American Anglican Council (SEWAAC) was born on a kitchen table in July 2005. At the first meeting, there were only three lay people from two parishes. As the weeks passed, the three people grew to six, and at the chapter’s first General Meeting in April 2006, 50 Episcopalians from 15 churches across the Diocese of Milwaukee crowded into the family room of Chapter President Bill Chapin. They traded opinions, complained about the state of affairs within the Episcopal Church, and rejoiced at the idea of meeting others who felt as they did. Concluding with a Eucharist, the meeting was just as it had been envisioned: an oasis for like-minded Christians. Since the first General Meeting, SEWAAC’s focus has rapidly grown to include hosting knowledgeable, dynamic speakers who bring new information and new perspectives to chapter members.
SEWAAC is a unique AAC chapter because it is made up entirely of laity. While clergy are welcomed at General Meetings and are consulted on a regular basis, the SEWAAC board consists of lay people only. In keeping with the chapter’s mission to inform members about the orthodox movement within Anglicanism, significant articles combed from the Internet are distributed as handouts at meetings, and news of a timely interest is emailed or snail-mailed regularly. Despite limited income generated from goodwill offerings, the chapter maintains a strong networking base. It is from this vibrant base of individuals - members who have devoutly opted to “choose this day” - that SEWAAC hopes to continue its growth both in numbers and in prayerful hope for the future of Anglicanism in America.