Wednesday, May 17th to Friday, May 19th
Twelfth General Convention of the United Episcopal Church of North America, Prince Conference Center, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.
Saturday April 8th 2017
Clergy meeting and Chrism Eucharist at St David's Anglican Church, Charlottesville, VA.
March 15th 2017
The Rev. Jim Byrum appointed Rector of St Bede's, Tucson, AZ
Saturday, February 25th 2017
Presiding Bishop confirms at St Jude's Anglican Church, Tucson, and ordains the Rev. David Milam to the priesthood to serve as assistant curate at St Jude's.
January 1st 2017
Bishop Peter Robinson translated from Missionary Diocese of the West to the Missionary Diocese of the East.
October 30th 2016
Archbishop's triennial visitation to St Jude's Anglican Church, Tucson, AZ
October 29th 2016
Convocation of the Missionary Diocese of the West at St Jude's Anglican Church, Tucson, AZ.
October 9th 2016
At St David's Anglican Church, Charlottesville, Va., conditional ordination of the Rev. Rob Ledbetter to the priesthood by Archbishop Robinson.
October 8th 2016
Convocation of the Missionary Diocese of the East. The Rev. John Taylor Brantley conditionally ordained to the priesthood; the Rev. Rob Ledbetter conditionally ordained to the diaconate at St David's Anglican Church, Charlottesville, VA. Appointment of Bishop Robinson as Bishop Ordinary of the East confirmed by vote of convocation.
Convocation, Missionary Diocese of the South and Ozarks
Archbishop's Office closed - annual vacation
August 14th 2016
The Rev John Taylor Brantley conditionally ordained to the diaconate at St. David's Anglican Church, Charlottesville, VA, by the Archbishop Robinson
August 13th 2016
Synod, Diocese of the Great Lakes held at St Andrew and Matthias Church, McCann Road, Hastings, MI
August 12th 2016
House of Bishops meeting at St Andrew and St Matthias, Hastings, MI
May 8th 2016
Bishop Robinson made his annual Episcopal Visitation to Christ the King Anglican Church, Lexington/Linwood, NC
May 3rd 2016
The Presiding Bishop attended the annual meeting of the Federation of Anglican Churches in America, which took place at St Barnabas' Anglican Church (APA), Dunwoody, GA.
April 3rd 2016
St David's Anglican Church, Charlottesville, VA was received in the UECNA following a near unanimous vote to affiliate. St David's was established almost 30 years ago to serve Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and surrounding areas, and is a growing congregation which has recently paid off its mortgage.
January 31st 2016
The Most Rev. Peter D. Robinson dedicated Grace Anglican Church, Wildwood, FL, which also serves The Villages. This is a new mission, which started last May, and is looking forward to an growing ministry in the Wildwood/The Villages area.
January 10th 2016
The Presiding Bishop would like to welcome St Stephen's Anglican Church, Williamsville, NY and their rector, the Rev. Paul Slish into the UECNA. They have been accepted into the Diocese of the Great Lakes under Bishop Hustwick. We would also like to welcome the Rev. Dcn. Philip Cunningham, also in the Buffalo area, unto the UECNA-DGL.
October 23rd 2015
The Convocation of the Missionary Diocese of the West was held at St Paul's, Prescott, AZ. Full Report in the next edition of Glad Tidings.
October 9th 2015
Diocesan Convocation of the Missionary Diocese of the East held at Christ the King, Linwood, NC
May 17th 2015
Bishop Robinson visited Amazing Grace Anglican Church in Bessemer City, NC, where he preached and celebrated the Eucharist. There is a small and faithful congregation there drawn from Bessemer City, Gastonia, and the surrounding area led by the Rev. Abbot John Kennedy, OSSP.
May 16th 2015
The Rev. Rob Ledbetter, and the Rev. Wayne Ogg were ordained to the priesthood at Christ the King Anglican Church, Linwood, NC, by the Most Rev. Peter Robinson, Presiding Bishop of the UECNA.
May 15th 2015
The National Council of the UECNA met in St Louis, MO. The Treasurer's Report for the 2014 financial year was received and approved, and will be forwarded to the parishes shortly. The Bishops of the three missionary dioceses reported on the events of the last year. The South and Ozarks reported some encouraging events, and some progress in terms of spiritual development. The Missionary Diocese of the East held its first Convocation for many years, and elected both a board of examining chaplains, and also a Council of Advice to assist the Bishop in the running of the diocese. An ordination is scheduled there for May 16th, and a new Mission is being established in central Florida. The West has had a complex year, with the not unexpected loss of St Alban's, Peoria to another jurisdiction, and the addition of a new Mission in the Fremont area of California. The Archbishop also outlined plans for an Anglican Studies programme for future candidates for the ministry. The National Council meeting wrapped up just before 1.00pm.
