Since its origins in 16th century England, Anglicanism at its best has provided a rich biblically-based structure for discipleship and spiritual growth. Through its use of its founding documents, the Book of Common Prayer, the 39 Articles of Religion, and its Book of Homilies it offered the world a thoroughly reformed theology of life lived for God while not abandoning the historic catholic faith.
Along with the Anglican divines (e.g., Thomas Cranmer, John Jewel; Richard Hooker, Nicholas Ridley, Hugh Latimer, et al) these documents hold that Holy Scripture is the supreme authority in Anglicanism containing all things necessary to salvation: While some contemporary minds argue that Anglican theology is a mixture of scripture, reason, and tradition, such attempts prove inaccurate and heretical.
Because of its reformed nature, Anglicanism was and is uniquely equipped to reach out from its Church of England origins; expressing the truth of God's word throughout the world evangelizing the various social fabrics of the nations. Therefore being Anglican means that we’re a part of the global and historic church worshiping through 38 self-governing provinces around the world, in 164 countries, with tens of millions of members.
It is a faith that anchors us and provides many tools that help our faith to develop. Anglicanism shapes the way we worship: Our liturgy comes from the prayer book tradition, and we engage with Word and Sacrament each week. It also shapes the way we’re structured: we have a Bishop and a Vestry.
HCAF is part of the Anglican Diocese of the Living Word. As a member of the ADLW, ascribing to the Thirty-Nine Articles of religion and the Jerusalem Declaration.