One of the central elements of Anglicanism is the Via Media, a Latin phrase meaning the "Middle Way". There is room in Anglicanism for seekers of all stripes. Properly understood, the Via Media does not mean that Anglicans are wishy-washy. We take our faith and the joy we find in it very seriously. Rather, the Via Media expresses one of our core values - tolerance. Anglicans are tolerant because we know that no one has all the answers this side of heaven. Historically, the depth and richness of the Anglican faith includes an understanding that we are enriched by diversity and open to learning from one another's experience of the Holy.
Another key concept within Anglicanism is the concept embodied in another Latin phrase: lex orandi, lex credendi. We worship as we believe. This concept, fundamental to Anglican self understanding, is that the words and rituals of our worship reflect our theological doctrines and belief. Simply put, if you want to know what Anglicans believe, listen to the words of the prayers in our worship.
Finally, Anglicans believe that a mature and growing faith must always respond to the love and abundance of God through personal action. Jesus calls us to two great commandments - to love God and to love our neighbour as ourselves. Faithful Anglicans believe that we show our love of God by loving our neighbour. This understanding ultimately plays itself out in care of all creation, respect for the dignity of every human being and love of self.
At St. George's Anglican Church we do not claim to have all the answers. Instead, we offer an invitation to come seek with us as we struggle with issues of faith. What we can promise is that we will share our faith - the peace, comfort and hope that we find in Jesus Christ.
If you would like to explore what Anglicanism may have to offer you please connect with our priests or wardens. We'd be delighted to share our faith and resources with you!
For Further Information Regarding the Doctrine or "Beliefs" of the Anglican Christian Tradition, please explore this further link from our parent Anglican Communion website. For further questions, don't hesitate to reach out to St. George's Rector!
Anglican Communion Website: https://www.anglicancommunion.org/theology/doctrine.aspx