Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches

The Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC) is a Christian convergence communion.[1] The CEEC is located in many countries and made up of autocephalous jurisdictions held together by its Instruments of Unity document. The communion currently has 7 archbishops, 120 bishops and many deacons and priests serving with them around the world.

Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches
AbbreviationCEEC
ClassificationAnglican
OrientationConvergence
PolityEpiscopal
Presiding bishopQuintin Moore
RegionInternational
HeadquartersHutchinson, Kansas
OriginEarly 1990s
Official websiteceec.org

HistoryEdit

In early 1994 members of a charismatic renewal parish in the Episcopal Church USA, together with their rector, began to conceptualize a vision of a new communion of churches that would be tied to the historic Anglican spiritual tradition, while experiencing "convergence" of the streams of the Church. Archbishop John Kivuva was connected with and agreed to serve as transitional presiding bishop for the new body, tentatively called the Evangelical Episcopal Church. Bishop Kivuva at that time was a bishop with the Africa Inland Mission movement and had oversight over a number of churches in Kenya.

In October 1995 in Dale City, Virginia, Virginia, approximately 300 people gathered, representing a wide variety of denominational backgrounds and 25 independent congregations who had come into relationship with the new group. Bishop Michael Owen, Archdeacon Beth Owen, Rt. Rev. Peter Riola, and other bishops in apostolic succession from Eastern Orthodox and Old Catholic jurisdictions were present to help in the consecrating of their first two bishops and the ordination of 25 pastors and 7 deacons. The first two bishops consecrated included Vincent McCall (who later seceded from the EEC) Russell McClanahan, former archbishop of the CEEC Province of St. Peter.[2] Initially, five congregations fully affiliated with the new communion.

In January 1997 the 6 bishops meeting in synod voted to reconstitute and reincorporate the Evangelical Episcopal Church as "The Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches" to reflect the international growth and the needs for eventual provincial structuring. Six countries were now represented in affiliation.

In 1997 the Rev. Duraisingh James, a priest and church planter with the Church of South India for 17 years at that time and long-time head of Christian Education for the Church Union of South India, traveled to meet with the USA founding House of Bishops and indicated his desire to affiliate with the CEEC, together with the 30 churches under his oversight. Shortly thereafter, Fr. Duraisingh was consecrated as Missionary Bishop for India, and later as Archbishop for the CEEC Province of India. Since 1999, two new bishops have been consecrated/received into the Province of India with three dioceses numbering over 75 congregations, along with a seminary founded by Archbishop James.

In 2005 the CEEC USA province joined with the International Communion of Christian Churches to form the Communion of Convergence Churches, USA. In 2006 this relationship was strengthened as the international CEEC organization entered into "co-communion" with the CCCUSA, now known as Christian Communion International.

In 2019 over 98% of the original communion voted to continue operating under the canons that had been ratified in 2016.[3] The Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches adopted Instruments of Unity between bishops and affirms that "that each jurisdiction that has a seat in the IHOB is a separate, corporate, and legal entity and maintains their own canons, which cannot be imposed on others."[4][5] The Continuing Evangelical Episcopal Communion uses the same acronym and naming conventions, with the Continuing Communion's Province of Reconciliation sharing a similar name as the Diocese of the Restoration.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Amos Yong, Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh - 2005 "The Charismatic Episcopal Church (1992) and the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (1995) are examples of organized expressions of the Convergence Movement (from the 1970s), which has sought to blend charismatic, evangelical ..."
  2. ^ "The Apostolic Succession of The Most Reverend Russell McClanahan". www.theceec.org. Archived from the original on 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  3. ^ "CEEC Averts Schism.pdf". Google Docs. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  4. ^ Moore, Quintin (October 12, 2018). "Instrument of Unity". Archived from the original on November 17, 2019. Retrieved June 12, 2020. Alt URL
  5. ^ Moore, Quintin, Presiding Bishop's Letter to Abp Charles Travis, retrieved 2020-06-24
  6. ^ "History of the CEEC - CEEC-GLOBAL". ceec.church. Retrieved 2021-02-15.

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