By Miranda K. Hassett
The signal outdoor the conservative, white church within the small southern U.S. city publicizes that the church is a part of the Episcopal Church--of Rwanda. In Anglican Communion in obstacle, Miranda Hassett tells the interesting tale of the way a brand new alliance among conservative American Episcopalians and African Anglicans is reworking conflicts among American Episcopalians--especially over homosexuality--into international conflicts in the Anglican church. within the mid-1990s, conservative American Episcopalians and Anglican leaders from Africa and different components of the Southern Hemisphere started to forge ties against the yankee Episcopal Church's perceived liberalism and becoming toleration of homosexuality. This ended in dozens of yank Episcopal church buildings filing to the authority of African bishops. in accordance with large study, interviews with key individuals and observers, and months Hassett spent in a southern U.S. parish of the Episcopal Church of Rwanda and in Anglican groups in Uganda, Anglican Communion in challenge is the 1st anthropological exam of the coalition among American Episcopalians and African Anglicans. The publication demanding situations universal views--that the connection among the american citizens and Africans is only one among comfort or maybe that the americans acquired the aid of the Africans. as an alternative, Hassett argues that their partnership is a planned and dedicated circulate that has tapped the ability and language of globalization in order to circulate either the yank Episcopal Church and the global Anglican Communion to the perfect.
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Timothy’s was a mainstream Episcopal parish, perhaps a little on the traditionalist side. During the 1980s and 1990s, under the guidance of strong clergy and lay leaders who had been inﬂuenced by the currents of renewal moving through the national Episcopal Church, the church developed a marked evangelical and charismatic identity. St. Timothy’s today remains solidly Episcopal in its basic liturgical expression, following the 1979 Book of Common Prayer in all three Sunday morning services, but with the addition of evangelical and charismatic elements in worship (such as praise music and occasional altar calls and speaking in tongues) and a new emphasis on evangelical understandings of Christian identity and life.
Although the journey out of the Episcopal Church for parishes like St. Timothy’s began with a shift to a more evangelical worship style, it rapidly moved into the terrain of social and moral issues. Evangelical Episcopalians like those at St. Timothy’s, reading the Bible through the lens of faith commitments to its literal truth, plain sense, and authority, often arrive at conclusions that are different from those of moderate and liberal Episcopalians who see the Bible as a historically situated document and feel freer to interpret its meaning and relevance.
Lifelong Episcopalians and longtime members of St. Timothy’s like this consultant found renewal and change in the parish much more challenging than those newer members who were less invested in traditional Episcopal worship and identity. These long-standing members found it difﬁcult, for example, to accept an evangelical understanding of Christian identity based on a speciﬁcally dated, personal experience of accepting Christ as savior, in contrast with the general Episcopal tendency to deﬁne Christian identity through regular participation in the sacraments and in the church’s life of fellowship and outreach.
Anglican Communion in Crisis: How Episcopal Dissidents and Their African Allies Are Reshaping Anglicanism by Miranda K. Hassett