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From Colonialism to Communion

  • Michael Doe

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This article reflects not only on the 2008 Lambeth Conference itself, but also on some of the deeper issues that were both revealed and concealed there and at the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) meeting that preceded it. I do this as the General Secretary of one of the Communion’s oldest mission agencies, finding common ground between the challenges we face and those that confront the Communion, in three respects. First, the need to move beyond the colonial inheritance to recognize both the independence of partners and the need for new patterns of inter-dependence. Secondly, the challenge to traditional understandings of belonging from a more self-select culture, most obvious in the consumerism of the North but also increasingly in global relationships. Thirdly, the danger of new colonialisms, in the kind of partnerships favoured by non-governmental organizations, from both conservatives and liberals in North America, but also emerging from some newly found powers in the South.

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Michael Doe is General Secretary of USPG (United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel): Anglicans in World Mission. He is an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Southwark in the Church of England.

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2. The Official Report of the Lambeth Conference, compiled by the Anglican Consultative Council (Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 1999).

3. For the Lambeth Quadrilateral, see (e.g.) section 355, in Evans, G.R.Robert Wright, J. (eds.), The Anglican Tradition (London: SPCK/Fortress Press, 1991).

4. Doe, Michael, Seeking the Truth in Love: The Church and Homosexuality (London: Darton Longman & Todd, 2000).

5. O’Connor, Daniel, Three Centuries of Mission: The United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, 1701–2000 (New York; London: Continuum, 2000).

7. SeeBayne, Stephen F. and Advisory Council on Missionary Strategy, Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in the Body of Christ: With Related Background Documents (London: SPCK, 1963).

8. For the Jerusalem Statement from the GAFCON, see http://www.fca.net/decstat.html

10. Canon Vinay Samuel as reported in the (London) Daily Telegraph, 25th June 2008.

11. Bosch, David, Transforming Mission (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1991).

12. Doe, Michael, ‘Anglicans Around the World’, in D. Mark Chapman (ed.), Living the Magnificat: Affirming Catholicism in a Broken World (London; New York: Mowbray, 2007).

1. Michael Doe is General Secretary of USPG (United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel): Anglicans in World Mission. He is an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Southwark in the Church of England.

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Journal of Anglican Studies
  • ISSN: 1740-3553
  • EISSN: 1745-5278
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