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Most Christians are completely unaware that for over 200 years there has existed in England, and at times in Wales, Scotland, Canada, Bermuda, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the USA, an episcopal Church, similar in many respects to the Church...
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Most Christians are completely unaware that for over 200 years there has existed in England, and at times in Wales, Scotland, Canada, Bermuda, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the USA, an episcopal Church, similar in many respects to the Church of England, worshipping with a Prayer Book virtually identical to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and served by bishops, presbyters and deacons whose orders derive directly from Canterbury, and ecumenically enriched by Old Catholic, Swedish, Moravian and other successions.;The Free Church of England as an independent jurisdiction within the Universal Church began in the reign of George III. In 1991 the Church sent a bishop to George Carey's Enthronement as Archbishop of Canterbury. In addition to presenting for the first time a detailed history of the Free Church of England, John Fenwick also explores the distinctive doctrinal emphases of the denomination, its Constitution, its liturgical tradition, its experience of the historic episcopate, and its many connections with other churches (including the Reformed Episcopal Church in the USA). He discusses why the Church has, so far, failed to fulfil the vision of its founders, and what the possible future of the Church might be - including a very significant expansion as many Anglicans and other Christians considering new options discover this historic, episcopal, disestablished, Church with its international connections and ecumenical character.
Rev. Dr. John Fenwick lectured in Christian Worship and Church History at Trinity College, Bristol, From 1988-92 he was Assistant Secretary for Ecumenical Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
- The First Strand - Deep Roots And Evangelism; The Second Strand - Preserving The Church Of England 1844-1863; A Developing Identity 1863-1873; The Third Strand - The Emergence Of The Reformed Episcopal Church 1873; Transatlantic Union And The Episcopate 1873-1877; Division, Subdivision And Confusion 1877-ca 1893; The Road To Unity Ca 1892-1927; The United Church 1927-2002; Constitution And Organization; The Faith Of The Church; Worship; Ministry And Orders;the Final Chapter. Appendices: Congregations Since 1844; The Episcopal Succesion; Bishop Primus; Diocesan Bishops; Distribution Of Present Congregations.