A thoughtful article – and well worth the read – from The Rev’d Iain Boyd. Iain is an old friend – personally and of St. Andrew’s. I met him while he was a cadet at the Citadel and I’ve enjoyed watching him go from college to seminary to parish leadership. Iain is a priest in the Diocese of South Carolina where he serves as the rector at Trinity, Myrtle Beach – and he is one of the finest men I know.
“Are they even Anglican?” “We aren’t Baptists, we’re Episcopalians.” “He’s just a Presbyterian with robes on.” As a Reformation Anglican, you would think I would get used to hearing these kinds of statements. I have to admit, even after over a decade of active leadership in Anglican and Episcopal ministries, it still surprises me when I hear people articulate a monolithic understanding of what Anglicanism is. For this reason, it’s important that we ask the question “What does it mean to be authentically Anglican?” While this question seems straightforward at first, through Anglicanism’s 450 plus years some very different answers have been offered. This series of posts will examine some of the main ways Anglicans have identified themselves through the years.