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Anglican Foundations

What is distinct about Anglicanism? What does it mean to say that Anglicanism is Catholic? What does it mean to say that Anglicanism is Reformed? Why do Anglicans use a prayer book in worship? What do Anglicans believe?

Anglican Foundations is a course that seeks to answer these questions by studying the history of the Church in England from the evangelizing of the Anglo-Saxons by Saint Augustine of Canterbury in the sixth century to the seventeenth century Book of Common Prayer. We study history, read poetry and theology, and examine the documents of the English Reformation that define Anglican belief and practice, including among others things, the Book of Common Prayer, the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, and Nowell’s Middle Catechism.

The course is aimed at older middle schoolers, who are willing to tackle the reading of older English texts, and interested in theology, doctrine, and liturgy.

There are no formal prerequisites for this course. When considering whether this course is a good fit for your student, please consider that students should be developmentally prepared to think allegorically and metaphorically and to engage in a 7th–9th-grade corporate learning environment.

See also Scholé Academy’s statement on Faith and Culture.

Required Materials:
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.

  • The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662, Ed. Brian Cummings (Oxford World's Classics)    

    • ISBN: 978-0199645206
  • Easy and regular access to a printer to print the main text which will come from the instructor.
  • A three-ring binder
  • Three-hole punch

Rhea Bright, Chair of The Canterbury House of Studies, holds a B.A. from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and an M.A. in Classics from Dalhousie University, also in Halifax. Her Classical studies involved Latin and Greek, as well as classical and medieval literature, philosophy and theology. King’s Foundation Year Program, an early integrated great books curriculum, and the Dalhousie Classics department formed and nurtured what became a life-long love of the classics and a deep appreciation of the contribution of the ancient world to whatsoever is good and true and beautiful. She also has a Bachelor of Education from Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. Rhea taught Ancient and Medieval Humanities at the University of Central Oklahoma for nine years, and over the course of ten years at Providence Hall and The Academy of Classical Christian Studies, she taught Latin, Logic, Bible, and integrated ancient literature and history. Rhea is married to Father Patrick Bright, an ordained Anglican priest who served for over 24 years at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City and recently retired from full-time ministry. Together they raised five sons, now grown. They now live in a 170-year-old house in rural Nova Scotia.

Quarter 1

Teacher supplied material:
1.    The Evangelization of the Anglo-Saxons
2.    Monasticism
3.    Anglo-Saxon Christianity
4.    The Norman Invasion and its Effects
5.    Church Architecture
6.    Medieval Christianity in Britain
7.    Conflicts and Controversies of the Middle Ages
8.    John Wycliffe and the Lollards

Quarter 2

Teacher supplied material and The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662 :
1.    Christian Humanism
2.    Martin Luther
3.    Henry VIII, Thomas Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell and the King’s Great Matter
4.    William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale and the English Bible
5.    The Dissolution of the Monasteries
6.    Thomas Cranmer: The First Book of Homilies
7.    The Book of Common Prayer
8.    The Continental Reformers and the English Influencers

Quarter 3

Teacher supplied material and The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662 :
1.    Mary I and the Persecutions
2.    The Elizabethan Settlement
3.    Elizabethan Theologians
4.    The Thirty-Nine Articles
5.    The Roman Reaction
6.    Elizabethan Poetry and Music
7.    James I and a New Bible
8.    The Restoration and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer

Quarter 4

Alexander Nowell, _Middle Catechism _(online text):
God’s Word and Testament
Divine Law: The Ten Commandments
The Gospel: The Apostles’ Creed
Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer
The Holy Sacraments

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.


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