"In the pages that follow, Bishop Browne reflects upon a twenty-year stewardship, a stewardship that coincided with an invitation from the parent American Church to the Liberian Church to consider, self-support, self-government and self-propagation. The Bishop had risen to the challenge and moved the Liberian Church progressively in all three directions, fully attaining two but hindered from fully achieving the third (self-support) because of the nation's political and economic crises. He was even called upon to lead the autonomous Church of the Anglican Province of West Africa, shortly after the Liberian Church transferred into that Province from the American Church". -- Foreword.
Contents: Preface dated London, June 1993 / Herman B. Browne -- Acknowledgement -- Foreword dated University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, November 1992 / D. Elwood Dunn -- Introduction -- Evangelism and Self-Propagation -- Identity with Province of West Africa -- The Diocese and Its Educational Institutions -- Stewardship and Financial Autonomy -- Social Issues and Freemasonry -- The Liberian Civil War and Its Effects on the Church -- Appendices -- Bibliography -- About the Author.
Contents of Appendices: I. Covenant Plan -- II. Presiding Bishop Allin to Archbishop Ishmael LeMaire -- III. Presiding Bishop Allin to Bishop Browne -- IV. Instrument of Admission of the Diocese of Liberia into the Province of West Africa -- V. Agreement between Dr. G.H. can Schubert and the Missionary Diocese of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Liberia -- VI. Pastoral Letter to the Clergy of Monrovia, Bassa and Sinoe.
OTCH Note: The author, Anglican Bishop of Liberia, died (14 February 1993) shortly after completely the text of this manuscript.
"Issued jointly by the National Council, Protestant Episcopal Church, New York 10, New York and the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada, Toronto 5, Ontario".
"We are grateful indeed to all the authors of this book who responded so willingly and promptly to the request of the Joint Study Book Committee to supply chapters on their particular areas of responsibility". -- Acknowledgements.
"This study book is bound to awake the greatest interest because it deals with an exciting subject, and is written by those who know the subject at first hand. .... Among the forces from other countries which are active in Africa today are the influences of communism, of Christian missions, and of Islam. To which of these will Africans turn ? For the development of Africa will continue to depend upon fellowship with the rest of the world. No country can live to itself. .... One of the most important forces in Africa is, of course, the Christian Church, and our Churches in our own country are able to co-operate with Africans through our missionary interest in the Church. You will find here, the record of evangelism and pastoral care, the work of education in Christian schools, and the work of healing in Christian hospitals; a work which we are bound to reinforce with our prayer and our understanding and our assistance. I believe that the leadership is there in Africa; I have been deeply impressed by the splendid African bishops whom I have met at various conferences, but they still need our co-operation". -- Foreword.
Contents: The Dioceses of the Anglican Communion in Africa -- Acknowledgements -- Foreword dated Bishopthorpe, Quebec, P.Q., March 25, 1959 / Philip Quebec i.e. Carrington, Acting Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada -- Scanning the African Horizon / [F.H.W. Crabb] -- The Church and Education / [Joyce Herklots] -- The Church in Agriculture / [Kenneth Prior] -- The Church's Concern for Health / [J. Gilbert H. Baker] -- The Church and Multi-racial Society / [Richard R. Roseveare] -- The Church in Liberia / [James F. Hopewell] -- Epilogue / [M.A.C. Warren] -- The Authors.