The Richard Hooker Society

The Richard Hooker Society The Richard Hooker Society for Formation in the Tradition of the Anglican Divines "Although the origins of the RHS are no longer accessible, scholars have reasonably established the lineage of the Society's genealogy back to the Education Society of Mr Francis Scott Key and the clergyman, William Meade, later Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, and to the School of Prophets they founded.

However, it remains unclear whether the RHS arose in the newly formed Protestant Episcopal Church of America or crossed the Atlantic in the wake of the Revolution to revitalize the much besieged and floundering young Church. Whatever the origins of the Society, all are in agreement that her way has been to pass the years and decades (and centuries?) quietly, like a steady vessel gliding through murky waters and befogged climate, unnoticed and unknown. Yet she does make herself known at those times when her mother Church is embattled by external assaults or internal controversies."

Mission: To the glory of God: We, the Richard Hooker Society at the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, being raised up in a day of bitter controversy, do seek through the study of the works of the Anglican Divines to defend with sound reasoning and great charity the catholic and reformed religion, hoping to be granted by Almighty God a maintenance of that middle way, not as a compromise for the sake of peace but as a comprehension for the sake of truth.

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11/20/2020
The Fork Church of St Martin's Parish

The Fork Church of St Martin's Parish

In this tenth part of the series on "How Did We Get the New Testament," the Rev'd Dr Ross Wright and Father Nik discuss the Gospel according to John and the Johannine Epistles

Called to Common Mission: the Lutheran-Episcopal Full Communion Partnership at 20 - Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Persp...
11/19/2020
Called to Common Mission: the Lutheran-Episcopal Full Communion Partnership at 20 - Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Perspectives

Called to Common Mission: the Lutheran-Episcopal Full Communion Partnership at 20 - Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Perspectives

By: Dcn. Mitzi Budde On January 6, 2021, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church will celebrate twenty years of full communion. Full communion was established between the churches in the ecumenical agreement, Called to Common Mission, and inaugurated in 2001 at the Washin...

History UK and EIRE
11/08/2020

History UK and EIRE

On this day 8th November 1342 The birth of Julian of Norwich, English mystic and saint (d. 1416).

Julian of Norwich, was an English anchoress and an important Christian mystic and theologian. Her Revelations of Divine Love, written around 1395, is the first book in the English language known to have been written by a woman. Julian was also known as a spiritual authority within her community where she also served as a counsellor and advisor. She is venerated in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran churches.

Photo of Statue of Julian on the front of Norwich Cathedral, holding the book Revelations of Divine Love, courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Search for the Lost Manuscript, a BBC documentary on YouTube about the history of Julian, her original manuscript and the copies made by others over the centuries.
https://youtu.be/7sbfVBB4AuY

•Here's a couple of good articles about Julian of Norwich:
http://www.luminarium.org/medlit/julian.htm

http://www.umilta.net/julian.html

•Revelations of Divine Love at Project Gutenberg
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/52958

Classical Anglicanism
11/03/2020

Classical Anglicanism

Richard Hooker, Priest, 1600

O God of truth and peace, who didst raise up thy servant Richard Hooker in a day of bitter controversy to defend with sound reasoning and great charity the catholic and reformed religion: Grant that we may maintain that middle way, not as a compromise for the sake of peace, but as a comprehension for the sake of truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Classical Anglicanism
10/16/2020

Classical Anglicanism

16 October 1555
Martyrdom of Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, Bishops

Keep us, O Lord, constant in faith and zealous in witness, that, like thy servants, Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, we may live in thy fear, die in thy favor, and rest in thy peace; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Lutheran Anglicans
10/14/2020

Lutheran Anglicans

Classical Anglicanism
08/23/2020

Classical Anglicanism

“For the Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe... They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives.”

Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus c.180 AD

Lutheran Anglicans
08/20/2020

Lutheran Anglicans

"Law & gospel are the terms of our eschatological destiny: before eternal God, we are accused; or we are pardoned, consoled, reckoned righteous. For all the complex legacy of modern Lutheran doctrines of faith, we can still say in a simple fashion that Christian faith just is the deep, personal recognition that law & gospel concern me; more, they determine me."

