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Episcopal Church History

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Amy Tomasko

on 14 January 2013

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Foundation Drive Flag - Emblem Results Core There have been several small breakoffs from the main Episcopal denomination which still hold to former Episcopal doctrine and practice, but most Episcopalians are a part of the main group, with roughly 2.5 million members. Most of the divisions arose after the Episcopal church voted to ordain women to the ministry in 1976. The Episcopal Church authorized the ordination of women to the deacon-ate in 1970 and approved women's ordination to the priesthood in 1976. Today there are 1,070 ordained women in the denomination. The Episcopalians ordained the first Anglican female bishop in 1989. It all started in the Church of England where the Episcopal Church derives from. The Church started in the year 597. St. Augustine was chosen by Pope Gregory to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. With St. Augustine's help Christianity spread within 90 years. This Church officially started in the United States in 1789. People started a new independent church to go with their new independent country. There is really no founder of the Church since it derived from the Church of England. The Episcopal Church maintains a relationship, based on common faith, traditions, history, and use of the Book of Common Prayer, with the Church of England and more than 30 other Anglican churches all over the world. All churches in this tradition make up the Anglican Communion. Episcopal Church The white field represents the purity of the Christian religion. The red cross represents the sacrifice of Jesus and the blood of the martyrs. The red cross on a white field is the cross of Saint George, the patron saint of England, indicating our descent from the Church of England. The blue in the upper left-hand corner is the light blue of the sky, often used by artists for the clothing of the Blessed Virgin. It is called Madonna blue and represents the human nature of our Lord, which he received from his mother. The nine white crosslets on the blue field represent the nine original dioceses of the Episcopal Church in America in 1789: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and South Carolina. They are arranged in the form of a St. Andrew's Cross to commemorate the fact that Samuel Seabury, the first American bishop, was consecrated in Aberdeen, Scotland, on Nov. 14, 1784. The colors red, white, and blue represent the United States and stand for the American branch of the Anglican Communion. The Church spread through the new land. Over the past few years the Episcopal Church has decreased in size. During the reign of Henry VIII of England, Pope Clement VII refused to approve his divorce to Catherine of Argon. Henry was angry; so he decide to pass a series of acts that separated the English Church from the Roman hierarchy. Thomas Cromwell pursued him to create a Church of his own. This began new church reforms. Especially when the Us became know and it was the "free" land. What do Episcopal believe in? The Episcopal Church has a unique place in the spectrum of Christian experience. Their worship is rooted in scripture, with vibrant expression of prayer, music, sacrament, and word. Episcopalians have long stood for service to the wider community, and we express our faith in outreach and social concern; they attempt to "walk the talk" of Jesus' teachings. They are known for asking good questions, rather than necessarily providing pat answers for complex issues. And they are known for our inclusiveness, recognizing that Christ's banquet is large enough to include every person.
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