One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: Studies in Christian Ecclesiality and Ecumenism in Honor of J. Robert Wright

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: Studies in Christian Ecclesiality and Ecumenism in Honor of J. Robert Wright

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: Studies in Christian Ecclesiality and Ecumenism in Honor of J. Robert Wright

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: Studies in Christian Ecclesiality and Ecumenism in Honor of J. Robert Wright

Synopsis

Foreword by Frank T. Griswold

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism gathers twenty-one articles from distinguished church historians, literary historians, and ecumenists -- all written in honor of the Reverend Canon J. Robert Wright, St. Mark's Professor of Ecclesiastical History at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, who has been an inspiration to a generation of students and colleagues. The Most Reverend Frank T. Griswold, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, has written a foreword that complements the work of contributors such as S. W. Sykes, Richard A. Norris Jr., and George Tavard, among others. Though these articles differ in individual subject, they cohere in their relation to Dr. Wright's expertise as a theologian, a historian, a medievalist, an ecumenist, and above all a man of the church.

Excerpt

The Rev. Canon J. Robert Wright is the consummate Anglican. His capacity to draw together many strands from varying traditions and to weave them into a coherent fabric is a gift that I and countless others have appreciated over the years. I know of no other person I might call in haste to answer questions concerning arcane matters such as the proper form of ecclesiastical address according to various traditions, or the sometimes complex and nuanced history of the relationship between the Episcopal Church and other ecclesial communities.

Father Wright has been a companion of mine on several official international visits, during which his broad knowledge and capacity for instantaneous recall of salient historical detail have saved me and others from any number of inadvertent gaffes. I remember with particular clarity a visit to a Russian monastery. Our guide was a young monk who upon meeting us asked our translator: “Why are these infidels here?” in spite of his misgivings about us he guided us with a great deal of politeness. Our tour ended before the tomb of the monastery’s most recent saint. Having been carefully schooled by Father Wright, I stepped forward with confidence and performed the prescribed threefold veneration. Apparently the young monk was duly impressed, and as we left he informed our translator that it had been a privilege to welcome such devout Christians and their primate.

Over the years the Rev. Dr. J. Robert Wright has been a much valued contributor to the life of the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church, particularly in matters historical and ecumenical. With his well-recognized scholarship and close knowledge of ecclesiastical history, ancient and modern, in . . .

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