Evangelicals: The Missing Piece in the Episcopal Church
By Richard Kew in The Living Church
[Ed. note: Richard Kew was a 2011 Lenten preacher here at the Advent.]
Episcopal evangelicals are a species seldom seen these days. This isn’t new; on the American shore we’ve had a bit of a bumpy ride ever since the 18th century, beginning with the departure of Methodists, and then the independence of the American Colonies. Yet for much of the 19th century evangelicals were the force to be reckoned with, until Tractarians, Ritualists, and Rationalism became too much for them. One-third of all congregations opted in favor of the newly formed Reformed Episcopal Church.
While evangelical Anglicanism continued to flourish around the world, until the 1960s classic evangelicals were barely visible here…