What is Anglican?
The Anglican Church began as the state church of England. During the 16th century the church took on the theology of the Reformation, reclaiming the ancient truths of the Bible and salvation by grace alone through faith alone.
As England colonized the world, she took her church with her. Upon decolonization, the state church was no longer present, but the theology and the heritage of the church remained. This brought about the creation of the Anglican Communion, which now is represented in 164 countries, with a total of about 80 million members worldwide, organized into 34 largely autonomous Provinces.
Although there is a global crisis in the Anglican Communion because some Provinces (like the Episcopal Church USA) have left the Biblical moorings that served to form the foundation of our church, traditionally the Provinces have held four things in common:
- The Bible as a basis of our faith.
- The Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds as basic statements of Christian belief.
- A recognition of the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.
- The historic episcopate locally adapted. In other words, the belief that the Christian church has historically been organized with a polity system that includes bishops as overseers.
We are a church that embraces the three streams of classic Christianity. We are a catholic or liturgical church (our liturgy comes from forms based on the Prayer Book written in 1662) that seeks to combine the rich sacramental history and the traditions of the early church. We are a Protestant or evangelical church with a strong Reformational faith, and emphasis on preaching the Word. We are a charismatic or Pentecostal church with a keen awareness of the continuing activity of the Holy Spirit and a reliance on ministering in the gifts of the Spirit.
The Anglican Parish of Christ the Redeemer in the South Hills is part of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh of the Anglican Church in North America founded in 2009. The Anglican Church in North America unites more than 100,000 Anglicans in the United States and Canada with a shared commitment to “Reaching North America with the Transforming Love of Jesus Christ.”