Contemporary Issues in the Worldwide Anglican Communion offers unique perspectives on an organisation undergoing significant and rapid change with important religious and wider sociological consequences. The book explores what the academic research community, Anglican clergy and laypeople are suggesting are critical issues facing the Anglican communion as power and authority relations shift, including: gender roles, changing families, challenges of an aging population, demands and opportunities generated by young people, mobility and mutations of worship communities; contested conformities to policies surrounding sexual orientation, impact of social class and income differences, variable patterns of congregational growth and decline, and global power and growth shifts from north to south.
Table of Contents
Preface; Section I Generational Shifts: Farewell to generation A: the final ‘active generation’ in the Anglican communion, Abby Day; The meaning and inheritance of Anglican identity amongst young people, Sylvia Collins-Mayo; Evangelical Anglicans and the formation of children in modern Britain, Anna Strhan; Belonging without practising: exploring the religious, social and personal significance of Anglican identities among adolescent males, Leslie J. Francis and Gemma Penny. Section II Gender, Sex and Contestations: Naming the abuse, establishing networks, and forging negotiations: contemporary Christian women and the ugly subject of domestic violence, Nancy Nason-Clark and Catherine Holtmann; Conditional love? Assimilation and the construction of ‘acceptable homosexuality’ in Anglicanism, Michael Kennan; Anglicans in a globalizing world: the contradictions of communion, Andrew McKinnon and Christopher Craig Brittain; To boldly go: how do women in senior positions in the Church of England construe their leadership?, Diane E. Rees. Section III Class, Caste and Change: Addressing the problem of socio-economic-classification, Adrian Stringer; A different class? Anglican Evangelical leaders’ perspectives on social class, Joanne McKenzie; Anglicans in South Asia: life in the midst of religious marginality, Anderson H. M. Jeremiah. Section IV Movements and Responses: Locating the Church: on corridors and shadows in the study of Anglicanism, Simon Coleman; Theological education and formation for an uncommon occupation, Martyn Percy; How Anglicans lose religion: an oral history of becoming secular, Callum G. Brown.
Dr Abby Day is Senior Research Fellow, Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent and Reader in Race, Faith and Culture, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. She is Chair of the British Sociological Association's Sociology of Religion study group, and her most recent books are (forthcoming) Modernities, Memory, Mutations: Grace Davie and the study of religion (edited with Mia LÃ¶vheim); Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World; Social Identities between the Sacred and Secular, Day, A., Vincett, G. and Cotter, C.R, (Ashgate 2013) and Religion and the Individual (ed.), (Ashgate 2008).