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Reformed Episcopal Church
« on: September 08, 2014, 08:49:29 PM »
I have a friend that is a priest in the Reformed Episcopal Church, and was wanting to know if there is any ecumenical dialogue going on between them and any of the Orthodox Churches? Thanks

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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2014, 12:42:25 AM »
Who are the Reformed Episcopal Church? I've never heard of them.
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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2014, 12:53:26 AM »
Who are the Reformed Episcopal Church? I've never heard of them.

A quick search brought up these:

http://www.recus.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformed_Episcopal_Church
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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2014, 01:07:02 AM »
Who are the Reformed Episcopal Church? I've never heard of them.
An Anglican schism born in the 19th century when some folks thought the Oxford movement was making things too Catholicky.

Now they're part of the coalition that forms the ACNA, the ECUSA' and ACCs sorta-not-really rival in North America that's in communion with some of the more conservative members of the Anglican communion.
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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2014, 01:39:15 AM »
IIRC one of the issues that aused them to schism was a difference over baptismal regeneration.
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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2014, 05:02:06 AM »
I had a conversation with him several years ago when, I was beginning to look toward the Orthodox Church. He could not find disagreement with any doctrine, His only criticism of Orthodoxy was that most churches were too ethnically biased. I'm not sure I understand His choice of seminaries though, I'm referring here to Dallas Theological, which is known for its dispensational bias.
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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2014, 01:13:34 AM »
"He could not find disagreement with any doctrine, His only criticism of Orthodoxy was that most churches were too ethnically biased."

Did/does he know about Western Rite parishes? None of them (in the US at least) are ethnically based, as they are composed almost entirely of converts from Catholicism and Anglicanism. I think it's neat that he didn't disagree with any Orthodox doctrines, given the origin of the denomination he's in. (Maybe he's just part of that denomination because his parents were, or because the "mainstream" Anglicans have gone off the deep end in the last few decades)? If you're still in contact with him, perhaps you could refer him to the Antiochian Archdiocese. They've received several Anglican parishes into Orthodoxy as WR.

And if he worries that the Antiochians won't accept him because he isn't Lebanese, never fear. Over three-quarters of their clergy are converts.
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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2014, 09:31:55 AM »
"He could not find disagreement with any doctrine, His only criticism of Orthodoxy was that most churches were too ethnically biased."

Did/does he know about Western Rite parishes? None of them (in the US at least) are ethnically based, as they are composed almost entirely of converts from Catholicism and Anglicanism.
So they're Anglo?

;)
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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2014, 03:50:13 PM »
"He could not find disagreement with any doctrine, His only criticism of Orthodoxy was that most churches were too ethnically biased."

Did/does he know about Western Rite parishes? None of them (in the US at least) are ethnically based, as they are composed almost entirely of converts from Catholicism and Anglicanism.
So they're Anglo?

;)

Not entirely - there's a few number of Hispanic Western Rite parishes, too.

To the OP - as part of the ACNA, the Reformed Episcopal Church is supposed to be in ecumenical dialogue with the OCA. Given that this was the former Metropolitan Jonah's baby, though, and it's been a few years since I've attended an OCA parish (and thus paid any attention to their announcements, etc) I don't know if the OCA is currently pursuing said dialogue.
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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2014, 05:06:33 PM »
"So they're Anglo?"

Haha, good point.

What I meant when I said non-ethnically based would be they would tend to reflect the demographics of the areas in which they are found, and are not "diaspora" churches. A WR church in much of the Southwest would be heavily Hispanic, one in the inner city would be racially mixed with a lot of black parishioners, etc.
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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2014, 05:16:17 PM »
Not entirely - there's a few number of Hispanic Western Rite parishes, too.
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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2014, 10:36:59 PM »
He has made several steps in the right direction. He started out Baptist, then moved into the Presbyterian Church, so maybe as He continues to look at Church History with an open mind, He would probably make the next step. He does listen to Ancient Faith Radio, so that is a positive.

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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2014, 11:54:05 PM »
Who are the Reformed Episcopal Church? I've never heard of them.


Certain style of church building,congregational seating,Reformed teachings,Choir, etc Plus Gospel preaching.
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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2014, 02:25:21 PM »
He has made several steps in the right direction. He started out Baptist, then moved into the Presbyterian Church, so maybe as He continues to look at Church History with an open mind, He would probably make the next step. He does listen to Ancient Faith Radio, so that is a positive.
FWIW, the priest at the OCA mission in Shreveport spent a couple years as a deacon in the REC before converting to Orthodoxy.
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Re: Reformed Episcopal Church
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2014, 02:52:02 PM »
He has made several steps in the right direction. He started out Baptist, then moved into the Presbyterian Church, so maybe as He continues to look at Church History with an open mind, He would probably make the next step. He does listen to Ancient Faith Radio, so that is a positive.
FWIW, the priest at the OCA mission in Shreveport spent a couple years as a deacon in the REC before converting to Orthodoxy.

He's a good man.