The Windsor Report 2004

Part II: Relationships of Communion

Article 6: The Divine Foundation of Communion

  1. Communion is a gift of God, who is a communion of three persons, to all member churches of the Anglican Communion.
  2. Our ecclesial communion is animated in the experience of God's work of redemption, and furthered or hampered by human action.
  3. The divine call to communion is inviolable and no member church may declare unilaterally irreversible broken communion with any fellow church.

Article 7: Communion in Membership, Relation and Purpose

  1. The Anglican Communion is a community of interdependent churches and consists of relations between each church, the See of Canterbury, and the fellowship of member churches worldwide.
  2. Each church acknowledges its Communion membership, and is constituted by, exists in and receives fullness of life in its relations to the other member churches.
  3. Ordained and lay persons in each church are in personal communion with those of other member churches.
  4. Each church shall serve the purposes of the Communion, which include:
    • proclaiming to the world in common witness the good news of the Kingdom of God;
    • fostering and protecting a common mind in essential matters; and
    • achieving greater unity.

Article 8: The Process and Substance of Communion

  1. Communion, never perfected until God's Kingdom is all in all, involves unity, equality of status, and a common pilgrimage towards truth, each church in partnership with its fellow churches learning what it means to become interdependent and thus more fully a communion.
  2. Communion subsists in the mutual acknowledgement by churches of their common identity.
  3. Communion involves responsibilities so that each church may be more fully completed in, through and by its relations with other member churches, having regard for their common good.