Anglican Theological Review

The Anglican Theological Review is a quarterly journal devoted to theological reflection. The Anglican Theological Review includes peer-reviewed essays and articles of interest to the Anglican community, including articles on the arts, philosophy, and sciences.

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 1, Winter

An Episcopal Future? A Theological-Anthropological Stereoscope
The debate over sexuality has a great deal to do with our theological identity and ecclesiological coherence. But there are other, quieter challenges before us. This reflection seeks to shed light on these with the help of the companion science of anthropology,...
A New Middle Way? Surviving and Thriving in the Coming Religious Realignment
"May You Live in Interesting Times"This ancient Chinese aphorism - said to be both blessing and curse - has clearly come true for the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.Our long-simmering conservative-liberal conflict has come to a boil. Dozens...
Back to the Future: Visionary, Entrepreneurial, Missional Anglican Leadership for Today's Church
The Open SecretIt is a Tuesday afternoon. My iPhone rings. It's a priest on the phone from Virginia. Someone Tve never met. Priest on the phone: "Are you Karen Ward?" Me: "That's me. " Priest on the phone: "I read about your emerging church in a book....
Common Vows and Common Mission
This essay explores the type of leadership found among deacons today, as well as the relationship of diaconal leaders to others, within the context of the whole people of God. It establishes an understanding of the diaconate as set forth by the 1979...
Developing Leaders for the Mission of Christ
IntroductionIn 2001, the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) reported a jump in the number of Americans claiming no religion ("non.es"), from 8.2 percent in 1990 to 14.2 percent in 2001. Taking into consideration the population growth during...
Foreword
What do responsible church leaders need to hear about mission and leadership?When I left seminary years ago, I knew it was my particular vocation, my own mission, to serve from the parish rather than from the academy. I was eager to make theology practical...
From Church-Shaped Mission to Mission-Shaped Church1
Though the missional calling of the church is acknowledged by all, often mission remains just a function among many other more pressing tasks in congregations. This paper tentatively explores the ecclesiological and theological re-visioning necessary...
From Maintaining to Building Communities of Faith
The model of beliefs and values set by tradition and authority structures, administered by clergy and disseminated by domestic and overseas missionaries, no longer fits a new, open "world come of age" - a world of highly educated lay members, diverse...
"Has the Story Reached Thee, of the Honored Guests of Abraham?"
Has the story reached thee, of the honored guests of Abraham? Behold, they entered his presence, and said: "Peace!" He said, "Peace!" (and thought, "These seem) unusual people." Then he turned quickly to his household, brought out a fatted calf. And...
Identity and Effectiveness in the Twenty-First Century
It is an urgent moment for the church, for its mission and its leadership. Mission has become the identifying framework and purpose of the body of Christ in the twenty-first century. Mission itself requires faithful, committed, and effective leadership....
Introduction
In the sixth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, a situation of inequitable pastoral care within the emerging Christian community resulted in internal conflict. What is interesting is that this conflict arose at a time of great success for the apostolic...
Life's Lessons of a Lay Leader
Almighty God, give us wisdom to perceive you,intellect to understand you,diligence to seek you,patience to wait for you,vision to uphold you,a heart to meditate upon you,and a life to proclaim you.- a Prayer of Saint BenedictFor the past twenty-two years...
Reaching New People through Church Planting
The Story of the Church of the NativityIn 2006, I went to Bishop Kirk Smith of Arizona and asked to become part of his grand vision for our diocese: to plant ten new churches in ten years. Passionate about reaching out to new people with the gospel the...
Reconfiguring Anglican Leadership for the Twenty-First Century
As Anglicanism seeks to identify the missio Dei in the world today, it finds its guidance in Scripture interpreted by tradition, reason, and experience. This gives Anghcan leaders a distinctive Christian voice that is flexible and provisional, yet authentic....
Retraining Ourselves in Thought and Action: A Thematic Exploration of Leadership Literature
It is difficult to look in the mirror and like what toe see unless we can combine - in our lives, in our work - the full development of individual potentials with commitment to a greater whole.1In my previous article, "Looking at Leadership Beyond Our...
The Church Awake: Becoming the Missional People of God
The Episcopal Church has long been perceived as a church of the cultural elite, more concerned with gathering the privileged than participating in God's mission. This essay asks the questions. What would it take for the Episcopal Church to "wake up"...
Theological Education in the Twenty-First Century
Educators like to imagine that education matters. We like to believe that the leadership of a congregation is improved when that person has a graduate degree and three years of study. We like to think that pouring resources into education is worthwhile....
The Theology of Mission in Contemporary Practice
Six ImperativesI take it to mean that "domestic mission" implies a movement of the local church toward a group or area that is of a markedly different culture than that of the congregation reaching out. This applies equally to ministry with ethnic minorities...
Unleashing the Power of Worship
Lutheran liturgical scholar Thomas Schattauer proposes that "the liturgical assembly of God's people in the midst of the world enacts and signifies the outward movement of God for the life of the world." Drawing upon this understanding of liturgy as...