THE HISTORY AND APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION OF THE UECNA

Jesus Christ has mercifully proclaimed salvation to all who believe in Him and witness to His Gospel as part of His Holy Church. It is impossible to understand the condition of the Church in today's world except in the light of that which has been wrought in centuries of getting away from the simple faith and teachings of God. Ignorance of the Bible and Church history has led man to create his own institutional religious hierarchy and reject the Divine Truth for which Christ lived, taught, died and rose again.

The UNITED EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA (UECNA) embraces the simple truth that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior and the Supreme Head  of His Body: the Church. It's members hold fast to nineteen centuries of life in the Spirit proclaimed by the Disciples and believe that through them in unquestioned Apostolic Succession that same Gospel is given to the world today. The Bible proclaims the TRUTH OF GOD'S PLAN FOR MAN even as the 1928 Book of Common Prayer reflects the Bible in worship and teaching. The UECNA is evangelical and catholic in its scope and embraces the broad base of ceremonial practices inherent in the Episcopal church.

APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION

• Samuel Seabury Of Connecticut, The First American Bishop Of The United States Episcopal Church, Was Consecrated By Three Scottish "non-juror" Bishops, Kilgour, Petrie And Skinner In 1784 At Aberdeen, Scotland.

• Later William White And Samuel Provost, First Bishops Of Pennsylvania And New York Respectively, Were Consecrated In London In 1787 By Archbishop J. Moore.
• The Protestant Episcopal Church Of The United States Of America (pecusa) Was Now Firmly Established With The Required Episcopacy Of Three To Continue The True Apostolic Faith Within The United States Of America.
The Archbishop Of Canterbury
The Church Of England.
William White
First Bishop Of Pennsylvania Protestant Episcopal Church Of The United States Of America (PECUSA)
Philander Chase (PECUSA)
Henry Whitehouse
(PECUSA)
George Seynour
(PECUSA)
Edward Osborne
(PECUSA)
Granville Sherwood
(PECUSA)
John White
(PECUSA)
Richard Loring
(PECUSA)

Charles Clough

(PECUSA)
Albert Chambers
(PECUSA)
Archbishop  C. David Dale Doren First Bishop Of The UECNA
Archbishop Albion Knight (UECNA)
Archbishop John C. Gramley (UECNA)
The Most Reverend Stephen C. Reber, Sr.
The Presiding Archbishop (UECNA)

 

THE BELIEFS, WORSHIP, OUR REASON FOR BEING AND THE CONSTITUTION AND CANONS OF THE UNITED EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA

As members of the United Episcopal Church of North America, we attest to the teachings of Jesus Christ and affirm:

  • Father, Son and Holy Ghost - One God.
  • Jesus Christ as the only Head of His Church.
  • The Holy Scriptures as God's written word to man and that which is necessary to man's salvation.
  • Evangelical and catholic witness to Christ's saving grace.
  • Apostolic Faith and Order. Bishops, Priest and Deacons in unquestioned Apostolic Succession.
  • The Sacrament of Holy Communion which is an "outward and visible sign of God's inward and spiritual grace" whereby we receive to ourselves His Real Spiritual Presence.

We embrace the broad inclusiveness of ceremonial practices inherent in the Episcopal Church within the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. We are in all things determined to continue unchanged that which we were as Episcopalians before the moral weakening of that church during the 1960's when it began to replace the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with the heresy of the social gospel of humanism. We are convinced that the traditions of the historic Anglican Communion in North America are best preserved by strict adherence to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.

