The Kenilworth Confessional Statement
The Kenilworth Confession
The Church Universal is both Reformed and Catholic . It possesses an episcopacy that is based in both the Reformed Tradition and in the Anglo-Catholic Tradition of the Apostolic Succession. Such an Episcopal order is not mutually exclusive of the two great Traditions.
It recognizes three Gospel Sacraments that are mentioned specifically in the New Testament: Holy Baptism which is not limited to adults but includes infants as well, Holy Eucharist or the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper wherein we receive the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in a mystical and indefinable way, and Holy Orders which is the commissioning of deacons, presbyters, and supervising elders otherwise known as bishops. Such commissioning or ordination comes from the People of God and in the service to and for the People of God. The validity thereto is affirmed by such service and made universal in the conferring of the marks of the Historic Episcopate which only enhances what is already present by and through the Spirit.
The Church Catholic also accepts the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Anointing of the Sick, Marriage which is not limited to persons of opposite gender, and Reconciliation otherwise known as Confession and Absolution.
The Faith Catholic also believes in the Truth of Holy Scripture and the Revelation of the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea that gave the Church Universal the Great Creed of Belief and Affirmation which it accepts, declares and teaches. The Church which is Catholic believes and declares, affirms, and teaches that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of all life and is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity as taught from the ancient days by the Fathers and Mothers of the faith. The Church believes in the Holy Trinity which is a mystery that defines our faith and defies our understanding.
The Church Catholic and Apostolic believes and teaches that all of life is sacred and that Almighty God has blessed his creation with his presence and that we are duty bound to honour that presence in all of creation. The Church therefore blesses of all of life in what ever form it is constituted.
The Church believes that as members of The Gathering of the Followers of Jesus Christ we are bound through him and in him to all who have gone before and that the Great Cloud of Witnesses the Holy Apostle spoke of in the letters of the New Testament, is an integral part of our life and journey and thus the Church ask their prayers be joined with ours to the Father of Lights through Christ in the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Catholic Church believes that we are called to live both in possessions and speech and clothing a simple and respectful life honoring all whom we as members of the Gathering of the Followers of Jesus meet on our mutual pilgrimage. In addition the Church Catholic also believes that we are called not by force of arms but by our common witness to oppose oppression, injustice, inequality, and exclusion of what ever form and that be it government or the market place or science or education, such human institutions exist only for the purpose of servant hood not oppression of God’s children.
Bishop Andrew Gerales Gentry
January 2nd in the Year of Our Lord 2012
Asheville N C
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