1 The “Church of England” has, as it were, branches all over the world. So, for example, the “Church in Wales” is linked to us – and is the same “denomination” – but it is the “Church in Wales”, not “the Church of England. The umbrella term for all these churches is the “Anglican Communion”. So “Anglican” means all those churches which are “us” but in countries other than England. The “Episcopal Church of the United States of America” [“ECUSA”] is one. The “Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia” is another. There are 36 independent churches in the Anglican Communion, made up of around 500 dioceses in 164 countries – something like 64,000 congregations involving 70 million members. There are quite a few of us!
2 In all the talk about the next Archbishop of Canterbury, you will have heard it said that he is not only the Bishop of Canterbury and the Primate of All England, but also the head of the Anglican Communion. As such, he is the one who invites all bishops of the Anglican Communion to the “Lambeth Conference” every 10 years.
3 The “Lambeth Quadrilateral”, approved by the Lambeth Conference of Bishops in 1888, setting out the basis for a united church from an Anglican standpoint