As Anglicans, we follow our roots as far back as the 3rd century, to the first Christians in what is now the United Kingdom. The Church grew and flourished there, eventually breaking its obedience to the Roman Pontiff, and continuing as the Church of England. With influences from the European reformers of the 16th Century and the Orthodox and Roman Church, Anglicans took a middle way – allowing for a breadth of liturgical and theological interpretation and discipline, sharing a common pattern of prayer, never straying from the one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We don’t define our doctrine in a single confession (which can sometimes make it difficult to pin us down). We are a people united by common prayer, so to find out more about what we believe, you’ll need to pay attention to our liturgies (worship services) and the ways in which our faith shapes the way we live in the world. While we don’t define our faith from any single confession, there are a number of historic definitions of faith that are important to us. These include the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed.
Anglicanism creates a wonderful space for what we call “Big Tent Christianity.” Throughout history, Anglicans have forged a middle way between Protestant and Catholic. Our church continues to be home for many from across the theological spectrum – liberal and conservative, fervent evangelical and steadfast Catholic. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that within the St Luke’s you’ll find a diversity of views, perspectives and backgrounds. We all come from different places and with different experiences that inform how and what we believe. We have encountered God in a variety of ways. Most of all, we strive to live our creed: “All are welcome, without exception.”
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