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The Windsor Report:
A Paradigm Shift for Anglicanism

Esther Mombo

The 2004 Windsor Report prompted a variety of responses from the Anglican provinces in Africa, reflecting the different languages, cultures, and forms of Christianity found on this continent. Among African Anglicans, it is church leaders who speak most loudly about human sexuality, often ignoring other sins that are rampant in both church and society. Some leaders call for a central authority to settle issues of sexuality, but generally assert their own provincial autonomy in relationship to other issues. Their understanding of reconciliation appears to be narrower than its Pauline basis. And it seems that some leaders have more to say about human sexuality than about pressing issues in their own areas. The Windsor Report challenges Anglicans in Africa as elsewhere to reflect critically on the missional priorities of the church.

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