Our Tradition

What is anglicanism?

Anglicanism is an expression of Christianity born in the English Reformation and rooted in the ancient faith and practice of the historic church. Anglicanism upholds Scripture as the primary source of authority in matters of faith and practice. The essence of the Anglican expression of faith lies in the Prayer Books of the 16th and 17th centuries. Driven by a missionary focus, Anglicanism has been about the work of making disciples for over 500 years and has expanded into a global church.

Anglicanism celebrates unity in the essential elements of Christian faith, worship, life, and ministry. The Anglican ethos holds together three streams of the Christian Church: the Scripture, the Sacred, and the Spirit. We hold that Scripture guides our lives and is authoritative for us individually and for the Church at large. We believe the Sacred is embodied in the practices and teachings Christians have held throughout the centuries as expressed in the historic Creeds and 39 Articles of Religion. Our faith has many forms of worship, including the sacraments instituted by Jesus. We trust God’s Spirit is at work in the Church and the world, manifesting His power and preparing us for ministry.

Anglicanism includes people from a wide variety of backgrounds, spreading across 165 countries, with around 85 million members. As such, we do not agree on every theological issue, but we serve one Lord, share one faith, and are united through one baptism into the body of Christ. While diverse and many, we remain united as saints together through our common prayer and worship, in accordance with the Holy Scriptures through the empowering of the Holy Spirit.