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Anglican Church in North America

Anglican Church in North America
Classification Anglican
Orientation both Evangelical and Anglo-Catholic orientations
Polity Episcopal
Archbishop Foley Beach
Associations Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, Global South
Region Canada and the United States
Origin June 22, 2009
Bedford, Texas, United States
Separated from Anglican Church of Canada and Episcopal Church USA
Merge of Common Cause Partnership
Congregations 983[1]
Members c. 112,504[1]
Official website

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is a Christian denomination in the Anglican tradition in the United States and Canada. The church reports that it has 29 dioceses and 983 congregations serving more than 112,000 members in North America. The ACNA's provincial office is located in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. The first archbishop of ACNA was Robert Duncan, who was succeeded by Foley Beach in 2014.

The ACNA was founded in 2009 by former members of the Episcopal Church in the US and the Anglican Church of Canada who were dissatisfied with increasingly liberal doctrinal and social teachings in their former churches, which they considered contradictory to traditional Anglican belief. Prior to 2009, these conservative Anglicans had begun to receive support from a number of Anglican churches and provinces outside of North America, especially in the Global South. Several Episcopal dioceses and many individual parishes in both Canada and the US voted to transfer their allegiance to Anglican provinces in South America and Africa. In 2009, many Anglican groups who had withdrawn from the two North American provinces united to form the Anglican Church in North America. This process of Anglican realignment has created disagreement within the worldwide Anglican Communion over the status of these realigned dioceses and parishes.

From its creation, the Anglican Church in North America's stated goal has been to replace both the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada as the official province of the Anglican Communion in North America. It has not received official recognition, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the other instruments of unity. Nevertheless, friendly relations exist between ACNA and other Anglican provinces outside North America, including the Church of England in some respects. The ACNA is in full communion with three provinces in the Anglican Communion: the Church of Nigeria, the Church of Uganda, and the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan. It has also received recognition and support from the Global South Anglican churches, a grouping of 24 Anglican Communion provinces.

The ACNA has attempted to incorporate the full spectrum of conservative Anglicanism within Canada and the United States. As a result, it accommodates Anglo-Catholic, charismatic, and evangelical theological orientations. It also includes those who oppose and support women's ordination. Women can serve as clergy members in some dioceses, while other dioceses maintain an exclusively male clergy. Women are ineligible to serve as bishops. The ACNA teaches that Christian marriage is a lifelong union between a man and a woman and that homosexual relationships are sinful. The church holds a pro-life position on abortion and euthanasia.


  • History 1
    • Common Cause Partnership 1.1
    • Establishing the province 1.2
      • Inaugural assembly 1.2.1
    • Withdrawal of the Anglican Mission 1.3
  • Beliefs 2
  • Structure 3
    • Dioceses 3.1
    • Statistics 3.2
  • Ecumenical relations 4
    • Anglican churches 4.1
    • Other churches 4.2
    • Interfaith 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The Anglican Church in North America was founded by Anglicans who had left the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church in the United States over concerns that the teaching of those churches had grown more liberal.[2][3][4] The new body charged that the two existing churches "have increasingly accommodated and incorporated un-Biblical, un-Anglican practices and teaching".[5] Two major events which contributed to ACNA's formation both involved human sexuality. The first was the 2002 decision of the Diocese of New Westminster in Canada to authorise a rite of blessing for same-sex unions; the second was the General Convention's ratification of the election of Gene Robinson, an openly gay non-celibate man,[6][7] as Bishop of New Hampshire the following year.

The new Anglican group also charged that the existing churches had abandoned the traditional Christian belief that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation.[8] In particular, Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church since 2006, has been strongly criticised for her comments to that effect,[9] (although the "Core Beliefs and Doctrines" of the Episcopal Church make no mention of possible salvation apart from Christ).[10]

Conservative opposition to both the Episcopal Church's 1979 edition of the Book of Common Prayer and to the ordination of women priests led to the founding of an earlier wave of independent Anglican churches, often called the Continuing Anglican movement.

