The History of the Episcopal Church as it evolved from the Anglican Church in Britain to the modern American form.
This page is intended as a resource for an adult Christian Education class leader. The substance of the PowerPoint decks is derived from an excellent history of the Episcopal Church in America by Robert Prichard, A History of the Episcopal Church, Revised Edition, Morehouse Publishing, 1999 and updated in 2014. There are materials in the PowerPoint decks from several other sources to compliment the book. These materials were developed and used in a class for adult education about Episcopal history through a Lent special offering. The decks have been redistributed for a twelve-week course. A leader should be able to facilitate the course with a basic understanding of North American history along with reading the most recent version of A History of the Episcopal Church, By Robert Prichard.
A History of the Episcopal Church
Twelve lessons – Lesson Descriptions
This lesson covers the Roanoke in 1585-1587, followed by Jamestown. These English colonists followed a protestant religion. The exciting First Eucharist in the colonies in 1607 by the Rev Robert Hunt. After Rev Hunt died Capt. John Smith carried on as Lay Reader. The section will cover Eucharistic practice, the Elizabethan Settlement, the 39 Articles, Church music in the 16th Century and Bishop Cranmer reforms.
In this lesson covering the 1600 hundreds in America and England. The lesson will cover the clergy and the Virginia Company, the Episcopal Party, the Puritan party, Queen Elizabeth, James I, Charles I, Archbishop William. On Anglican Theology the lesson will cover transubstantiation, consubstantiation, real presence, and Richard Hooker and his dynamic or instrumental symbolism or dynamic receptionism. Finally, the strange relationship between the Puritans and Christmas.
In this progressing through the early development of the American Colonies. The lesson will touch topics including Congregational polity, Dutch colonies, the Old Ship Meeting House, the Catholic Colony, Lord Calvert, Maryland, Baltimore Cathedral, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, independents, Clarendon Codes, Baptists, Rhode Island, New Jersey or New York, the Church of England, Charles II, James II, 1688 and the Glorious Revolution. The development of the Book of Common Prayer [BCP], the 39 Articles, Acts of Toleration, the Royal Society, latitudinarian bishops, William and Mary, and nonjuring” bishops.
This Lesson will cover a number of topics such as Scottish Bishops, predestination, Queen Anne’s bounty, the Commissary System and the Bishop of London, James Blair, William and Mary College, Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG), the Great Awakening 1740-1776, George Whitfield, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, Gilbert Tennant, Theodore Frelinguyson. The relationship between Mesopotamia, New Light and Old Light and adult Baptism.
Lesson five will address the topics, of Whitfield’s 3rdand 4th, Younger clergy, American Denominations. Congregationalists of New England, no colonial American Bishop, Music and the great awakening, Te Deum, The General Convention of 1789, The Revolutionary War was devastating, 1783 and the Treaty of Paris, John Jay, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Laurens, William Temple Franklin, The Protestant Episcopal Church, William Smith for Bishop, Bishop William White.
The very important lesson will address the creation of the Episcopal Church from the ruin of War. The sixth lesson will cover William White, “Episcopal Churches in the United States Considered”, General Vestries, the Society for the “Relief of Widows and Orphans of Clergymen”, First General Convention 1785, two houses, one composed of the laity and clergy that would vote by orders and the other the House of Bishops, the radical Book of Common Prayer, Samuel Seabury, Kings Brigade, Bishop Seabury Bishop of All America, Bishop William White, and Bishop Samuel Provoost.
This Lesson covers a crucial time as the modern Episcopal Church began to be visible. This lesson will cover the general convention with a second house of Bishops along with a house of Clergy and laity voting by orders, 1790, James Madison ordained Bishop, an American Episcopal denomination, Unitarians, Methodists, the 39 Articles were adopted in 1804, General Seminary, The Protestant Episcopal Seminary of Virginia, Kenyon College, Francis Scott Key, The three decker and Music, “Lined Out”, “Tune Book”, Parish Clerk, Hymns, and the Three Decker Pulpit.
This lesson will cover the developing national Episcopal Church. The will discuss Sunday School, reading, Church Catechism, Bishop William White, “First Day Society”, Vestry, Parish priest, Modern Bishop vs. colonial Commissaries, confirmations, John Henry Hobart, Apostolic Succession, Covenant Theology, adult affirmation, Philander Chase, Benjamin Bosworth Smith, James Otey, Christ Church New Orleans, and Louisiana Purchase.
The Episcopal Church enters the nineteenth century times and debates. The Lesson will cover the Oxford Movement, rational Anglicans, English phenomena, adult renewal, Catholic Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick, Parliamentary Influence, Oxford scholar John Keble, National Apostasy, Tracts for our Times, Tractarian Movement, pre-great awakening liturgy, Works-righteousness, Evangelical wing, the American Church, High Church, the Anti-Oxford Movement and the Anti-Oxford resolution.
This lesson will cover the approaching modern era and the 20th Century. The lesson will cover, All Saints Parish in Northfield Minnesota, Broad Church Movement, every member canvass, Trinity Parish in New York, Slum Lord, 1883 St. Georges Parish in New York, Boy’s Club, Conference of Church Workers Among the Colored People, Alexander Crummell, Swanee Cannon, Segregation, black suffergan Bishops, Henry B. Delaney, Edward T. Denby, Church Congress 1874 -1934, Thomas Howard, and Algernon Sidney Crapsey.
The modern era crashes in with a bang called WW II and the period of American influence. This Lesson will cover Palm Sunday Processions, Book of Offices, Neo-Orthodoxy, Francis Lincoln, Christianity and Modern Man, Paul Tillich, Education for Christian Living, the full time Presiding Bishop, Women’s auxiliaries, Women Church professionals, “of Professional Women Church Workers”, Prayer Book Studies IV, Segregation, University of the South, Swanee, 1979 Prayer Book, Green Book, Zebra Book, 1979 Book of Common Prayer, and Liturgical Revival.
This will bring us to the present controversies that still form our debate. The lesson will cover AWAKE, Association of Concerned Episcopalians to Inform and Awaken Our Church, the American Anglican Council, the Ekklesia Society, the Emerging Church Network, First Promise, Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, Bishop Wantland, ordination of women, Anglican Consultative Council, Via Media, Anglican communion, US liberals, “A petition to Orthodox Bishops of the Anglican Communion for Protection of Orthodox Anglicans in the United States until the Episcopal Church is Reformed or Replaced as a Province of the Communion”, Anglican Mission in America, AMiA, and Bishop Eugene V. Robinson.
The Baptism of Our Lord, Stained Glass of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Little Rock, Arkansas