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.
Archbishop Laud's contemporaries accused him of 'unchurching' non-episcopal churches and of giving undue emphasis to the sacramental origins of bishops.
(67) Gauden was therefore not alone in finding approval for episcopacy as emanating from non-episcopal confessions and nor was he alone in suggesting that European reformers explicitly expressed approval for English bishops.
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.92 quoting Newbigin in The Reunion of the Church).
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.