I don’t presume to claim that this blog & website are super popular right now. But I do know that there are a number of regular followers and readers. So I thought it’d be nice to devote the occasional entry to pointing beyond the confines of these pages. For, just as we are passionate in our pursuit of common prayer, the constant goal and ideal of worshiping our Lord with one voice, we should also be passionate in our pursuit of common thought, that is, pursuing the goal and ideal of knowing God with one mind. If theology is not common, prayer will not be common, and vice versa… that’s one of the implications of lex orandi, lex credendi.
One blog that really helped keep my post-seminary momentum going in learning about Anglicanism is The Conciliar Anglican. Staffed almost exclusively by one priest, this blog used both prose and videos, and even some really clever memes, to communicate a number of distinctions of the Anglican tradition over against our Roman and Protestant neighbors. He generally leaned in a high-church direction, but I don’t recall partisanship within Anglicanism being a particular interest of his. The Conciliar Anglican ceased to update in 2016, as Fr. Mitchican went on to focus on other things. As I understand it, he eventually poped too (that is, joined the Roman Church), so that’s kind of a bummer. Most of his old Anglican content is still up though: https://conciliaranglican.wordpress.com/
Something that is currently active, and much larger in its scope of authorship and voice, is The North American Anglican. It features writers from the ACNA as well as other Anglican jurisdictions, primarily in North America. There are discourses on Anglican polity, liturgy, theology, some book reviews, and also poetry. If a renaissance of Anglican tradition is ever going to be stirred up, it will be through the collaborative work and creativity of a site like this one. http://northamanglican.com/ Some of the book reviews we’ve had here will eventually find their way over there, and Yours Truly is hoping to become a contributor there in other ways when life and time allow.
The churchmanship of The North American Anglican is varied; the commitment there is to classical Anglicanism, which can chafe at low-church evangelicals and high-church Anglo-Catholics alike. If you want to see how historic Anglicanism is not just being preserved or observed but actually brought to new life, follow them on Facebook or bookmark their page or something, because they’re the real deal. The same can be said for another website: https://forums.anglican.net/ The “Anglican Forums” is a forum page, that is, you sign up and read or participate in discussions, Q&A threads, and whatever else comes up. It’s more about interaction with real people, and again the variety of churchmanship is remarkable. The maintainers of the forum also have a main page – https://www.anglican.net/ – where they have re-published a bunch of important 16th and 17th century Anglican writings, such as the critical Apology for the Church of England by John Jewel, who was one of the first to make a clear case in writing why the Catholic Faith had to be Reformed, defending the integrity of the Anglican Church over against the claims of Rome.
The last page I’ll mention today is Full Homely Hours, which is more back onto the liturgy subject, but less about the church and more about the home. There don’t seem to be a lot of brand-new posts there these days, but they’ve built up a wealth of resources in the past where they recommend crafts, decorations, family devotions, even foods, to bring the liturgical year to life. They, too, follow a more classical Anglican tradition (meaning those of us who use the modern calendar will sadly not be on the same page as they, much of the time). Nevertheless, it’s a great resource that can help get the liturgy into the life of the individual and family. https://thehomelyhours.com/