The provenance and history of what is now known as Anglicanism and the concomitant structure of the Anglican Communion has developed into a considerable area of study. Recent controversies have only heightened enthusiasm for further investigation and research into the often elusive nature of this historic and fascinating expression of Christianity.
This website has been created as an easily accessible depository of papers and research revolving around the generic theme of Anglicanism. It is intended as a resource for those who wish to access information for study and general interest.
Editor: The Rev’d Dr. Nicholas Henderson
Items and papers for publication should be sent as email 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 mother church of the Anglican Communion, the Cathedral Church of Christ in Canterbury, founded 597 – (photograph above). It was 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.