Historic bonds of communion shared in visit to SEC by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church (TEC)

November 24, 2017

The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in the US (TEC) the Most Rev Michael Curry preached in a special service in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen on Sunday 5 November. The Service was held to install the Rev Dr Canon Charles Robertson from TEC as an Honorary Canon of St Andrew’s Cathedral and marks the joint role that the Scottish and American Episcopal Churches had in the birth of the Anglican Communion through the consecration of Samuel Seabury, the first American Bishop, in Aberdeen in 1784.

During their visit to Aberdeen the Presiding Bishop and Canon Robertson took part in a symposium that explored the social history and common interests of the Scottish and American Episcopal Churches. Others taking part in this included the Rt Rev Dr Gregor Duncan, Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway and the Rev Dr Alison Peden, Director of Ordinands in the Scottish Episcopal Church. The Presiding Bishop also met with the College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Following this, The Presiding Bishop and the Primus visited Scottish Parliament to meet with Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney.

The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says “The Scottish Episcopal Church is proud of its role in the coming into being of what is now the world-wide Anglican Communion and I was delighted to welcome the Presiding Bishop in his first visit to Scotland and sharing our past, present and future bonds of communion and concern for the people we serve in our respective provinces of the Anglican Communion.”