Anglican Origins: Uncovering the Roots of our Tradition

February 23, 2021 - March 23, 2021
5 Tuesday evenings, February 23 to March 23, 2021, from 7pm to 8:30pm (Montreal time).
$80/"connection" (can be a group from a single parish/organization, even if all of them have to be connecting from their own homes). An additional fee of $25 will be added to registrations received after February 18.

What is Anglicanism and where does it come from? Many people might answer this question by pointing to the English Reformation, Henry VIII, and the Church of England. But Anglicanism’s roots are deeper and broader than this history suggests. This latest offering in Dio’s popular series of non-credit courses explores the origins and development of the Anglican tradition, beginning with the arrival of Christianity in Britain and culminating in a worldwide Anglican Communion.

Students will trace the path of Christianity in Britain from its earliest arrival a few centuries after Christ’s ministry, through the break with Rome during the Reformation, and into the development of “Anglicanism” as an independent identity. The course will also consider revivals within Anglicanism and the spread of of Anglicanism around the world. Throughout, students will pay attention to how some of the hallmarks of Anglicanism, such as the Book of Common Prayer or the centrality of bishops, have developed and changed over time.

Students will leave this course with a deeper understanding of the history of the Anglican tradition, its unique characteristics, and the gifts this tradition has to offer to Christianity.


Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Hilary Bogert-Winkler is Director of Pastoral Studies at Montreal Diocesan Theological College.

Learn together!

This course is designed for people to learn together. You can join this course as an individual, but we also encourage you to gather with a friend or group in a parish hall or living room to participate in the course together and discuss the class afterwards using the resources we provide. Whether you have one person or a dozen people per connection, the registration cost is the same. Please respect public health guidance about gatherings in your jurisdiction and see our fee policy for groups sponsored by members of our Corporation.