1951 and Beyond

The Modern Era

1960 Eugene Carson Blake proposes merger of the Episcopal Church, Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church, and United Church of Christ, resulting in formation of the Consultation on Church Union.
1960 Dennis Bennett launches the Charismatic Renewal Movement.
1961 General Convention authorizes women to be lay readers.
1964 John Hines, former Rector of Saint Paul’s, elected Presiding Bishop at General Convention.
1967 General Convention authorizes laymen to administer the chalice, and authorizes women to be convention deputies. A special General Convention in 1969 authorized women to serve as chalice bearers.
1970 General Convention authorizes ordination of women to the diaconate, and the “Green Book” of trial liturgies.
1971 First meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC).
1973 General Convention changes marriage canons to allow divorced persons to marry within the Church.
1974 Irregular ordination of women to the priesthood. The ordaining bishops were censured at the 1975 General Convention.
1976 General Convention approves ordination of women to the priesthood.
1979 General Convention authorizes a new Book of Common Prayer. Adoption of a resolution stating, “It is not appropriate for this church to ordain a practicing homosexual or any person engaged in heterosexual relations outside of marriage.”
1982 General Convention approves Hymnal 1982.
1994 General Convention removed the “filioque” from the Nicene Creed of the next prayer book.
1997 General Convention approved the Lutheran-Episcopal Concordat of Agreement. The document, “Called to Common Mission” was approved at the 2000 General Convention.

The Episcopal Church was substantially involved in the civil rights movement. The seminaries were integrated in the 1950’s, and by 1954 all dioceses had lifted restrictions on blacks being elected as deputies to diocesan conventions. The Rev. Martin Luther King addressed the 1964 General Convention in St. Louis.

1954 The Rt. Rev. Albert Rhett Stuart was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia on October 20.
1963 The Reverend C. Edward Reeves, Jr. accepts a call to be Rector.
1968 In October, the first joint meeting of the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada and the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States was held at Saint Paul’s.
1972 The diocesan convention was held at Saint Paul’s in February. Bp. Stuart retired, and the Rt. Rev. Paul Reeves formally acceded to the post of Bishop.

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