Many Parts, One Body

How the Episcopal Church Works

James Dator with Jan Nunley

Feb/2010, 208 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780898696400



In order to determine the locus of authority within the Episcopal Church, political scientist James Dator carefully analyzed the three main styles of constitutional government —confederal, federal, and unitary — and applied them to the Episcopal Church in his 1959 dissertation. Now, working with religious journalist Jan Nunley, who added current legal cases and canonical updates, Dr. Dator’s research offers newfound currency and prescient applicability. Topics include a thorough examination of the Episcopal Church’s Constitution and Canons, 1782 to present, plus the structure, executive powers, and governing roles of its various parts.

Jan Nunley is an Episcopal priest and former deputy for communications for the Episcopal Church, and has covered political and legal issues in the Episcopal Church for nearly twenty years. She lives in Peekskill, New York.

James Dator is professor of political science and director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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