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Aspects of Anglican Identity

Aspects of Anglican Identity

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Publisher: Church House Publishing
ISBN: 9780715140741
Number of Pages: 208
Published: 22/07/2005
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm

Tensions within the Anglican Communion and discussions about the possibility of women bishops have thrown a spotlight onto underlying issues such as:

  • How are decisions taken in the Church?
  • What are the roles of synods, bishops and primates?
  • How should the Archbishop of Canterbury's ministry develop?
  • What do being 'in communion' and 'out of communion' mean?
  • How significant are diocesan boundaries in an age of globalization?

Behind the headline-provoking debates are questions about the very identity of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. How do Anglicans understand their own church and its place within the wider Church?

In this lucid and accessible collection of essays, Colin Podmore draws on his expertise and experience, and explores these and related topics, setting them in their historical context. He also explains how synodical government works and looks at the Declaration of Assent, a defining statement of the Church of England's identity.

Colin Podmore

Colin Podmore is a Cornishman who read history at Keble College, Oxford. His D. Phil thesis was published as The Moravian Church in England, 1728-1760 (Oxford, 1998). Formerly Deputy Secretary of the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity and later Secretary of the Liturgical Commission and the Dioceses Commission and Clerk to the General Synod, he was Director of Forward in Faith from 2013 to 2020. His publications include (as editor) Community - Unity - Communion: Essays in Honour of Mary Tanner (Church House Publishing, 1998), Prayers to Remember: An Essential Selection of Classic Prayers (DLT 2001) and articles on the Moravian Church, Anglican church history and ecclesiology and The Episcopal Church (USA). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2017 he received the Lanfranc Award for education and scholarship from the Archbishop of Canterbury, and he was appointed MBE for services to the Church of England in 2020.

'Anyone wanting to understand today's Church of England would be well advised to start by reading this book.' -- Richard Chartres, Bishop of London. 'We should be grateful for this collection of essays, which provide illuminating and informative insights into the nature and identity of our Church and Communion.' -- Martin Wharton, Bishop of Newcastle (Ecclesiastical Law Journal, Vol 9, 2007)

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