Seven Reasons to Join the UECNA

The UECNA is an American Church in the Anglican tradition, celebrating thirty years in the Continuing Church in America. We offer traditional Anglicans a Church home with full episcopal oversight right here in America. So why should anyone, either clergy or lay people, looking for a traditional Anglican home come to the UECNA?

The following Seven Reasons offer a good start to understanding our Church and its liturgical and worship traditions.

1. Biblically Sound:
We believe that Holy Scripture is God's written word necessary to man's salvation. We reject modern, secular attempts to rewrite our understanding of the tradition handed down from the Apostles.

2. Sacramentally Orthodox:
We believe that God’s saving grace is made available in the seven sacraments: Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Penance, Holy Orders, Matrimony, and Extreme Unction.

3. Apostolically Valid:
We believe that the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed is the sufficient statement of the Christian faith. In an unbroken line of apostolic succession, UECNA continues to foster the faith once delivered unto the saints, handed down by the early Church Fathers and the first seven ecumenical councils of the undivided church.

4. Local Ownership of Property:
The UECNA does not own any church properties. Each of the parishes own and maintain their own buildings. This allows our clergy to solely focus on the pastoral care of their parishioner's spiritual needs and not get caught up in disputes over property rights.

5. Male Clergy/Active Lay Women:
Like our brethren in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, the UECNA adheres to the time honored apostolic tradition of male clergy.

We also not only respect the dignity and role of women in the life of the church, but we rely upon their active involvement. Look through the pages of any issue of Glad Tidings, our quarterly newsletter, to see how strong a part women have played––and are playing in our parishes.

6. Our Clergy May Have Secular Jobs.
Like St. Paul, UECNA clergy are dedicated men of God, many of whom earn their living in secular jobs while simultaneously dedicating themselves to service of God's people and His Kingdom.

This not only recognizes the economic realities of the Twenty-first Century, but also allows for secular occupations for clergy in parishes without the financial resources for a full-time priest or deacon.

7. Traditional Prayer Book Worship
The UECNA is steadfast in fostering faith, family and tradition of the Apostolic church in its fidelity to theology and worship according to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer as our standard.

Some of our parishes, working with our Archbishop, also occasionally use older prayer books from the Anglican tradition, especially the 1549 Book of Common Prayer, and also use prayers and special liturgies from other religious traditions when the 1928 Prayer Book does not include a service for that day or occasion.

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