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A History of Advocacy in the Episcopal Church 1789 - 1997. 1784. Samuel Seabury is consecrated as the 1st Bishop of the American Church by the non juring bishops in Scotland. In return, Bishop Seabury agrees that the American church will use the Scottish Prayer Book. 1789. General Convention.
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Samuel Seabury is consecrated as the 1st Bishop of the American Church by the non juring bishops in Scotland.
In return, Bishop Seabury agrees that the American church will use the Scottish Prayer Book.
adopted the Constitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church in America.
Organized the Free African Society
First African-American Episcopal Priest, 1802
Commemorated on February 13
Sunday School Union
Urged Sunday Schools to teach the beliefs of the Episcopal Church, using
The Book of Common Prayer
All Members are considered missionaries.
Bible class for deaf people at St. Stephen’s Church New York NY
Commemorated on August 27
William Augustus Muhlenburg
Asks the Church to
- Work with other denominations.
- Present the Gospel in an American Context.
Commemorated April 8
James Lloyd Beck
“Apostle of the Wilderness”
Worked among the Oneida, Chippewa & Ojibwa
The University of the South (Sewanee) is founded.
26th General Convention
“Go among the poor, the outcasts, the unloved and the degraded.”
The first meeting of the General Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America.
Although they never separated from the Church, they met three more times before 1865.
Popularly known for the lyrics to “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
Wrote a sermon praising Lincoln and condemning slavery.
Commemorated on January 23
Anna Julia Cooper was Christian educator and advocate for children who educated freed African-Americans after the Civil War.
Authorized the women of the church to organize the Auxiliary. In January of 1872, it began its work.
Julia Chester Emory served as the General Secretary to the Board of Missions for forty years.
She is commemorated on January 9
William D Wilson
In his address “The Mutual Obligations of Capital and Labor” to the first Church Congress, said:
To the poor Christ said, “Be content with your wages,” and to the rich, “Work with your own hands.”
Henry Winter Syle
Ordained to the Diaconate making him the first deaf person to be ordained.
Commemorated on August 27
Meeting at Sewanee, drafted a canon to separate Black Episcopalians into a non-geographical racial diocese.
Richard Hooker Wilmer
The only bishop consecrated in the Confederate States.
Did not support separate jurisdiction for Black Episcopalians.
Now known as the United Thank Offering, was established by the Women’s Auxiliary to the Board of Missions of the Episcopal Church.
The report recommended integration of Black Episcopalians into the Episcopal Church.
Church Workers Among Colored People
Opposed the 1883 Sewanee Conference’s proposal to have non geographical racial dioceses.
Charles D. Williams
Fourth Bishop of Michigan
Believed that labor was not a commodity.
“The value of a man is more precious than a bale of cotton.”
Seventh Bishop of Massachusetts
“We must turn our forces to give the children education through the home, the church and all the influences of life.”
“The child develops in mind, body and spirit through our aid and leadership.”
Fourth Bishop of Utah
Opposed America’s participation in World War I.
Said, “War is Un-Christian.”
And, was forced to resign.
Commemorated on September 4
47th General Convention
In response to World War I, the House of Bishops called for a “warless” world and a reduction of armaments.
Appalachian School at Penland
Established by the United Thank Offering, in the Diocese of Western North Carolina, its community work has helped to reconnect the generations by serving as nurse, home and parent for boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 14.
In The Spirit of Missions her article on social awareness and action, she writes:
“The church advances toward triumph only if we, her children, march with the Cross of Christ before us.”
Designed to bring the best of theory and practice to bear on present needs in Christian education.
Seabury Curriculum designated 5 major areas of Christian knowledge
1. God’s self-revelation are recorded in the Bible and in Christ’s life and teachings.
2. Historic life of the Church, including present day work.
3. The beliefs of the Church.
4. The Prayer Book, liturgy, and worship of the Church.
5. The world in which we live and the Christian’s duties, problems and opportunities in it.
Crisis at Sewanee
Board of Trustees vote not to admit African Americans into its student body.
8 faculty resign.
In response to Brown v Board of Education of Topeka KS, passed a resolution calling for racial cooperation in the Episcopal Church.
John M. Gessell
Education includes our real-life together, serving Christ in community.
“The result of our education for religious life is that we are raising a generation of stillborn children.”
The Urgency of the Church’s Educational Task
He attended Holy Communion in Selma, Alabama, with some of his friends who were African-American. They weren’t welcome at the altar
August 20th, he stepped into the pathway of a bullet intended for a 17 year old girl, and was killed.
Commemorated on August 14
The founding of the Union of Black Epsicopalians at St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh NC.
Its mission: to combat racism in the life of the church and the larger community.
Bishop Quinitor Ebenezer Primo was the first president.
The People on Second Street Ministry
This shared ministry brought together the people of Jersey City NJ and Grace Episcopal Church to work with the poor, hungry and rejected.
Judy Ward Lineback is the first woman to matriculate at the University of the South.
General Convention passes a resolution in opposition to the death penalty.
Challenged the church to an educational revival.
“We are to know ourselves as molders of history.”
Their ordinations were not validated until 1979.
11 Women are ordained irregularly in Philadelphia.
Dubbed the Philadelphia Eleven.
Affirmed the personhood of homosexuals and recognizes their contributions to the Church and to Society.
Ellen M. Barrett
Was ordained by the Right Rev. Paul Moore, making her the first openly homosexual clergy person in the Episcopal Church.
General Convention authorizes an official church presence in Washington DC. The Washington Office, now called the Office of Government Relations, is the most recent mainline denominational office to open.
Journey Toward Justice
Institutional racism is any policy or practice of an organization which benefits one race at the expense of other races.
The report on the Institutional Racism Project in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
It is not the motivation of the institution or its members that counts. What counts are the results from the policies and practices.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu addresses General Convention in New Orleans.
General Convention creates Jubilee Ministries and the Public Policy Network.
The Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief celebrated its 50th anniversary.
“This Church of ours is open to all -- There will be no outcasts.”
Address to General Convention
Former Presiding Bishop
Adjunct faculty member at Virginia Theological Seminary.
“...that, to me, is the possibility for a new humanity, every man, woman and child says yes to themselves and yes to every other human being.”
Saying “Yes” in a “No” World, The Witness
Photo by Bob Kinney
Church Insurance Company mandates child abuse prevention training for all priests and staff who work with children.
TREASURE Kids! Project
The TREASURE Kids! Project asked Gretchen Pritchard to look at their material...
What would the Episcopal Church look like if children were accepted as full and participating members of the body of Christ?
In the Episcopal Church we TREASURE KIDS!
…she molded it into the Children’s Charter for the Church.
Stand for Children
On June 1, 1996 Episcopalians from across the country joined with more than 100,000 others to support the Children’s Defense Fund’s call to raise awareness for children.
Resolution passed asking each diocese to read and study the
Each diocese is then asked to “live it out locally.”
400 people gathered to explore the Children’s Charter and ways to live it out in their parishes and dioceses.
Don Armentrout, Robert Slocum, Documents of Witness: A History of the Episcopal Church 1782-1985. Church Hymnal Corporation, 1994
David Holmes, A Brief History of the Episcopal Church, Trinity Press International, 1993
Robert Prichard, A History of the Episcopal Church, Morehouse Publishing, 1991.
Lesser Feasts and Fasts, Church Pension Fund, 1998
Children’s Ministries OfficeEpiscopal Church Center815 Second Ave New York NY 10017