A Brief History

The Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC) emerged out of a movement among the Christian churches, which become known as the "Convergence Movement." In 1989 conversations between Rev. Michael Owen, Rev. Wayne Boosahda, and Rev. Robert Wise began to develop concerning the need to go beyond the Charismatic renewal and incorporate aspects of the historic church into corporate worship. 

These early leaders began to use the term “convergence” to describe our concentrated effort to blend the charismatic experience, biblical renewal, liturgical renewal, and sacramental worship. In 1993, a conference was held in Oklahoma City called, "Treasures Old and New: The Convergence of the Streams of Christianity," to foster discussion. Many of the leaders who would ultimately pioneer convergence works and movements participated in that conference. 

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The Convergence Movement

"Therefore, every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old." - Matthew 13:52

This Scripture summarizes the insight and discovery which has led to a fresh stream of thought and renewal throughout the wider Body of Christ. Described as the Convergence Movement, or "Convergence of the Streams," this emerging movement appears to many, both observers and participants, to be another contemporary evidence of God's continuing activity in history to renew, replenish and unify His people in one heart and purpose in Christ. Arising out of a common desire and hunger to experience the fullness of Christian worship and spirituality, the Convergence Movement (also referred to in the remainder of this article as "CM") seeks to blend or merge the essential elements in the Christian faith represented historically in three major streams of thought and practice: the Charismatic, Evangelical/Reformed and Liturgical/Sacramental. An increasing number of local congregations and leaders from many backgrounds are finding "treasures old and new" in the spiritual heritage of the church universal.

The following graph, developed by the leadership of Hosanna Church of the King located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, illustrates the essential elements and ingredients being drawn upon by the majority of those participating in the movement at this point: