To celebrate and proclaim the love of God in Christ
through worship, community, and service.
"Let all who seek you celebrate and rejoice in you. Let those who love your salvation always say, “The Lord is great!"
– Psalm 40:16
"Proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory to the nations, his marvelous deeds to all peoples!"
– Psalm 96:2-3
The Love of God
"This is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins."
– John 4:10
"God, out of the great love with which he loved us, raised us up and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus"
– Ephesians 4:4 & 6
"Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that can't be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence."
– Hebrews 12:28
"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another."
– John 13:34
"We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
– Ephesians 2:10
Our Motto is Clarity, Constancy, and Joy in a Shifting World
The Anglican Church in North America is clear about its beliefs, doctrine, and practices.
Our focus is to be reliable and consistent in our faith.
"By basing our teachings on the Bible, we are freed from the temptation to dress God's will in culture of the moment. The spirit of every age is a siren call that is hard to resist and the temptation to say that every new thing is acceptable to God is very great indeed." – Father Ed McNeill, St. James Anglican Church, San Jose, CA
There is a joy in being part of a community of the faithful, of discovering one's faith and embracing Anglican beliefs and teachings, of discovering Christ in one's life. We experience the opportunity to grow in one's faith and learn how to practice it on a daily basis.
A Shifting World
Those of us who experience the Anglican faith find it to be a reliable anchor in the midst of turmoil due to world-wide persecution of Christians, and where core beliefs and commonly accepted values are no longer taken for granted, often not taught or revered. We stand firm in our faith.
As an Anglican Church in the diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO), our beliefs are in line with the Anglican Church of North America. C.S. Lewis (who was an important Anglican lay theologian in the 20th century), captured an important part of the Anglican spirit in his desire to describe mere Christianity. As a church, we strive to hold tightly to the common core of Christian faith that has been passed down through the apostolic witness of the church through the centuries. This is why we hope to be "at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled."
ACNA Theological Statement:
We believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father but by Him. Therefore, the Anglican Church in North America identifies the following seven elements as characteristic of the Anglican Way, and essential for membership:
- We confess the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.
- We confess Baptism and the Supper of the Lord to be Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself in the Gospel, and thus to be ministered with unfailing use of His words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him.
- We confess the godly historic Episcopate as an inherent part of the apostolic faith and practice, and therefore as integral to the fullness and unity of the Body of Christ.
- We confess as proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture the historic faith of the undivided church as declared in the three Catholic Creeds: the Apostles', the Nicene, and the Athanasian.
- Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four Councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh Councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures.
- We receive The Book of Common Prayer as set forth by the Church of England in 1662, together with the Ordinal attached to the same, as a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline, and, with the Books which preceded it, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.
- We receive the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571, taken in their literal and grammatical sense, as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time, and as expressing the fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief.
In all these things, the Anglican Church in North America is determined by the help of God to hold and maintain as the Anglican Way has received them the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ.
"The Anglican Communion," Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher wrote, "has no peculiar thought, practice, creed or confession of its own. It has only the Catholic Faith of the ancient Catholic Church, as preserved in the Catholic Creeds and maintained in the Catholic and Apostolic constitution of Christ's Church from the beginning." It may licitly teach as necessary for salvation nothing but what is read in the Holy Scriptures as God's Word written or may be proved thereby. It therefore embraces and affirms such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the Scriptures, and thus to be counted apostolic. The Church has no authority to innovate: it is obliged continually, and particularly in times of renewal or reformation, to return to "the faith once delivered to the saints."
To be an Anglican, then, is not to embrace a distinct version of Christianity, but a distinct way of being a "Mere Christian," at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.