Abstract and Keywords
The character and identity of the Anglican Church in Australasia arises by virtue of its establishment as a colonial church over 20,000 kilometres from England. This chapter first offers a brief overview of some of the founding impulses of colonial Anglicanism and their trajectories into contemporary Anglicanism in Australasia. Given the availability recent historical introductions to Anglicanism in the region, the chapter focuses on those particular aspects of the development of Anglicanism that serve the more theological intent of the second part of the chapter. In this second section the theme of place as a formative factor in ecclesiology is examined. The chapter provides a basis for further exploration of a contextual ecclesiology for Anglicanism from a southern hemisphere perspective. It highlights the importance of a sense of place as a powerful though often unrecognized shaper of the identity and mission of the Church of Jesus Christ.
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