DALLAS, TX: Reformed Episcopal Church Affirms Relationship with ACNA 53rd General Council embraces tradition and comprehensiveness
By The Ven. James T. Payne Special to Virtueonline.org June 17, 2011
In a meeting that both affirmed and celebrated the past while moving towards the future, over three hundred bishops, lay and clerical deputies, observers and invited guests gathered in suburban Dallas at Church of the Holy Communion (REC) for the fifty-third General Council of the Reformed Episcopal Church.
Founded in 1873, the oldest traditional Anglican body in the United States and Canada embraced both its tradition and comprehensiveness in three days that were marked by consensus and a spirit of cooperation.
This began with the unanimous re-election of Presiding Bishop Leonard Riches to a sixth term in office as president of the General Council. The council also re-elected the Rt. Reverend Royal U. Grote, Jr. as Vice President. It is largely under their leadership that the Reformed Episcopal Church has fully recovered it Anglican roots and become more focused on evangelism, mission and cooperation with other orthodox Anglicans.