and making the Reformed Episcopal Church's declarations about openness and liberty more than theological vocabulary. Of course, Cummins had not imagined that either he or the Reformed Episcopal Church would become pioneers of racial justice, and in the 1870s he faced as much reluctance from Northern whites in his own General Council as from South Carolina whites in their diocesan convention. But Cummins could not square his own dreams of ecumenicity with racial exclusivism. The Reformed Episcopal Seminary itself is one of the first, if not the first, seminary to be racially inclusive.[31]

Doctrine[edit]

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Founding principles[edit]

The founders of the Reformed Episcopal Church professed a faith rooted in the English Reformation, regarding the Holy Scripture as the Word of God, and accepting the authority of the Nicene, Apostles' and Athanasian Creeds, the first four ecumenical councils, the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion (in the form published in 1801 by the Protestant Episcopal Church), and the Declaration of Principles of the Reformed Episcopal Church.[32]

They emphasized the Protestant, Reformed, Evangelical and Reformational aspects in the history of the Church of England, making frequent allusions to Archbishop Cranmer, Bishop Ridley, Bishop Hugh Latimer, Bishop John Hooper, Archbishop Matthew Parker, Bishop John Jewel, Archbishop Edmund Grindal and other Reformers in the Church of England.[33] Early leaders of the Church, in lectures and sermons, warned against Ritualism as a denominational proclivity in the Episcopal Church.[34][35]

Concluding the final day of the First General Convention of The Reformed Episcopal Church, December 2, 1873, the principles and ethos were summarized:

"One in heart and in faith with our fathers, who at the very beginning of this nation sought to mold and fashion the ecclesiastical polity which they had inherited from the Reformed Church of England, by a judicious and thorough revision of the Book of Common Prayer, we return to their positions and claim to be the old and true Protestant Episcopalians of the days immediately succeeding the American Revolution, and through these, our ancestors, we claim an unbroken historical connection through the Church of England, with the Church of Christ, from the earliest Christian community."[36]

Declaration of Principles[edit]

The first general council of the REC approved this declaration on 2 December 1873:[8]

1. The Reformed Episcopal Church, holding "the faith once delivered unto the saints", declares its belief in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the Word of God, as the sole rule of Faith and Practice; in the Creed "commonly called the Apostles' Creed;" in the Divine institution of the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper; and in the doctrines of grace substantially as they are set forth in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion.

2. This Church recognizes and adheres to Episcopacy, not as of Divine right, but as a very ancient and desirable form of Church polity.

3. This Church, retaining a liturgy which shall not be imperative or repressive of freedom in prayer, accepts The Book of Common Prayer, as it was revised, proposed, and recommended for use by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, A.D. 1785, reserving full liberty to alter, abridge, enlarge, and amend the same, as may seem most conducive to the edification of the people, "provided that the substance of the faith be kept entire."

4. This Church condemns and rejects the following erroneous and strange doctrines as contrary to God's Word: First, that the Church of Christ exists only in one order or form of ecclesiastical polity; Second, that Christian Ministers are "priests" in another sense than that in which all believers are a "royal priesthood"; Third, that the Lord's Table is an altar on which the oblation of the Body and Blood of Christ is offered anew to the Father; Fourth, that the Presence of Christ in the Lord's Supper is a presence in the elements of Bread and Wine; Fifth, that regeneration is inseparably connected with Baptism.

Doctrine on Baptism[edit]

The term regeneration has been used differently throughout the church’s history, and the objection of the Reformed Episcopal Church’s founders was based on the definition of the “new birth” then current amongst Evangelicals. If regeneration is an instantaneous work of the Spirit quickening the heart prior to conversion, a gift from God given only to His elect, then the language of baptismal regeneration would suggest that all the baptized are finally saved. It is for this reason that the Declaration of Principles denies that regeneration is inseparably connected with baptism.

Doctrine on ministry[edit]

The Reformed Episcopal Church, according to its own Book of Common Prayer, holds that from Apostolic times, there have been three orders of ministry: Bishops, Presbyters and deacons.

