Questioning Authority: The Theology and Practice of Authority in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion (Studies in Episcopal and Anglican Theology #13) (Hardcover)

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Questioning Authority analyzes current conflicts concerning authority in the Anglican church and offers a new framework for addressing them. It argues that authority in the church is fundamentally relational rather than juridical. All members of the church have authority to engage in discerning the church's identity, direction, and mission. Most of this authority is exercised in personal interactions and group practices of consultation and direction. Formal authority in the church confers power so responsibilities can be fulfilled. Church relations always include conflict, which may be creative and helpful rather than divisive. Conflict arises because persons and groups follow Christ in ways related to their own cultural context while also being in communion with others. Communion in the church requires embracing diversity, recognizing and respecting others' perspectives, and working together to discover and create common ground. Today's church needs more participatory forms of governance and decision-making that are conciliar and synodal.

About the Author


Ellen K. Wondra, an Episcopal priest, is a member of the World Council of Churches' Commission on Faith and Order and Research Professor Emerita in Theology and Ethics at the Bexley-Seabury Seminary Federation in Chicago, Illinois. She is Editor Emerita of the Anglican Theological Review.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781433132162
ISBN-10: 1433132168
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: September 26th, 2018
Pages: 300
Language: English
Series: Studies in Episcopal and Anglican Theology