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This unity in diversity is one of the things that make the Anglican Communion so special and such rich ground from which to change to world.The Church of England (which until the 20th century included the Church in Wales) initially separated from the Bishop of Rome during the reign of King Henry VIII, reunited under Queen Mary I and then separated again under Queen Elizabeth I.The Primates' Meeting was established in 1978 by Archbishop Donald Coggan (101st Archbishop of Canterbury) as an opportunity for “leisurely thought, prayer and deep consultation” and has met regularly since.Today the Anglican Communion is 38 autonomous national and regional Churches plus six Extra Provincial Churches and dioceses; all of which are in Communion - in a reciprocal relationship - with the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is the Communion's spiritual head.
It is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ who lived in the Holy Land 2,000 years ago.
with traditional origins of their doctrines summarised in the Thirty-nine Articles (1571).
Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury acts as a focus of unity, recognised as primus inter pares ("first among equals"), but does not exercise authority in the provinces outside England.
In 1968 those gathered at the Lambeth Conference discerned the need for more frequent and more representative contact among the Churches than was possible through a once-a-decade conference of bishops.
The constitution of an Anglican Consultative Council was accepted by the general synods or conventions of all the Member Churches of the Anglican Communion. It is the only one of the three Instruments that includes the participation of laity, priests and deacons.
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Examples of such collaboration can be found in the Communion's Networks, in projects such as Anglican Witness, the Anglican Alliance, in its International Commission on Unity, Faith and Order and on the Anglican Communion News Service.