The Society is…
Committed to Mission
The Society is a company of believers, led by bishops and loyal to the Church of England and her catholic heritage, who are committed to a bold proclamation of Jesus Christ as Lord through:
- A lively ministry of preaching and teaching
- A careful and creative celebration of the Sacraments
- Pastoral care that extends from the local congregation to the nation
- A working with others of goodwill in the Church and beyond to build a society that reflects the values of the Kingdom of God
- Bishops, priests and deacons consistent with the tradition of the Church, East and West
- The creation for the sake of the whole Church of an ecclesial community that is both loyal to the traditions of the Church of England and yet, because of the clear difference of views about the ordination of women, has its own bishops, to whose oversight its churches, institutions and individuals freely submit themselves, and so a guaranteed sacramental and missional life
- Continuing to work with urgency for the unity of the Church, consistent with the prayer and purpose of Jesus, and as reflected in the ARCIC process.
Committed to the Church of England
The Society is committed to the Church of England. We intend to play our full part in the life of the Church of England at all levels, contributing to its mission, witness and service.
As we do so, we shall continue to see it as our task to recall the Church of England to a fuller understanding of its catholic heritage and its identity as part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Committed to Christian Unity
Led by its bishops, the Society is committed to strive for the visible unity of Christ’s Church. We are attentive to the theological dialogues with the ancient churches of East and West. We remain especially committed to the original vision of the Anglican - Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC): the restoration of complete communion of faith and sacramental life between Anglicans and Roman Catholics.