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Pastoral Response Series

Introduction to Anglican Polity, Canon Law, & Practice

With The Rev. Cn. Dr. Phil Ashey

January 16-18, 2024

Location: TBD, Trinity School for Ministry

In this three-day seminar, The Rev. Cn. Dr. Phil Ashey will offer an introduction to the principles that shape the governance of the Churches in the Anglican Communion. Participants will gain an understanding of the conciliar way of decision making that characterize Anglicanism and how this conciliar way has been adapted and continues to be adapted to governance within the Anglican Church in North America. This information will be helpful for those in ordained and lay leadership who want a deeper understanding of Anglican polity, governance and practice at every level of the Church.

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Canon Phil Ashey

As the President and CEO of the American Anglican Council (AAC) Canon Phil Ashey leads a vital ministry that has served the Anglican Communion for over 25 years. Phil personally instructs, coaches and mentors bishops, clergy and lay leaders through AAC ministries like the Bishops Leadership Summits, the Anglican Legal Society and the AAC Daniel Leadership Institute. He serves on the Provincial Tribunal of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and as Chair of the ACNA Governance Task Force which drafted the Constitution and Canons of the Province. Phil provides legal and canonical advice to leaders and churches throughout North America


He is the Author of Anglican Conciliarism: The Church Meeting to Decide Together (Anglican House, 2017). Phil is in his 36th year of ordained ministry. He has served congregations of all sizes in California, Virginia, Pittsburgh and Georgia, and is on his second church plant. Internationally, Canon Phil was on the design team of the Global South Anglican Covenantal Structures (The Cairo Covenant 2019) and serves as an advisor to the Steering Committee of the Global South Fellowship of Anglicans and as Anglican Canon Law and History advisor to its Theological Resource Group.


Prior to joining the AAC, Canon Phil led his Northern Virginia church plant out of The Episcopal Church (USA) and into The Church of Uganda. He has taught at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA; lead and participated in mission trips to Uganda, Kenya and Thailand; and was Chaplain for the Christian Legal Society. Before his ordination, Phil was a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, California. He completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, law degree at Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), his Master of Divinity at General Theological Seminary (New York) and his LLM in Canon Law from Cardiff University (Wales).



As a school for ministry, we put much thought and prayer into how we form our students as faithful ministers in the mission of Christ to the world. We also seek to further equip those in pastoral ministry beyond seminary to be even more effective in how the Lord is calling them to serve Him. Our intent is to help those engaged in pastoral ministry think about life in the world around us and the sufferings of people.  To that end, for the past several years the Practical Theology Department has hosted a series of mini-conferences entitled “Pastoral Responses…” on a variety of topics, including Church revitalization, faith & work, and pastoral counseling, among others.


Please join us as we explore these pressing pastoral topics.