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Authority, Unity, and Mission in the Windsor Report

Ian T. Douglas

The Windsor Report advances a structural/instrumentalist approach to issues of authority and unity in the Anglican Communion. This article reviews the history of the development of the concept of "Four Instruments of Unity" as a primary ecclesiological understanding of contemporary Anglicanism. It argues that while structures are needed in the global Anglican family to facilitate inter-Anglican cooperation, and bishops and archbishops do have an important role to play in the polity of the Anglican Communion, the future of the Anglican Communion rests less on Instruments of Unity and more on relationships across difference in service to God's mission.

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