This was followed by a brief House of Bishops meeting in which Bishops David Hustwick, Diocese of the Great Lakes, and Bishop George Conner, Anglican Episcopal Church, US, were welcome into the UECNA, and gave brief reports on the work going on in their dioceses. There was also a brief discussion of UECNA marriage policy, which focussed on the fact that clergy need to follow the Canons of the Church in performing marriages, particularly in regard to the requirement that couples to be married must sign a declaration giving their assent to the Church's teaching on marriage before the ceremony takes place. The House of Bishops meeting was cut short at 2:45pm due to the worsening weather.
April 14th 2015
The Most Rev. Peter Robinson, Presiding Bishop of the UECNA attended the spring 2015 meeting of the Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas at St Matthias Pro-Cathedral (REC), Katy, TX. The Archbishop was very encouraged by the positive tone of the meeting, and by its reaffirmation of the original 2006 statement of Commitments issued by FACA, and also by the discussion on a Federal or Conciliar model by which the various traditional Anglican bodies in the USA can cooperate with each other and present a common face to the world. He believes this work to be import to restoring the essential balance of Anglicanism as Evangelical Catholicism, and to our common mission to proclaim the faith of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
April 12th - Easter I
The Rt Rev. Steven Murrell visited the parish of the Holy Trinity, Huntersville, NC where he preached and presided at the invitation of the Rev. Patrick Maclean, OSSP, who is Rector of the Parish.
March 22nd - Passion Sunday.
Archbishop Peter Robinson preached and pontificated at Christ the King, Linwood, NC, during his visitation to the parish.
Also on March 22nd, the Rt. Rev. Steven Murrell, Assistant Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of the East visited St John's Anglican Church, St Mary's Co., MD where he preached and presided.
March 21st - The Commemoration of Thomas Ken, and the Martyrdom of Thomas Cranmer
Archbishop Robinson presided over a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Missionary Diocese of the East held at Christ the King Anglican Church, Linwood (Lexington), NC. The meeting discussed the immediate mission goals of the diocese, and also interviewed two deacons who desire to be advanced to the presbyterate. The Archbishop preached and celebrated the Eucharist at the beginning of the days proceedings, and also led Evening Prayer at the end of the day. The Rev. Robert Ledbetter, and the Rev. Wayne Ogg were both approved for ordination as presbyters in the Missionary Diocese of the East, UECNA, and plans were formulated for a clergy retreat later in the year.
December 14th 2014
The Most Rev. Peter D. Robinson visited St Patrick's Anglican Church, Highland, CA, and received eleven people into the UECNA.
October 25th 2014
The Diocesan Convocation of the Missionary Diocese of the West met at St Jude's Church, 8245 E Seneca St., Tucson. The meeting was chaired by the Most Rev. Peter D. Robinson, the Bishop of the Missionary Diocese. Full details will be published in the Lent edition of Glad Tidings.
October 22nd 2014
The Most Rev. Peter D. Robinson, Presiding Bishop of the United Episcopal Church of North America, gave the key note address at the General Convention of the Anglican Episcopal Church, United States, at the invitation of the AECUS' Presiding Bishop, the Rt. Rev. George Conner. Bishop Robinson took as his subject the 'The Problem of Authority in Modern Anglicanism' tracing the modern doctrinal crisis in Anglican back to their nineteenth century origins. Bishop Robinson's talk also proposed a remedy - a return to the doctrinal standards of Anglicanism as set out in the Articles of Religion, the historic Book of Common Prayer, and the Homilies. The meeting was hosted by St Matthew's Anglican Church, Pensicola, FL.
September 13th 2014
The Missionary Diocese of the South and Ozarks held its Convocation at St Joseph Anglican Church, Branson, MO. I full report will appear in the November 2014 edition of "Glad Tidings."
August 6th 2014
The District Convocation for the Missionary District of the West will meet at St Jude's Anglican Church, 8245 E Seneca St., Tucson AZ 85715, on Saturday 25th October 2014. Details will be forthcoming shortly.
