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What's Anglican about Mission

Stephanie Spellers

Both Anglicanism and the missional are contested concepts at present, and their construals sometimes overlap. We understand mission better wit the help of sociology, and in particular the work of David Martin. We here coin the phrase “dense encryptment” for the intensity of piety, community, and belief that he describes. Where one finds such “dense encryptment” one may expect to find missionary energy. When this concept is applied to Anglicanism, the special role of the missionary society and the revival fellowship, especially in East Africa, comes into focus. This central feature of Anglicanism leads to some advice for contemporary missionary invigoration.

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