Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
Volume 115 / Number 2
The Episcopal Church in Virginia, 1607–2007
- By Edward L. Bond and Joan R. Gundersen
The year 2007 marks the four hundredth anniversary of the founding of the English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. Because the Anglican Church embodied the established state religion of England, its successor, the Episcopal Church, also commemorates its four-hundredth anniversary in the same year. As part of that effort, the Virginia Historical Society has collaborated with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia to produce this history. It recounts the story of an institution that changed radically across four centuries in search of an identity, yet remained true to its roots. It was first a state church embracing all of the colony's inhabitants; then it weathered disestablishment after the Revolution; then it reinvented itself to become a voluntary association, one denomination among many. The two coauthors are Edward L. Bond (chapters 1, 3, and 5) and Joan R. Gundersen (chapters 2 and 4).