Sep 15 17

REC Houston Hurricane Relief

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in the REC:

As the waters have receded in most of Houston, I’ve been able to obtain a fuller report from our churches. I’ve learned more about some of our clergy whom I mentioned in my first update. We were aware that one of the assisting clergy (a deacon) and his family were flooded out and lost both of their cars. Also, one of our priest’s working with an Latino outreach had his apartment flooded. We have been apprised in greater detail just how damaging the effects of the hurricane was to these two families in particular.

The deacon and his family were hit particularly hard. They have flood insurance but this does not pay for full recovery. Their home will probably have to be completely leveled and rebuilt. They also have many immediate needs as the insurance is worked out. Although they are able temporarily to live with a relative, they have to find another place for their own family dwelling as soon as possible.

The Venezuelan minister mainly lost possessions, since he lived in an apartment. He too will have to find another place for his family. These needs can be addressed in a reasonable amount of time, but they are all unexpected financial needs for which there are no personal resources.

These families need our help as soon as possible. We want to be able to respond quickly to the immediate needs of clergy like the ones I’ve mentioned in our own RE diocese. Therefore the important update for you to know about in addition to greater detail of need, is a diocesan fund that also has been set up, the REC Diocesan Relief Fund. The link to give is now attached to my original, updated communication on this web site (LINK HERE). If you would like to make special gifts to families with more emergent needs like the ones to which I’ve referred, please consider giving to the diocesan fund. Based on IRS regulations, you cannot designate your donation to specific individuals. However, you can offer a name and request that we consider that need. Be assured, we will use these donations to meet the greatest needs of our members and our parishes. Thank you for your response of prayer and any giving to those affected by the hurricane in our RE Diocese of Mid America.

Blessings in Christ,
++Ray Sutton
Presiding Bishop

ALSO Be in prayer for our sister churches in Cuba after Hurricane Irma…

Sep 15 17

Women’s Spiritual Enrichment Conference 2017

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As we begin our 2017-2018 Devotional Studies entitled Women of Influence and Faith, we are blessed and excited to have Linda Frost Clark of Dallas, TX, as presenter for our 2017 Spiritual Enrichment Conference. Linda will be dramatizing the lives of several women of the Bible that we will be studying in our devotional, while arrayed in period costume. We encourage you to visit Linda’s website to see some of her work.

This year’s conference will be held Friday, October 13th through Sunday, October 15th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Follow this link for a conference schedule, conference registration information, hotel reservation information, and a flyer (copy as needed) to post and share. Should you have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In His service,
Gale G. Hill, Chairperson
Committee on Women’s Ministry

Jun 20 17

REC General Council 2017 Report

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General Council 2017 was held in Dallas, TX from June 14-16.  Clergy and lay delegates from the dioceses of Northeast, Southeast, Central States and Mid-America filled a ballroom at the Embassy Suites DFW-N along with representatives from the Free Church of England, REC Germany, REC Croatia, and REC Cuba.  After his election Wednesday afternoon, the Archbishop of the ACNA, Foley Beach, assisted in the installation of our new Presiding Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Ray Sutton.

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A moving video montage tribute to Bishop Grote was presented Wednesday evening, and a resolution of appreciation was presented to his family.  Before he passed he started the planning process on a new church planting initiative called REC 100 – planting 100 new RE churches in the next 10 years.  Three teaching sessions to delegates explained the new initiative and focused efforts on what Bishop Sutton called “front-porch evangelism”.

A new hymnal has been in the works for the last decade, started with the original intent of revising and updating the Book of Common Praise hymnal.  About 400 of the best of the older hymns have been kept, and they have been complemented by addition of such previously-missing greats as “Amazing Grace”, “And Can It Be” and many others, including some contemporary selections that fit with the Anglican worship style.  The formatting of the hymns has been greatly improved, and the indexing improvements help select tunes appropriate to Anglican services built around the liturgical calendar.  The first printing of the new hymnal is being offered direct to REC churches at a discounted rate.

Council heard a number of reports on REC mission works, including progress in Germany, Croatia, Cuba, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, and a new work in Hungary.  Our own Bishop Gillin is now president of the Board of Foreign Missions.  The Corbins are back and recovering in Victoria while Matt looks for a job, and the Board is praying for the recruitment of several new missionaries.

Reports to General Council are available online HERE…

Bishop Sutton’s presentation on REC100 in PDF format HERE…

The next General Council is planned for 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina.

AnglicanTV live-streamed most of the business and teaching sessions at the hotel.  Below are links to the Facebook video feeds for various parts:

The Opening Prayer Service Wednesday Afternoon:

More sessions, and the REC100/”Veritas” teaching sessions are below the break line here… read more…

Jun 9 17

ACNA will consecrate GAFCON missionary bishop to Europe at General Assembly

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Dear Fellow Servants of the Lord:

Grace to you in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

I am writing to you as a clergyperson of the Anglican Church in North America because I want you to be aware of events which are about to take place and of which the ACNA will be involved.

For several years now, clergy and congregations in Scotland and England have been asking us, Gafcon, and others to provide oversight as their situations have become intolerable due to the unbiblical compromises in theology and morality.  The faithful in Scotland began by reaching out to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, but got no response.  They then reached out to English bishops whom they thought might be willing to offer support.  They received sympathetic responses, but no promise of material assistance.  They then approached the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York again, and were rebuffed. Finally, they reached out to Gafcon for support.

The Gafcon primates and provinces have been seeking to find a solution for this since these requests began coming in.  At the last Gafcon Primates meeting in Lagos this past April, the Gafcon Primates decided to consecrate Canon Andy Lines from the United Kingdom as a missionary bishop to Europe – providing Episcopal oversight to clergy and congregations in Scotland and those outside the Church of England.  They also asked our Province if we would take on this responsibility.

After discussing this with the bishops and the Executive Committee, and after looking at our canonical requirements, we have prayerfully decided to consecrate the missionary bishop on behalf of Gafcon on Friday, June 30th in Wheaton, Il.  This will be a time when the Gafcon Primates can participate in the service as most will be here in the U.S. for our Assembly (as well as other archbishops and bishops from around the world).

Although we are the consecrating Province, this is a Gafcon initiative and their presence will demonstrate that this is a global event.  For those of us who were provided oversight and care by overseas Provinces in our time of need, it seems only right to now “give as we have been given to” and to “bless others as we have been blessed.”

I wanted you to know this ahead of time so that you can be praying, and so that you can celebrate this international event even as you labor in your own ministry and mission.  He has given us an incredible mission field here in North America as the field is ripe for the harvest!  Forward. Always forward. Everywhere forward!

Your brother in Christ,

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America

GAFCON/ACNA Press Release is HERE…

Jun 5 17

R.E. Seminary 2017 Commencement

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Reformed Episcopal Seminary presented the 127th Commencement last Saturday, June 3rd, at St. Paul’s R.E. Church in Oreland, PA.  Pictured above are the six graduates:

  • Justin Hadley, M.Div. cum laude with concentration in Pastoral Theology
  • Peter Joslyn, M.Div summa cum laude
  • Cassandra Hill, M.Div. with concentration in Historical Theology
  • Marion Wegner, Diploma
  • Willie Graves Sr., M. Div.
  • Jeremy Carter, M.Div magma cum laude with concentration in Historical Theology

Also pictured in the second row between Dean Riches and President Hicks is Rev. Dr. Julius Barnes, Dean of Cummins Theological Seminary in South Carolina and member of the RES Board of Directors.  Rev. Dr. Barnes gave the commencement address to the 2017 graduates.

A number of special awards were presented to graduating and continuing students, and the Class of 2017 presented the Seminary with a set of outdoor picnic tables for future students to enjoy between classes.  The Friends of RE Seminary hosted a reception afterwards for graduates, students, family and friends.


May 26 17

Clergy Training Retreat reset for July 12-15

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UPDATE – Canon Ashey has had to put off the training seminar due to an injury.
The clergy training retreat with Canon Phil Ashey is being planned for July 12-15 at Fellowship Deaconry, Liberty Corner, New Jersey. Plan to arrive after 6:00 pm on Wednesday, and we will conclude before lunch on Saturday.
A registration form is attached HERE. 
May 15 17

Holy Orders Task Force Report Released

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The College of Bishops appointed a Task Force on Holy Orders to provide the College with a scholarly and informed study on Holy Orders. This past January Bishop Hicks presented a report on the last phase of the process to the College, and we are now releasing the whole report to the Province.