Bishops[edit]

In his letters, Bishop George Cummins wrote that the role of a bishop was an "office" of service not a "monarchialist order" Bishop Cummins wrote in a private letter on January 1, 1873, to a Protestant Episcopal cleric, "I contend that the Episcopate is not of apostolic origin; that the Bishop is only primus inter pares, and not in any way superior in order to the Presbyter. We are acting on this principle. We set apart a Bishop to his work by a joint laying on of hands of a Bishop and the presbyters. I act as a Bishop, not claiming a jure divino right, or to be in any Apostolic Succession, but only as one chosen of his brethren to have the oversight. If others look upon me as retaining the succession, that does not commit us to their understanding."[37]

According to the church's early founders, bishops were "presiding presbyters, not diocesan Prelates".[38] The Rev. Mason Gallagher, one founding minister, argued that the true episcopate had come through the 1785 line of evangelicals. In his view, the Protestant Episcopal Church had changed its principles and thereby lost any claim to valid episcopacy when it adopted the 1789 Book of Common Prayer containing a "Scoto-Romish Communion service and a thoroughly Sacerdotal Institution Office", and when it created a House of Bishops with power to overrule the existing House of presbyters and laymen: "If there is such a thing as the Historic Episcopate, and it is of any value, the parties making this offer in the present case cannot deliver the goods."[39]

Ministers[edit]

At its founding in 1873, the REC designated its clergy as presbyters, pastors, and ministers, but not as "priests",[40] and the word "priest" was expunged from the REC's Book of Common Prayer in favor of the word "minister".[8] This usage reflected the terminology used in the Cranmerian 1552 Book of Common Prayer.

Acceptance of other Evangelical clergy[edit]

REC ministers, unlike ministers of the Protestant Episcopal Church, exchanged pulpits with evangelical ministers of non-episcopal traditions. They viewed the ministries of the word and sacraments in other evangelical denominations as equally valid. True churches of Christ existed outside episcopal church structures, they held, contrary to Tractarian and High Church teaching. Inter-evangelical collegiality was an important issue for the REC, because Bishop Cummins had been censured for participation with Presbyterian and Methodist ministers in an inter-church communion service.[36] This practice of the founders' praxis and belief has now been abandoned. The current praxis is to require reordination and regularization of orders if ordained outside episcopal ordination.

At its first general council on December 2, 1873, the REC also reformed the transfer of clergy credentials from other denominations. In the Episcopal Church, such transfers had involved a process of application, examination, reception, and in some cases, conferral of holy orders, understood as a "regularization". In contrast, the REC allowed for examination in points of doctrine and discipline for validation of conformity yet without reordination.[41]

Contemporary positions and controversies[edit]

Theological diversity[edit]

Although the REC was founded as an evangelical and Reformed Anglican body, it now has Anglo-Catholics among its members and has entered into an intercommunion agreement with an Anglo-Catholic body, the APA.[24] A 2006 document of the REC bishops, "True Unity by the Cross of Christ",[42] grants wider flexibility to re-interpret the Thirty-nine Articles in an Anglo-Catholic manner while maintaining the perspective of the English Reformers. It uses the terms "priest", "altar", and "Real Presence", and speaks of the authority of tradition as well as that of Holy Scripture.

Reformed critics characterize these developments as rejecting the 35 Articles, revising the force of the Declaration of Principles, as well as departing from the Church's evangelical and Reformed heritage in order to accommodate Anglo-Catholicism.[43]

Role of women in ministry[edit]

The church does not ordain women as bishops, presbyters, or deacons. In 2002, the denomination approved a canon that provides for the "setting apart" of qualified women as deaconesses who are not considered by the church to be ordained.[32][44]

Clergy transfers[edit]

Under the recently changed canons of the Reformed Episcopal Church, a non-REC minister entering into the REC ministry as a deacon or presbyter is to receive Holy Orders if he has not already been ordained by a bishop recognized by REC as in the historic succession.[32] If previously ordained in a non-episcopal church, the applicant to the REC may need to be regularized.

Book of Common Prayer[edit]

1873 edition[edit]

The founding First General Council of the REC approved a Book of Common Prayer for the church, with a text based on the proposed 1785 BCP prepared by William Smith and William White (later the first Episcopal Bishop of Pennsylvania).[45]

This text,[46] published in 1786, had been offered to the First General Convention at Philadelphia held in 1785.[47] Although initially authorized in some states, its changes met with considerable resistance, and the Episcopal Church adopted a different text in 1789 as its Book of Common Prayer.[48][49]