-Katherine Sonderegger in "God's Two Words: Law & Gospel in the Lutheran and Reformed Traditions."

Three Priests Walk in a Bar
08/16/2020
Three Priests Walk in a Bar

Three Priests Walk in a Bar

A new video from Three Priests Walk in a Bar on this, the Feast of St Mary or the Dormition of the Theotokos:

Mary of Nazareth, Mother Mary, Virgin Mary, Saint Mary, Mother of God, Theotokos, Queen of Heaven, Blessed Virgin Mary—She's known by many different titles. Perhaps no figure is quite as controversial in the Western church than the Mother of God. Some folks claim too much emphasis is put on Mary while others say not enough. So, what is it about Mary that gets Christians so worked up? How long have Christians been debating her title and significance? And What's at stake in those debates? Our clerics come together to offer you a conversation with absolutely no resolution to this issue and several well intentioned rabbit trails as well.

https://youtu.be/fTT4FF2dbYM

Lutheran Anglicans
08/15/2020

Lutheran Anglicans

"Then, although in ourselves we be altogether sinful and unrighteous, yet even the man which is in himself impious, full of iniquity, full of sin; him being found in Christ through faith, and having his sin in hatred through repentance; him God beholdeth with with a gracious eye, putteth away his sin by not imputing it, taketh quite away the punishment due there unto, by pardoning it; and accepteth him in Jesus Christ, as perfectly righteous, as if he had fulfilled all that is commanded him in the law...."

-Richard Hooker in Ecclesiastical Polity, "A Learned Discourse of Justification."

07/10/2020
Three Priests Walk in a Bar

Three Priests Walk in a Bar

The Video of Episode 11 on the Creeds is now up on YouTube!

The word “Creed” comes from the Latin, “Credo,” which means, “I believe.” In this episode our Creedy Clerics discuss what we as a Church believe. What do you believe?

https://youtu.be/Yp8l5SRgsGQ

New Trinitarian Ontologies EuARe Online Panel
06/25/2020
New Trinitarian Ontologies EuARe Online Panel

New Trinitarian Ontologies EuARe Online Panel

New Trinitarian Ontologies EuARe Online Panel Hosted by the European Academy of Religion 14:00-17:00 Thursday 25 June 2020 Moderator: Ryan Haecker (Universit...

“Creed” comes from the Latin, Credo, which means, “I believe.” What do you believe?
06/24/2020
EPISODE 11: The Creeds by 3 Priests Walk in a Bar • A podcast on Anchor

“Creed” comes from the Latin, Credo, which means, “I believe.” What do you believe?

The Creeds are those defining statements of core orthodox (small "o") Christian belief. They represent what the Church has believed, does believe, and should always believe as the foundational statements to our faith. But of course there's always some bones to pick among our three clerics. Do we use...

05/31/2020
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry's sermon given at Washington National Cathedral on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Culpeper, VA
05/27/2020

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Culpeper, VA

Want to pray, but sometimes can't find the right words?
Some Prayers from our Book of Common Prayer:

For Doctors and Nurses
Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study
and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of
disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit,
that by their ministries the health of the community may be
promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

For the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us
through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole
human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which
infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us;
unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and
confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in
your good time, all nations and races may serve you in
harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

For Social Justice
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so
move every human heart and especially the hearts of the
people of this land, that barriers which divide us may
crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our
divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In Times of Conflict
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us,in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work
together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Unemployed
Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer
want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this
land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find
suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment
for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Poor and the Neglected
Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you
all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us
to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick,
and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those
who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow
into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for
our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Those Who Live Alone
Almighty God, whose Son had nowhere to lay his head:
Grant that those who live alone may not be lonely in their
solitude, but that, following in his steps, they may find
fulfillment in loving you and their neighbors; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Aged
Look with mercy, O God our Father, on all whose increasing
years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. Provide for
them homes of dignity and peace; give them understanding
helpers, and the willingness to accept help; and, as their
strength diminishes, increase their faith and their assurance
of your love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

For our Enemies
O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love
our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth:
deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in
your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the Morning
This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring
forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I
am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still,
help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it
patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.
Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit
of Jesus. Amen.

