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 The Genesis of a Church: An Undervalued Life-Changing Phenomenon On the Eastern Shore of Maryland

The Episcopal Church in the United States of America has its origin in worldwide Anglican Communion in the Church of England under the Archbishop of Canterbury. This historic and complex community of faith has emerged as a strong and vibrant missionary presence in the State of Maryland and its eastern shore from 1631, when the first Christian settlers founded the first church, Christ Church, Kent Island. For almost 400 years the Anglican/Episcopal community has shepherded, nurtured and proclaimed the gospel message of the reconciling love of God in Christ to numerous ‘clouds of witnesses’.

In an effort to both edify and educate the Episcopal/Anglican community and beyond, several resources have been researched, documented and highlighted to inform the community as to the potency, viability, sustainability, survive-ability, enduring durability and enormous contribution of this church. This church’s contribution under its many bishops, clergy and lay to the overall life of the nation and more especially the Eastern shore of Maryland has as times been underestimated, undervalued, and underappreciated. It is hoped that the series linked below, on the Genesis of a Church, will leave a lasting, positive impressions on those who come to these pages. We are a people redeemed and steady, through generations of believers – may the conversation begin anew with the people who are the direct beneficiaries of this church’s faith pilgrimage over these centuries.

Let me be the first to encourage you to journey into this exciting project of transforming the landscape.

May God bless and prosper the church Christ died and rose again to found over 2000 years ago! And may we be of grateful hearts to receive this undeserved blessing from Almighty God. Amen!

Bishop San
Epiphany 2022  

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