The beliefs and organization of the Church of England and the national churches that together form the Anglican Communion. The Communion includes the Episcopal Church in the U.S. and the Anglican Church of Canada. The denomination is theologically diverse, having members whose beliefs range from Fundamentalism to liberal Christianity. The Communion is coordinated by the Lambeth Conference which meets once every decade.
The term Anglican (from Medieval Latin ecclesia anglicana, meaning 'the English Church') is used to describe the people, institutions and churches as well as the liturgical traditions and theological concepts developed by the established Church of England, the Anglican Communion. Though disputed by the Anglican Communion, the term is also claimed by followers of the Continuing Anglican Churches (a loosely affiliated group of independent churches which have seceded from the Anglican Communion as a result of doctrinal and liturgical differences within its various provinces). (The Episcopal Church in the United States of America and the Scottish Episcopal Church are members of the Anglican Communion, but do not use the term Anglican in their names).