Here’s highlights from some of our International member churches/centers. For a full listing of active members, visit the Current Membership Listing.
The Open Episcopal Church
The Communion of the Open Episcopal Church in the Province of the United Kingdom and Ireland
The Open Episcopal Church is a growing ecumenical denomination that calls itself “the small church with a big heart”. It has bishops in England, Scotland and Wales and clergy throughout the United Kingdom. It has ministered to hundreds of thousands of people and has over 25,000 members – a vocal and active champion of religious equality and works to model and encourage inclusive community.
The Open Episcopal Church consecrated the first woman bishop for England in 2003, Wales in 2007, and consecrated the first woman bishop for Scotland in June 2012. The core vision of the church is encapsulated in the scripture: There is no Jew or Greek, servant or free, male or female: because you are all one in Jesus Christ.” Unity, equality and diversity are core principles of church life. Holy orders are open to all irrespective of gender or sexual identity. The Church marries and blesses alike the unions of heterosexual couples and those of other sexual identities. All are offered the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, whatever their age or belief or philosophy. Many of the clerics are itinerant after the apostolic model, bringing the sacraments into people’s homes, gardens and community centres; baptising children and celebrating marriage in ways accessible to ordinary families.
The Open Episcopal Church does not require adherence to a particular interpretation of the Christian tradition. It regards religious language as negotiating mystery, acknowledging that no story, doctrine or culture can adequately encompass the divine. Freedom in thought, in worship and in ministry is encouraged. The social concern of the church prompts members to work with the homeless, support development projects, care for addicts, help rehabilitate offenders, run mental health projects and stop as ‘Good Samaritans’ to help those with roadside troubles.
Not defined as a local worshiping community or as an organization, but as the life of God abroad throughout society and within all people, the Open Episcopal Church regards all as playing their part in the quest towards God and all who work for good are welcome as members. The church received national and international attention due to the wedding blessing Archbishop Blake conducted for Jade Goody and Jack Tweed and through the launch of ‘Post the Host’ an outreach provision to distribute the consecrated Hosts by post. The church has been at the forefront of campaigning for equal marriage in the U.K. and Archbishop Blake was invited recently to attend Downing Street to meet with the Prime Minister.
The church wishes to be open to the Holy Spirit’s ingenuity and to remodel form and structure so that the vital inheritance of Christianity is not lost for this generation.
For more information, please visit their website www.openepiscopalchurch.org
Saint Mary’s Community Church, French Chapter of ICCC
B.P. 5 35 rue de la Vatine – 76131 Mont Saint Aignan Cedex – France.
Telephone : 02.35.59.82.59 – Fax : 02.35.59.68.59.
Saint Mary’s Church was founded in 1964, at Mont Saint Aignan near Rouen (Seine Maritime, France), by thousands of Christian families attached to the Catholic faith received from the Apostles, and to the traditional liturgy of the Mass, and the Gregorian chant.
Saint Mary’s Church is independent of any political or fundamentalist movement, and of any other ecclesiastical jurisdiction (by it’s legal status). It opens its pastoral ministry to all who, being aware of their weaknesses, seek God and want to participate in the liturgical and sacramental life of the church, confident in our Lord’s mercy.
Saint Mary’s Church is a member of the International Council of Community Churches that is linked to the World Council of the Churches in Geneva. Saint Mary’s Church welcomes divorced Christians and gives them the consolation of the sacraments of the Christian life. “The sabbath is made for man ; not man for the sabbath”. The church received from Christ a mission of mercy, not of condemnation. Divorce is a short coming that we can only regret. But to forbid the sacraments of spiritual life to divorced Christians who ask for them is contrary to the gospel’s message and in scandalous.
Saint Mary’s Church calls upon the priestly ministry, not only of those who have a vocation to celibacy, but also of fathers of families, according to the apostolic usage and practice maintained by every Christian churches, including the Uniat churches, i.e those united with the Roman see. Celibacy is a particular vocation which is not given to everyone. To make it mandatory for priestly ordination is a constraint that Christ never imposed upon his disciples who were in fact married. Priests must be free to choose the state which best suits them, according to the gift they received, to fully live their faith and announce the gospel to everyone.
Saint Mary’s Church received its Holy Orders from the Right Reverend Cornejo Radavero. He was consecrated a Roman Catholic bishop on April 16,1961, by Cardinal Landazuri Ricketts, Archbishop-Primate of Peru. Bishop Cornejo conferred the episcopal ordination to Bishop Maurice Cantor, founder of Saint Mary’s Church. He also conferred Holy Orders to the priests who form the church clergy. The Roman Catholic universities of Toulouse, Ottawa and Louvain certified the validity of Bishop Cantor’s episcopate. The sacraments of Saint Mary’s Church are therefore validly administered.
Saint Mary’s Church ministers to a vast pastoral region that is made of many neighboring departments. Its staff consists of 13 paid members (9 clergy and 4 auxiliaries to the clergy), working full time for the church, including Bishop Maurice Cantor and Bishop Cornejo.
SUNDAYS:9:15 a.m. : Song Mass. 11:00 a.m. : High Mass. 3:45 p.m. : End of Afternoon Mass.
WEEKDAYS: Mass is at 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m..
Clergy are on attendance every day, except Tuesday and Friday.
Here are some statistics.
From the time St. Mary’s Church was founded in 1965, 24,092 children received the sacrament of baptism. 11,536 children made solemn communion. 15,218 young men and women received the sacrament of marriage. 503 funeral were held.