WHO WE ARE

  • WHERE THE ANGLICAN UNION ORIGINATED We were formed in 2018 in the United States with the desire to fashion a new way to gather like-minded Anglicans and other Christians from around the world to work together for the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
  • OUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE WORLDWIDE ANGLICAN COMMUNION Our Patron Bishops in Africa provide episcopal oversight of the Anglican Union, connecting us with the See of Canterbury which is the third most historic after Rome and Constantinople.
  • OUR PATRON BISHOPS We are connected to 8 Anglican dioceses in Africa, and there are emerging Confraternities in India, Brazil, and Argentina and many other countries. God has richly blessed us with the ecclesiastical leadership and pastoral ministries of  Rt. Rev. Michael Hafidh, Diocese of Zanzibar, Tanzania; Rt. Rev. Godfrey Mbelwa, Diocese of Lweru, Tanzania; Rt. Rev. Yusuph Vithalis, Diocese of Biharamulo, Rt. Rev. Raphael Haule, Diocese of Ruvuma; Rt. Rev. Jackson Sosthenes, Diocese of Dar es Salaam; The Rt. Rev. Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith, Diocese of Asante Mampong and Archbishop of Ghana; Rt. Rev. Peter Joh Mayom, Diocese of Malek, South Sudan; and Rt. Rev. Vicente Msosa, Diocese of Zambezi.
  • CONFRATERNITY (literally, together with brothers) The Anglican Union is a society, a fellowship of oratories which includes a variety of dioceses, churches, ministries, clergy and lay, throughout the world. We are committed to each other to strengthen the exercise of our principal charisms; prayer, service and unity.
  • CLERICAL LICENSING All Confraternity clergy are licensed by our Patrons bishops.
  • ORATORY A community of prayer. Prayer is the bedrock practice, attitude, and character of the Christian life and a foundational characteristic of every Christian community. Whether it is supported by a traditional church, parish, diocese or parachurch, every ministry of the Anglican Union flows from this principal charism. Our communities of prayer are many and diverse including congregations, community and institutional chaplaincies, care for prisoners and society's outcasts, evangelistic witness, and missional presence. As Tennyson wrote, "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of." The role of prayer in the life of the Anglican Union cannot be overstated. Bathed in prayer, each oratory serves God and the world most effectively when is exercises its particular spiritual gifts for ministry which means that no two oratories are or are expected to be the same.
  • LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE  By nature, a Confraternity is an organic fellowship, not a jurisdictional institution. The Anglican Union is governed by a Consistory (a council) comprised of our Patron Bishops, clergy and laity. The Apostolic Prefect is the organizational and ecclesiastical leader who directs the mission of the Union, elected by the Consistory and accountable to it. The purpose of our structure is to facilitate the work of ministry in its many and varied expressions within the context of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.
  • COMMON RULE OF LIFE Members of our Confraternity and affiliates commit ourselves to these practices so that our lives will be transformed more and more into the image and likeness of Christ, and so that we see him more clearly, love him more dearly, and follow him more nearly, day by day.
    • I will pray daily the prayers of the church as we have received them in the Book of Common Prayer.
    • I will use a variety of forms of prayer such as the reflective reading of scripture and other spiritual tests, confession, the prayer of examen, intercession, journaling, and contemplation.
    • I commit to corporate prayer and weekly celebration of the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
    • I will serve God and neighbor guided by the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
    • I will practice mutual accountability with my fellow Oratorians as to how I serve God and neighbor.
    • I will practice regular Sabbath as a means of renewal so that I can lovingly serve God and neighbor.
    • I commit to the work of Christian Unity.
    • I will pursue peace with justice.
    • I will share the redeeming, healing, creative love of God in word, deed, and presence as an invitation to others to experience the transforming love of God
    • I will use my spiritual gifts, talents, and abilities to serve God within and beyond this community
    • I commit to this rule of life and to the wellbeing of this Anglican Union, out of gratitude to God who makes all things new. May my life be a blessing within and beyond God's church, for the transformation of the world.
  • THE GLUE THAT HOLDS US TOGETHER Gospel unity and Christian fraternity are essential, foundational expressions of our Union's character. Through our commitment to be a fraternal communion we are strengthened to live our vocation, offering an authentic witness to God in the world. We believe the Holy Spirit has called us to this renewed way of being church for the world in this age. 
  • INTERESTED IN AFFILIATING OR JOINING? Go to our CONNECT page and select the link that's right for you: Clergy, Church & Oratory, Organization