By Miranda K. Hassett
The signal open air the conservative, white church within the small southern U.S. city broadcasts that the church is a part of the Episcopal Church--of Rwanda. In Anglican Communion in problem, Miranda Hassett tells the attention-grabbing tale of ways a brand new alliance among conservative American Episcopalians and African Anglicans is remodeling 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 elements of the Southern Hemisphere started to forge ties towards the yank Episcopal Church's perceived liberalism and transforming into toleration of homosexuality. This led to dozens of yankee Episcopal church buildings filing to the authority of African bishops. in keeping with vast 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 predicament is the 1st anthropological exam of the coalition among American Episcopalians and African Anglicans. The ebook demanding situations universal views--that the connection among the americans and Africans is purely one among comfort or maybe that the american citizens received the aid of the Africans. as an alternative, Hassett argues that their partnership is a planned and dedicated move that has tapped the ability and language of globalization on the way to flow either the yankee Episcopal Church and the global Anglican Communion to the fitting.
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Extra info for Anglican Communion in Crisis: How Episcopal Dissidents and Their African Allies Are Reshaping Anglicanism
In chapter 4, I recount the ways in which the Lambeth Conference of 1998 was experienced and portrayed as a North/South battle, despite efforts by organizers to stress themes of global inclusiveness and unity in diversity. I describe and analyze Northern conservative “accountability globalism,” an ideology of global scale ﬁrst fully articulated in talk about Lambeth immediately following the Conference. This globalist discourse served as the foundation for Northern conservatives’ post-Lambeth efforts to seek international assistance in enforcing the Lambeth sexuality resolution.
Figures from the 1990s suggest that approximately 35 percent of Uganda’s population were Roman Catholic, about 25 percent Anglican, 8 percent other Protestants, 15 percent Muslim, and the rest nonreligious or adherents of indigenous or minority religions like Hinduism. 9 Much of East Africa was missionized by the Church Missionary Society, which had been Renewal and Conﬂict • 27 strongly inﬂuenced by evangelical revivalism in the Church of England that stressed spreading the gospel and encouraging all to seek a relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior.
Pentecostal churches have proved a particular challenge to the Church of Uganda. Their free style of worship and lively music appeals to Ugandan youth and young adults, as does the use of English, which many young people prefer. The popular television channel Lighthouse TV, which broadcasts many American and other foreign Pentecostal programs, is an additional inﬂuence. Growing competition for members with these churches and the related movement toward a more Pentecostal worship style were the two trends most often mentioned when lay and clergy Ugandans spoke to me about the Church of Uganda.
Anglican Communion in Crisis: How Episcopal Dissidents and Their African Allies Are Reshaping Anglicanism by Miranda K. Hassett