Communion or Denomination?
A communion reflects the unanimity and singularity of the Apostolic Church, while encompassing all, foundational biblical traditions of the faith as well as embracing a multiplicity of expressions of worship and practice. In contrast to a denomination, a communion expresses the organic unity Jesus Christ originally established in His Body, the Church. Rather than emerging from divisions created by historic differences over doctrine and practice, a communion represents return to unity based on the revival, recovery of, and adherence to the essential oneness of the ancient church of Scripture; all be it in contemporary expressions.
Standing within the foundational biblical traditions of the Christian Faith, The Ante-Nicene Christian Church was created by a resurgence of the great historical expressions of faith and practice: the Apostolic, Evangelical, Charismatic, Liturgical, and Sacramental traditions within the undeniable truth of Unitarian Christianity.
**The above was adapted from a statement of like intent from the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches**