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England: Official

THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND is the English branch of the Anglican Communion and is its mother church. The Church of England is organized into two provinces; each is led by an archbishop (Canterbury for the Southern Province and York for the Northern). These two provinces cover every inch of English soil, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, the Isles of Scilly and even a small part of Wales. There are 44 dioceses which comprise roughly 13,000 parishes.

Church of England (The official site)

A small selection of what is available, in alphabetical order:

The Archbishops' Council has the objects to 'co-ordinate, promote, aid and further the work and mission of the Church of England'.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is Justin Welby, the Primate of All England. His predecessor Lord Carey of Clifton has a personal website.

The Archbishop of York. John Sentamu is the Primate of England and Archbishop of York.

Canons of the Church of England to buy or download.

Church Commissioners: There is a substantial section on the Church Commissioners. Amongst other things, you can find out that the CC were 'formed in 1948 by joining together two bodies—Queen Anne's Bounty and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners'.

The Church of England in Parliament. 'This site is maintained by the Church of England Parliamentary Unit, based in Westminster, London, UK. We support the work of the Church of England in parliament, including the bishops in the House of Lords (the Lords Spiritual) and the Second Church Estates Commissioner in the House of Commons.'

Clergy Appointments Advisor

Common Worship: One of the Church of England's liturgies (authorized from November 2000).

Council for Christian Unity: supports the Church of England in seeking the unity of the Christian Church.

Crockford's Clerical Directory

Diocesan Registries of the Church of England

Education Division: to promote Education and Learning that: nurture people within the church and the community; encourage the faith, vocation and participation of all; equip those engaged in all forms of ministry and service and provide opportunities of the highest quality.

General Synod: including links to official reports of proceedings, available as PDF files, synod papers, committee membership etc.

A map with links to basic parish information.

Ministry Division: responsible for advising the House of Bishops, individual bishops and members of diocesan staff about matters relating to: Vocations, Recruitment & Selection, Theological Education & Training, Deployment, Remuneration and Conditions of Service. It also has responsibility the ministries of deaf and disabled people and the ministries of those who work with them, and for The Central Readers Council. 'This site contains information about these areas and is an additional resource for Bishops and members of Diocesan Staffs, particularly Directors of Ordinands and Bishops' Selectors.'

Papers: official papers and documents available for download.

Senior Appointments: Our friends at Thinking Anglicans note this 'section of the Church of England website that contains information on the current procedures for the selection of diocesan bishops, suffragan bishops, deans, archdeacons, and residentiary canons'. It strikes us as a fine step in the direction of transparency for a process that has seemed at times opaque.

Statistics about the Church of England

Views: includes policy statements and briefings that have been issued in recent years on a wide range of social and public issues.

Other Related Sites

The Faculty Office: 'has its origins in the Ecclesiastical Licences Act 1533. This Act transferred to the Archbishop of Canterbury the power to grant “all maner licences, dispensacions, faculties, composicions, delegacies, rescriptes, instrumentes or wrytynges have byn accustomed to be had at the see of Rome”. The Act created a new court – the Court of Faculties – and provided for the appointment of a Judge to preside over it. This jurisdiction was to be administered by the Archbishop’s “comissarye” assisted by a “clerke”. The issue of Special Marriage Licences and the appointment of Notaries Public were, before the Reformation, functions carried out by the Pope or the Papal Legates. For this reason, the functions under the Act are sometimes referred to as the “legatine powers”. The powers are more constitutional than ecclesiastical in the modern sense of that word.'

General Synod

Reports of proceedings by AO's Peter Owen

November 2000
July 2001
November 2001
July 2002
November 2002
February 2003
July 2003
February 2004
July 2004
February 2005
July 2005

Measures of the General Synod of the Church of England
An online archive at Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

How the Crown Appointments Commission Votes, by Anglicans Online UK-Europe editor Simon Sarmiento.

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