The Free Episcopal Church in the USA (TIFPECUSA)
Apostolic + Affirming + Progressive + Relevant
May all peoples "...walk in newness of life...". - Romans 6:4
The historical "Free Protestant Episcopal Church" was founded by four ecumenically-minded Christian-catholic Bishops within Europe in 1897 A.D. Theses bishops were consecrated within the stream of Apostolic Succession and authorized to begin their ecumenical ministries from a combined heritage of Eastern Catholic and Anglican-Catholic churches. This church body has typically been internationally active, dynamic and ecumenical.
With over 115 years of global ministry and history within this independent jurisdiction, our religious and missionary organization is now known in the United States and in the Americas as: The Free Episcopal Church USA (TIFPECUSA).
In the spirit of Christin Unity, we also serve as the Southwest Province of the Anglican Free Communion.
Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT):
No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.
Paul was a reasonable and practical apostle. He allowed himself to truthfully assess his own spiritual walk. Even though he spent time with other apos...tles, and spent time receiving revelation from Christ Himself, he honestly recognized and confessed to his Christian family that he still had a long journey of growth ahead of himself. What's more, is that he did not allow himself the time to wallow in the past, or harp on failures, nor focus on what he readily recognized that he was not. He looked forward, stepped forward, and re-focused all the energy he was graced with to the race that was set before him. Paul had his heart, his mind, all his bodily energy, as well as his spiritual sights set unswervingly on the prize that was Christ Himself!
We have been in the race these past many years, too. We would do well to meditate on Paul's exemplary journey and re-focus all our efforts on attaining Christ in 2016. We have a calling to run this race, let us strain to receive the Prize!