Saint Days: William Reed Huntington, Priest and Ecumenist
William Reed Huntington (1838-1909) was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard, graduating in 1859. He served as a priest from 1862 until his death.
His writing served as the basis for the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral, one of the important documents for Anglican theology. It affirms four points:
- The Holy Scriptures, as containing all things necessary to salvation;
- The creeds (specifically, the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds), as the sufficient statement of Christian faith;
- The dominical sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion;
- The historic episcopate, locally adapted.
Let us remember William Reed Huntington in our prayers today:
Almighty God, we give you thanks for the ministry of William Reed Huntington who labored that the Church of Jesus Christ might be one: Grant that we, instructed by his teaching and example, and knit together in unity by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.