Redeemer is a part of the Anglican Church in North America, which belongs to the global Anglican Communion.
Anglicanism is the third largest group of Christians in the world, with churches in 39 provinces on six continents. Along with Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and the rest of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), Redeemer aims for a clear witness to Jesus Christ as Lord, and promotes peace through both mercy and social justice.
Historically, Anglicanism has served as a "middle way" to bridge the differences between protestant and catholic thinkers. We combine three different streams of Christianity:
- evangelical (emphasizing rootedness in the Bible as the Word of God)
- sacramental (emphasizing the physical experience of God through the sacraments, which are the Eucharist and Baptism)
- spirit-led (emphasizing the active work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, personally and communally)
At Redeemer, we emphasize Word, sacrament, and Spirit in our regular worship services by reading several passages of Scripture, participating in Eucharist, and including opportunities for healing prayer.
Our liturgy (the structure of our services) primarily comes from the Book of Common Prayer, which offers Scripture reading plans, written prayers, and an order of service for all sorts of settings. On any given Sunday, the Scripture we read together at Redeemer is also being read in churches across North America and around the world.
From its beginning, Anglican churches have been focused on their local culture. As Anglicanism spread around the world, individual churches adapted to feel and sound a bit different, while maintaining connections at the leadership level. To learn more about how we do this, read our Global Partnership.
Under Bishop Stewart E. Ruch III's leadership, our Parish is part of the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Midwest.
If you want to learn more about Anglicanism, we'll be happy to chat with you!