Christianity proclaims hope and reconciliation with God
in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. More than just learning
of Christ's teachings and way, Christians believe that Jesus is the Son
of God, God "incarnate"... the gift of God's own self to humanity,
fully human, fully divine.
The church - the community formed by being baptized into Christ's body
- was born on Pentecost with the gift of the Holy Spirit, after Christ's
resurrection. Anglicanism is a branch of the larger church, baptizes in
the name of the Holy Trinity, and proclaims hope in the resurrection of
Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Anglican churches are part of a communion of millions that stretches around
the world. Arranged in a gathering of wholly independent Dioceses, we
are led by Bishops and governed by Synods - laity and clergy who gather
like democratic parliaments. We are not congregational, but hold a common
idendity formed by the worship and liturgies we share. The clergy are
ordained into the ancient, scriptural orders of Deacon, Priest and Bishop.
are a reformed, small "c" catholic communion (catholic meaning
"universal") proclaiming a belief in the "one, holy, catholic
and apostolic" church. We are a liturgical church, meaning that if
you want to know how we believe and how our spiritual formation is shaped,
it is all in our worship and the way we celebrate the incarnate Word (Jesus
Christ) in scripture and sacrament, flowing into our fellowship, mission
While Anglicanism has its roots in England 500 years ago, today it is
global and culturally diverse. That variety is a great gift. Anglicanism
is a dynamic, living tradition that is called to listen for ways to be
faithful through a balance of scripture (the library of books and letters
of the early church), tradition (the ongoing experience of faithful people
in the centuries since), and reason (the good minds that God created in
God's image, in each of us today).
Anglicans are at their best when they remember to embrace and include
that large spectrum of ways to believe, with the common bond of living
out our Baptismal vows, and taking our place in the continuing story of
God’s reconciliation and wholeness in Christ today.
The links page on this website can point you to places to read more about
what Anglicans believe. However, no document will adequately describe
Anglicanism: the best way is to bring your heart and your mind, and to
experience the worship, fellowship and service to the community we offer.
How might your life be enriched, or how may you enrich the life others,
by living your faith connected to community?
more about how Canadian Anglicans believe at anglican.ca/about/beliefs!
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