I was raised in the Episcopal Church, so I didn't exactly choose to become an Anglican, but I was an active Episcopalian for over 40 years before becoming Orthodox. Anglicanism has changed a lot in my lifetime, but the tensions that are currently stretching the Anglican communion to the breaking point were implicitly there from the time that the Church of England (CofE) broke with Rome in the mid-16th century. During the reign of Elizabeth I, there was an intentional and largely successful effort (for awhile) to make the CofE as comprehensive as possible of different doctrinal positions ranging from Zwinglianism to Calvinism to non-papal Catholicism, while at the same time maintaining liturgical uniformity via the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). It has to be admitted that, whatever its theological shortcomings (and there are major ones from an Orthodox perspective), the BCP in its classic form is a work of liturgical and literary genius. The King James Version of the Bible (translated by Anglican divines early in the 17th century) has been and still is a powerful source of spiritual edification and inspiration to Christians of many different traditions. Likewise, Anglicanism developed a magnificent treasury of hymnody which is also drawn on by Western Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and Protestants as integral parts of their worship. I think it is fair to say that Anglicanism has made invaluable contributions to the development of worship in the English language. Rome has recently given official recognition to this by erecting Anglican-use ordinariates in several countries. Traditional Anglican worship, whether high, middle, broad, or low, is simultaneously majestic and restrained. But since the late 19th century the old uniformity of Anglican worship has been breaking down as the various theological strains within Anglicanism have sought to express themselves more distinctively through different forms of worship. At the same time the various theological traditions within Anglicanism have diversified even further, to the point that it has become difficult, if not impossible, for certain groups of Anglicans to remain in communion with each other. It is a sad, but perhaps inevitable, development.