Who We Are
The ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AMERICA (ACA) is among the largest of several "Continuing Churches" which emerged from the Affirmation of St. Louis and the 1977 gathering of faithful Anglicans which produced that document.
The current President of the ACA House of Bishops is The Most Rev. Brian R. Marsh. The Rt Reverend Stephen D. Strawn is the Vice President.
The ACA is part of the TRADITIONAL ANGLICAN COMMUNION (TAC), a worldwide body of about one half million members on six continents. The Acting Primate of the TAC is The Most Rev. Samuel P. Prakash.
The Traditional Anglican Communion affirms a very traditional interpretation of the Biblical teaching and Apostolic witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We follow especially closely the prayers and practice of the English church of the great reformers led by Thomas Cramner who produced the first versions of the Book of Common Prayer in the sixteenth century. Even today, our worship of Jesus Christ and our theology is anchored in the Bible and the traditional Book of Common Prayer, as rendered in various national versions since that seminal time. In the United States, the ACA uses the 1928 Prayer Book.
Who We Are Not
The Anglican Church in America is not connected with the Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church USA is not a member of the Traditional Anglican Communion but of the Canterbury Communion. The Canterbury-based Communion embraces a more fluid interpretation of Biblical teaching and Apostolic witness and accepts practices which do not conform to those of traditional Anglicans. While both communions share a common ancestry, including Apostolic Succession, there is no direct hierarchical or organizational connection between us.
Similarly, there is no organizational connection between us and a body called "The Anglican Church OF THE Americas" (TACA), which also espouses doctrinal positions and moral views we do not share.
Unity in Jesus Christ
Nevertheless, as stated in the Affirmation of St Louis, we remain in communion with "all faithful parts of the Anglican Communion" and we continue to pray that "all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life."(cf. BCP, A Prayer for all Conditions of Men)
The Most Rev. Brian R. Marsh, President of the ACA House of Bishops.
The Rt Reverend Stephen D. Strawn, Vice President of the ACA House of Bishops.
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