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date: 23 January 2019

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The chapter begins by outlining the distinctive ecclesiology of the Anglican Communion and the structures of consultation that form its polity. Among the four so-called Instruments of Communion, the Conference of Bishops which originally met at the Archbishop of Canterbury’s palace at Lambeth, is selected for special consideration and set in the context of the conciliar tradition of the church, with its principles of constitutionality, representation and consent. The non-coercive but persuasive authority of the Lambeth Conference, at which the Archbishop of Canterbury presides, is related to the role of the episcopate in the church and finally the future of the conference is considered.

Keywords: Anglican Communion, Lambeth Conference, conciliar tradition, episcopate, Archbishop of Canterbury, ecclesiology

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