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In 2012 the College of Bishops appointed a Task Force on Holy Orders to provide the College with a scholarly and informed study on Holy Orders and, specifically, women in Holy Orders (the enabling resolution is reprinted in what follows). The Task Force, led by Bishop David Hicks, consisted of people representing differing perspectives and practices. They have met for the past 5 years and during that time have periodically released progress reports. This past January Bishop Hicks presented a report on the last phase of the process to the College, and we are now releasing the whole report to the Province.

Please note the following:

• The Task Force was not commissioned to resolve the issue, but was asked to develop
resources to help the bishops in future conversation on this topic.
• Therefore the report does not answer the questions of what the College is to do, but it is
a study presented to the College to help the College in our discussions.
• The report does not change our current practice regarding women’s orders as stated in
our Constitution. Our current practice allows each diocese to determine whether it
will ordain women as deacons or priests.
• The report will now be sent to the GAFCON Primates for their input and guidance for
our discussions.
• The College of Bishops will now be studying the whole report, and we will meet in
special session later in the year to discuss how we move forward together.

As your Archbishop, I ask the following from you:

1) Don’t comment on the report until you have read it all.
2) Don’t comment on the report until you can fairly articulate the opposite point of view.
3) Remember that no decisions have been made at this time to pursue changing our Constitution.
4) Remember that we are all followers of Jesus Christ on mission together, holding those with the opposite point of view in Christian love and charity.
5) Lastly, sincerely pray for your bishops as we seek to serve Jesus Christ in this matter.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Thank you to:

The Rt. Rev. David Hicks, (Chair) The REC Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
The Rt. Rev. Kevin Allen, The Diocese of Cascadia
Mrs. Katherine Atwood, The Diocese of Ft. Worth
The Rev. Dr. Leslie Fairfield, The Diocese in New England & Trinity School for Ministry (Ret.)
The Rev. Canon Mary Hays, The Diocese of Pittsburgh
The Rev. Tobias Karlowicz, The Diocese of Quincy
The Rt. Rev. Eric Menees, The Diocese of San Joaquin

for your service to the Province by serving on the Task Force. Your hard work is much appreciated!

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America

The Holy Orders Task Force Report can be downloaded HERE…


Bishop Hicks was interviewed about the report by Kevin Kallsen of Anglican TV in a YouTube video here:

May 2 17

GAFCON 2017 Communique

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The GAFCON movement is a global family of authentic Anglicans standing together to retain and restore the Bible to the heart of the Anglican Communion. Our mission is to guard the unchanging, transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ and to proclaim Him to the world.

“Aware that we are approaching the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we gave thanks for the faithful witness of those leaders who challenged the Church to recover the authority of the Scriptures. They were men and women who were willing to take costly action, and sealed that testimony with their own blood.”

The GAFCON Primates met in Lagos, Nigeria from April 24 to 28.  Preparations for the Jerusalem 2018 Global Anglican Futures Conference were advanced.  The theme will be “Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations”.

Global Anglicans are reminded to pray for suffering brothers and sisters around the world, particularly those who are suffering from the deprivations of war, persecution by extremist Islam, and drought.  Materialism, secularism, and the loss of moral foundations are more subtle but equally insidious spiritual dangers.

The full text of the Communique is on the website, HERE.

May 2 17

National Day of Prayer May 4, 2017

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The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.

The theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer is “For Your Great Name’s Sake!”.  The NDOP website with events and materials is located HERE.


Apr 25 17

English Camp in Germany 2017

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What do you get when you combine Christian young people from English-speaking countries with German youth who want to learn English? English Camp! The theme for 2017 is “Walk where Luther walked!” and the dates are July 15-22, 2017.

For 26 years the English camp at the Knüll is known for providing a safe, recreational and educational camp experience for kids, teenagers and young adults from Germany, UK, USA and the Netherands. English Camp – Walk were Luther walked! is from the 15th to 22nd July 2017. There will be two groups: ”Cubs” for the 9-13 year olds and ”Teens“ for the 14-18 year olds. We provide a well-balanced program of activities, such as: Bible study groups, devotions, hiking, volleyball, canoeing, singing and more. The camp language is English and all of the sessions are led by experienced team leaders from the US and the UK. The cost is 249€ per person and includes accommodation, meals, activities and daytrip.  There is also an extra-cost option to arrive a week earlier and stay a week longer for Reformation Tour.

For more details see the camp website HERE…