The ministry of Affirming Catholicism is largely a teaching ministry. We organize conferences and provide a constantly growing library of scholarly and inspirational writings. We address the issues most debated in the Church today with essays, papers and books written by some of the best minds in the Anglican Communion.
This ministry is international in scope, and seeks to provide a crucial antidote to the rising tide of biblical fundamentalism that, in many parts of the Anglican Communion, is weaking the historic Anglican commitment to a balanced theology.
The History of Affirming Anglican Catholicism
Affirming Anglican Catholicism began with a conference on Saturday, June 9, 1990, at St. Alban's Church, Holborn - just outside the city of London. The clarion call from Rowan Williams, now the Archbishop of Canterbury, was for Anglo-Catholics to affirm tradition 'in its power and fullest sense,' not as a 'lifeboat in which to escape the present' but as 'a crucible in which the experiment of Christian life is constantly tested.'
Archbishop Williams, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, Bishop Christopher Epting and others have supported and addressed Affirming Anglican Catholicism meetings in the United States and Canada. Bishops Griswold and Epting are the American co-Patrons; The Right Reverend Keith Whitmore, Bishop of Eau Claire, is the American Chair; The Most Reverend Andrew Hutchinson, Primate of Canada, is the Canadian Chair.