Common Cause Partnership

In June 2004, the leaders of six conservative Anglican organizations — the Anglican Communion Network, the Reformed Episcopal Church, the Anglican Mission in America, Forward in Faith North America, the Anglican Province of America, and the American Anglican Council —sent a public letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, pledging "to make common cause for the gospel of Jesus Christ and common cause for a united, missionary and orthodox Anglicanism in North America".[11] They called their alliance the Common Cause Partnership and drafted a theological statement in 2006.[12]

In September 2007, fifty-one bishops met in

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ a b Provincial Meeting Journal (June 2014), Anglican Church in North America, p. 81. Accessed June 19, 2014.
  2. ^ Staunton, Denis (2008-12-05). "Anglicans escalate split with plan for rival group". Irish Times. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  3. ^ Helfand, Duke (2008-12-04). "Conservatives who fled liberal views of Scripture have formed a breakaway church in North America". LA Times. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  4. ^ Nowicki, Sue (2010-11-20). "Breakaway Anglican diocese wins appeal". LA Times. Archived from the original on 3 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  5. ^ ACNA: Our Genesis
  6. ^ BBC - US Church 'unfairly criticised' 01 Jan 2008
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  12. ^ Theological Statement and Articles of the Common Cause Partnership. Revised March 28, 2007. Accessed April 15, 2010.
  13. ^ Virtue, David (2007-09-29). "PITTSBURGH: List of attendees at Common Cause Announcement of new Ecclesiastical Structure". 
  14. ^ Schjonberg, Mary Frances (2007-09-28). "Common Cause Bishops Pledge to Seek Anglican Recognition". Episcopal News Service. 
  15. ^ "Anglican Bishops Take First Steps to New Structure". Common Cause Partnership. 2007-09-28. Archived from the original on 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  16. ^ Banerjee, Neela (2007-09-30). "Groups Plan New Branch to Represent Anglicanism". The New York Times. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  17. ^ GAFCON final statement, 2008-06-29 
  18. ^ a b c Christian Today (April 23, 2009). "Rick Warren to address breakaway Anglicans". 
  19. ^ Waring, Steve (2008-11-16). "Convention Planned to Form New Anglican Province". The Living Church Foundation. 
  20. ^ "Provisional Constitution". The Common Cause Partnership. 
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  22. ^ Christian Newswire (June 22, 2009). "Anglican Church Assembly Begins". Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  23. ^ a b Anglican Church in North America. "Anglican Church in North America officially constituted". 
  24. ^ Rodgers, Ann (June 23, 2009), "Archbishop Duncan shepherds Episcopal spinoff", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
  25. ^ a b Religious IntelligenceConger, George. "New US Province is formed". .
  26. ^ a b c "More Anglican Leaders Join Supporters of the Anglican Church in North America"
  27. ^ Protocol between Rwanda, the Anglican Mission, and the ACNA. Accessed May 21, 2010.
  28. ^ The Anglican Mission’s Relationship with the Anglican Church in North America, May 18, 2010. Accessed May 21, 2010.
  29. ^ Archbishop Duncan, "A Pastoral Letter", December 20, 2011. Accessed December 21, 2011.
  30. ^ Joint Communiqué from Archbishop Rwaje of P.E.A.R. and Archbishop Duncan of the Anglican Church, April 28, 2012, Anglican Ink
  31. ^ Congo to give a temporary home to the AMiA, The Church of England Newspaper, April 29, 2012
  32. ^ PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC: AMIA Leader Responds to Archbishop Duncan's letter, 8 September 2012
  33. ^ a b Anglican Church of North America (2009), Constitution and Canons, Article I, p. 2-3.
  34. ^ Frequently Asked Questions. Anglican Church in North America. Accessed June 3, 2014.
  35. ^ Texts for Common Prayer. Anglican Church in North America. Accessed June 3, 2014.
  36. ^ To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism Overview, ACNA Official Website
  37. ^ An Introduction to the Constitution and Canons - By Bishop Robert Duncan
  38. ^ Pat, McCaughan."North American Anglican group holds inaugural gathering". Episcopal Life Online. June 25, 2009.
