An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

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1) Kairos refers to a time of crisis and decision. The concept is drawn from Greek philosophy. The Christian kairos reflects the availability of salvation in Christ, which calls for a life-changing response of faith by the believer. This turning point or moment of decision takes place in... Read More »

(Feb. 9, 1834-Nov. 30, 1863) and Emma (Jan. 2, 1836-Apr. 25, 1885), King and Queen of Hawaii. Kamehameha IV became the King of Hawaii on Jan. 11, 1855. On June 19, 1856, he married Emma Rooke and she became queen. In 1860 they asked the Bishop of Oxford to send missionaries to Hawaii to establish... Read More »

The Diocese of West Missouri was known as the Diocese of Kansas City from June 17, 1904, until May 13, 1914.

This theological school operated from 1876 until 1918. In 1892 the charter was amended to permit the school to grant the degree of Bachelor of Divinity. The number of students varied from two to 26.

The primary convention of the Diocese of Kansas met at St. Paul's Church, Wyandotte (now Kansas City), Aug. 11-12, 1859. On June 5, 1879, Grace Church, Topeka, was set apart as Grace Cathedral. The 1901 General Convention voted to divide the diocese and create a Missionary District in the... Read More »

The conference center is a mountain resort area, located at Kanuga, North Carolina. It is near Hendersonville. The idea of a summer conference center developed in 1923 and property was acquired shortly thereafter. It is now a large conference center that serves as a national center for major... Read More »

See Cataphatic.

The 1889 General Convention voted to divide the Diocese of Nebraska and create the Missionary District of The Platte. It was in existence from 1889 until 1946. From Oct. 10, 1907, until Oct. 14, 1913, it was known as the Missionary District of Kearney.

This school, named after John Keble, opened in 1951. The Rev. Hewitt Breneman Vinnedge (1898-1957) was its first president. It was to be a co-educational, liberal arts, pre-professional school. Vinnedge resigned as president in 1952 and the school closed.

(Apr. 25, 1792-Mar. 29, 1866). One of the initiators of the Oxford (Tractarian) Movement in England. He was an Anglican priest and professor of poetry at Oriel College, Oxford. In 1833 he preached the sermon on "National Apostasy" before the Judges of Assize in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin,... Read More »

(c. 1638-Mar. 27, 1716). First missionary for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. Keith was educated for the Presbyterian ministry of the Church of Scotland at Marischal College and received his M.A. degree from Aberdeen University in 1658. He joined... Read More »

(June 26, 1792-Sept. 1, 1842). Seminary professor and prominent low churchman. He was born in Pittsford, Vermont, and educated at Middlebury College in Vermont. He studied for the ordained ministry under John Prentiss Kewly Henshaw, later Bishop of Rhode Island, and at the Andover Theological... Read More »

(Apr. 20, 1905-June 27, 1985). Leader of the Anglican Communion and seminary professor. She was born in Byng Inlet, Ontario, Canada. Kelleran received her B.A. in 1926 from the University of Buffalo and did graduate study at Union Theological Seminary, New York, Harvard University, and the... Read More »

(May 20, 1764-Oct. 28, 1827). Second Bishop of Maryland. He was born in the parish of Keith Hall, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and raised a Presbyterian. Kemp graduated from Marischal College, Aberdeen, in 1786, and came to America in the next year. He was attracted to the Episcopal Church and read for... Read More »

(c. 1373-d. after 1433). English mystic of the medieval period. She was born in Lynn, Norfolk, England. She was the wife of John Kempe, burgess of Lynn, by whom she had 14 children. After a period of mental illness, she received several visions. She and her husband went on a pilgrimage to... Read More »

Nineteenth-century college named for the Rt. Rev. Jackson Kemper, the first Missionary Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Kemper had concluded that the only hope for supplying the west with clergy was to train westerners in the west. On Jan. 13, 1837, a charter for a college was granted with the... Read More »

(Dec. 24, 1789-May 24, 1870). First missionary bishop of the Episcopal Church. He was born in Pleasant Valley, New York. He graduated from Columbia College in 1809 and studied for the ordained ministry under Bishop John Henry Hobart of New York. Kemper was ordained deacon on Mar. 10, 1811, and... Read More »

(c. 1380-July 25, 1471). See Thomas à Kempis.

