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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Answering a question about the Episcopal church

Quote:
Originally Posted by apokalum
Anyone have any
info on them? Doctrinal, historical, etc.?



What would you like to know about them? They are a mixed group.

I'm sure Kerry could tell you about them as well.



As far as doctrine goes....well, historically it depends on how far back you go, and what you look at. If you are looking at the 39 articles of faith....I think at one time it was 41, but if you are looking at the 39 articles then I would say that based on that they would look very close to "Reformed".

But alot of Anglicans ignore the 39 articles. This is mainly true for the main American branch. The Episcopalians. It seems as if the ECUSA doesn't care about the 39 articles. Well wait. You do have a somewhat conservative group. Well to be honest, they are moderate.

I don't know about now, but three years ago, the more conservative to moderate evangelicals of the ECUSA held to the 39 articles.

This is there main school.

http://www.tesm.edu/

This next link is of a church in Pittsburgh. They are an offshoot, a somewhat independant parish. I don't know about now, but three years ago, they were under the Anglican Archbishop of Uganda.

http://www.ccgf.org/ccgf/site/default.asp

They are a conservative to moderate evangelical group.

The same is true for Dr. Michael Youssef's parish.
http://www.apostles.org/


These two groups are seen as "low church".

Another low church is the charismatic type.
http://shepheart.com/luke/

They help out alot of the homeless veitnam vets in the Pittsburgh area. The actual church building is in uptown (between downtown & oakland)


In Anglicanism, you have High Church, broad church, and low church.

The high church, was what I was once a part of. Anglo-catholicism is about as high you can get in Anglicanism. And that's pretty much what I was. (at one time)

And this is an Anglo-Catholic parish in the Pittsburgh area.
http://www.gracepgh.org/index.htm

The only conservative to moderate highchurch & Anglo-Catholic school is:
http://www.nashotah.edu/

Historicaly, the evangelical and the Anglo-Catholic had beef. They were at eachothers necks, but in recent years, they have been working together in order to fight a common foe. And the common foe are the liberals.

The braod church is mainly anything in the middle of evangelical to high. I could be wrong about that, but most of the liberals seem to dwell in the "broad" section.

Anglicanism goes by what is called "the via media". It is suppose to believe in a middle way between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism.

But the truth is, it's heart has mostly been protestant & eversince the rise of Liberalism....it's heart has become agnostic to almost atheistic. But this is only in regards to the mainstream of America, Canada, and England. Most of Africa, and South East Ashia has been conservative. And even in America, the sub-groups are also conservative, and they are called "continual Anglicans". I think what's his name..."convictionmusic" was raised in a highchurch continual Anglican sub-denomination.


But like I said before. They are a mixed bunch. The doctrine on a number of issues can range.



Quote:
Originally Posted by apokalum
I'm interested
mainly in their core doctrines and their worship/preaching style.

I'm
interviewing for a gig at a private episcopalian high school so I'm trying to
figure out what's it about. I know if I get hired on I'll probably have to
attend chapel with everyone else.

All I can see from their site is that
it's diocesan.




Like I said before. Their doctrine can vary from Parish to Parish from Diocese to Diocese.

The same is true in regards to their worship style. It all depends on what they are. Are they "LOW CHURCH"? "Broad CHURCH"? or "HIGH CHURCH"?

And even then you gotta include the charismatics who have their own form of "Low Church" style. Some of them could be "high church", but the ones I been around were low.

The same is true for how they preach. They don't have one style that they stick to. It can be anything. They are suppose to be liturgical, and they are suppose to follow the church calander, some groups in Anglicanism don't always do that.


So it all depends.


A diocese is basically a territory of a local Bishop. His boundaries.




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