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Anglicans Online celebrate 20th anniversary

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Anglicans Online celebrate 20th anniversary

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Anglicans Online is celebrating their 20th anniversary, having been envisioned the day after Christmas in 1994 by Todd Maffin.

Maffin, then 24, was inspired to create the site when he couldn’t find any web pages for Anglican youth, and only four pages on Anglicanism in total.

A few days later, Maffin launched the first version of Anglicans Online.

The Internet Archive doesn’t have any earlier versions, but we can see the site in 1999:

A screenshot of a website from 1999 for comparative  purposes


Anglicans Online broke news in the Anglican Communion before anyone else was, and has lasted throughout the years as Churches, Dioceses, Priests, and others have also started covering developments.

To celebrate their anniversary, they’ve compiled a list of some of their most popular stories, and are asking readers to share some of their own, on the homepage today.


Posted by David Streever


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Ann Fontaine

Also a great site for background on all things Anglican – like who is and who isn’t in the communion. More news on other parts of the Anglican Communion – Africa, Asia, etc. and always an interesting essay each week.

Allie Graham

Thanks so much for sharing this! We’re so excited at how much the online Anglican presence and community has grown.

Two of our earliest issues – the transition from Maffin to Cynthia McFarland, the late managing editor of Anglicans Online who took over from Maffin and ran the site until her death earlier this year, can be found here:

AO continues to be updated weekly with a dedicated staff of volunteers!

As Ann pointed out, our online store may be found here:

Allie Graham
Editorial Staff,

Jon White

I first came across Anglicans Online in the early 00’s, not long after discovering both the internet and the Episcopal Church. In fact, I think it was a link there that first led me to the Episcopal Cafe.

Ann Fontaine

Happy Birthday to AO. And they have fun stuff on CafePress to buy too.

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