We are a branch of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church instituted by Jesus Christ faithfully continuing the Anglican tradition. We uphold the historic Catholic Faith, Apostolic Order and Evangelical Witness as set forth in the 1928 American edition of the Book of Common Prayer. We accept as binding and unalterable the received Faith and Traditions of the Church, and its teachings. These include the historic, three-fold male, Ordained ministry of Bishop, Priest, and Deacon, as set forth in the Holy Scriptures; the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds; and the writings of the bishops and doctors of the ancient Church, especially as defined by the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Undivided Church.
The word 'catholic' is often misunderstood as meaning Roman Catholic. But Rome has no copyright on these words. The words "Catholic Church" in ancient times referred to the universal Church, teaching the entire Faith of Jesus Christ which He gave to the Apostles. In our day, when the Church is sadly divided, the term catholic Church denotes those branches of the Church who, though separate, still teach the Apostolic Faith and continue Apostolic practice; these include not only Roman Catholics but also all those who continue to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in this world as the means of “redemption” and “salva-tion”. The word 'Anglican' refers to our heritage and roots in the Church of England while ‘Episcopalian’ is the term most often used in the United States.
As sons and daughters of the Church of England, our religious heritage reaches back to the earliest days of Christianity in England and beyond that to our Lord's commission to the Apostles to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel." When British settlers first came to this continent, they brought their (Anglican) Faith with them. After the American Revolution Anglicans in the United States called themselves the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. In 1789 they adopted a Book of Common Prayer whose Preface states that: “...it will also appear that this Church is far from intending to depart from the Church of England in any essential point of doctrine, discipline, or worship..." (1928 Book of Common Prayer, page vi).
Christianity is truly a conservative religion, not following every liberal whim of men's minds and moral laxities. Men of Christian principle must always stand firm for that which is right and good and true. It has always been a rather widely accepted fact that the South had a tendency to be more conservative in their thinking and morals. Since the Church was established in the South, since Christians should be conservative in morals and in thinking and not given to accept things just to appease the majority, and since it was established by true conservative Southern Ladies and Gentlemen, why not the Southern Episcopal Church. A Church that is open to all Episcopalians and other Christians who remain conservative in their Christian Faith, and sincerely desire to remain in the “catholic” Faith once handed down to the Apostles.
There are two Sacraments
Baptism and Holy Eucharist ordained of Christ in the Gospel:
Baptism: by water and in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19) makes us new creatures. (John 3:5; Romans 6:4) and conveys grace and forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21). The Holy Eucharist: also called the Lord's Supper, the Holy Communion, and the Divine Mystery, was instituted by our Lord at the Last Supper when He said: “This is my body which is given for you....This is my blood of the New Testament...As oft as ye do this do it in remembrance of Me. (I Corinthians 11:24; Matthew 26:20- 28; Mark 14: 17-25; Luke 22:14-20) and by which He strengthens His people with His Body and Blood (John 6:41-59).
The Southern Episcopal Church (SEC) accepts all Baptized and Confirmed Episcopalians at her Communion Table, as well as all Christians (baptized believers). The S.E.C. has entered into several Inter-Communion Agreements with other Anglican jurisdictions; however, the Southern Episcopal Church in the United States is not directly tied or affiliated with any other group of continuing Episcopalians. The S.E.C. has never been involved in the battles and splits in groups that have developed over the last few years. The S.E.C. is painfully aware of how the Body of Christ has been so tragically dissected over the past several years. We pray daily for unity. All who are looking for peace and love are invited to investigate the Southern Episcopal Church.