CEEC History

A Timeline of Significant Events

Sharing the history of a movement without focusing on specific individuals can be a daunting task. The goal is to shine a light on the key milestones of the group, not to create a "glory list" for everyone who may have been involved. Also, once one begins "naming names" it is inevitable that someone who actually played a key role is overlooked, or inadvertently misrepresented.

Therefore, our goal here is not to identify who we are by attempting to name all those people that have picked up the mantle and allowed God to use them in the development and growth of the CEEC. Rather, we present a timeline of events from which we all lay as the foundation of our own story within the context of that event that drew us into the Communion.

So, come journey with us, as we continue writing our story together.

Treasures Old & New

Summer 1993
In the summer of 1993 a summit was convened called "Treasures Old and New: The Convergence of the Streams of Christianity". 

The gathering was an ecumenical group of pastors and leaders having found themselves on this common "journey" or "pilgrimage" and wanting to come together to share their discoveries, experiences, and ideas. About 75 leaders gathered that summer in Oklahoma City, OK. It was at that small but historic event that the seeds were sown from which a number of ‘Convergence Movements’.

First Flames Of Convergence

Spring 1994
In early 1994 a handful of members from a charismatic renewal parish in the Episcopal Church together with their rector, began to conceptualize a vision identical to the one being discussed and considered in the '93 conference. 

Prayerful efforts began to be put on paper, as well as strategic organization concerning the foundation and vision of a new communion of churches that would be tied to the historic Anglican spiritual tradition that would allow for the coming together of churches and leaders from all backgrounds who had a hunger toward experiencing and practicing this apostolic and prophetic vision of the convergence of the streams of the Church.

Communion Established

January 1997
In January 1997, six bishops meeting in synod voted to incorporate the "The Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches" to reflect the international growth and the needs for eventual provincial structuring. 

Six nations and 30 churches were now represented in affiliation.

EECI Joins the CEEC

March 1999
On March 17, 1999 the Evangelical Episcopal Churches International united with The Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches. This good and godly merger greatly enlarged and strengthened the Communion.

Co-Communion with CCI 

Summer 2006
In 2006,  the Christian Communion International entered into a "co-communion" relationship with the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches and the two bodies began our formal relationship.

CCI Joins the CEEC

March 201x
During our Synod which convened in Mobile, Alabama, among other business, was the reception of the Christian Communion International into full communion with the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches,

The Journey Continues ....

To Infinity, And Beyond .....
No single dated timeline can never tell the whole story of a movement. You'll find other pieces of the story being told by our individual jurisdictions. To that end, we encourage you to explore the relevant  websites, posts and social media pages. 

The past decade has brought continued growth and expansion, and until now the CEEC is represented on six continents.  (Evidently penguins can't embrace convergence, probably because of their small wings.)  

Growth specialists say that it takes a movement twenty-five years to become an organization, and another twenty-five years to become a fully self-sustaining institution. The CEEC stands on that critical threshold of transition. 

We invite you all to join us on the journey into God’s future for all of us!
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