The Anglican Church is ecumenical in nature. It sees itself as part of the whole
household of God within each local community as well as throughout the world. It
does not claim to be the only Church nor does it recognise any other churchs exclusive
The Anglican Church is committed to ecumenical dialogue and overcoming impediments
to fellowship with Christians of other traditions. In discussions with all denominations,
Anglicans generally believe four things need to be agreed before reunion can take
place. These conditions were explained in the Lambeth Quadrilateral a statement
adopted by the Anglican bishops when they met at Lambeth, England in 1888.
Reunion must involve:
- The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as containing all things necessary
to salvation, and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith.
- The Apostles Creed, the Baptismal Symbol; and the Nicene Creed, as the sufficient
statement of the Christian faith.
- The two Sacraments ordained by Christ himself - Baptism and the Supper of the Lord
- ministered with the unfailing use of Christs words of institution, and of the
elements ordained by him.
- The historic Episcopate, locally adapted in the methods of its administration to
the varying needs of the nations and peoples called of God into the unity of his
These four components - Scripture, Creed, Sacrament and Episcopate - reflect the
fundamentals of Anglicanism and the signposts for a re-integration of the presently
divided Christian Church.
The Anglican Church of Australia is a member of ecumenical organisations such as
the World Council of Churches, the Christian Conference of Asia, and the National
Council of Churches Australia.
The Anglican Church of Australia is also engaged in discussions in the Australian
context with the Roman Catholic Church, the Uniting Church, the Lutheran Church
and the Orthodox Church.