Anglican Studies

Fuller now offers a six-course, fully online Anglican Studies track--both as a certificate program and as an emphasis within a degree program. (Courses may also be taken individually without requiring enrollment for the entire certificate or emphasis.) If you are preparing for ordination, considering discernment, or simply want to deepen your understanding of Anglicanism/Episcopalianism, one of these programs may be right for you. Taught by a team of scholars from around the world, courses will emphasize the practical implications of Anglican Studies as well as their academic basis. There is no requirement or expectation that participants must be Anglicans/Episcopalians, and classes to date have enjoyed an ecumenical membership.

Curriculum Requirements

To earn an emphasis in Anglican Studies, students must fulfill the emphasis requirements (24 units) listed below:

Required Courses:

TH560 Anglican Theology

What are the theological distinctives of Anglicanism? Do they lie in its theology, doctrine, method, or practice? This course aims to explore the unique theological identity of Anglicanism that underlies its claim to be both Catholic and Reformed, and that has shaped the worldwide Anglican Communion. It also looks at a number of points of connection between Anglican theology and that of other denominational traditions.

SP526 Anglican Spirituality

Anglicanism presents a unique blend of evangelical, Catholic, liberal, and charismatic spiritualities rooted deeply in Scripture and engaged with contemporary life. This course examines Anglican spirituality from theological, historical, experiential, and practical perspectives as “a passionate balance.”

DP516 Anglican History and Polity

Anglicanism was born in crisis, yet grew to become the third largest communion of churches in the world. How did this come about? This course looks at the development of Anglicanism since the Reformation, both from a general perspective and from the standpoints of a number of provinces throughout the word, including the United States.

WS523 Anglican Liturgy and Worship

Why is liturgy important, and what principles of worship underlie it? By considering the Anglican liturgical tradition and experience, this course will enable both Anglicans and non-Anglicans to discover a greater understanding of their own experience of worship and communal life of faith. The course will look at contemporary Anglican worship and charismatic and emerging church perspectives, alongside historical and traditional Anglican approaches.

PM546 Pastoral Theology, Ministry, and Ethics from an Anglican Perspective

How does Anglicanism’s understanding of ministry shape its pastoral theology and practice? What do Anglican tradition and experience have to offer in the face of ethical issues encountered in pastoral situations? This course brings together insights drawn from Anglican writers and practitioners as well as from other theological traditions to present a practical theology of ministry relevant to Anglicans and non-Anglicans alike.

TM531 Anglican Mission in a Global Context

Anglicanism is mission shaped. This course looks at the models and experience of mission within Anglicanism past and present. It considers a number of paradigms used historically and currently in Anglican approaches to mission and asks whether these are sufficient to meet the global challenges of the 21st century and what we can learn from them.

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