In accord with prevailing Evangelical preferences and in opposition to Tractarianism, the 1873 REC Council made various changes in order "to eliminate from the Prayer-Book the germs of Romish error, which the compromises of the Elizabethan era have transmitted to us." The REC Book replaced the word "priest" with "minister" throughout, dropped saints' days from the calendar, and struck from the Apostles' Creed the words "He descended into hell". From the service of Holy Communion expressions such as "holy mysteries" and "eating the flesh and drinking the blood" were removed. References to baptismal regeneration were modified in accordance with evangelical views,[50] as were the services of Ordination and Marriage.[8]

Later editions[edit]

Over the next century a few minor changes were made to the REC Book of Common Prayer with the result that the 1963 BCP[51] retained the particular REC distinctives noted above, in contrast to the 1662, 1789 and 1928 BCPs of the Protestant Episcopal Church.[citation needed]

The Reformed Episcopal Church began a process of historical return, theological transformation and liturgical revision in the 1990s with the first revised BCP for trial use being produced in 1999.[citation needed] The 49th and 50th General Councils of the REC approved a revision of the Book of Common Prayer, to be based on the 1662 Book, with elements drawn from several later Books (PECUSA 1928 and 1945, REC 1963, Australia 1978). The revised version was issued in 2003.[52]

Parishes in the Reformed Episcopal Church predominantly conduct services with the 2003 REC BCP, although other liturgies can be used with the approval of the Bishop Ordinary. REC parishes also use the 1963 REC BCP,[51] the 1928 Protestant Episcopal BCP, the 1962 Canadian BCP, the Australian Prayer Book (1978), the Anglican Prayer Book (2008, and the 2011 REC Modern Language BCP.[citation needed]

Seminaries[edit]

The Reformed Episcopal Church has three seminaries and four locations.

Reformed Episcopal Seminary[edit]

The Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church, otherwise known as Reformed Episcopal Seminary, is the largest and oldest of the seminaries of the Reformed Episcopal Church and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. It began offering classes in 1886 in West Philadelphia and was chartered in 1887. Now located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, it offers Master of Divinity (MDiv), a Certificate in Bible and Theology, and a Licentiate in Diaconal or Deaconess Ministry.

Cummins Seminary[edit]

Cummins Memorial Theological Seminary, located in Summerville, South Carolina, near Charleston, is named for Bishop George Cummins, the founder of the Reformed Episcopal Church. The seminary was founded at the end of the nineteenth century as a rogative college, meaning it was located wherever the Bishop of the Southeast took up residence. In 1912, the Diocese of the Southeast purchased property for a permanent campus.

The seminary offers residential programs leading to the degrees Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity, and the Certificate in Theological Studies. The Seminary formerly offered distance education through an External Studies Department.

Cranmer House[edit]

Cranmer Theological House was founded in 1994 in Shreveport, Louisiana and is named for the English reformer, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. Now located in Spring, Texas, just north of Houston, Cranmer House offers residential and distance learning programs for people not seeking ordination, a certificate in Anglican Studies, a Master of Arts in Religion (MAR), Master of Divinity (MDiv), and Master of Theology (ThM). A Deaconess Studies program was added to the 2009–2010 academic catalog.

Andrewes Hall[edit]

