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RELATED RESOURCES: INTERFAITH
The Anglican Communion is the international association of Anglican churches, under which each national church exercises full autonomy. The Archbishop of Canterbury (presently Rowan Williams) serves as the symbolic leader for the Communion's over 77 members worldwide; in recent years conflict over homosexuality and theological orthodoxy have threatened this unity. The Communion maintains a strong presence in global ecumenical movements and is a primary member of the World Council of Churches (WCC). Recent efforts have emphasized interfaith dialogue and a commitment to international development. The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations includes representatives from all in-process dialogues and reviews efforts from the regional level and up, including the WCC Faith and Order Commission. Other ecumenical dialogue partners include Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Orthodox, and Old Catholic bodies.