(July 1637-Mar. 19, 1711). Bishop of Bath and Wells, 1685-1691, Ken wrote devotional literature still popular among Anglicans, especially The Practice of Divine Love (1685). He was an important figure in early English hymnody, and two of his hymns are in The Hymnal 1982: "Awake, my soul, and with... Read More »

A Greek term which means "emptying." It appears in the christological hymn of Phil 2:6-11, where it means the giving up of divine glory by the eternal Son of God when he became incarnate. The Anglican theologian Charles Gore (1853-1932) popularized the term in Anglican theology as an explanation of... Read More »

Founded in 1906 by Frederick Herbert Sill of the Order of the Holy Cross, it is a coeducational Episcopal secondary school located in Kent, Connecticut. Sill envisioned the school as integral to the mission of his order and dedicated to the education of boys from families with modest financial... Read More »

The Diocese of Kentucky was organized on July 8, 1829, at Christ Church, Lexington. The General Convention of 1895 divided the Diocese and created the Diocese of Lexington. The Diocese of Kentucky covers the western half of the state, including the following counties: Adair, Allen, Ballard, Barren... Read More »

A coeducational, four-year liberal arts college founded by the Rt. Rev. Philander Chase, the first Bishop of Ohio, who wanted to establish "a school for the education of young men for the ministry." He went to England to raise money for the project and met two of his greatest benefactors, Lord... Read More »

1) A Greek term used in the NT to mean either the content or act of proclamation or preaching. The term began to be used in English and other modern western languages early in the twentieth century to signify the core of the Christian gospel. C. H. Dodd's The Apostolic Preaching and Its... Read More »

(Aug. 1, 1779-Jan. 11, 1843). Episcopal layman and author of "The Star Spangled Banner." He was born in Frederick, now Carroll, County, Maryland. Key studied at St. John's College, Annapolis, 1789-1796. After graduation he studied law in Annapolis. On Sept. 13-14, 1814, the British were firing... Read More »

(July 27, 1841-Oct. 9, 1936). Social reformer who lived and worked in New York City for almost a century. She was active in the labor movement and the campaign for women's suffrage. From 1896-1926 she served as executive secretary of the Church Association for the Interests of Labor (CAIL), at... Read More »

C.). From its beginning, Howard University in Washington, D.C., had a Theological Department to train African American ministers. On Jan. 15, 1889, the Board of the University resolved that the University would be glad to associate with denominations that might desire to establish divinity schools... Read More »

This English translation of the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament, including the Apocrypha, was produced by Anglican bishops and other divines in 1611. It was undertaken in response to a request at the Hampton Court Conference, which was summoned by King James I of England and... Read More »

The first Anglican church in Massachusetts, it also became the earliest recognized Unitarian congregation in America after the Revolution. The parish was organized on June 15, 1686, and the church building was opened for worship on June 30, 1689. King's Chapel remained an Anglican stronghold... Read More »

On Oct. 31, 1754, King George II of England granted the charter for King's College. On Nov. 22, 1753, the trustees invited the Rev. Samuel Johnson, rector of Stratford Parish in Connecticut, to be president. On July 17, 1754, Johnson began instruction in the vestry room of the schoolhouse of... Read More »

(Jan. 15, 1929-Apr. 4, 1968). Civil rights leader. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son and grandson of African American Baptist preachers. He received his B.A. from Morehouse College in 1948 and was ordained a Baptist minister on Feb. 25, 1948. King received his M.Div. from the Crozer... Read More »

A collection of services and prayers for devotional occasions. It was first published in 1933 by Oxford University Press. It was subtitled "Services of Praise and Prayer for occasional Use in Churches." It was an American edition of the third volume of The Grey Book, a proposed revision of the... Read More »

"A Newsletter of The Anglican Academy, The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio." A kiosk is used as a place to post items of interest about activities, events, and ideas.

(Oct. 3, 1811-Apr. 7, 1893). First Bishop of California. Born in New York City, Kip began his education at Rutgers and received his B.A. from Yale in 1831. He studied at the Virginia Theological Seminary, 1832-1833, and graduated from the General Theological Seminary in 1835. Kip was ordained... Read More »

(Feb. 21, 1866-June 8, 1954). A moral philosopher, he became Bishop of Oxford in 1937. The study of moral theology, which had been neglected after the seventeenth century in England, was revived by three pioneering works of Kirk: Some Principles of Moral Theology (1920), Ignorance, Faith and... Read More »

A sign of peace which the people offer in the midst of the eucharistic liturgy. The practice of saluting one another with a kiss dates from ancient times and is recorded in several places in the NT. In the second century Justin wrote: "At the end of the prayers we greet one another with a kiss."... Read More »


Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.