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Leadership & Structure
Standards, synods, Archbishop in Council, Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation Diocesan services
On a worldwide level, there are four "instruments of unity" that discuss issues impacting Anglicanism and often issue statements of decisions. These statements are more counsels than decrees, but they are taken seriously by Anglican churches around the world.
History and Role of Church of England
The Church of England traces its roots back to the early church, but its specifically Anglican identity and its links to the State date back to the Reformation.
Henry VIII started the process of creating the Church of England after his split with the Pope in the 1530s.
How the Church of England & Anglicanism Came to Be
Christianity was present in the British Isles since at least the third century. The British church produced great missionaries such as St. Patrick and St. Columba. It was not until 664 AD that the Church in Britain consolidated and submitted to the bishop of Rome (the Pope) at the Synod of Whitby. The Church of England and the Church of Rome separated in the 1500s during the Protestant Reformations.
Anglican Church Overview
This website covers a brief history, governance and beliefs and practices.
The Anglican Church of Australia
The Anglican Church came to Australia in 1788 with the "First Fleet", made up, for the most part, of convicts and military personnel. That community was ministered to by a chaplain.