July 27th 2014
The Presiding Bishop officiated and preached at Morning Prayer at All Saints' Anglican Church, Barracks Road, Hillsborough, NC. This was his first visit to the parish since the retirement of Bishop Stephen Reber who had been the Rector of All Saints' since 1994. Bishop Robinson was assisted by the Rev. Paul Kelly and the Rev. Stephen Reeves.
July 26th 2014
The Convocation of the Missionary District of the East met at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Huntersville, NC on Saturday July 26th. Canons were approved for the governance of the Missionary District, and a Council of Advice and Board of Examining Chaplains were elected. The former Bishop of the Missionary District, the Rt. Rev. Joseph H. Dobson, was voted Bishop Emeritus. The day had opened at 9.45am with Morning Prayer and Communion at which the Presiding Bishop celebrated; and closed with Evening Prayer and Sermon at 3pm.
July 19th 2014
The Diocese of the Great Lakes joins the UECNA. More information in the August 'Glad Tidings'
July 13th 2014
Christ the King Anglican Church, Lexington, NC is now holding services in its new location at 4789 Old Linwood Road, Linwood, NC. Bishop Murrell was present to help the Canon Richard Desroches, and the parish celebrate this significant milestone in its history as it moves into a rented building which it can use full-time as a Church.
July 6th 2014
St Paul's Anglican Church celebrated the 20th anniversary of their Rector's ordination with an indoor picnic organized by the Parish Guild. Bishop Robinson was ordained Deacon on 3rd July 1994 by the Rt. Rev. Leslie Hamlett, Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of England and Wales at St Mary and St John's Anglican Catholic Church, Madeley Heath, Cheshire, UK
June 22nd 2014
The Very Rev. Richard Desroches has been appointed Priest in Charge of Christ the King Anglican Church, Lexington, NC effective immediately. The letter of appointment was read by the Rev. Canon Keith Bernarducci, the outgoing priest-in-charge of the congregation.
The Rev. Canon Ordice Gallups has been appointed Priest-in-Charge of St John's Anglican Church, Mechanicsville, MD effective immediately. He succeeds the Rt. Rev. Joseph H. Dobson, IV, who retired as rector of the parish on March 31st.
June 8th 2014.
The Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Peter D. Robinson, visited St Jude's Anglican Church, Tucson, AZ this past Sunday and administered the rite of confirmation. The also officiated as the Rev. George Parrish, and his wife Mary renewed their marriage vows.
May 30th 2014 - New Mission - Fremont, Ca.
Littlewood Chapel will soon be commencing services in Freemont, Calif., at 5pm on Sunday afternoons, and 7pm on Friday evenings. The Mission is avowedly in the Low to Broad Church tradition of Anglicanism, and is a lay led initiative. For more information see their website http://www.fremontanglicans.com
May 25th 2014
The Presiding Bishop has called the organising Convocation of the Missionary District of the East for July 26th 2014. It will meet at the Huntersville Arts and Cultural Center, 119 S. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville.
Every clergyman in the Eastern District is entitled to be present and voting at the meeting. Lay delegates are apportioned three to a parish; two to a mission; and one to an authorized place of public worship such as an oratory or chapel.
May 13th to 15th 2014 - General Convention
The 11th General Convention of the United Episcopal Church of North America met at the Hotel St Michael, W. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ.. The business meetings were organised to all occur on the 14th, and the following is a summary of what occurred. Please note that an official Convention Journal will be available later in the year, so this account must be regarded as Provisional.
The General Convention was called to order at 11.00am, and Morning Prayer, led by the Presiding Bishop and the Very Rev. Richard Desroches followed.
A roll call then followed which showed that there were lay and clerical delegates from a majority of the UECNA's were present.
The election of General Convention Officers then followed with the Very Rev. Richard Desroches being elected president, and the Rev. Patrick Maclean being elected Recorder.
The Presiding Bishop then gave his "State of the Church" address which pointed to modest growth over the past three years, especially in the Eastern and Western Missionary Dioceses. He also noted with approval that he had been called upon to dedicate new or relocated church buildings in Branson, MO, and Boaz, AL both in the South and Ozarks Missionary Diocese. He also gave an overview of both inter-jurisdiction and ecumenical relations, noting that whilst moves towards closer relations with the Anglican Catholic Church and the Anglican Province of Christ the King were stalled, old friendships with the Diocese of the Great Lakes, and the Anglican Episcopal Church had been renewed.
