Scott has started the swim across the Thames, and frankly, in interested in Canturbury as well.
I found this definition of the Anglican Church that I thought looked familiar:
Our special character and, as we believe, our peculiar contribution to the Universal Church, arises from the fact that, owing to historical circumstances, we have been enabled to combine in one fellowship the traditional faith and order of the catholic church with that immediacy of approach to God through Christ to which the evangelical churches especially bear witness, and freedom of intellectual inquiry, whereby the correlation of the Christian revelation and advancing knowledge is constantly effected.(William Temple, in The Lambeth Conference 1930: Encyclical Letter from the Bishops (London: SPCK, n. d.), pp. 113–14.)
That looks like the bill of goods we’ve been sold about the UMC.
With one caveat.
Our intellectual expiration is for a reason: to advance Christian Tradition. We believe to learn and learn to believe.