We believe …

The Jerusalem Declaration of the Anglican Communion, guarding and proclaiming the unchanging truth in a changing world …

The resolution of 1148 participants, including 291 bishops representing millions of faithful Christians from the worldwide Anglican Communion, meeting in Jerusalem in June 2008 – The Jerusalem Declaration.

Read the complete statement here.

The Thirty-nine Articles

The 39 Articles of Religion are the essential beliefs of the Anglican church codified. The articles were established by a Convocation of the Church in 1563, using as a basis the 42 Articles written in 1553 under the direction of Thomas Cranmer who was also the primary author of The Book of Common Prayer. The Anglican Communion reaffirmed our belief in these statements of doctrine in The Jerusalem Declaration of 2008.

The Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral

We believe that the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral of 1886-88 provides a succinct summary of our beliefs as members of the Anglican Communion:

  • The Holy Scripture of the Old and New Testaments, as “containing all things necessary to salvation,” and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith. They are the revealed Word of God.
  • The Apostles Creed as the Baptismal Symbol, and the Nicene Creed, as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
  • The two Sacraments, ordained by Christ himself – Baptism and the Supper of the Lord – ministered with unfailing use of Christ’s words in Institution, and of the elements ordained by Him.
  • The Historic Episcopate locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varying needs of the nations and peoples called by God into the Unity of the Church.

The Apostles’ Creed

  • I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth;
    I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
    and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
    and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
    I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed

  • We believe in one God,
    the Father, the Almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth,
    of all that is, seen and unseen.
    We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
    the only Son of God,
    eternally begotten of the Father,
    God from God, Light from Light,
    true God from true God,
    begotten, not made,
    of one Being with the Father.
    Through him all things were made.
    For us and for our salvation
    he came down from heaven:
    by the power of the Holy Spirit
    he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
    and was made man.
    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
    he suffered death and was buried.
    On the third day he rose again
    in accordance with the Scriptures;
    he ascended into heaven
    and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
    and his kingdom will have no end.
    We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
    who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
    With the Father and the Son, he is worshiped and glorified.
    He has spoken through the Prophets.
    We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
    We look for the resurrection of the dead,
    and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Anglican Way

More about Anglicanism and what we believe can be found in this great resource: “The Anglican Way: A Guidebook.”