A Texan conservative Anglican -- yes, a square peg -- ponders both churchly and worldly things and enjoys his new church.
Howdy,I'm a Roman Catholic Texan here in North Dallas, and though I've got quite a bit of religious study (theology and patristics, mostly) in my rear view, I must confess to not knowing much about the Anglican/Episcopal Church past its break from Rome. You seem very upset with a lot of things going on in the Episcopal Church, yet you also enjoy your new church (which I take to mean the church you attend). How does your local church differ from the Episcopal Church? I'm pretty familiar with the differences in belief between the various non-Catholic Christian denominations, and am aware that one Anglican church can be quite different from another ('high church' vs. 'low church'), but is there a difference between Episcopalian and Anglican? Also, since I don't really know any Episcopalian/Anglicans (not because I have anything against Episcopalian/Anglicans - I just don't know any), I would be interested in what your opinion is on whether the Episcopal church is headed toward a schism, and whether or not you think it would be a good thing. Take care,GR
GR, Thanks for your thoughtful questions.There is so much to answer I can only scratch the surface, but here goes:I attend a Reformed Episcopal Church. We split from The Episcopal Church in the 19th century. We have joined the newly formed Anglican Church in North America.Anglican refers to the Church of England and the Anglican Communion and (And this is where some disagree) those in the Anglican tradition. Whether one has to be in communion with Canterbury to be a *real* Anglican is a point of contention.The Episcopal Church is a member of the Anglican Communion. The Anglican Church in North America hopes to join the Anglican Communion, perhaps replacing TEC (although I expect both to be unlikely).REC and ACNA believe what the church has always believed -- the creeds, the authority of scripture, etc. The Episcopal Church has for all practical purposes cast such orthodoxy aside. Therefore, it is fair to say it is already schismatic. Already a majority of the Anglican Communion in impaired or broken communion with TEC.I hope that is helpful. Obviously, your questions cover a LOT of ground. :)Perhaps other readers would like to chime in.God bless,wannabe
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