Episcopalians are part of a larger branch of catholic Christianity that emerged out of the Church of England, or the Anglican Church. Officially, the Anglican Church has been around for almost five hundred years. However, the church has existed in the British Isles for much longer, and has always given a unique expression to the catholic faith.
Now, we are part of a global communion of over 85 million Anglican Christians in 38 provinces across the world. We are a multi-cultural, multi-racial communion, held together by our shared story, common prayer, and bond of affection.
One symbol of our unity is the spiritual leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury. He (or she, as the case may be) is the “first among equals” in the community of primates, the leaders of the different provinces of the Anglican Communion. The current Archbishop of Canterbury is The Most Reverend and Right Honorable Justin Welby.
While our differences make our communion a difficult relationship at times, at our best, we bear witness to the Kingdom of God, where the dividing wall of hostility between us has been broken down, and peace is proclaimed to those who are far off and those who are near.
To find our more about our global communion, visit the Anglican Communion’s website!