Our Perspective. A pressing goal of ours is to better understand the evangelical and irregular clergy of the 18th-century in the Church of England, their practice of devotion, as well as their impact upon the making of the Protestant Episcopal Church if not early American Protestantism.
“There is a long history of involvement between Methodists and Anglicans. For example, Jacob Duche’ is a favorite Anglican reverend who opened his United Parish to traveling Methodist preachers in Philadelphia. Duche’ was also the first chaplain of the Continental Congress.
His good deed was arguably returned by Matthew Simpson– a Methodist Bishop from Kentucky. Simpson assisted evangelical Episcopalians with forming their own jurisdiction for the States in 1871. By 1876 this reforming movement spread to the UK, conferring episcopacy to calvinist methodists and even holiness churches.
It’s from this evangelical succession that William Littlewood obtained the episcopate in 1972 for continuing Anglicans in California and the West Coast. Our ethos follows Protestant ecumenicism of evangelical Episcopalians and their early methodist societies.”
A series of essays called the Albion Papers is in the works to better illuminate this subject. More about our ethos may be learned from our society Class-Book which contains our home covenant, various letters, and terms of membership. Until then, an outline respecting our informed-perspective is provided for hungry historians and churchmen.
1. The Whig Churchmen and the Religious Societies
2. Early-Methodism and Anglican Evangelicalism
3. American Exceptionalism and the Protestant Episcopalians
4. Defense of Ecumenical Protestantism: REC-UK and FPEC
The Religion of Protestants by the Rev’d William Chillingworth (Salisbury, 1637).
The Irenicium or the Pacifier by the Rt. Rev. Edward Stillingfleet (Worcester, 1659).
Case of Allegiance Due to Sovereign Power by the Rev’d William Sherlock (London, 1691)
The Bishop of Worcester’s Charge to the Clergy by the Rt. Rev. Edward Stillingfleet (London 1691)
An Exposition of the Thirty-Nine Articles, Intro by the Rt. Rev. Gilbert Burnet (Salisbury, 1699)
The Rights of the Christian Church Asserted by the Rev’d Matthew Tindal (London, 1707)
Discourse on Pastoral Care, Preface by the Rt. Rev. Gilbert Burnet (Salisbury, 1713)
Letters on Lay Baptism the Revs. Daniel Waterland & E. Kelsall, cf. Works of… Waterland v. 6 (Oxford, 1714)
A Preservative Against the Principles of the Non-jurors by the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Hoadley (Bangor, 1719)
Doctrine of Toleration applied to Free Communion by the Rev. Robert Robinson (Cambridge , 1781)
Union and Friendly Intercourse Recommended by the Rev. John Eyre (LMS, 1798)
The Proposed Book of Common Prayer, Preface (1786) by the Protestant Episcopal Convention (Philadelphia, 1785)
“More especially we pray for thy holy Church universal; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. “– 1928 BCP