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The Rt. Rev. Brian R. Marsh, Ordinary
We hope you will find information here that will guide you on your Christian journey. If you are new to our jurisdiction, or simply visiting this website, I hope you will join with us for worship services. You will find our parishes to be warm and welcoming; in our churches, we experience the joy and commitment of a common life as faithful Christians. We seek to share the wonder, mystery and love of our faith with all earnest Christian seekers. Read More
We believe firmly that, in today's complex and often troubled world, God's love and protection are essential to a healthy physical, moral and spiritual life. We affirm that the Holy Bible contains all things necessary for salvation. We believe that the sacraments represent outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual grace. It is our lasting commitment to protect the ancient treasures and teachings of the church, recognizing that these treasures provide the only true shelter for our passage through this temporal life. They are indeed gifts from God; it is our task to care for them, to preserve them and to pass them on to other faithful Christians.
The Anglican Church
All of our parishes and missions are orthodox and sacramental, continuing in the teaching and fellowship of the apostles and in the breaking of bread, which was established by Christ as the design for the life of the Church. As faithful stewards of the Catholic Faith in the Anglican tradition, our teaching and practice is based solely on the Holy Bible as interpreted by the universally accepted Ecumenical Councils held by the whole Christian Church before any divisions took place; and the traditional Book of Common Prayer, which demonstrates both our Catholic Faith and Evangelical witness.
Indeed the best way to understand our faith and practice is to take a Bible, a copy of the historic Book of Common Prayer, and come and worship with us. The center of our worship is the Holy Eucharist, also called Holy Communion, the Mass, the Lord's Supper, and the Divine Liturgy. It is the only service recorded in the New Testament as having been given us by Christ himself. You will find that our liturgical worship involves the whole person - body, mind, and spirit, allowing us to be active participants rather than mere listeners.
Who We Are
We are a continuing church body in the great Anglican Tradition and part of the world-wide Traditional Anglican Communion. The ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AMERICA (ACA) is among the largest of several "Continuing Churches" which emerged from the AFFIRMATION OF ST. LOUIS and the 1977 gathering of faithful Anglicans which produced that document.
The ACA is part of the TRADITIONAL ANGLICAN COMMUNION (TAC), a worldwide body of some half million members on six continents.
The Episcopal Church USA (TEC) is not a member of TAC but of the Canterbury Communion.
The Traditional Anglican Communion, of which we are members, is orthodox and solidly traditional in its teaching and practice, while the Canterbury-based Communion emphasizes "inclusiveness" and embraces a wide range of belief, practice, and moral teaching. The TAC shares a common ancestry, including Apostolic Succession, with Canterbury, but there is no direct hierarchical or organizational connection between us. As stated in the Affirmation of St Louis, however, we remain in communion with "all faithful parts of the Anglican Communion."
Where We Stand
Follow this link for more information about what the Anglican Church in America stands on current issues.
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