Thinking Anglicans

a little Scottish Episcopal history

David McCarthy has been quoted as saying:

“We see ourselves as being in the long-standing tradition of Scottish Episcopalianism…”

Today’s Glasgow Herald has this letter to the editor hidden away (see next page link at the bottom, go to page 3):

The congregation of St Silas Church, Glasgow, are in dispute with their Scottish Episcopal Bishops. It would appear history repeats itself. St Silas was opened in November, 1864, by a group of dissenters: Mr George Burns, Mr William Frederick Burnley and Sir Archibald Campbell – ”all being men of peace, though prepared, at considerable self-sacrifice, to contend for the maintenance of the Protestant and Evangelical principles of the Church of England, felt it better to set aside their interest in St Jude’s and built St Silas Church”.

At that time the bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church were intent on changing the protestant nature of the 36 39 articles of religion of the Church of England, to embrace Tractarianism and the Oxford Anglo-Catholic movement.

St Silas was readmitted to the fold under the concordat of 1906. In 1987, St Silas became a private chapel within the Scottish Episcopal Church.

John McPhail, 23 Lochlibo Crescent, Barrhead.

You can read about the history of the English Episcopal Church in Scotland in Gavin White’s book The Scottish Episcopal Church, A New History.

By the way, as the link is currently broken on the official SEC site, here is the correct URL for the 24 Feb news item on that site: The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Most Rev Bruce Cameron, shares his initial reflection on the meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion.

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stsilas
stsilas
15 years ago

Simon, The folk upset by the Bishops’ Statement are not only evangelicals. I spent an hour on the phone this morning listening to an 82 year old man from another congregation in Glasgow, who is very much a traditional Episcopalian. Forward in Faith are part of it too. I myself am a Scot, trained at the Episcopal Theological College, and have served the SEC for over half my life. To suggest then, that simply because the church I currently serve has an ‘interesting’ history, my comments are somehow invalid, is a wee bit naughty. I’ve never been described as indefatigible… Read more »

stsilas
stsilas
15 years ago

And apologies for the truly horrifying photographic link……..

J. C. Fisher
15 years ago

“We see ourselves as being in the long-standing tradition of Scottish Episcopalianism…”

Funny: so does ECUSA!

(Thanks for consecrating our first bishop, +Samuel Seabury, Scots! :-D)

Jim Jordan
Jim Jordan
15 years ago

Considering King James preference for the Church of England over the Presbyterians and considering his well-known preference for boys over women there can be little doubt that the Scottish Episcopal Church has no problem with ordanined gay priests and bishops. Whether or not the Lord is of the same opinion is another matter all together

David Huff
David Huff
15 years ago

Oh for goodness sake, Mr. Jordan – could you at least *attempt* to disguise your argumentum ad hominem with a bit of Christian forebearance and charity ?

http://datanation.com/fallacies/attack.htm

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