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A guide to the theology, polity, worship and ethos of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.
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About This Guide

A guide to the theology, polity, worship and ethos of the Episcopal Church (USA) and its parent body, the Anglican Communion.

Both basic guides and advanced information for seminary students and clergy.
Organized around the seven subjects covered by the General Ordination Exam:

  1. Holy Scriptures.
  2. Church History (inc. Ecumenical Movement)
  3. Theology
  4. Ethics / Moral Theology.
  5. Contemporary Society (inc Racial and Minority Groups)
  6. Liturgics / Music.
  7. Theory / Practice of Ministry.

Pages are arranged from general to specific
  --Basic information on top
  --Advanced material on bottom
  --Book titles link to DiscoverE catalog
  --Book cover images link to Amazon.
  --Periodical titles link to online page or to DiscoverE.


Basic Periodicals and Magazines

Episcopal Life
--Officially-sponsored by Episcopal Church
--Monthly newspaper of the Episcopal Church.
--Also online.

The Living Church
--Weekly independent
--Tend to conservative Anglo-Catholic editorial positions.
--Some material is online; subscribers get full access.

Church Times
--Weekly independent Church of England newspaper.
--Limited online access to non-subscribers.

Church of England Newspaper
--Independent Anglican weekly
--Conservative editorially.
--Website with limited access to articles.

Anglican Journal
Online newspaper for Anglican Church of Canada.

Anglican Theological Review
Quarterly theology review, the "unofficial journal of the seminaries of the Episcopal Church in the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada." A website and online access for Emory community.

Anglican and Episcopal History
--Quarterly Journal of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church.

Sewanee Theological Review
--From the School of Theology, University of the South.

Journal of Anglican Studies
Online English quarterly on all aspects of Anglicanism.


Introductions to the Episcopal Church and Anglicanism

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Welcome to the Episcopal Church: An Introduction to Its History, Faith, and Worship - Christopher L. Webber
Call Number: BX5930.2 .W43 1999
Introduction to history, theology, and worship.

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Glorious Companions: Five Centuries of Anglican Spirituality - Richard H. Schmidt
Call Number: BV4501.3 .G56 2002
--Introduction to the church
--Excerpts from major thinkers.

Dictionary for Episcopalians - John N. Wall
Call Number: BX5007 .W34 1985
ISBN: 0866837876

Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism - Colin Ogilvie Buchanan
Call Number: REFERENCE BX5007 .B83 2006
--Brief descriptions of terms, persons, places, polity
--Weak on liturgical terms
--No annotation for individual entries
--Extensive whole book bibliography.

The Episcopal Handbook - Barbara Wilson, Arlene Flancher and Susan Erdey
Light-hearted approach to historical and theological background of the Episcopal Church, for newcomers.

User's Guide to the Book of Common Prayer - Christopher L. Webber
Basic introduction for those unfamiliar with the Book of Common Prayer. Two volumes include The Holy Eucharist Rites I and II, and Baptism and Confirmation.

What Is Anglicanism - Urban T. Holmes
Call Number: BX5006 .H64 1982

Anglicanism - Stephen Neill
Call Number: BX5005 .N4


Finding Books about the Episcopal Church in the Catalog


Finding Articles

Here are some sources for finding articles on Anglicanism and the Episcopal Church:

ATLA Religion Database (EBSCO)

Australasian Religion Index Online

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (EBSCO)

Christian Periodical Index (EBSCO)

Religion and Philosophy Collection (EBSCO)

World Religion Database


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Churches in the Anglican Communion

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Provinces listed alphabetically by country.

Extra-Provincial Churches

There are six extra-provincial churches in the Anglican Communion; all but Cuba are under the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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