THE HISTORY AND APOSTOLIC LINE OF 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 (UEC) embraces the simple truth that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior and the Supreme Head of His Body: the Church. Its 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 Articles of Religion contained in the Prayer Book stand in defense against man's attempt to alter God's truth.
The UEC is evangelical and catholic in its scope and embraces the broad base of ceremonial practices inherent in the Episcopal church.
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 UNITED EPISCOPAL CHURCH CONSTITUTION AND CANONS
THE BELIEFS AND WORSHIP OF THE UNITED EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
As members of the United Episcopal Church, we attest to the teachings of Jesus Christ and affirm:
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 and to the Articles of Religion contained therein.
THE UNITED EPISCOPAL CHURCH: AND ITS REASON FOR BEING
The UEC 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:
It is our conviction in the UEC 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
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 UEC 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 UEC affirms that each independent parish is entitled to its own property and temporalities. Therefore, the UEC 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".