How did it start? A short history of the Anglican Church

 YearWhat happened?Want to know more?
1.46Arrival of the first Christians on Britannia, due to the presence of the Roman legions. They will ultimately become the Anglican Church.How do we know?
2.The Celtic (or Britannic) Church is forming. This is where we begin as a church. Soon, its pastors (bishops) will connect this church to the churches of the continent.Do we have an example of such a connection with the continent?
3.489Around 489: the Roman legions are leaving Britannia.Why are they leaving?
4.5th century onwardInvasions by several pagan Germanic peoples: the Angles (English), the Saxons, the Jutes, the Danes, etc. The Vikings will follow.Who were the invaders?
5.5th century onwardPartial dechristianisation, but the Celtic church is still there.Where are the Christians?
6.596The Bishop of Rome sends a group of church planters (missionaries) under the direction of Augustine (not to be mistaken with St. Augustine of Hippo).Augustine of Canterbury
7.597In Canterbury, Kingdom of Essex, the Saxon king Ethelbert becomes a Christian. A church is planted and Augustine becomes its leader. He is the first Archbishop of Canterbury. The present leader, Justin Welby, is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.King Ethelbert and Saint Augustine"
8.664A Synod (gathering of Christian leaders) takes place in Whitby, Northumbria. The original Celtic Church merges with the church started by the missionary Augustine of Canterbury. The two are now the “Ecclesia Anglicana” (the Church of the Angles), the Anglican Church as we know it.
9.16th centuryThe Archbishop of Canterbury, with other bishops, takes advantage of the fact that Henry VIII, has cut ties with the Church of Rome (1534) for his own political reasons, and they start reforming the church (the king did not want a reformation). This reformation was about restoring the place of the Bible in the teaching and practice of the church, removing the medieval superstitions, and restoring marriage for the clergy (after about 500 years of formal ban initiated by the Church of Rome).
10.1553 For a few years, until her death, queen Mary Tudor brought the Anglican Church back under the authority of the Church of Rome. The bishops who had led the Reformation were burned alive at the stake, paying with their lives for their testimony.
11.1558Under Queen Elisabeth I, the Anglican Church regains her autonomy.
12.16th century onwardIn the following centuries, the church will expand, first through the British colonies, and more recently through mission and evangelization. In its worldwide expression, the Anglican Church is known as The Anglican Communion
13.2008Leaders of Provinces of the Global South of the worldwide Anglican Communion met in Jerusalem in 2008 and decide to respond to the crisis in the American Episcopal Church by initiating the creation of the Anglican Church in North America, the body to which we belong. The Anglican Church in North America is part of the Global South of the Anglican Communion.Go to the website of the Anglican Church in North America

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