  39. ^ Anglican Church of North America (2009), Constitution and Canons, Title II Canon 8 p. 12.
  40. ^ Anglicans for Life Official Website
  41. ^ Anglican Church of North America (2009), Constitution and Canons, Articles IV-XIV, pp. 3-7.
  42. ^ Anglican Church of North America (2009), Constitution and Canons. Title I Canon 2, pp. 2-3.
  43. ^ Anglican Church of North America (2009), Constitution and Canons, Title I Canon 1, pp. 1-2.
  44. ^ Anglican Church in North America (August 10, 2010), "Elected Executive Committee Begins Work". Accessed February 21, 2011.
  45. ^ Anglican Church of North America (2009), Constitution and Canons, Title I Canon 7, pp. 6-7.
  46. ^ Anglican Church in North America (July 2014), [2].
  47. ^ "One Hundred and Six New Anglican Congregations in Nine Months". Anglican Church in North America. April 13, 2010. Accessed April 15, 2010.
  48. ^ ACNA Dioceses and Delegates Fact Sheet. June 2009. Accessed April 15, 2010.
  49. ^ "Council Recognizes Two New Dioceses". ACNA, June 14, 2010. Accessed June 16, 2010.
  50. ^ Anglican Church in North America (2009), Constitution and Canons, Article III, p. 3.
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  52. ^ "GAFCON Communiqué issued — ACNA recognized". GAFCON / Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. 
  53. ^ "Global South Encounter — Fourth Trumpet". Global South Encounter. 
  54. ^ "Church of Nigeria in full communion with Anglican Church of North America". Dallas Morning News. 
  55. ^ Church of Uganda. "Church of Uganda Declares itself in Full Communion with Anglican Church in North America". 
  56. ^ "Advent Letter from Archbishop Duncan". Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  57. ^ "ENUGU CONSECRATION: 'Serve and Suffer for Christ'". Church of Nigeria (estimate)
  58. ^ 2002 Uganda Population and Housing Census, Bureau of Statistics (PDF)
  59. ^ Anglican Communion: Welcome
  60. ^ Russel Powell. "We See Them and Embrace Them"., October 28, 2009.
  61. ^ General Synod - Summary of Business Conducted on Wednesday 10th February 2010, accessed 21 January 2012.
  62. ^ Mackay, Maria (February 10, 2010), "Church of England Recognises Breakaway US Anglicans", Christian Today, archived from the original on 13 February 2010, retrieved 2010-02-10 
  63. ^ The Church of England and the Anglican Church in North America, report of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the General Synod of the Church of England, December 2011, accessed 21 January 2012.
  64. ^ CofE report generally open to new Anglican Church, February 24, 2012
  65. ^ Archbishop Duncan Addresses the 5th Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America, ACNA official website
  66. ^ Archbishop appoints US priest as Canterbury preacher, Archbishop of Canterbury Official Website, 16 January 2014
  67. ^ Six Preacher Installation, Archbishop of Canterbury Official Website, 14 March 2014
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  69. ^ Diocese of NW Australia recognises ACNA as “a member church of the Anglican Communion”
  70. ^ Anglican Primates Greeting from the Investiture of the Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Anglican Church in North America Official Website
  71. ^ A statement from the Primates of the Global South and the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglican, 14 October 2014, Global South Anglican Official Website
  72. ^ a b "Orthodox Church Leader Rekindles Relationship with Anglicans"
  73. ^ Archbishop Beach and Metropolitan Hilarion Encourage Anglican/Orthodox Ecumenical Dialogue, Virtue Online, 10 November 2014
  74. ^ Hoops, Linda C. (March 3, 2010). "CTCR Adopts Environment-Stewardship Report". Reporter ( 
  75. ^ a b Ray Sutton (November 2011), The Apostle: Anglican Church in North America's Ministry in Review Report, p. 14. Accessed 10 December 2011.
  76. ^ An Affirmation of Marriage / An ecumenical statement, Canadian, 3 June 2013
  77. ^ Third Ecumenical Dialogue Meeting Between the Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), Forward in Faith North America Official Website, 27 July 2013
  78. ^ Anglican Church in North America responds to Vatican offer
  79. ^ Anglican Church in North America, Executive Committee Calls for Task Force on 'Islam and Interfaith Engagement'". Accessed July 13, 2011.


In August 2010, the executive committee approved the creation of a task force on "Islam and interfaith engagement". Regarding the task force, Julian Dobbs, a member of the ACNA College of Bishops and Missionary Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, stated, "we need to undertake a prayerful, sensitive and honest approach to the issues involved".[79]


In October 2009, ACNA's leadership reacted to the Roman Catholic Church's proposed creation of personal ordinariates for disaffected traditionalist Anglicans by stating that although they believe that this provision will not be utilized by the great majority of its affiliated laity and clergy, they will happily bless those who are drawn to participate in this proposal.[78]

The ACNA has been involved with evangelical movements such as the Laussanne Conference on World Evangelism and has observer status with the National Association of Evangelicals. It is working to begin dialogue with the Presbyterian Church in America and the Assemblies of God USA. The ACNA is also partnering with Messianic Jewish groups.[75]

The ACNA has held three ecumenical dialogue meetings with the Polish National Catholic Church, being the most recent at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows, in Belleville, Illinois, at 15-16 July 2013.[77]

It was held a "Marriage Summit", in Dallas, Texas, from 3 to 5 May 2013, with representatives of ACNA and three Lutheran denominations, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Lutheran Church-Canada and the North American Lutheran Church, which resulted in an official joint document, "An Affirmation of Marriage", approved by the heads of all the four church bodies and described as "a strong example of biblical ecumenicism at work", defining the divine nature of "marriage to be the life-long union of one man and one woman".[76]

The ACNA established dialogue with several Lutheran groups. In March 2010, the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod announced that it and the ACNA would hold discussions to "explore dialogue". The ACNA is the first non-Lutheran denomination to enter into any sort of dialogue with LCMS.[74] The ACNA has approved a request from the North American Lutheran Church to share clergy where there are vacancies. In addition, there is a Lutheran group which has requested to be admitted into the ACNA as a diocese.[75]

[73] At the ACNA's inaugural assembly in June 2009, Metropolitan

Other churches

On 9 October 2014, following the ceremony of investiture of Foley Beach as Archbishop and Primate of ACNA, an official statement, which recognized Beach as "a fellow Primate of the Anglican Communion", was signed by the seven Anglican Archbishops there present: Mouneer Anis of Jerusalem and the Middle East, Eliud Wabukala of Kenya, Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria, Stanley Ntagali of Uganda, Onesphore Rwaje of Rwanda, Stephen Than Myint Oo of Myanmar, and Héctor "Tito" Zavala of the Southern Cone of America.[70][71]

In October 2014 the Diocese of North West Australia passed a motion recognizing the ACNA as a "member church of the Anglican Communion".[69]

Archbishop Robert Duncan met following his invitation the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in May 2013, to discuss the recognition of the ACNA religious orders in the near future.[65] Welby announced on 16 January 2014 that the Rev. Tory Baucum, Rector of Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia, a parish of the ACNA, had been elected unanimously to serve as one of the Six Preachers of the Canterbury Cathedral. The Very Rev. Robert Willis, dean of Canterbury Cathedral, stated on the occasion: "In recent times, the Six Preachers have become a significant and diverse group from across the whole Anglican Communion and fulfil a role of preaching and teaching from time to time in Canterbury. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Baucum, whose particular gifts will enrich the group still further."[66] Baucum was installed on 14 March 2014, attended by both Justin Welby and Robert Duncan.[67] In October, 2014, Welby stated that "Tory Baucum was ordained before ACNA emerged, many years before, and is validly ordained with Anglican Orders and for that reason was eligible to be a Canterbury Six Preacher." He further stated that "ACNA is a separate church. It is not part of the Anglican Communion." [68]

In 2010, the General Synod of the Church of England affirmed "the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family" and called upon the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to report back to the synod after further study in 2011.[61][62] Published in December 2011, the Archbishops' follow up report recommended "an open-ended engagement with ACNA on the part of the Church of England and the Communion" but also stated that a definitive outcome would be unclear for sometime.[63][64]

In March 2009, the Anglican Church of Nigeria declared itself to be in full communion with the Anglican Church in North America,[54] followed by the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Uganda in June 2009, and the Episcopal Church of Sudan in December 2011.[55][56] Inasmuch as these churches report approximately 30,500,000 members,[57][58] and the Anglican Communion reports over 80,000,000 members,[59] the ACNA is in communion with churches comprising somewhat one-third of the membership of the Anglican Communion. The Diocese of Sydney passed on the final day of its 2009 synod a resolution welcoming the creation of the ACNA and expressing a desire to be in full communion.[60] The resolution also called for the diocese's standing committee to seek a general synod motion affirming the Anglican Church of Australia to be in full communion with the ACNA.

