THE SOCIETY of ARCHBISHOP JUSTUS was formed in 1996 and incorporated in 1997 as a nonprofit corporation in the State of New York for the purpose of using the Internet to foster and further unity among Christians, especially Anglicans. This page describes the Society itself. A companion page describes the computer services offered by the Society, including web pages and electronic mailing lists.
Our mottoOne Bread, One Bodyis taken from 1 Corinthians 10:17, and we like to write it in Latin: 'Unus Panis, Unum Corpus'. To be a member of the Society of Archbishop Justus you must be willing to apply your God-given talents towards the benefit of the Body of Christ.
We named our Society after the fourth Archbishop of Canterbury, good Archbishop Justus, because he is not very well known, yet historical records show good work that could only have been accomplished by him. He worked hard, did his job well, avoided publicity, and passed the torch to his successor, Archbishop Honorius. Justus lived in an era in which there really was just one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church, and he was its leader in England.
Some societies require that their members take holy orders and make the society be their life. The Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, comes quickly to mind. The Society of Archbishop Justus is at the other end of the spectrum of commitment. We require that our members be baptized Christians, and that they be willing to help our cause as selflessly as they can manage. We do not ask our members to take vows, only to help out. Some people can afford to contribute an hour a year; other can contribute hundreds or thousands of hours a year. We take what we can get.
About a year later, Charles Smith realised that it was important to have a computer infrastructure available to do good works in the Anglican church, one that was not part of any national church. He began electronic discussion in the St Sam's Cyberparish that led to a consensus that such organisations should exist, and that the most important criterion was that there should be more than one such organisation to prevent bureaucratic stasis over the long term.
Some members of the International Anglican Domain Committee Simon Kershaw, Cynthia McFarland, Rob Pickering, Brian Reid, and Simon Sarmiento formed the Society of Archbishop Justus with the hope and understanding that others would found similar societies with similar goals.
In 2005, Peter Owen, of the UK, and Richard Mammana, in the United States, became directors. Helen Gordon and Alicia Graham, both of the United States became directors in 2014, and Benjamin Hicks in 2015.
The Society of Archbishop Justus is a nonprofit corporation registered in the State of New York, certified in January 2001 as a 501(C)3 organisation by the United States Internal Revenue Service. Online (in PDF format) is Form 1023, the official document we filed to obtain our tax-exempt status, which the IRS requires be publicly available for review. Click here to view the PDF file of IRS Form 1023. Click here to view a JPEG scan of the letter from the IRS granting us Public Charity status.
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CONTACT US You can reach the directors of the Society by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail to:
If you would like to fax us a document, please send email to directors@ and request our fax number.