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Communion and autonomy in Anglicanism: nature and maintenance

Doe, Norman ORCID: 2004. Communion and autonomy in Anglicanism: nature and maintenance. [Discussion Paper]. The Lambeth Commission on Communion. Available at:

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This paper explores the nature of and relationship between communion and autonomy, namely: (a) global theological and conventional understandings about communion and autonomy in the worldwide Anglican Communion, as expressed in the decisions of the institutional instruments of Anglican unity; and in public responses to events in ECUSA and Canada; (b) the canonical treatment of communion and autonomy in the laws of the individual Anglican churches, in the context of the principles of canon law common to the churches of the Communion; (c) where appropriate, the understanding of communion and autonomy in ecumenical dialogue between Anglicans and others, and in other Christian traditions themselves. One aim of the study is to identify a fundamental dissonance between theological and canonical understandings of worldwide communion and provincial autonomy; that is, how the disciplines of communion and autonomy at the global level have not been translated into the discipline of each Anglican church or province, and how this has contributed to current conflict.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Additional Information: Paper for the Eames Commission and The Lambeth Commission on Communion.
Publisher: The Lambeth Commission on Communion
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 10:27

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