Theological Reflection: Our Anglican Communion
The Episcopal Church’s [TEC] website proudly proclaims. “The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.” Likewise, the Nippon Sei Ko Kai [日本聖公会 — “Japanese Holy Catholic Church”] describes itself as “The Anglican Communion in Japan.” But what does it mean to be the Anglican Communion? What are the bonds that hold us together? The Anglican Communion is unique in the world’s community of churches, and as an American Episcopalian I have always seen the Communion as an alliance of independent church bodies that share a common history. Views of what the Communion is, however, are very different in different places in the Communion. Some happily indentify themselves as part of the Anglican Communion while others aren’t so quick to announce their membership. The different views of the Communion often lead to disagreements about how provinces carry out their mission and ministry because of separate understandings of what the relationship is between provinces.
The following authors investigate what it means to be the Anglican Communion. Some address the issue head-on, others’ opinions and view-points are written between the lines. Whether you agree or disagree with their assumptions you will experience thinking about the Communion with those from very different contexts.
Message from the Bishop of Jamaica & the Cayman Islands – Rt. Rev. Alfred Reid; Jamaica
The Philippian Model – Rev. Canon Philip Groves; UK
Local vs. Global Church – Fr. George Okoth; Tanzania
Seeking Reconciliation in the Anglican Communion – Rev. Canon Jonathan Draper; UK
Anglican Dispute: What May Be Lost – Rev. William L. Sachs; USA