What is Anglicanism?
Anglicans are Christians - people who follow the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God.
We believe in the Trinity and the over-arching love of God. We uphold the Bible as sacred Scripture, inspired by the Holy Spirit and interpreted by the Church. We affirm the Creeds and our connection with the Apostles.
We believe that everyone was made in the image of God and that all are equal. The church is the Body of Christ and all the baptised have an important part to play in God's kingdom. Each of us has different gifts and so are called to different areas.
We love because God first loved us. God calls us to be in relationship with one another. As we share in one another's lives and seek to support those in need we respond to God's call. As a Church, God calls us to be Christ in our communities.
We are a sacramental church. That means that we baptise and celebrate the Eucharist (Communion/Lord's Supper). We worship God with prayers of thanksgiving, songs of praise, and words of affirmation. We acknowledge our need for forgiveness as well as our need to reconcile and forgive others. We give thanks for God's awe-inspiring love and mercy, and we seek to share that with others.
From its very beginning the Anglican Church has been described as being via media or the 'middle way'. As a Church we accept that the world is not black and white. We work hard to understand and honour the different experiences and perspectives that believers contribute. As a result you will find that evangelical, liberal, conservative, high-church, low-church, and many others should all find a place to express themselves.
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