What We Believe
As Anglicans, we don't define our doctrine in a single confession (which can sometimes make it difficult to pin us down). We are a people united by common prayer, so to find out more about what we believe, you'll need to pay attention to our liturgies (worship services) and the ways in which our faith shapes the way we live in the world.
While we don't define our faith from any single confession, there are a number of historic definitions of faith that are important to us. These include the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed.
Anglicanism creates a wonderful space for what we call "Big Tent Christianity." Throughout history, Anglicans have forged a middle way between Protestant and Catholic. Our church continues to be home for many from across the theological spectrum - liberal and conservative, fervent evangelical and steadfast Catholic.
It shouldn't be a surprise, then, that within the St. Albans community, you'll find a diversity of views, perspectives and backgrounds. We all come from different places and with different experiences. We have encountered God in a variety of ways. Centered on Christ, our community is finding ways to be in healthy relationship with one another across our differences.
Five Marks of Mission
We believe that mission is core to the life of the church. Our community's life is shaped by the Five Marks of Mission. These challenging statements are all ways in which individuals and church communities are called to serve the world God loves:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth