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Universal Anglican Church
Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and
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connected to the millennia old church and tradition of Christianity serving in the present – ready for the future of spirituality and faith.
Universal Anglican Clergy are men and woman from all walks of life who have responded to the call of Christ to bring the divine presence to all they encounter with a spirit of radical inclusion and a passion for justice and service.
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If you are viewing this website from a state other than the Mid-Atlantic, and you are interested in a vocation, please contact our Director of Vocations – Bishop Jeffrey Montoya at RevJ@MilwaukeeMinistry.org
Contemporary, Universalist, Post Denominational, and Radically Inclusive!
The UAC was born in 2003 and our parents (founders) chose the name The Universal Anglican Church.
We love our name in that Anglicanism has been the historic "middle way" between extremes, but in some ways we have outgrown it.
In addition to our Anglican clergy, we have had clergy and members from the Methodist, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Non-Denominational traditions.
What drew them to us was not our Anglicanism per se, but rather our absolute insistence on the full inclusion of all people in the full life of our Church.
Unfortunately, in the past two decades, world wide Anglicanism has been less than inclusive and there doesn't seem to be any reason to expect that to change. Anglican bishops in the African continent as well as those in North America who choose to follow them, have been outspokenly exclusive of our LGBT brothers and sisters. Very often they are exclusive of women of any affectional orientation.
This creates a situation we are no longer willing to be identified with, and so our name has created some confusion. We still love our Anglican heritage, but what we value in Anglicanism is not what world wide Anglicanism is engaged in at the present moment.
We also recognized a certain lack of clarity around the word Universal in our name. Some thought that it meant we wanted to have ministries all over the world. Others thought, appropriately, that it was another word for catholic with a lower case "c". Others thought, incorrectly, that it mean we were an splinter movement from Roman Catholicism.
Rev. Canon Jerry Roy, OC,
Mid-Atlantic Diocese, UAC
In fact, we aren't a splinter movement from any Church. At our inception only one of our clergy was ordained, and he had been ordained in an Independent Church.
Perhaps more importantly, we have come to understand our charism more accurately as Universalist. We are Christians who have intense faith in the power and love of God to win out. We believe that God is all powerful. We believe that God is all loving and unchanging. We believe with Dame Julian of Norwich that this means that God can never become angry, because if God were to become angry God would have to change - and God is unchanging. We agree with Julian that sin is "no thing", which is to say that sin is the temporary absence of the light and love of God in a situation because the individuals in question refuse that light and love.
We do not believe in a devil in red pajamas. There is no counter force battling against God for control of the universe. God is all, which is why God self identified as I am in the Bible.
God doesn't punish, not even momentarily - much less for eternity. The pain and suffering we encounter are the products of the consequences of our choices coupled with our distorted thoughts and feelings. There is no hell, everyone is already "saved." We are Christian Universalists!
The other issue we wanted to clarify is that while we are a non-institutional Church, most of our ministries are not parish ministries. In addition to being parish priests, our clergy are drug and alcohol counselors, chaplains, street ministers, healing practitioners, retreat leaders, spiritual guides/directors, spiritual teachers, health care professionals, have ministries to the homeless, and a host of other ministries.
We are Church, and we are so much more.