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The sign outside the conservative, white church in the small southern U.S. town announces that the church is part of the Episcopal Church--of Rwanda. In Anglican Communion in Crisis, Miranda Hassett tells the fascinating story of how a new alliance between conservative American Episcopalians and African Anglicans is transforming conflicts between American Episcopalians--especially over homosexuality--into global conflicts within the Anglican church.

In the mid-1990s, conservative American Episcopalians and Anglican leaders from Africa and other parts of the Southern Hemisphere began to forge ties in opposition to the American Episcopal Church's perceived liberalism and growing toleration of homosexuality. This resulted in dozens of American Episcopal churches submitting to the authority of African bishops.

Based on wide research, interviews with key participants and observers, and months Hassett spent in a southern U.S. parish of the Episcopal Church of Rwanda and in Anglican communities in Uganda, Anglican Communion in Crisis is the first anthropological examination of the coalition between American Episcopalians and African Anglicans. The book challenges common views--that the relationship between the Americans and Africans is merely one of convenience or even that the Americans bought the support of the Africans. Instead, Hassett argues that their partnership is a deliberate and committed movement that has tapped the power and language of globalization in an effort to move both the American Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion to the right.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. INTRODUCTION: A Communion in Crisis?
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: Renewal and Conflict: The Episcopal Church and the Province of Uganda
  2. pp. 23-46
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: Taking Africa Seriously: The Globalization of Conservative Episcopalians
  2. pp. 47-70
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: “White Hands Up!” Lambeth 1998 and the Global Politics of Homosexuality
  2. pp. 71-101
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: From African/Asian Juggernaut to Global Orthodox Majority
  2. pp. 102-129
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: “At Home in Kigali”: Transnational Relationships and Domestic Dissent
  2. pp. 130-166
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  1. CHAPTER SIX: “Who Wants to Be in the Ugandan Communion?” Perceptions of African and American Christianity
  2. pp. 167-207
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN: Integrity for Sale? Money and Asymmetry in Transnational Anglican Alliances
  2. pp. 208-241
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT: The Next Anglicanism? Conclusions and Implications
  2. pp. 242-260
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 261-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-295
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400827718
Related ISBN
9780691125183
MARC Record
OCLC
436937374
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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