Anglican Church of India

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Anglican Church of India
Classification Continuing Anglican
Polity Episcopal
Moderator Stephen Vattappara
Distinct fellowships Anglican Church of Virginia, Anglican Church International Communion
Associations International Council of Christian Churches (ICCC), Council of Christian Churches of India (CCCI)
Region India and the United States
Origin 24 August 1964
Kerala
Merge of Churches separated from CSI and CNI
Congregations 800
Members 500,000
Ministers 150
Missionaries 5

The Anglican Church of India (ACI) is a union of independent Anglican churches in India. When India became independent in 1947, the Church of South India (CSI) was formed as a united church of Anglicans, Baptists, Basel Mission, Lutherans and Presbyterians. The united Church of South India accepted an order of uniformity in worship and practice which was at odds with some aspects of Anglican tradition. Traditional Anglicans in the CSI did not accept this and there was a provision for separation within a period of 30 years from the CSI. Therefore, in 1964, some Anglicans decided to withdraw from the CSI and re-established the Anglican Church of India on 24 August 1964.

V. J. Stephen was consecrated as a bishop by Anglican bishops from the United States and Africa and also by an "Anglicanised" Evangelical bishop from Kerala, India, on 5 May 1966.

Even though the church was re-established in 1964, the synod of the Anglican Church of India was only formed in 1990 at Kottayam. The synod consists of all the diocesan bishops, clergy secretaries, lay leaders of the dioceses and church-related organisations and representatives of each diocese and independent churches. Independent churches function where there are not enough congregations to form a diocese and are also given representation in the synod. Archbishop Stephen Vattappara serves as the chairman of the synod and also as the Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of India.

Faith[edit]

The foundation of the ACI's faith is contained in the what is known as the Lambeth Quadrilateral accepted by the Church of England in 1888 which states:

(1) Accepting the Holy Bible as the ultimate source of divine truth

(2) Acceptance of the Apostles and Nicene Creeds

(3) Acceptance of the only two sacraments ordained by Jesus Christ, Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist

(4) Acceptance of the historic episcopal succession

Biblical beliefs[edit]

Among other equally important biblical beliefs, ACI accepts:

- the divine inspiration of the scriptures

- the Holy Trinity

- the virginity of Mary, Mother of Jesus

- the redemption of sinners through Christ

- the resurrection of Christ and

- the everlasting bliss of the saved

The head of the Anglican Church of India [Church of England in India] was the Bishop of Calcutta. His title was metropolitan. In 1947 this ceased to exist as the main stream of Anglican Churches joined the Church Unions of South and North India [the present CSI and CNI]. They call their heads moderators. But when the ACI formed its synod in 1990 it decided to bring back the title of metropolitan.

Metropolitan[edit]

Stephen Vattappara began his public life as a college students' union chairman in Kottayam. He served as a telecommunication engineer in Bombay and Northern India. He resigned his job and entered the ordained ministry in 1971. He was consecrated as bishop of the Diocese of Travancore and Cochin in 1982 and became the adjutor bishop in 1987. He was selected as the first metropolitan of the Anglican Church of India in 1990 and serves also as a vice president of the International Council of Christian Churches (ICCC). In Christianity banned Libya, while visiting his wife in 1987, Vattappara formed the Interdenominational Christian Fellowship which still remains as the only Christian movement in that country. Vattappara served as the editor of Malayalam Christian publications such as Griha Deepam and 'Christian Beacon. He has written and published several books, including He that guides in to All Truth, Gathereth not with Jesus, Scattereth, The End is not at once, Lo Here or There, My Kingdom is not of this World, The Anglican Church History, Baptist - A type of Antichrist? and A Complete Study on Baptism.

Dioceses[edit]

The Anglican Church of India consists of different dioceses, independent churches and other organizations. The Diocese of Travancore and Cochin is now elevated to the status of an archdiocese. The ACI currently has 15 dioceses and several independent churches as members of the synod. Out of the 15 dioceses, five are under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Travancore and Cochin. The ACI is growing rapidly and is influencing many believers to come and join their fellow Anglican believers.[citation needed]

Name Headquarters Admin Region Bishop Location
Central Diocese Kottayam Archdiocese of Travancore & Cochin Archbishop Stephen Vattappara Kerala
Malankara Diocese Chelakompu Bp. J. J. Kochuparampil
High Range Diocese Idukki Bp. Levi Joseph Ikera
Maramon Diocese Thiruvalla Bp. John Thundukulam
South Kerala Diocese Eanathul Bp. Lukose Vallieathil
Anglican Church of Philadelphia Philadelphia Archbishop Stephen Vattappara USA
Haryana Diocese Gurgaon North India Bp. D. E. Singh Haryana
Delhi Diocese New Delhi Bp. Cyril S Porter New Delhi
Chandigarh Diocese Chandigarh Bp. Javed Massey Chandigarh
Dehradun Diocese Dehradun See Vacant Uttarakhand
Jammu & Kashmir Diocese Jammu Bp. Pankaj John Jammu & Kashmir
Secunderabad Diocese Secunderabad South India Bp. T.Raj Kishore Telangana
Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Diocese Chennai Bp.Gladstone Tamil Nadu

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