First of all, we are a communion
The Continuing Evangelical Episcopal Communion (the CEEC) is a communion of the one, holy catholic and apostolic Church. Our specific identity and self-understanding is rooted in the Anglican spiritual tradition of being Catholic, Evangelical and Protestant. Standing within the Celtic and Anglican spiritual traditions, the Continuing Evangelical Episcopal Communion was created by a convergence of three great historical expressions of faith and practice: the Evangelical/Biblical, the Charismatic/Pentecostal, and the Liturgical/Sacramental traditions.
A communion reflects the unanimity and singularity of the Apostolic and Patristic Church, while encompassing both Protestant and Catholic traditions, as well as embracing a multiplicity of expressions of worship and practice. In contrast to a denomination, a communion expresses the organic unity Jesus Christ originally established in His Body, the Church.
Rather than emerging from divisions created by historic differences over doctrine and practice, a communion represents a return to unity based on the recovery of the essential oneness of the ancient, medieval, and contemporary church. In other words, we didn't "break away" from a previous group or denomination, but were rather formed by God calling together a group of men and women into a covenantal community. The CEEC emerged through an organic movement of faith leaders known as the "Convergence Movement" in which Anglican communities cultivated a rich openness to the gifts of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in corporate worship, while Evangelical churches reached back to the buried treasures of sacred sacraments, scripture, liturgies and creeds. There, amidst this intentional convergence, the Church reunited with itself across traditions in a richness of worship that transcended stylistic and doctrinal differences to celebrate a singular, common faith.
Holding to "the faith once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3), the CEEC unequivocally declares its belief in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the Word of God, and the sole rule of faith and practice as interpreted by tradition, reason and experience. Our belief finds its boundaries of expression in three historic creeds, commonly called the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Creed of Saint Athanasius. Moreover, we affirm the historical significance of the doctrines set forth in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion,
as well as the values espoused in the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral
, and the Chicago Call: An Appeal to Evangelicals