The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans primates' council has said that the new church is "fully Anglican" and called for its recognition by existing provinces of the Anglican Communion.[52] Archbishop Robert Duncan was present at the Global South Fourth Encounter that took place in Singapore, from 19 to 23 April 2010, where he presided at the Eucharist and met Primates and representatives from 20 Anglican provinces. The Global South Encounter final statement declared: "We are grateful that the recently formed Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is a faithful expression of Anglicanism. We welcomed them as partners in the Gospel and our hope is that all provinces will be in full communion with the clergy and people of the ACNA and the Communion Partners."[53]

ACNA's relations are not friendly with the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada, despite the presence of many theologically conservative Anglicans in both churches. Many ACNA parishes, clergy, and bishops were originally members of these churches. The re-alignment process has seen both sides charge each other with heresy and schism.[51] In several cases there have been protracted legal disputes over church property (for example, when the ACNA's Diocese of Fort Worth split with the Episcopal Church's Diocese of Fort Worth), with some of these lawsuits ongoing for years.

The ACNA's constitution expresses the goal to seek recognition as a province of the Anglican Communion.[50] A total of nine Anglican provinces sent formal delegations to the inaugural assembly.[26] The Anglican Church in North America has not yet requested formal recognition by the Anglican Communion office as a province recognized by the instruments of communion. The office of the Archbishop of Canterbury has said it would possibly take years for the ACNA to gain official recognition from the rest of the Anglican Communion.[18]

Anglican churches

Ecumenical relations

  • June 2009: 703 congregations;[47] average Sunday attendance: 69,167[48]
  • April 2010: 809 congregations
  • June 2010: 614 congregations (after the decision of the Anglican Mission in the Americas to change from full membership to the status of a "ministry partner")[49]
  • July 2013: 908 congregations


A unique aspect of ACNA polity is the possibility that a diocese or group of dioceses may be under the dual jurisdiction of the ACNA and a province of the Anglican Communion. The Dioceses of Quincy, Pittsburgh, San Joaquin, and Fort Worth were formed when majority factions in the corresponding dioceses of the Episcopal Church voted to secede from that body in order to align themselves with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. The Anglican Mission, a founding member of the ACNA but later a ministry partner, until December 2011, during its membership possessed "dual citizenship" with the ACNA and the Church of the Province of Rwanda.

PEARUSA is a missionary district with equivalent status to a diocese.

  1. Missionary Diocese of All Saints
  2. CANA Armed Forces and Chaplaincy Jurisdiction
  3. Anglican Network in Canada
  4. Diocese of the Carolinas
  5. Diocese of Cascadia
  6. REC Diocese of the Central States
  7. CANA Diocese of the East
  8. Diocese of Fort Worth
  9. Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes (Not to be confused with the older Diocese of the Great Lakes, an autonomous Continuing Anglican jurisdiction.)
  10. Gulf Atlantic Diocese
  11. International Diocese
  12. REC Diocese of Mid-America
  13. Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic
  14. Anglican Diocese in New England
  15. REC Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
  16. Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh
  17. Diocese of Quincy
  18. Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others
  19. Diocese of San Joaquin
  20. Anglican Diocese of the South
  21. REC Diocese of the Southeast
  22. Anglican Diocese of the Southwest
  23. CANA Missionary Diocese of the Trinity
  24. Anglican Diocese of the Upper Midwest
  25. CANA Diocese of the West
  26. REC Diocese of the West
  27. Diocese of Western Anglicans
  28. REC Diocese of Western Canada and Alaska
  29. Anglican Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast

The Anglican Church in North America is organized into the following 29 dioceses:[46]

See also List of dioceses of the Anglican Church in North America, List of bishops of the Anglican Church in North America.


