The Windsor Report 2004

Part I: Common Identity

Article 1: Common Catholicity, Apostolicity and Confession of Faith

Each member church:

  1. belongs to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ;
  2. participates in the apostolic mission of the whole people of God;
  3. affirms Holy Scripture, as containing all things necessary for salvation and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith, and holds the essentials of the apostolic faith, as summed up in the Creeds; and
  4. seeks to preach God’s Word authentically.

Article 2: Common Sacraments and Liturgical Tradition

Each member church:

  1. holds and duly administers the sacraments of baptism and eucharist as instituted by Christ; and
  2. practises the common patterns of Anglican liturgical and ritual tradition as adapted to the needs of each generation and the particular circumstances of each local ecclesial community.

Article 3: Common Ministry and Mission

In every member church:

  1. the threefold ordained ministry of bishops, priests and deacons and the ministry of the laity are ministries given by God as instruments of his grace; and
  2. we share a common life of service in the apostolic mission entrusted by Christ, serving in the world his purposes of mission, justice and peace.

Article 4: Common Understanding

  1. Each member church belongs to each other in mutual reciprocity and forbearance in the Body of Christ.
  2. Communion does not require acceptance by every church of all theological opinion, sacramental devotion, or liturgical practice that is characteristic of the other.
  3. Every member church has the intention to listen, speak, act and strive to obey the gospel.
  4. Every church has the same concern for a conscientious interpretation of scripture in the light of tradition and reason, to be in dialogue with those who dissent from that interpretation, and to heal divisions.

Article 5: Common Autonomous Polity

  1. Each member church is autonomous, episcopally led and synodically governed.
  2. Decisions in every church are to be presumed as duly authorised but such decisions do not bind outside that church.
  3. Every church shares the same concern for good government for the fulfilment of its mission and for the common good of the Anglican Communion and the Church universal.