Bishop Stephen Murrell then reported on the situation in the Eastern Missionary Diocese, noting that several new works had been established in the last few years, and that there were a healthy number of ordinations within the diocese.
Bishop Robinson then delivered the report for the South and Ozarks Missionary Diocese on behalf of Bishop Glen Hartley, who had been prevented from attending by being involved in a collision with a deer on the way. Bishop Hartley's report noted the changes within the Missionary Diocese, including the closure of one church - St Matthew's, Rogers, AR - and the accession of two missions to the diocese in western KY.
Bishop David Hustwick of the Diocese of the Great Lakes then addressed the Convention about his jurisdictions work in Michigan and Ohio, and was warmly received.
In the remaining half hour before lunch, the General Convention looked at the proposed changes to the Constitution and Canons.
The first item was a proposed constitutional amendment to require that those consecrated Bishop have been in priest's orders at least six years by the time of their proposed consecration. This is intended to be both a fulfilment of the New Testament injunction to lay hands suddenly on no man, and also incorporates a traditional requirement enshrined in the 1604 Canons of the Church of England. This proposed amendment was carried by the required 75% majority, and will return for a final vote at the 12th General Convention which, God willing, will occur in May 2017.
Next came two Canon changes relating to Episcopal Visitors. The first, and additional to Canon 13, allows the Standing Committee of a vacant diocese to request the appointment of an Episcopal Visitor by the House of Bishops. The second, an amendment to Canon 46, defined the terms under which an Episcopal Visitor may be appointed.
A further amendment to the Canons, to allow Bishops to serve as Ordinaries on a year-by-year basis at the request of their diocesan Convocations was amended, and returned to the House of Bishops for further consideration.
A new Canon - 69 - essentially creates a "grammar committee" to correct the text of the Constitution and Canons without the whole process having to be submitted to the General Convention.
The House then rose for lunch, reconvening at 1.15pm
Mrs. Eileen Grant, the treasurer of the UECNA then gave a financial report, which showed that the financial position of the UECNA had improved considerably since the last General Convention in 2011. Particularly gratifying is the 10.3% return on the Church's investments, which has been used to compensate for some budget shortfalls in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Mrs. Grant's report was accepted by the General Convention, and a vote of thanks was spontaneously proposed by several members of the House.
The election of the treasurer to the 11th General Convention to cover 2014-2017 was then made, and Mrs Grant was re-elected for another 3 year term.
The budgets for 2015, 2016, and 2017 were then presented to the House and accepted un-amended.
The House then recessed for the nomination of three clergy and six lay members for the National Council. A slate was produced and proposed to the House and accepted.
This was followed by a brief discussion of the Church's publicity efforts. The Rev. Mike McDonald was tasked with investigating ways of overhauling the Provincial website and giving it more eye-appeal. The General Convention was also warmly supportive of a proposal to drop the 'Trinitarian' as the UECNA's joint journal with the ACC, and revive "Glad Tidings" as a quarterly publication from August 2014. The Presiding Bishop also suggested that in future the UECNA would be printing its own liturgical calendar, and the clergy delegates approved this notion.
The Presiding Bishop then gave his charge in which he highlighted three urgent priorities. A greater commitment to Home Mission and Evangelism by the whole Church; the establishment of a Missionary Society, and the re-establishment of Latimer Seminary (initially founded in 1985 by Bishop Knight) as the theological institute for the UECNA as an adequate supply of clergy is essential for the growth of the Church.
The House then adjourned.
Meetings for the United Episcopal Churchwomen, and the clergy then followed at St Paul's Anglican Church. The focus of the clergy's discussion was the effects of the marriage redefinition campaign on the Church, and how to protect the Christian Character of Matrimony.
Evening Prayer followed at 5.10pm, and the Lord's Supper at 5.30pm.
The Convention Dinner followed at 7pm at the Hotel St Michael. The after dinner speaker was Bishop Hustwick, and there was a short music programme given by Mr. Tom Flowers, the organist of St Paul's Anglican Church, who is also a talented harpsichordist, and it was the harpsichord that took centre stage on this occasion.
The Presiding then formally prorogued the House of Delegates, and gave the gathering his blessing.