The constitution and canons specify that other non member groups (such as a seminary, monastic order or ministry organization, or a diocese, congregation or other entity) may be considered for association as ministry partners.[45] Ministry partners may have representation in provincial and sub-provincial bodies as determined by the archbishop or bishop with jurisdiction. Ministry partners may withdraw from affiliation or have their affiliation ended with or without cause. ACNA affiliated ministries include Anglican Global Mission Partners (a missionary organization), Anglican Relief and Development Fund, and Anglican 1000 (a church planting initiative).

Local congregations hold their own property and the province disavows any claim on the property of local congregations. Existing property-holding arrangements within the founding member entities are not affected by their relation to the province. The province also disavows any authority to control the member entities' policies regarding the question of the ordination of women as deacons or priests.

All bishops in active ministry are members of the College of Bishops. The college elects the archbishop, the presiding officer of the Church, who convenes the Provincial Assembly, the Provincial Council, and the College of Bishops. The college also has authority to approve diocesan elections of bishops, or in some cases actually elect bishops. There are 50 active bishops sitting in the college. The archbishop has a cabinet composed of leading bishops within the church which functions as a council of advice.[44] The Provincial Tribunal is an ecclesiastical court empowered to rule on constitutional and canonical disputes.

The Provincial Council, meeting at least annually, is the governing body of the province. Every jurisdiction is represented on the council by a bishop, a clergy member, and two lay persons; and the council may also appoint up to six other persons as members. The Provincial Council elects 12 of its members, 6 clergy and 6 lay members, to the executive committee of which the archbishop is chairman. The executive committee acts as the board of directors of the Church.[43]

The Provincial Assembly, meeting at least every five years, is a representative body with delegates from each diocese and network. Each jurisdiction is represented by its bishop, two clergy delegates, and two lay delegates. In addition, jurisdictions are entitled to one additional clergy and lay delegates for every 1,000 constituents, calculated by average Sunday attendance. The assembly's duties include electing the Provincial Council from among the members of the assembly and ratifying all constitutional amendments and canons adopted by the Provincial Council. Measures not adopted by the Provincial Assembly are returned to the Provincial Council for revision.[42]

According to the constitution,[41] the member entities of the Anglican Church in North America are groups of congregations, each group called a diocese or network. Dioceses can be organized regionally, whereas networks are groupings led by a bishop and based on some affinity. A member entity has the authority to leave the province if it so chooses.

ACNA's provincial flag


The ACNA has both Anglo-Catholic and evangelical members and is considered to be more theologically conservative than the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada.[37][38] The Church allows dioceses to decide if they will or will not ordain women as priests, although it does not permit women to become bishops.[25] Concerning marriage, it holds that it is between one man and one woman; therefore, it does not bless same sex unions. Concerning abortion and euthanasia, the ACNA holds a pro-life stance, proclaiming "all members and clergy are called to promote and respect the sanctity of every human life from conception to natural death".[39] The ACNA is associated with Anglicans for Life for promotion of the pro-life ministry.[40]

The ACNA approved for trial use To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism on 8 January 2014, released in the book form on 30 June 2014.[36]

In addition to the 1662 edition of the Book of Common Prayer, the ACNA has authorized the use of later versions, including the 1928 and 1979 editions produced by the Episcopal Church and the 1962 edition produced by the Anglican Church of Canada.[34] In 2013, the College of Bishops approved on a trial basis Texts for Common Prayer, a collection of liturgies made specifically for the Anglican Church in North America. Texts for Common Prayer includes morning prayer, evening prayer, the Eucharist or Lord's Supper, and an ordinal.[35]

  • The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571, taken in their literal and grammatical sense, express the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time, and express fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief.[33]
  • The Book of Common Prayer as set forth by the Church of England in 1662, together with the ordinal attached to it, is a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline and, with the Books which preceded it, is the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.
  • Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided church, it affirms the teaching of the first four Ecumenical Councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Bible.
  • Baptism and the Lord's Supper are sacraments ordained by Christ and are to be ministered with unfailing use of his words of institution and the elements ordained by him.
  • The Bible is the inspired word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and is the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.

