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Anglicanism  • History
Jesus Christ  • St Paul
Catholicity and Catholicism
Apostolic Succession
Ministry • Ecumenical councils
Augustine of Canterbury  • Bede
Medieval Architecture
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Thomas Cranmer
Dissolution of the Monasteries
Church of England
Edward VI  • Elizabeth I
Matthew Parker
Richard Hooker  • James I
King James Version • Charles I
William Laud  • Nonjuring schism
Ordination of women
Homosexuality • Windsor Report


Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)
Theology  • Doctrine
Thirty-Nine Articles
Caroline Divines
Oxford Movement
Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral
Sacraments  • Mary  • Saints

Liturgy and Worship

Book of Common Prayer
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Eucharist  • Liturgical Year
Biblical Canon
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Ecumenism  • Monasticism
Prayer  • Music  • Art

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The Anglican Communion consists of thirty-eight autonomous churches, or provinces, worldwide which are in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury. These churches include over 500 dioceses, 64,000 congregations, and 70 million members. The Anglican churches teach the Catholic and Apostolic faith, as expressed in the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and the creeds of the ancient church, and interpreted through the authority of Scripture, Tradition, and Reason.

The Instruments of UnityEdit

The Instruments of Unity are the four inter-Anglican structures which enable communication, communion, and shared mission between the provinces of the Anglican Communion.

The Archbishop of CanterburyEdit

The Archbishop of Canterbury is the bishop of the diocese of Canterbury and the Primate of All England. The see of Canterbury has been the seat of authority for the Church of England since 601 A.D. when St. Augustine of Canterbury was appointed head of the Church in England by the Pope. Today the Archbishop is regarded as the spiritual head of the Church of England and of the Anglican Communion, having the status of 'primus inter pares', or first among equals.

The Lambeth ConferencesEdit

The Lambeth Conference is called every ten years by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is a meeting of all the bishops of the communion, who come together to consult among one another. It has advisory authority over the provinces, but does not have legislative authority.

The Primates' MeetingEdit

The Primates' Meeting is a meeting of the primates of the provincial churches, and occurs on a yearly basis.

The Anglican Consultative CouncilEdit

The Anglican Consultative Council is a body consisting of one bishop, one priest or deacon, and one layperson from each province. It meets every two to three years.

Provinces of the Anglican CommunionEdit

There are 38 autonomous provinces of the Anglican Communion, each with their own juridical structure under the leadership of a primate or chief bishop. There are also six extra-provincial churches which lack their own primate but instead are under the primatial jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury.


The Anglican Church of Burundi
The Church of the Province of Central Africa
Province de L'Eglise Anglicane Du Congo
The Anglican Church of Kenya
The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda
The Church of the Province of Southern Africa
The Episcopal Church of the Sudan
The Anglican Church of Tanzania
The Church of the Province of Uganda
The Church of the Province of West Africa


The Church of Bangladesh
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui
The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean
The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan)
The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East
The Anglican Church of Korea
The Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma)
The Church of North India (United)
The Church of Pakistan (United)
Church of the Province of South East Asia
The Church of South India (United)
The Church of Ceylon (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury)


The Church of England
The Church of Ireland
The Scottish Episcopal Church
The Church in Wales
The Lusitanian Church (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury)
The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury)

North AmericaEdit

The Anglican Church of Canada
Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America
La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico
The Episcopal Church in the United States of America
The Church in the Province of the West Indies
Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba
Bermuda (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury)


The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia
The Anglican Church of Australia
The Church of the Province of Melanesia
The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea
The Episcopal Church in the Philippines

South AmericaEdit

Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de America
Falkland Islands (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury)

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