our French Episcopal communities
(applicable to all)
The Rt. Rev. Pierre W. Whalon, D.D.
Episcopal Churches In Europe
1.) Where the Good News of Jesus is preached and the Sacraments
of his New Covenant are faithfully celebrated, there the Church
is found. It needs two more things to live fully: liturgies
which appeal to the original Christian tradition, using the
whole Bible and the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds; and ministers
ordained by bishops as successors of the Apostles who proclaim
the Word of God and celebrate the sacraments faithfully.
2.) We do not proselytize—we evangelize, as is the duty
of every Christian regardless of denomination. Our communities
will have healthy growth only when our neighbors find a friendly
welcome which respects their need to « work out their
salvation with fear and trembling » (Phil. 2 :12), and
meet people who manifest lives transformed by love.
3.) The reason the Church exists is not to moralize. All people
must without fail choose good and avoid evil. Christians are
supposed to transcend mere morality in loving their neighbors
4.) It should be clearly understood that we do not exist to
be Episcopalians but to become disciples of Christ, nourishing
ourselves from his riches, and to form other disciples of Jesus
attracted by our way of being Christian.
5.) The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic, and we
will strive to live out these so-called “notes”
of the true Church especially by serving the poor and marginalized.
6.) We will try to govern ourselves so as to be guided by the
Holy Spirit. This requires that all members take responsibility
for our common life, and that we practice shared leadership
between clergy and laypeople.
7.) We rejoice to share in the great tradition of the Anglican
Communion. It falls to us to discover and live out the French
(European) expression of this very ancient tradition.
8.) No one is to boast of the superiority of our way of being
Christian, or denigrate other Churches.
9.) Our communities must be centers of learning in which the
Scriptures and the whole of the Christian tradition are available
10.) In all times, joyous, sad, prosperous and impoverished,
we will found our hope on God and God alone, knowing that Christ
has once and for ever delivered us from evil, sin and death;
and awaiting the gifts of the Spirit pour out upon each person
to accomplish joyfully together the mission of Jesus’
English: 19 November 2004