|The Rev. Eric J. M. Gagnon
Archbishop (See Wikipedia)
In Christianity, an archbishop, via Latin archiepiscopus, from Greek, "chief" and, "bishop" is a bishop of
higher rank or office. The archbishop is the denomination leader title, the archbishop is in the highest of the
three traditional orders of bishops, priests (also called presbyters), and deacons.
In episcopal sees are generally arranged in groups in which the bishop who is the ordinary of one of them
has certain powers and duties of oversight over the other sees. In the Eric Michel Ministries International,
the Code of Canon Law indicates what these powers and duties are for the archbishop and bishops.. In our
case, the see is the only one in each country because too small to be divided into several dioceses so
as to form an ecclesiastical district.
Archbishop is the senior ecclesiastical leader an ordained bishop of Eric Michel Ministries International,
and one of the Church are collectively known as the house of bishops. The duties of the Archbishop include
attending the meetings of the House and leading and managing all EMMI
Bishops primary duty is electing the Archbishop when the see becomes vacant.
An archbishop is the Presiding Bishop of the Eric Michel Ministries Int', hel is elected by the General Assembly of the
Church. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Church. He also holds an important pastoral role being the Spiritual
Head and Chief Pastor of the Church. He has precedence of honor and prominence of position among, and recognized
to have primacy, over other bishops.
EMMI Polity is a hierarchical form of church governance in which the chief local authorities are bishops.
(The word "bishop" derives, via the Vulgar Latin ebiscopus, from the Ancient Greek επίσκοπος epískopos meaning
"overseer".) It is the structure used by many of the major Christian churches and denominations, such as Catholic,
Eastern, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran churches or denominations, as well as other churches founded
independently from these lineages.
Chaplaincies are governed by bishops with authority over the judicatory. Their presidency is both spiritual and political;
as well as performing ordinations, the bishop supervises the clergy within the judicatory and is the representative to
both secular structures and in the hierarchy of the church. Bishops with such authority are known as the historical
episcopate. Churches with this type of government usually believe that the Church requires episcopal government as
described in the New Testament.
Our founder the Reverend Eric M. Gagnon was named Patriarch on May 06, 2011. With the creation of the Chaplaincy in Christian Unitarian faith and on July 25, 2010.
The Rev Eric M. Gagnon Founder and the Rt. Rev T.T. Wally Bishop also present Rev Sue Ann Miner as Board Secretary, agreed unanimously to the change.
We required restructuring in order to maximize our believer potential and get rid of a structure that was no longer profitable and it was not incorporated. We terminated all
other church organizations and activities. All to be melt in one the Christian Unitarian Chaplaincy and received the resignation of Wally and Miner at the same time. Other
members of the clergy are inactive since then. Two Novitiate in Ontario Canada and One Humanist Minister in Wisconsin USA,. A Guest Bishop from the Essene Faith also
in Wisconsin USA, stopped all activities by the end of 2011.
- S.U.N.S. 1987 Gnostic Church and Rev Eric M. Gagnon named SPIRITUAL LEADER on December 07, 1988 after his ordination.
- In the 1990's The Society Universal of New Synchretism (SUNS) became the Universal Christian Gnostic Church
- Council of ULC Interfaith Ministers Member as per 08/06/10 by IHS Chaplain Randall Wilson
- Universal Christian Gnostic Church Confirmation that Rt. Rev Eric M. Gagnon has been granted the title of Archbishop of U.C.G.C. (ex S.U.N.S) on November 30th, 2010
- Member of the Committee For The Golden Rule is open to all people who desire to promote the Golden Rule.
- The Reverend Eric M. Gagnon was appointed the title of Chaplain by the W.Co A. on July 30th 2011 and became member of The International Federation of Christian
Chaplain on November the 14th, 2012.
The EMMI do not use the rank of Patriarch, instead we use Archbishop who is the equivalent of Presiding Bishop in some other denominations of Christianity.
The Presiding Bishop is an ecclesiastical position.
The Archbishop is the chief pastor and primate of all EMMI organization and He is charged with responsibility for leadership in initiating, developing, and articulating policy and
strategy, overseeing the administration of the church staff, and speaking for the church on issues of concern and interest. He or she is the president of the House of Bishops and
is elected by the church's Symposium to serve for life. The correct style for the Archbishop is "The Most Reverend".The role and importance of the office was transformed into an
elected one, and in 2012 the decision was made that the Archbishop should resign any other jurisdictions for which he or she might have pastoral responsibility. In this respect,
the office is different from that of an archbishop found in other churches in the Anglican or Catholic Communion which have diocesan responsibilities in addition to overseeing a
national church. The Archbishop is give authority to enter for sacramental and preaching ministry, consulting with bishops, and related purposes. The Archbishop was given the
title of primate in 2012. Presently, Eric M. Gagnon holds the position, having not been elected but because he is the Founder and the 1st member of the House of Bishops name:
The Executive Board of Elders.
