Anglicanism in European Perspective

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With the Anglican Centre in Rome as principal organizer, and in partnership with the Virginia Theological Seminary (Alexandria VA, USA), the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, Trinity Church Wall Street (New York), and the Utrecht Summer School, “Anglicanism in European Perspective” is intended for any student of Christian traditions, whether living or simply visiting in Europe, interested in seeing this historic Christian tradition through the lens of its centuries-long presence on the European Continent.

The Anglican Communion is the third-largest global communion in the Christian tradition, after the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. Yet despite their centuries-long presence in Continental Europe, Anglican churches are relatively little known—and less understood—in Europe. As a tradition with its roots in the Reformation as it was experienced in the British Isles, and as a global church that spread alongside the British Empire, Anglicanism has historically been a migrant church in Europe—until recent years, largely the faith of American and British expatriate communities.

Continental Europe is a distinctive arena for the Anglican tradition. It is one of few places on earth where the churches of more than one province in communion with the See of Canterbury—the sine qua non of membership in the Anglican Communion—are present as neighbours. The four Anglican churches present in continental Europe—the Church of England, the Episcopal Church, the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church, and the Lusitanian Catholic Apostolic Evangelical Church—each exist for unique reasons, and have distinct histories here. And increasingly, Anglican faith communities draw worshippers from the European contexts and cultures within which they are present—offering worship services in local languages.

Serving clergy, those interested in ordination, and lay leaders of Anglican congregations in Europe are especially welcome to apply. 

More information about the programme and lecturers can be found in the day-to-day programme that will be uploaded as soon as possible.

This course can be combined with two additional courses offered by the Old Catholic Summer School, including a basic course: Old Catholic Theology in its Ecumenical Context and a second week of advanced studies: Old Catholic Theology beyond the Basics: In search of being Church in Communion. That course is offered in immediate connection with the introductory course. Combining both courses leads to a reduction of the total course fee. You can apply for the combination track here Old Catholic Theology: Communion as Calling and Challenge.

Course Overview.pdf
Summer School Syllabus - Sheet1-6.pdf
Course director
The Rev. Dr. Walter Baer


Tentative List of Instructors at the Summer School includes:

The Most Reverend Ian Ernest, Director, Anglican Centre in Rome, and past Primate, Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean

The Reverend Dr. Katherine Grieb, Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies, Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal Church)

The Reverend Dr. Charlotte Methuen, University of Glasgow (Scottish Episcopal Church) 

The Reverend Dr. Jack McDonald, University of Leuven (Church of England)

The Reverend Dr. Michael Rusk, Rector, Emmanuel Church, Geneva Switzerland (Episcopal Church)

The Right Reverend James Tengatenga, University of the South (Church of the Province of Central Africa)

Dr. Christopher Wells, Director of Unity, Faith, and Order, Anglican Communion Office (Episcopal Church)

Target audience

  • Serving clergy and those interested in ordination;
  • Clergy and theologians interested in Anglicanism and ecumenism;
  • Lay leaders of Anglican congregations in Europe are especially welcome to apply.
  • Any students of history or religious history are welcome to apply.

The course is of specific interest for students from Anglican, Orthodox, Lutheran, Old Catholic, Roman Catholic and ecumenical backgrounds.

Aim of the course

Upon completing the course:

  1. the student will be familiar with central aspects of Anglican/Episcopal identity and theology;
  2. the student will be able to contextualize Anglican theology within the broader spectrum of theology and religious studies;
  3. the student will be able to undertake further independent exploratory studies of specific aspects of Anglican theology.

Study load

Five contact hours per day, about 40 hours or preparatory self-study will be required.


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School
Extra information about the fee

N.B. there won't be a recording or online live stream.

Additional information

The housing costs include housing, plus a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag, for you to keep. This sleeping bag also includes an inflatable pillow and matrass cover. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please contact us, so we can give you a € 50 discount on the housing fee. Please note that you cannot buy individual bedding items.


Extra application information

N.B. there won't be a recording or online live stream.

Contact details

Rev Dr Walter Baer | Course Registrar | Email: 


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
30 April 2024