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(Alexandria, VA) - Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce the publication of The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume V: Global Anglicanism, c.1910-2000 (Oxford University Press, February 2018), edited by VTS visiting professor and Center for Anglican Communion Studies Fellow Emeritus in World Anglicanism, the Rev. William L. Sachs, Ph.D. This volume considers the global experience of the Church of England in mission and the transitions of its mission Churches toward autonomy in the twentieth century.

“Bill Sachs has done a superb job commissioning and editing articles that reflect the global diversity of Anglicanism in the 20th century," said the Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D., vice president of Academic Affairs and associate professor of Old Testament. "From Oceania to Africa, and Asia to Latin America -- the story of Anglicanism within very different contexts and challenges is fascinating to read."
The contributors include the Rev. Robert Heaney, Ph.D.,D.Phil., director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and the Rev. John Yueh-Han Yieh, Ph.D., the Molly Laird Downs Professor in New Testament. They focused on what it has meant to be Anglican in diverse contexts. What spread from England was not simply a religious institution but the religious tradition it intended to implant.

Knowles added, "I'm proud to see that so many of the authors teach or have taught at VTS and glad to know that our students are learning about the Anglican tradition on a global stage.”

The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume V 
addresses questions of the conduct of mission, its intended and unintended consequences and offers important insights on what decolonization meant for Anglicans as the mission Church in various global locations became self-reliant. This study breaks new ground in describing the emergence of an Anglicanism shaped more contextually than externally, illustrating how Anglicanism became enculturated across a broad swath of cultural contexts.

Sachs is a teacher, writer, and Episcopal priest who has served churches and taught in seminaries and colleges in Virginia, Connecticut, and Chicago. His publications include The Transformation of Anglicanism (1993) and Homosexuality and the Crisis of Anglicanism (2009). 


Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit Virginia Seminary online at www.vts.edu.
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