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The Codrington Consensus

Kortright Davis

The global emergence of the spirit and ethos of Afro-Anglicanism was harnessed by the initiatives of African-American Episcopalians, chronicled by a wider array of black Anglicans, and codified in the first Afro-Anglican Conference in Barbados, West Indies, in 1985. It represented a major thrust of Anglican ecumenism that enabled the whole Communion to take on broad issues, priorities, and inter-cultural linkages that have altered the course of traditional debates at Lambeth Conferences and elsewhere. The Codrington Consensus spoke not only for Afro-Anglicans, but also to Anglicans in general, charting a new method of engaging in Global Anglicanism. The Codrington Consensus also assured Afro-Anglicans themselves that they were neither strangers nor servants within such an ecclesial fellowship. Rather, they are active participants in the full recognition and realization of Anglican comprehensiveness. Still, much remains to be done in the faithful Afro-Anglican response to the imperatives of the Codrington Consensus.

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