THE UNITED EPISCOPAL CHURCH: AND ITS REASON FOR BEING


The UECNA is founded on the conviction that no body of believers had such soundness of doctrine, richness of worship or clarity of faith as did the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America (PECUSA) now called the Episcopal Church (ECUSA) before its abandonment of Godly principles in the 1960's and 70's and before its break with the True Faith of Jesus Christ at its General Convention of 1976. These departures from the True Faith are exemplified by such actions as:

  • The increasing tendency toward liberal and "liberation" theology in the teaching and practice of ECUSA and its seminaries, thereby leading its clergy and people away from the basic dogma of the true Church as professed in the Nicene and Apostles' Creeds.
  • The distortion of the Faith entailed in the re-writing of the Prayer Book and the ensuing imposition of the new book upon the whole body of clergy and people, a majority of whom either strongly disapprove or are not aware of the theological and doctrinal impact of the changes.
  • The increasing participation by ECUSA in political movements which would deny to free peoples the right and ability to defend themselves from the aggression of tyrants, for such participation is in violation of the mandate of Jesus Christ that Christians resist evil, not abet it.
  • The ordination of women to the priesthood by ECUSA in violation of Scriptural Authority and in contravention of two thousand years of Church belief, practice and teaching.
  • Thefinancial support given by ECUSA, either directly or through the National and World Councils of Churches, to movements which would establish tyranny over innocent peoples by violence, revolution and terrorism is contrary to Christ's command that we love our neighbors as ourselves.
  • The acceptance by ECUSA of homosexuality as condoned "alternate life-style" in violation of the teachings and mandates of the Holy Bible.
  • The acceptance and condoning by ECUSA of abortion upon demand. We hold this to be a sinful act and contrary to Biblical mandate.

It is our conviction in the UECNA that the "gates of hell shall not prevail" against our Lord Jesus Christ's Body. Our prayers continue that ECUSA will again become a strong witness to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Until such time, we continue ever strong in the surety of Worship, Faith, and Obedience to Christ that we knew and loved formerly as members of the old PECUSA.

Thus we remain faithful to the doctrine and discipline of the historic church as we reaffirm once again the tenets of our Faith: immutable belief in the Triune God; unquestioning obedience to the mandates of our Lord Jesus Christ as handed down to us through His chosen Apostles and the Holy Bible; unwavering faith in the unlimited grace of God given to us in Christ's own Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion as generally necessary for our salvation; and the profession of faith as set forth in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds.

We embrace the historic Anglican Book of Common Prayer in its 1928 American Revision as our instrument of worship because it so richly combines sound Biblical theology and teaching with unsurpassed beauty of expression.

We reject the actions of the modern church and its hierarchy to abandon or to change the unchangeable truths which are the fundamental bases of our Faith, even as the martyrs of the English Reformation rejected the errors of man which had poisoned the ancient Church in the Middle Ages. We are determined to preserve and continue the whole heritage with which we were so richly endowed in the old Episcopal Church, and we open our arms and our hearts to all who would join us in embracing anew the true Faith and Worship. As we are bidden by our Lord Jesus in the Gospel according to St. John:
"The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him."


THE UNITED EPISCOPAL CHURCH ~ CONSTITUTION AND CANONS



The UECNA is dedicated as a true continuation of the Church that PECUSA was from its founding in 1789 until about 1960. To ensure belief in and allegiance to the precepts that PECUSA once embraced, the first General Convention of the UEC ratified and adopted the 1958 PECUSA Constitutions and Canons, with necessary minor revisions, thus continuing the validity and soundness of the Faith that true Episcopalians demand. The principally important revisions are as follows.

The UECNA affirms that each independent parish is entitled to its own property and temporalities. Therefore, the UECNA revision of the 1958 PECUSA Constitution and Canons makes specific assertion of the independence of local congregations in matters pertaining to their real and temporal properties, as was clearly held in the early Church.

In founding the Protestant Episcopal Church in the newly independent United States of America as an entity descended from, but independent of, the mother Church of England, our patriot churchmen in 1789 rejected the title" Archbishop" as being too British. The title, long established as part of that which was decent and orderly in the Church of England, was changed in the American Church to "Presiding Bishop".

The UEC, determined to reclaim and continue that which is good, proper and truly historic in the Church, has re-established the title "Archbishop" to distinguish its chosen senior shepherd, without vesting undue power in his office. The Constitution and Canons specifically define the duties and responsibilities of the Archbishop and other Church officials; and the checks and balances therein delineated assure that no Church official can make any unwarranted assumption of authority or prerogative. The UEC's use of the title "Archbishop" is solely in the context of the simplest generic definition of the term (Webster's Third New International Dictionary): "a chief Bishop".

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