The mission of the United Episcopal Catholic Communion is multi faceted. The outcome of our mission is to provide the solace of the Christian Faith to all. Our mission does not recognize limiting factors to participate in the blessings of the church, including but not limited to; Race, Creed, Color, National Origin, Orientation, Marital Status or social standing.
We seek out those who may no longer receive the solace of the church; Disenfranchised, Shut-ins, Lost the church of choice or other limitations that deny access to the faith.
While we fully support the parish structure, we do not shun the need to bring the solace of the church to remote locations, or into the homes of those in greatest need.
The organization is structured in two distinct entities - An Independent/Old Catholic Organization and an Anglican (Anglo-Protestant, Anglo Catholic) Organization.
The Independent Catholic entity is based on the ancient church, and we follow the precepts of the Union of Utrecht, and other Independent Catholic entities. We follow the main traditions of the Apostles, and operate as a true catholic (universal) church. We desire to remain aloof of the issues of the Great Schism, Pastor aeternus, Lumen gentium, Papal magisterium or any politicizing of the church.
The Anglican (Anglo-Protestant, Anglo Catholic) entity operates under the precepts of the the 39 Articles and embraces the High, Low and Broad Church operations.
Both sections of the Communion are members of the Anglican Free Communion (Also known and the Episcopal Free Communion) based in the United Kingdom.
Our organization declines to operate as a business. The desire to own large tracts of property, have extravagant church assets, dabble in the stock market with church finances or other business practices is not within the purview of our direction, beliefs or canons. Each priest or parish is allowed to act as a semi autonomous entity, to operate with their own funds as they so desire.
Our organization is proud to follow the ancient practices of both denominations. The members of the UECC practice much the same as the ancient churches of Antioch, Jerusalem and Alexandria. Many of the rubrics and other practices of the modernized church universal have their place, that not withstanding we desire to practice the faith as did the Apostles and the early Church Fathers.
Letter of Engagement
Times are changing. Every aspect of our society, secular or religious, may no longer be just in the context of your beliefs.
In the realm of religion, rampant extravagances, church politics, lack of oversight and other actions have driven far too many people away from the church of their choice.
For those of you, secular or existing clergy, you do have options. You may consider ‘going it on your own’, and associate with any of the independent organizations that support and practice in the ancient traditions.
Within the scope of Catholic (catholic), Anglican, Methodist or others that support the Apostolic Succession you have opportunities to be part of an organization that strives to remove limitations; petty politics, indifference, operating as a business, closed mindedness and power trips.
Yes, for clergy, we understand that many of these independent organizations do not pay a wage. Clergy are expected to hold secular employment to support their worldly needs. This is neither good nor bad, none the less it alleviates huge financial burdens on the congregations and minimizes the church politics of running a financial based business. That not withstanding, this does allow clergy to build a church and congregation to fit their particular needs, not the needs of a council who do not fully understand those you desire to serve.
Whether clergy or secular, if you so desire to be part of an organization that believes fellowship and participation is Godly in and of itself, consider a change. If you desire to practice your faith without fear of being suppressed, harassed, politicized or driven by finances that are taken away from you to support ‘the political hierarchy’ of the church’, you may view the change as just.
Clergy may operate within many of these independent organizations restricted only by a very small subset of Canons and Rubrics. The limitations of canons that have six or seven volumes (books) is not supported by the practices of the Apostles or the early church fathers previous to AD-325. Simplicity allows for flexibility. Our job as clergy is to ‘serve’, and we serve the people as Christ and the Apostles served (and intended).
For secular or clergy, our organization herein known as the United Episcopal Catholic Communion, is such an organization as described; open, non judgmental and driven by the desire to reach the people. Our desire is to focus on those who have lost the church of their choice, are tired of politics and extreme costs of operation, who reject the schismatic church, those disenfranchised and many who are shut ins.
We operate as a communion; the core organization is Independent Catholic with a valid Apostolic Succession that traces it’s lineage through the Roman Catholic, Antioch and Old Catholic lines. We operate an Anglican ordinate, with a focus to liturgically serve those who may associate with Anglo-Catholic, Methodist, Episcopal and possibly other organizations.
For congregants, we are non judgmental. While we have a set of beliefs and canons, and practice certain liturgies, we are here for you to receive the solace of the church. All we ask of you is to be non judgmental in your interactions and to come together in fellowship.
If you are an individual with a strong faith and desire to help others, we ask that you consider becoming clergy. All options are open to you; Lay Ministry, deaconship or priesthood. You may serve people in their homes, rentals or form your own congregation to support a physical church. Your options are limited only by your personal time, dedication and desires.
Our organization is structured that no monies flow upward to support the diocese or other aspects of the church. All tithes generated by your operations stays within your operations. If your organization desires to tithe to the parent church, that decision is yours to make. Yes, we have costs we must cover, and a free will tithe would be accepted with much love and acknowledgment.
Our mission is to reach the people, to bring together even small groups in fellowship and caring. A small prayer group of a six people in someone’s home is just as critical as placing 300 in a large church or cathedral. There is absolutely nothing wrong with video services for those in remote area or are shut ins. Necessity dictates flexibility.
We provide the solace of the church totally aloof of denominational background, social or financial background, race, creed, color, national origin or human condition..
Most Rev. Brian K. Putzier
Ecumenical Patriarch and Founder
United Episcopal Catholic Communion
Anglican Apostolic Church (Ordinate)
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Church Office: Farmington, MO 63640 USA