what is the role of the anglican church in the United Kingdom?

when I see a church in an old english town or another part of the UK.. that is an anglican church in the rural towns? and what do british people think about the anglican church is accepting women and gay people?

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8 Comments to “what is the role of the anglican church in the United Kingdom?”

  • Avondrow

    To tut loudly about young people these days.

  • AgProv

    Well, with the latest ten-year census coming up, it allows the majority of the English people a default box they can tick in the section marked “religion”.

    Other offical forms with a box to tick for religion are also available.

  • Thinking

    They are an institutional religion that claims to be (Protestant) Christian, while still accepting the authority of the Pope.

  • Logic / Reason / Evidence

    It is ‘Defender of the Faith’. In the UK the Anglican Church tends not to interfere with peoples politics OR their religion! It’s more like Morris Dancing – people find in quaint & don’t take it TOO seriously fortunately.

    Most people don’t care if women & homosexuals enter the priesthood unless the priesthood try to enter these women & homosexuals in which case it gets in all the newspapers.

  • robert C

    there is no role , the queen is conspicuous by her silence .
    the archbishop of canterbury was silenced by the liberals at the last synod .
    a well known person told me , if the queen was able to by law , she would be journeying with the traditional anglicans converting back to catholicism.
    and most of the those old churches were once catholic

  • username_hidden

    The Anglican church is a protestant church, which was founded in the 1530′s by Henry VIII. He established it as the national church, under his own leadership, as a deliberate rejection of the authority of the Pope. For several centuries afterwards all Englishmen were required to be Anglicans, and those who refused faced various forms of persecution. Other forms of Protestantism were permitted from the 17th century, but Catholicism remained illegal until the early 19th century.

    Today, the Anglican church is still the official state church. It is headed by the Queen, has a formal role in parliament, and is the church which conducts coronations, state funderals and other major national events.

    Most of the churches you will see in towns and villages across the country are Anglican churches. As a rule, almost any church over 300 years old will be Anglican, as well as many of the more recent ones. However there are also a substantial number of Catholic and Methodist churches, and various others as well.

    A majorty of people in England are Anglican, but only a minority of these are regular churchgoers. Many others are Anglican in name only who take very little interest in religion and might will only go to a church for weddings and funerals. Most will not have very strong religious views, and will tend to base their morals on a vauge liberal secularism.

    Amongst those who are serious churchgoing Anglicans, there is a wide range of religious opinions. Anglicanism has never had well defined doctrines or a strong central authority to enforce uniformity. Thus the church includes very ‘low’ Anglicans who are effectively evangelical protestants, liberals who tend to promote ‘modern’ views on woman and homosexuality, and ‘high’ Anglicans who tend towards traditional, quasi-Catholic beliefs. The situation is actually quite complex, and there are a lot of tensions between different factions which are threatening to split the church apart.


    The Anglican Church is the established (official) Church of UK. Many do not agree with women or gays having authority in church.

  • mark

    The large churches in the uk – like anglican or the church of scotland – dont feed the sheep. They are essentially old age pensioner social clubs that have sadly lost focus on what a church is supposed to be – primarily a place to educate people about Christ.

    Accepting gay or women clergy is unacceptable according to the New Testament. When a Church does that avoid it like the plague because its pandering to public will instead of the Word of God.

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