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We’re All Saints Church! As our website notes, we worship in the Anglican Tradition. So what does that mean? Good question, but first we need to tell a bit of our story (or you can skip directly to Part 5. The Anglican Tradition, but that would mean you're missing all the good stuff that follows!).
Part 1. Our History (read on, it’s actually a bit interesting!)
In 1881, All Saints Episcopal Church was founded for our local community. In 1929 All Saints moved to its location at 1620 Randolph Lane. Over the years our community grew substantially. A neighborhood, Rosedale, grew up around us, and All Saints grew along with this neighborhood. The 1960’s and 70’s were years of significant growth for All Saints. A new building was added to the original. There were active youth and Sunday Schools groups. The church bell would ring and people across Rosedale would leave their home and walk to church. Obviously, things are very different now.
Like many churches, since the 90’s All Saints’ presence in its neighborhood has shrunk considerably - we were not prepared to respond to a rapidly changing culture.
While All Saints did little to respond to the changes in our culture, the national Episcopal Church (TEC) did respond, either in an attempt to remain relevant within culture or because it was also being changed along with our culture.
These changes, occurring slowly but steadily over the past fifty years or so, finally reached a point of “critical mass” - those congregations that were trying to remain biblically centered realized that the historic Christian faith and doctrines were at stake. The unique nature of Jesus Christ, the necessity of Christ’s death on the cross for our sin, the truth of the resurrection, the authority of scripture - all this and much more became “optional”. As one Episcopal Bishop famously said, “we wrote the Bible, we can rewrite the Bible.”
Unfortunately, this “battle” within the church has been cast as a homosexual issue in the media. In reality, homosexuality was and remains a relatively small issue within a much larger issue. The much greater issue concerns the authority and authenticity of the Bible and the “Historical Jesus.”
All Saints may not have been prepared to respond to changes in the culture, but we have always held fast to the core doctrine of the Christian faith and that was not going to change simply because culture and the Episcopal Church was changing. This was true for other congregations as well.