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TIFPEC, is the thought of peace with each other, the reconciliation, the trust(confidence) and the ecumenicalism!

Peace, Unity, & Reconciliation

The mission of our Church is to live the ancient faith of the Church, to celebrate the peace of Christ, and to build unity in the holy catholic and apostolic church through our Scriptural tradition and the proclamation of the Gospel.

From 1885 to 2006

The early story of the Free Protestant Church of England is the story of the life of our first ordaining Archbishop The Most Reverend Lord LEON CHECKEMIAN, D.D.,LL.D. He arrived in England in 1885. The Archbishop of Canterbury ( Dr.Edward White Benson )was able to offer little practical support to maintain him. He subsequently found a warmer reception among Scottish Presbyterians, notably with the Rev'd J.G. Cunningham of St. Luke's Free Church, Edinburgh. In 1889 he is reported to have been preaching in the Presbyterian Churches of Belfast, notably Berry Street Church and St. Enoch's Church, Belfast and it was noted that " He enjoys the confidence of and is warmly recommended by the most eminent men in the Presbyterian Church of Scotland". In 1890 he was still preaching and lecturing in Belfast. It was at this time that he was taken up by Archbishop Plunket, Anglican Archbishop of Dublin. Checkemian was still in Belfast on 5 September 1890 and had visited the Archbishop. Archbishop Plunket dreamt of weakening the power of the Church of Rome by promoting Reformed Episcopal Churches among indigenous Christians outside the immediate sphere of influence of Anglicanism. He took as his basis the decision of the 1878 Lambeth Conference to make a "solem protest against usurpations of the See of Rome" and an undertaking that" All sympathy is due from the Anglican communion to the churches and individuals protesting against these errors and labouring it may be under special difficulties from the assaults of unbelief as well as from the pretensions of Rome." He received Checkemian into the Church of Ireland and on 4 November 1890 granted him a General Licence in his own diocese of Dublin. Another license, issued from Dublin on 25 May 1851, gives a much fuller picture of Archbishop Plunket's scheme. He was clearly satiesfied with Checkemian's adherence to the Reformed doctrines," you have duly signified to us in writing your hearty assent to the Doctrine of the Church of Ireland and of the other churches of the Anglican communion and your intention to teach nothing contrary to the same and have moreover stated that wathever public services you may be called upon to hold will be ordered so far as circumstances will permit after the model of the Books of Common Prayer used by the churches of said communion." It is clear that Plunket saw himself as giving provisional episcopal oversight to what he hoped would be a future self-governing independent episcopal community.The outbreak of renewed serious persecution of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, which began with the Sassoun Uprising of 1894, would have been a strong deterrence to return to Armenia. From 23 June 1896 until 4 January 1901 he was living in London. It was at this time that he came into contact with a number of bishops of independent jurisdictions and it was through these contacts that he probably resolved to follow through Plunket's vision by establishing his own church. One of these was Alfred Spencer Richardson, who had been consecrated bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church at Philadelphia in 1879.With the passage of time, scattered but growing Armenian Catholic communities began to ask for a proper ecclesial structure and their own patriarch. In 1742 Pope Benedict XIV confirmed a former Armenian Apostolic bishop, Abraham Ardzivian (1679-1749), as Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians, based in Lebanon, and with religious authority over the Armenian Catholics in the southern provinces of the Ottoman Empire. In the north, they continued to be under the spiritual care of the Latin Vicar Apostolic in Constantinople. The new patriarch took the name Abraham Pierre I, and all his successors have likewise taken the name Pierre in their ecclesiastical title. 1915- 18: The Armenians suffer from heavy persecution from the Ottoman regime, where about 1 million are killed. During these times, many dioceses disappeared. Many adherents left for Europe and USA.
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To us the essence of Anglican Christianity is that, within the guidelines of scripture, tradition, and reason, we can agree to disagree but come to the same Table -- even if on different sides. We cleave to the middle way, in which we each have whatever level of personal relationship with God we are comfortable with, relying on corporate worship to keep us centred within the boundaries of love. Church Ministers must remain free and unrestrained either in conscience, intelligence, or feelings, because they represent diversity in Unity. I'm trying to identify ideas that are true and valuable, and to separate them from misconceptions. The Christian faith isn't about you or me or that power-seeking bishop over there. It's about Christ. To be an Anglican is to be on a journey of faith to God supported by a fellowship of co-believers who are dedicated to finding Him by prayer and service. I see a bishop as a leader, servant, president, teacher, pastor, administrator and symbol of unity. Working with other faiths and traditions Ecumenism is about Christians around the world working together locally, nationally and internationally as part of a global Christian movement. The International Free Protestant Episcopal Church (TIFPEC) is committed to developing and strengthening its ecumencial relations around the world and it does this through the work of its St. Andrew's Ecumenical Church Foundation. TIFPEC is a church a multi-racial fellowship of ever Ethnic, Educational, and Economical diversity. We believe that the scripture is being fulfilled that says they shall know that you are my disciples by the love you have one for another. The International Free Protestant Episcopal Church is an independent church in the evangelical anglican tradition. Anglicanism, one of the largest associations of Christian churches in the world, has its heritage in the Church of England. Features of this heritage include being: biblical it holds to the unique authority of the Bible creedal it upholds the teachings of the classic Christian creeds confessional it subscribes to The Thirty-Nine Articles of the Anglican Church liturgical it uses forms of service that are consistent with the teaching and practice of The Book of Common Prayer.

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