The Episcopal Church (TEC) is one of 38 member provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion. TEC has over 7,400 congregations in 110 dioceses with 2.2 million members. While the majority of members of TEC are located in the United States, TEC also has members in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, the Virgin Islands and the Convocation of Churches in Europe.
The leader of TEC is the Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori. Bishop Schori is the first woman to lead TEC, and was elected at the 75th General Convention in June 2006.
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The Anglican Communion
The Anglican Communion is made up of 70 million members in 64,000 congregations in 164 countries. The member churches of the Anglican Communion are joined together by choice in love, and trace their roots to the Church of England. Because of this shared ancestry, they maintain a “communion” with each other, but they have no direct authority over one another.
The spiritual head of the Anglican Communion is the the Right Reverend Justin Welby, 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the Church of England. However, Archbishop Welby does not have any direct authority over any Anglican Church outside of the Church of England.
Download the Anglican Communion Information Leaflet provided by the Anglican Communion website.