Welcome to the website for the Compass Rose Society - a group of international Anglicans/Episcopalians who seek to support the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury within our Anglican Communion.
Please click on our video (soon to be updated!) as it provides an overview of the Society's history and objectives.
Our 300+ members come from some 11 countries and are comprised of individuals, parishes, chapters, dioceses and institutions. All help strengthen our common bonds of affection throughout the Communion.
We contribute significantly to the work of the Anglican Consultative Council, particularly in communications. We also support international mission work - so far contributing over $7 million dollars.
Members may participate in 'Communion' Visits - to Anglican churches around the world who have invited us for their support. We travel in the company of the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion. We meet church, political and government leaders. We experience first-hand, the extraordinary ministry being undertaken by the church - often in difficult circumstances. Whether recycling projects in impoverished, overcrowded cities in Brazil or church-run orphanages filled with HIV/AIDs victims in South Africa, we have found hope for the future. No one returns from these visits unchanged.
From time to time, we undertake Study Trips to explore our Christian roots in historic settings. We've witnessed the Magna Carta in Salisbury Cathedral and heard an outstanding lecture on the history of the Sarum Rite. We've knelt in prayer at the chapel altar of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. All these experiences (and more) have deepened our understanding of the Anglican expression of Christianity.
Each year, we meet in London, England at St. Andrew's House (Offices of the Anglican Communion) or in Canterbury for our AGM. We are then invited to dine with the Archbishop of Canterbury and his family. Over a meal and the opportunity to meet Archbishop Justin Welby and his wife, Mrs. Caroline Welby, we are provided a personal and unique Q&A period, ending the evening with worship in the Archbishop's Chapel (where Thomas Cranmer penned much of the Book of Common Prayer).
If you are interested in supporting the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury within the Anglican Communion and assisting brother and sister Anglicans, we might be the perfect fit for you.
I would be happy to answer your questions or discuss membership with the Compass Rose Society. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy browsing through our website and thanks for dropping in!
The Reverend Canon John L. Peterson
Compass Rose Society