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Episcopalian Evolution: 6 Key Events for Protestant Christian Denomination Since It Began

By    |   Friday, 06 Feb 2015 03:34 PM

In the United States, the Anglican Church is called Episcopal. The Episcopal Protestant Church is the branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion in the Americas. Originating, after a break from the Catholic Church in Rome, the Anglican Church faced many early challenges which set the stage for the American colonies becoming a place for religious freedom.

Here are six key events that have affected the Episcopalian protestant church:

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1. The New World: Controversy over the church in England resulted in the development of the New World. The first permanent English speaking settlement in the New World was an Anglican settlement founded at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. Many other settlements followed.

2. The Revolution: After the American Revolution, the former colonists no longer wanted to follow the monarch in England in their religious practices. The First General Convention of the Episcopal Church was held in 1785.

3. The American Book of Common Prayer: In 1786, the first American Book of Common Prayer was approved for use in the Episcopal denomination. This book, which replaced the Book of Common Prayer used by other Church of England parishes, lists the order of the liturgy and other religious practices, prayers and traditions.

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4. Reformed Episcopal Church: In the 1870s, the Episcopal Protestant followers experienced a split over ritual and an exclusive attitude towards other denominations. The Reformed Episcopal Church was formed over the disagreement. The Reform Episcopal Church focuses more on Holy Scripture as the highest authority, a move away from the Book of Prayer.

5. Women in the Priesthood: The Episcopal Protestant denomination began to ordain women into the priesthood in 1974. The first eleven women were ordained in Philadelphia and formally accepted into the wider church at the 1976 General Convention. The first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion is an Episcopal Bishop consecrated in 1989.

6. Blessing of Same-Sex couples: In 2012, the Episcopal Church approved a liturgy for blessing the union of same-sex couples. It is not called marriage, but rather a "lifelong covenant."

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