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Contesting Unity And Order: Inter-Church Conflict

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The migration of Anglicans has been shown to challenge the identity of the Eglise Anglicane du Congo (EAC) because migration acted as a catalyst for widening identity choices, providing more options from which to re-construct identity in a new location. The most significant external conflict in the North-east was between the EAC the Communauté Evangelique du Centre de l?Afrique 20 (CECA), the largest Protestant denomination in the area. The conflict influenced the sense of home Anglican migrants developed within the EAC and it demonstrates the way in which group identity is partially created by relationship with those outside the group. This chapter shows how two mission-initiated Christianities related to each other and it provides an understanding of Anglican identity as seen by those outside the EAC. The dynamics of denominationalism reflected the debates about unity and difference taking place in the national, political and ecclesiastical sphere from 1960.

Keywords: Anglican identity; Eglise Anglicane du Congo (EAC); migration; mission-initiated Christianities; Protestant denomination



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