In 1977 an internationalcongress of nearly 2,000 Anglican bishops, clergy and lay people met inSt. Louis, Missouri, to take the actions necessary to establish an orthodox jurisdiction in which traditional Anglicanism would be maintained, by returning to the fullness of the Faith of the undivided universal Church. Acting according to the principles determined by the seven great Ecumenical Councils of the ancient Church and adopting initially the name "Anglican Church of North America," they placed themselves under the jurisdiction of the retired Episcopal bishop of Springfield, Illinois, the Right Reverend Albert Chambers.
To troubled Episcopalians
You are not having a bad dream my friend. Your church has, indeed, left you behind. Why remain unhappy? You are not the one who is out of step with the times, but the times that are out of step with God. “His truth endures to all generations” says Psalm 100. But they have made the Christian Faith unrecognizable. The changes have been incremental, and it took some of us years to see what was happening. I realized years ago, when I had helped a lost man return to his Christian faith, that I could not bring him into my own church with a clear conscience. I had to decide, Do I spend my life fighting the inevitable, or do I work for Christ and do good? To paraphrase Nathan Hale, I have but one life to give for my Lord.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).”
“Charity…rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.” (I Corinthians13:4,6)
It is time for you to come over to us, and return to “The Faith which was once delivered to the saints (Jude 3),” that faith and practice in which you may feel the presence of God again, and rejoice.