What is Anglicanism?

The Anglican Church has about 85 million members in 39 provinces across 165 countries. The average Anglican, as the Archbishop of Canterbury often says, is not someone from the UK, but a 30-year-old woman in Africa who is earning under $1 a day.

It is a family of Churches, a fellowship or communion of Churches, which grew out of the Church of England, with shared saints, linked histories, theology, worship and a shared relationship to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

What does it mean to be an Anglican?

  1. We proclaim and seek to live the historic creeds of the Church
  2. We seek to teach and preach the Bible faithfully as our final authority in all matters of faith and behaviour.
  3. We delight in the two sacraments which Jesus gave: Baptism and Holy Communion
  4. We rejoice in our communion with the wider Church, made visible as we seek to maintain the historic orders of bishops, priests and deacons
  5. We recognise and respect the autonomy of regional or national Anglican Provinces, and we seek to maintain the unity of the Church.
  6. We long for people to meet with the Lord Jesus and discover the forgiveness, peace, purpose and hope of heaven which he promises all who turn to him

For more information

The Anglican Communion

A history of the Church of England

An essay on Anglicanism