In its Fundamental Declarations, the Anglican Church in North America declares itself part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, confessing Jesus Christ to be the only way to God the Father.[33] Consistent with this, it identifies the following seven elements as characteristic of the "Anglican Way" and essential for membership:


On December 20, 2011, Archbishop Duncan announced that, due to the resignation of the majority of Anglican Mission bishops from the Province of Rwanda on December 5, the Anglican Mission had lost its "ministry partner" status with the ACNA and that most of AMiA's bishops had lost their status in the ACNA's College of Bishops.[29] Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje of the Anglican Church of Rwanda and Archbishop Duncan of the Anglican Church in North America issued a Joint Communiqué on April 28, 2012, to address the future of the AMiA. Meanwhile, the House of the Bishops of Rwanda decided to establish the Missionary District in North America (PEARUSA) to pursue the same work in the United States. The AMiA members were given three alternatives: to join the PEARUSA, to join another Anglican jurisdiction through letters dimissory, or remain in the AMiA. A deadline of August 31, 2012, was established for the clergy and the congregations of the AMiA to decide their future.[30] In April 29, 2012, Archbishop Henri Isingoma expressed his official approval for the temporary admission of the AMiA at the Anglican Church of Congo until its future was clarified.[31] Bishop Chuck Murphy, of the AMiA, expressed his will that the fracture between the AMiA and the ACNA could be solved in an answer letter to Archbishop Duncan, on 8 September 2012.[32]

However, in a May 18, 2010 communiqué, the Anglican Mission announced its decision to transition from full ACNA membership to "ministry partner" status, a designation provided for in the governing structure of the ACNA, and remain a part of the Rwandan province. Reasons cited for the change were that the "dual citizenship" model had caused "significant confusion within the Anglican Mission and the ACNA regarding membership in two provinces, and more importantly, is inconsistent with the Constitution and Canons of the Province of the Anglican Church in Rwanda".[28]

The Anglican Mission in the Americas was a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America and, at the same time, maintained its status as a mission of the Church of the Province of Rwanda. This "dual citizenship" was defined by protocol between the Province of Rwanda, the Anglican Mission, and the ACNA.[27]

Withdrawal of the Anglican Mission

Leaders from three Anglican provinces, The Most Reverend John Chew of the Church of the Province of South East Asia, Archbishop Peter Jensen of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney and the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and Mouneer Anis, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, formally announced support for the ACNA.[26] From England, Bishop Wallace Benn and Archdeacon Michael Lawson sent greetings from the Church of England Evangelical Council.[26]

Other ecumenical observers included Bishop Walter Grundorf of the Anglican Province of America, the Rev. Samuel Nafzger of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, and Bishop Kevin Vann of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth.

Rick Warren, a leading American evangelical, and Metropolitan Jonah, leader of the Orthodox Church in America, addressed the audience. There were provinces in the Anglican Communion who sent official representatives to the assembly, namely the Church of the Province of West Africa, the Church of Nigeria, the Church of Uganda, the Anglican Church of Kenya, represented by Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi, the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, including Archbishop Gregory Venables, the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, the Church of the Province of Myanmar, the Church of the Province of South East Asia and the Church of the Province of Rwanda.[23]

On June 22, 2009, delegates of the ACNA's founding bodies met at St. Vincent's Cathedral in Bedford, Texas, for an inaugural Provincial Assembly to ratify its constitution and canons.[22] At this meeting a number of major steps were taken to officially establish the new province including the election of Robert Duncan, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, as archbishop.[23][24][25]

Inaugural assembly

The Anglican Province of America participated in the Partnership until July 2008.

The members of the Common Cause Partnership at the founding of the ACNA were:

In December 2008, the Partnership met at Wheaton, Illinois, as a constitutional convention to form a "separate ecclesiastical structure in North America" for Anglican faithful distinct from the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada.[18][19] There the Partnership's executive committee approved a constitution and canons for the new Church which were to be submitted for formal adoption at the new Church's first Provincial Assembly.[18][20]

Establishing the province

Key members of the partnership participated in the June 2008 meeting of conservative Anglicans in Jerusalem, the Global Anglican Future Conference, which in turn prompted the formation of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. A final statement issued by the conference stated that: "we believe the time is now ripe for the formation of a province in North America for the federation currently known as Common Cause Partnership to be recognised by the Primates’ Council" of the Anglican Communion.[17]


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