-A Letter from the Rector, Sam Seamans-

To my Anglican friends:

This is a bit difficult, but it is what it is, so here goes...

I am no longer a bishop or priest in the Anglican Church in North America or the Reformed Episcopal Church. My parish voted unanimously today to "terminate our membership, effective immediately, in the Anglican Church in North America and the Reformed Episcopal Church, and to join the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America", and we will be a part of the Western Rite. There I will be, God willing, re-ordained as an Orthodox priest.

A few things: First, I want to say something about the Reformed Episcopal Church: I could not possibly have asked for a better jurisdiction in which to be a traditional Anglican. From the bishops and clergy, to the laity and deaconesses, everyone was kind and generous to me, and I will forever value the friendships that I made there, and by the grace of God, I hope those friendships continue.

Though the REC is a wonderful church, it is the larger federation to which she belongs and the direction that federation is headed that presented me with some very tough choices. That is really all I want to say about that. It will not be my vocation as an Orthodox Christian to criticize or find fault with Anglicans or the issues they face.

I am also not unaware of the issues that the Orthodox face. I do not have "rose colored glasses", nor do I have a case of "looking for greener grass".

I hope to remain friends with everyone, and I ask for your prayers in this process. Though it was ecclesiology that first attracted me to Orthodoxy, it soon became the whole Church that drew me, including the connection to an ancient See that it has had since the beginning.

Note: Please do not try to start some sort of FB theodebate here about Orthodoxy vs. Anglicanism. I will only delete it. This post is for those I love and those who love me. This has not been an easy road.

If you have honest questions of me, feel free to contact me.

God bless, Sam+

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