Open Letter to Former Episcopalians:
As a former Episcopalian I share in the pain and dismay that many have felt over the changes in what was our spiritual home for so many years. What was once a denomination that was known for its commitment to a scripturally based faith and practice–a denomination that united the best of the reformation and its catholic roots going back to the second century in England–has in recent decades so departed from this foundation, that many have felt they had no choice but leave their beloved denomination. Unfortunately, some have simply stopped going to church.
For years faithful laity and clergy tried to reform the Episcopal Church, but those efforts were rebuffed in favor of a view of Christianity that would not be recognizable to the apostles. Fortunately, the vast majority of Anglicans (the third largest communion in the world) have rejected the radical and unbiblical innovations of the Episcopal Church.
In light of the changes in the Episcopal Church many of the provinces and leaders in the worldwide Anglican Communion no longer recognize it as the representative of Anglicanism in North America. And they urged the faithful remnant to begin to gather former Episcopalians and other Anglican groups in the U.S. and Canada in a partnership to rebuild Anglicanism in North America. The result of those efforts is the Anglican Church in North America.
The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is a growing province which already includes nearly 1000 parishes–a remarkable testimony to the power of God. Former Episcopalians, the Reformed Episcopal Church and other disparate Anglicans came together in 2009 in response to the challenge from Anglican leaders in Africa, South America and Southeast Asia, and God has been blessing this effort to reach North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.
The Church you loved is being rebuilt with a firm commitment to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, His word and the Faith He delivered to the apostles. We invite you to help in restoring a biblical and faithful Anglicanism to North America.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Larry Hill