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1. Of or relating to a bishop.
2. Of, relating to, or involving church government by bishops.
3. Episcopal Of or relating to the Episcopal Church.

[Middle English, from Late Latin episcopālis, from episcopus, bishop; see bishop.]

e·pis′co·pal·ly adv.
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Scott Walker of Wisconsin were the politicos on hand) and tilted, episcopally and theologically, to the far right.
It would involve the Church of England allowing the ministry of Methodist presbyters in Church of England churches who had not been ordained episcopally --at least, for a while that would happen: a period called the so-called 'bearable anomaly'.
"It just feels like it is time for someone else to have the opportunity to serve the church episcopally," said Poole, who has been bishop since 2005.
The particular churches of the Anglican Communion, by contrast, are episcopally ordered and self-governing, with shared bodies or "instruments" for consultation and the articulation of teaching across the Communion.
Kenneth Fincham and Stephen Taylor examine how an episcopally ordained clergy emerged with the Restoration of the Church of England in 1660.
(15) But Willis ruled out the possibility of a minister who was not episcopally ordained offering the sacrament in an Anglican church, for that would be against the principles laid down in the Lambeth Quadrilateral.
On the other hand, it was not shown that the requirements for a common law marriage in England had been satisfied, as no episcopally ordained priest appeared to have been present.
The common law rules, which ceased to apply to marriages celebrated in England and Wales when Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act 1753 (UK) came into force, (107) require only that the parties take each other as husband and wife in the presence of each other and of an episcopally ordained clergyman.
He traces the history of the development of Episcopally led churches and the appointment methods in some of the principal Western Episcopal churches, discusses ecumenical agreements on the centrality of Episcopacy in the leadership and oversight of many denominations, and analyzes the expectations and understandings of leadership and networked oversight in and outside the churches, as well as detailing models for their future governance.
Episcopally credentialed theologians, new institutes, programs in Catholic Studies, inner-city service projects, peace and justice programs, faculty retreats, faculty seminars, student retreats, ethics across the curriculum, special chairs, prestigious lecture series--no one thing will do it, but rather a constant alertness to opportunities, initiatives on many fronts, with some successes, some failures, no quitting.
He needed from the Swedes what he had not succeeded in obtaining without conditions from the Orthodox--affirmation that the Moravians were a true, episcopally ordered apostolic church.
She notes the irony that despite this work, women religious often had to overcome episcopally imposed gender barriers to gain access to the training and education required to become competent and professional teachers, nurses and doctors.