Restored bishops, they claim, used the requirement of episcopal ordination for presentation to a benefice as a weapon against non-episcopal
They also had their own rulers, a Parliament and a reformed non-episcopal
The formation of the Church of South India (CSI) in 1947 was looked upon with great interest around the world, particularly as it pioneered the reunion of episcopal with non-episcopal churches.
Newbigin was riled that Lambeth was advising union negotiators to abandon a scheme that had been proven could unite episcopal with non-episcopal churches (the SIS) in favor of a scheme that had not been tried and that was based on principles (specifically, supplemental ordination) that the 1948 conference had judged would require further study before they could be endorsed.
In its constitution it acknowledged that it would grow toward that goal: all new CSI ministers would be episcopally ordained, and they would thus gradually replace non-episcopal ministers when such ministers retired from service.
Yet Carter and several others insist that the work of the Holy Spirit in non-episcopal
traditions must also be recognized.
Being non-creedal, non-episcopal
, and non-connectional, Baptists have no innate theoretical heritage for understanding Christian education.
The debate is not about the niceties of covenants but about the basic contention that "one can both insist that episcopacy is God's will for the church and at the same time acknowledge without any hedging or double talk that non-episcopal
bodies are true churches" (p.
I judged the non-episcopal
segment of the group (laity, clergy, and religious) too strongly tilted toward the conservative and moderately conservative side.
Members of non-episcopal churches might and would be welcomed at holy communion in Anglican churches, when temporarily isolated from their own.
The fears of non-episcopal churches also had a strong bearing on the decision not to pursue the idea of a united church.
The concept of a national church had, by then, been broadly accepted even by non-episcopal churches.