William's Centre for Dissenting Studies in London, which marked the 350th anniversary of the Act of Uniformity
. The venue and forum shaped the contours of this collection, which largely focuses upon the development of nonconformity and dissent.
Under the Act of Uniformity
of 1662, the venerable universities of Cambridge and Oxford would only give degrees to practising members of the Church of England.
In this 350th anniversary year of the Act of Uniformity
1662, could I please draw attention to a special lecture of the Cardiff Adult Christian Education Centre that will explore the abiding legacy of the Great Ejectment.
Only one year into Elizabeth's reign, Parliament granted her requests for an Act of Uniformity
to establish a national church and an Act of Supremacy to make her supreme head of both church and state.
After all, Reformed Protestantism was supposed to have been discredited by the Civil Wars and Interregnum, by the Puritan Revolution, and while the Reformed faith might survive among some of the Dissenting churchmen, the Reformed divinity and its adherents were supposed to have been purged from the restored episcopalian church by the Act of Uniformity
About 2,000 Church of England ministers found they could not sign up to the Act Of Uniformity
of 1662 and were, in effect 'struck off'.
1559: Queen Elizabeth I signed the Act of Uniformity
Jack Cadman, the church's assistant secretary, said the church had its roots in the Act of Uniformity
in 1662, which forced the clergy to make a choice to accept the Book of Common Prayer and the authority of the bishops, or face expulsion from the Church of England.
His case went all the way to the Privy Council -- church and state being hand-in-hand through the Act of Uniformity
. He won, and was duly consecrated, but the debate holds an interesting lesson for us.
The Act of Uniformity
passed by the House of Lords on January 15th, 1549, abolished the Latin mass in England.
First (and understandably), its bias in favour of its subject can take payment of a curate by the pluralist South as evidence of ~deep' pastoral involvement (16), find Dean Fell more eminent than Dean Owen (19), refer to ~hundreds of church livings' becoming ~vacant' in 1662 without mentioning how they fell vacant (15-16), hold that the Church of England is an ~established religion' (53), and describe the provisions of the Engagement but not those of the Act of Uniformity
as ~rather nasty' (159).
He resisted the Act of Uniformity
before his 1668 immigration to Boston, which is recounted in his Diary (1668-71, ed.