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In recent years growing interest in the provenance and history of what is now known as Anglicanism and its concomitant structure the Anglican Communion has extended into a considerable area of study. Students and academics have produced papers, which are scattered around academic institutions, as interest in the somewhat elusive nature of Anglicanism grows. Recent controversies have only heightened enthusiasm for further investigation and research, something that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

This website has been created as an easily accessible depository of papers and research revolving around the theme of Anglicanism. It is intended as a simple resource for those who wish to access information for study and general interest. Ideas for its development and comments are welcome.

Editor: The Rev’d Dr. Nicholas Henderson, email info@anglicanism.org

Items for publication are welcome and should be sent as e-mail attachments in Word format. They will be subject to review before being accepted.

Extracts from papers on this site may be quoted with acknowledgement of author and source. Permission to reproduce them in full is also available royalty free following request approval.

The Compass Rose is the emblem of the Anglican Communion. It was originally designed by the late Canon Edward West of New York. The Greek inscription ‘The Truth Shall Make You Free’ (John 8:32) surrounds the cross. The compass points to Anglican/Episcopal Christianity throughout the world with the mitre on the top indicating the role of episcopacy and apostolic order that is characteristic of churches of the Communion.

The modern design is by Giles Bloomfield and the symbol was set in the nave of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Canterbury and dedicated by Archbishop Robert Runcie at the final Eucharist of the Lambeth Conference in 1988. A similar Compass Rose was dedicated in Washington National Cathedral in 1990 to encourage worldwide use. The official Anglican Communion flag with the emblem was designed by the Rev’d Bruce Nutter of Australia.