Lutheran Anglicans
05/08/2020

Lutheran Anglicans

"No, if the church goes on living on powdered milk, the people will not grow in the knowledge and love of Christ. When the situation for the church changes, as I have no doubt it is going to, they will leave as easily as they now come, they have come without realizing that a claim has been placed upon them. They do not know the meaning of judgment, and so they can have no idea of forgiveness. Out of concern for the people who will be entrusted to you in your ministry for whom you will be held accountable before the living God, I urge you to think carefully about the obligation placed upon you when you are given 20 or 30 minutes to speak in the middle of the church's highest act of worship, the Eucharist. The Church needs neither your ideas nor mine. But it does need the Word of God himself, proclaimed through his witnesses, which witness we may and must take up in our own time for the Church today."

-The Rev. Dr. Paul Van Buren, "The Austin Dogmatics", p.293 (1957-58).

Lutheran Anglicans
04/24/2020

Lutheran Anglicans

"Looking on the heart, Jesus Christ is Judge, the True Judge. His is the human life fit for this work; his is the Majesty that comes from union with Eternal Truth. His is the Deity, perfect and whole, that comes--descends--with the Spirit of Blessing, from the Father of Lights, the Word of Truth and of Life. Never apart from his Spirit, One with the Spirit of Life, yet distinct, matchless, inimitable, the Truth that is Jesus Christ incarnates into a life that will break apart the kingdom of death, break into the stronghold of the Father of lies. Jesus Christ comes into this world, its Savior, as a pilgrim enters into the City of David, lowly,abreast a donkey, the peasant's ride; he makes an entrance fit for a Child born on a manger's straw; yet triumphant, borne too on the praises of Israel, a victorious entering into the rejection and torment and cruelty and death that is our lot. In his Passion, Jesus Christ is the obedient Son, active even in his humility, True even in the darkening falsehood of the world, Life even in our insatiable lust for death. He is for us in just this way, our Pioneer and Perfecter, our Ransom and Final Adam. Life and Truth enter into death, and from it, like a seed that breaks forth into a great harvest, a Kingdom is established, the Kingdom of the lowly Prince of Peace, the Ruler of the City of the River of Life. This is the Truth of Jesus Christ--this, the glorious and saving and hidden Truth of the whole world."

-Katherine Sonderegger, "The Humility of the Son of God."

Lutheran Anglicans
04/17/2020

Lutheran Anglicans

"Although in ourselves we be altogether sinful and unrighteous, yet even the man which in himself is impious, full of iniquity, full of sin...him God beholdeth with a gracious eye, putting away his sin by not imputing it, taketh quite away the punishment due thereunto, by pardoning it; and accepteth him in Jesus Christ, as perfectly righteous, as if he had fulfilled all that is commanded him in the law."

-Richard Hooker, "Learned Treatise of Justification."

04/12/2020
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry

Easter sermon given by Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry (virtually) at Washington National Cathedral on April 12, 2020.

Virginia Theological Seminary
04/10/2020

Virginia Theological Seminary

"Today we see God’s way, not ours, and we meditate on this mysterious and generous God, who takes upon Himself this pain, this execution and slow death, that the many may be made righteous. It is a great Mystery, a terrible Gift, the surpassing Goodness of Good Friday." Read more from the Rev. Kate Sonderegger, Ph.D., in A Lenten Meditation for Good Friday - https://mailchi.mp/fe8442fe6fe9/a-lenten-meditation-for-good-friday-2614922

Lutheran Anglicans
03/17/2020

Lutheran Anglicans

Lutheran Anglicans
03/08/2020

Lutheran Anglicans

"But if this Anglican vocation is to continue, then I think three things necessary. First, we need a little more pride in some of the Anglican teachers. I hope to see in America the preoccupation with Tillich to decline in such a way that some of the great Anglican teachers, including some of your own American Anglican teachers, may once again become familiar to you."

-100th Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey in "The Anglican Spirit."

Lutheran Reformation Info and More
02/15/2020

Lutheran Reformation Info and More

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