CL005 Ecclesiastical polity Connexionalism (Since June 2017 replacing the Unitarian Bi-polity of Congregational and Episcopal)
Connexionalism is the theological understanding of EMMI governance ("ecclesiastical polity"), as practised in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where bishops provide
church leadership, connexionalism is a variety of episcopal polity; The title of Archbishop is used without any change in the Connexional polity. The Connexional polity has
always been characterised by a central organisation which holds an annual Conference call Symposium. The connexion is divided into Districts in the charge of a District Bishop
or a Dean in case of a Lay person. Our districts correspond in geographical terms, to countries. The districts are divided into Local Churches governed by a superintendent
minister. Ministers are assigned to congregations by bishops. We give lay members representation at regional and national meetings (conferences) at which the business of
the church is conducted. The Symposium is lead by the Divine Sofia.
CL007.10 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARDS
- Officials of a Symposium are require to follow actions of the Symposium mandate toward the Boards
- The House of Bishops (religious business)
- The Board of Elders.(non-religious business)
NB: In a religious matter the Archbishop or the Synod have a veto right, Symposium recommendation can be dismiss if judged against EMMI Philosophy, valid explanation is
The ultimate authority to act in the Chaplaincy resides in the Archbishop here called the Commander.
CL008.13 Authority of Congregation.
The ultimate authority of the chaplaincy (The Two Board) is vested in the congregation as expressed in Annual and Special Meetings. The following powers may not be
delegated, but may only be exercised by the congregation:
(1) the employment or release of the Minister and the amount of the Minister’s annual salary and benefits;
(2) the location of any chaplaincy buildings and grounds and their purchase or sale;
(3) the requirements of membership;
(4) approval of the annual budget for the operating fund;
(5) ratification or amendment of the bylaws
CL009 The Church/Chaplaincy, which uses English as the liturgical language, also endorses and teaches a catechism,
The Chaplaincy acknowledges the authority of the House of Bishops, its Constitution and General Canons.
The business affairs of the Chaplaincy shall at all times be governed by the Constitution and Canons of the Eric Michel Ministries International,
the Constitution and Canons of the EMMI, and the provisions of these By-laws.
The provisions of these by-laws shall be equally applicable to men and women. The usage of the pronoun He (he) replace a function not a gender. We affirms and promotes
the full participation of persons in all our activities and endeavours including membership, programming, hiring practices, and the calling of religious professionals, without regard
to race, colour, gender, physical or mental challenge, affectionate or sexual orientation, class or national origin.
1. Membership Class A in the Chaplaincy shall be acquired as provided in the Constitution and Canons of the EMMI. Of the members of the Chaplaincy, only those shall be
entitled to vote at any Chaplaincy meeting who shall be adult communicants and who for at least six months prior to that meeting shall have been faithful attendants at the services
of the Church or the Chaplaincy, unless for good cause prevented, faithful contributors to its support, and faithful in working, praying and giving for the spread of the kingdom of
God; these facts to be determined in each case by the Board in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and Canons of the EMMI., to be added to members of the
2. Membership Class B are any person using our resources and services who do not fulfill the Class A conditions. Joining Eric Michel Ministries Class B is a straight-forward
Process specifically: If you accept the Articles of Faith as a Christian, then you can consider yourself part of Eric Michel Ministries. Any person who is Christian of any
denominations, but more specific to Universalist or Christian Unitarianist, shall be enrolled in the membership of this Church by making a pledge each year and it is equal to a
confirmation of accepting church beliefs, rules and you must be involve in activities and supporting the church. All internet members are Class B if they never assist to any events
in person. This "confirmation" is accomplished by receiving your "Membership Certificate". Thereafter, you will be greeted by your fellow members!
To prepare for membership, to understand its benefits and responsibilities, and to ask questions, there are Inquirers' Classes several times a year. Times and dates for the class
will be published in a newsletter, the official Chaplaincy website and on this website "Events Calendar". As stated an internet membership have no right to vote.
Please note an internet member is not the same as an online member that use specific tools to accomplish is membership duty, event if he use the internet for operating the tools.
Tools that require members ID and Password and contain members light biography. An Internet member can leave the church with out any reason, they only requirement is to stop
all church activities.
CL13.0.7 The Archbishop is the overall Head of the EMMI Christian Unitarian Chaplaincy, but in practice devolves this to the House of Bishops. Each of the bishops within
the House of Bishops is equal but the Archbishop shall have a casting vote where consensus has not been reached. In using a casting vote, the Archbishop shall have regard to the
overall good of the Chaplaincy rather than any individual.