Cranmer Theological House also has a branch in Phoenix, Arizona, founded in 2002 and called Andrewes Hall, named for Lancelot Andrewes, and offering the same degrees as Cranmer. Andrewes Hall's dean is the Rev. Steven R. Rutt, ThD, with seven faculty.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ACNA Statistics
  2. ^ a b c d "History", Reformed Episcopal Church official website. Accessed: 2009.01.09.
  3. ^ Hefling & Shattuck (2006). The Oxford Guide to The Book of Common Prayer: A Worldwide Survey. Oxford University Press. p. 219. ISBN 978-0-19-529762-1. 
  4. ^ Riches, Jonathan (2012). The Rev. Dr. M. Div., S.T.M., D. Min, Ph.D. 
  5. ^ Price, Annie Darling (1902). A History of the Formation and Growth of the Reformed Episcopal Church, 1873–1902. Philadelphia: James M. Armstrong. pp. 18–19. 
  6. ^ William Simcox Bricknell (1845) The judgment of the bishops upon tractarian theology, books.google.com
  7. ^ a b Badertscher, Eric A. (1998). Chapter 2: Background of the "Continuing Church" Movement (PDF). "The Measure of A Bishop". A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Division of Christian Thought in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Church History. September 1998 (Project Canterbury). 
  8. ^ a b c d "Rev. Dr. Sabine's Church". New York Times. 1874-11-23. 
  9. ^ [1], Following the Light, Bp. George David Cummins 1876
  10. ^ Alan Guelzo, For the Union of Evangelical Christendom, p. 160.
  11. ^ Price, p. 154.
  12. ^ Price, p. 164, 241–242.
  13. ^ Church of Our Lord: History
  14. ^ Price, 234–238.
  15. ^ Price, p. 227.
  16. ^ Schaff, Philip (1953). "Reformed Episcopalians". The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge IX. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book Company. 
  17. ^ a b http://www.fcofe.org.uk The Free Church of England
  18. ^ Selected Reports from the Reformed Episcopal Church 53rd General Council
  19. ^ Minutes of 139th Council of the Diocese of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
  20. ^ The provisional constitution of ACNA is at http://www.united-anglicans.org/about/provisional-constitution.html
  21. ^ http://www.anglican-nig.org/enuguconsecration.htm Anglican Church of Nigeria (estimate)
  22. ^ 2002 Uganda Population and Housing Census, Ugandan Bureau of Statistics
  23. ^ http://www.aco.org/index.cfm The Anglican Communion Official Website
  24. ^ a b Articles of Intercommunion, http://www.anglicanprovince.org/ccrec2.html
  25. ^ http://www.anglican-nig.org/covenant_union.htm Anglican Communion's Church of Nigeria
  26. ^ http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_69605_ENG_Print.html[dead link] Episcopal Church News Service article]
  27. ^ http://www.anglicanprovince.org/history.html[dead link] The Rev. Mark Clavier, "History of the Anglican Province of America"
  28. ^ http://www.anglicanprovince.org/Bishop%20Grundorf/Bishop%27s%20Epistle%20March%202008%20DEUS.html[dead link]
  29. ^ Guelzo, Allen C. For the Union of Evangelical Christendom, p. 90-91.
  30. ^ Alan Guelzo, "For the Union of Evangelical Christendom", p. 219.
  31. ^ Alan Guelzo, For the Union of Evangelical Christendom, p. 219-28.
  32. ^ a b c The Constitutions and Canons of the Reformed Episcopal Church, Version 3.2, October 2008
  33. ^ Voices of the Past – Truths for the Present, 2nd edition, Jan 1995, Reformed Episcopal Church
  34. ^ Reasons for Entering the Reformed Episcopal Church, Address delivered by John McDowell Leavitt, Oct 20, 1889, Reformed Episcopal Church
  35. ^ Aycrigg, Benjamin (1880). Memoirs of the Reformed Episcopal Church and of the Protestant Episcopal Church. New York: Edward O. Jenkins. 
  36. ^ a b Price, p. 123.
  37. ^ Price, page 149. Emphasis in original.
  38. ^ Price, page 133.
  39. ^ Gallagher, Mason (1890). The True Historic Episcopate. New York & London: Funk & Wagnalls. pp. xvi–xviii. 
  40. ^ Rev. Robert N. McIntyre “Don’t Call Me Father”, A Biblical Perspective on the use of the term “father”, Reformed Episcopal Church
  41. ^ Journal of the First General Council of the Reformed Episcopal Church. New York: Edward O. Jenkins. 1874. pp. 23–24. 
  42. ^ True Unity by the Cross of Christ, 2006, Reformed Episcopal Church
  43. ^ Dissimilitude in High Places, www.trecus.net
  44. ^ See http://www.recdss.org/ "A Brief Apologia for Deaconesses", The Order of Deaconesses, Reformed Episcopal Church, as retrieved 23 December 2008.
  45. ^ Bishop Charles Edward Cheyney, The Book of Common Prayer, Reformed Episcopal Church
  46. ^ The Book of Common Prayer (1785). 1873. 
    Reprint from 1789 London edition includes REC Declaration of Principles and statement by Bp. Cummins.
  47. ^ http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/1786/BCP_1786.htm 1786 Proposed U. S. Book of Common Prayer
  48. ^ http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/hist_docs1.htm History of the American Prayer Book – Illustrative documents
  49. ^ http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/mcgarvey1.htm History of the Prayer Book by William McGarvey
  50. ^ Bishop Charles Edward Cheney Baptism and the Bible
  51. ^ a b 1963 BCP
  52. ^ Book of Common Prayer, 2003 Edition, 690 pages.

External links[edit]

Resources from earlier years of the REC and concerns of a former Reformed Episcopalian:

Seminaries: