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Anglican Communion
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The Anglican Communion is a worldwide fellowship of Episcopal churches that recognizes the archbishop of Canterbury as its spiritual head. He is ex officio chairman of the Lambeth Conference of Bishops, which from 1867 has been meeting every ten years. (The 1998 conference was at Canterbury, attended by 750 bishops.) The archbishop is primus inter pares (i.e., first among equals).

1. Organization

1.1. The Anglican Communion is episcopal but not hierarchical. Its national churches resemble the auto…

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Staples, Peter, “Anglican Communion”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A291>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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