April 29th - Presiding Bishop to Attend FACA Meeting
Bishop Robinson will again be an observer at the annual meeting of the Federation of Anglican Churches in America meet at Cummins Memorial Seminary, Summerville, NC. The FACA is an umbrella body for a number of conservative and continuing Anglican bodies in the United States including the Reformed Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church in America, the Anglican Province in America, the Episcopal Missionary Church, and several others. The United Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop has attended as an observer since 2012.
April 26th - Ordination in New York
The Most Rev. Peter D. Robinson, Presiding Bishop of the UECNA ordained the Rev. Mike McDonald as a priest at St Elizabeth's Chapel, Tuxedo, NY on Saturday, April 26th. Bishop Robinson was assisted in the laying on of hands by the Rev. Paul Castellano and the Abbot John Kennedy OSSP. St Elizabeth's Chapel was used by the gracious permission of the Rt. Rev. George Langberg, Assistant Bishop of the ACA Diocese of the Northeast, and the Trustees.
March 31st 2014 - Bishop Joseph Dobson retires
The Rt. Rev. Joseph H. Dobson, IV, retired as Episcopal Visitor of the Missionary Diocese of the East effective April 1st. Bishop Dobson served as Bishop Coadjutor from June to September 2010, then as Bishop of the Missionary Diocese from September 2010 to February 2013, after which served as Episcopal Visitor. Increasing health concerns have prompted his decision to retire as Episcopal Visitor and also as Rector of St John's Anglican Church, St Mary's County, MD
March 23rd - Ordination Marshall Co. KY
The Rt Rev Glen D. Hartley ordained the Rev. Thomas Hiter as a priest at Christ's Chapel, Benton, KY on Sunday 23rd March. Dr. Hiter will serve the congregations at Christ's Chapel and The Lighthouse.
March 14th - Institution of a New Rector, St. Jude's Anglican Church, Tucson, AZ
The Most Rev. Peter D. Robinson instituted the Rev. George Parrish as Rector of St Jude's on March 14th 2014. Mr. Parrish comes to the Missionary Diocese of the West from the ACC Diocese of New Orleans. He has been serving as Priest-in-charge of St Jude's since November 2012.
February 9th 2014 - Confirmations at St Benedict's, Holiday, FL
The Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Peter D. Robinson, confirmed five candidates at St Benedict's Mission at a Eucharist. The Priest-in-charge of the Mission is the Rev. Abbot Max Skipper.
November 9th 2013 - Ordinations in the Missionary Diocese of the East
The Rev. Messrs. Michael Bolt and Darrell Holman were ordained to the priesthood by the Rt. Rev. Joseph H. Dobson, IV, at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Huntersville, NC. The Rev Darrell Holman will assist at Amazing Grace Anglican Church, Gastonia, NC. It is understood that the Rev. Michael Bolt will be assigned to missionary work in the western part of North Carolina.
October 25th 2013 - Missionary Diocese of the West Convocation
Missionary Diocese of the West holds its Convocation at St Patrick's Anglican Church, Hemet, Calif.. Representations were present from three of the four parishes in the Missionary Diocese; one parish and one mission were officially excused. The Convocation voted to admit St Augustine's Anglican Church, Phoenix, AZ as a Mission of the Diocese.
The bishop - the Most Rev. Peter D. Robinson reported that the he had ordained one priest in the past year, the Rev. Fr. Frank Hume-Dawson, who serves as Priest in Charge of St Augustine's, Phoenix. He has also received one postulant for training for the sacred ministry in the Missionary District of the West. The diocese reported an approximately 15% increase in communicants.
Elections were held to fill vacancies on the Diocesan Council of Advice.
October 23rd - 24th 2013 - Presiding Bishop attends ACC Synod
The Most Rev. Peter D. Robinson attended the Provincial Synod of the Anglican Catholic Church held in Newport Beach, Calif., and was invited to address the Synod by the Archbishop of the ACC, the Most Rev. Mark Haverland. Bishop Robinson's remarks addressed the need for the Church to put Evangelism ahead of church politics, and to allow doing the Lord's work to draw us together, rather than wasting time and effort on man-made schemes for unity.
The United Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Catholic Church share a common origin in the 1977 Congress of Concerned Churchmen which took place in St Louis, MO, and led to the foundation of the Continuing Anglican Movement.
September 29th 2013 - Eleventh General Convention of the UECNA.
The XI General Convention of the United Episcopal Church of North America will be held in Prescott, Arizona on May 14 to 16 2014. The Missionary Diocese of the West will be the host diocese.