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An Opportunity for Grace in the Anglican Communion

William O. Gregg

Unless the provinces of the Anglican Communion and the four "Instruments of Unity" commit to learn and implement reasonable and appropriate ways of engaging one another, the deeper issues raised in the Windsor Report cannot be addressed. According to Bowen and Friedman's family systems theory, we must understand ourselves as a system that is currently highly anxious, mired in reactivity, and has no shared conceptual framework or process for dealing with this level of anxiety and conflict. We cannot, therefore, move into creative, constructive responsiveness, or thoughtful, faithful meeting in the Spirit. Using a systems theory framework, we can engage the theological and practical issues before us and experience the steadfast love of God that holds the holy mystery of our profound diversity-in-unity.

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