MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDING BISHOP

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Welcome.

If you are new to this site, and especially if you are new to the concept of “Independent Catholics”, we hope you find some answers to your search.

If you are on a faith journey searching for a home where you can worship and know you belong, we pray you find us inviting.

If you are one of us, please become familiar with this site so you can recommend tnccna.com to others.

We are catholic in every way  except for the rules that separate or exclude so many believers. Our only rule is respect. Respect for the differences among us as children of an awesome God. We know and believe Jesus Christ has called each and every one of us and has died for us as sinners, not saints. Therefore, we do not pretend to judge or exclude anyone from the mercy and love of God.

One distinguishing characteristic of “Old Catholicism” is the importance we place on the voice of the laity. We are a conciliar, which means when we gather to make decisions about who we are, we meet in synod which must include laity. When we make decisions on a local, parish level, we meet not in hierarchy but as brothers and sisters, each with our own voice seeking God’s direction and consensus of our wills.

We remain catholic in our love of liturgy for worship. We accept the doctrines of faith prior to Vatican l. We are grateful for Vatican ll. We are a church that is truly actualized in accepting of the diversity of gifts. Women are bishops, priests, deacons and fully acknowledged in all forms of service. Marriage is seen as a gift that enhances ministry rather than a hindrance. Sexual identity is not restrictive but embraced as a blessing.

You will find our numbers may be small our hearts are large. We seek to serve as Jesus commanded. We are willing to “wash the feet” of the weary and the strong. All of us are servants. Wherever we find ourselves in life, we are each called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world to complete his work on earth. We are his mouth to speak a word of forgiveness, mercy, encouragement and when necessary to challenge injustice.

God’s peace and love be with you. Thank you for taking the time to visit us.

Bishop Leonard Walker

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Support the Statement Calling for Removal of the President

Add your name to endorse the open letter sent by Christian leaders who are part of the National Council of Churches to Vice President Pence and Congress to call for the removal of the President. The text of the letter is below: Our faith instructs us to take seriously positions of leadership, not to lead others astray and to be careful about what we say and do. In Philippians 2:3-4 we are taught to, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” President Donald J. Trump’s actions and words have endangered the security of the country and its institutions of government by inciting a violent, deadly, seditious mob attack at the U.S. Capitol. His words and actions have placed the lives of the people he is supposed to serve in grave danger to advance his own interests. Further, he not only failed to stop or condemn the attack after the Capitol had been stormed but instead encouraged the mob by calling them patriots. This domestic terrorist attack resulted in at least five deaths, including a Capitol Police Officer, and more than a dozen police officers injured. The desecration of the Capitol building was also disgraceful and reprehensible. For the good of the nation, so that we might end the current horror and prepare the way for binding up the nation’s wounds, we, as leaders of the member communions of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC), believe the time has come for the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, to resign his position immediately. If he is unwilling to resign, we urge you to exercise the options provided by our democratic system. In addition, we recognize the need to hold responsible not only those who invaded the Capitol, but also those who supported and/or promoted the President’s false claims about the election, or made their own false accusations. We grieve for our country at this difficult time and continue to pray for the safety and security, and ultimately the healing of our nation. Holding those who have abused their power and participated in these immoral and tragic actions, in particular the President of the United States, is one step toward healing.