Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Editor's Notes

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Editor's Notes

Article excerpt

For nearly forty years, the Episcopal Church Foundation has been furthering the ministry of teaching and scholarship through its support of advanced studies undertaken by seminary graduates of the Episcopal Church in the United States. More recently, in keeping with this commitment to the church's intellectual life, the Foundation has sought to draw its many doctoral Fellows into a more formal organization, which would bring them together with other scholars as advocates for the life of the mind and foster reasoned theological discourse that reaches across barriers standing in the way of the church's ministry of reconciliation. Thus was born the Fellows Forum. The first of its colloquiums, "Tradition and Innovation in Anglicanism," took place in 2000. Later that year the proceedings were published in the ATR, edited by Eugene Lowe, one of the Fellows who took part. The present issue follows that precedent, drawing most of its contents from the second Fellows Forum colloquium, which was held at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia, in January 2002.

Centered on the colloquium's themes-community, covenant, contract, commonweal-the essays presented here reflect the variety of perspectives brought into conversation by the Fellows and others who took part, and suggest the liveliness of the discussions that followed. Some of the particular problems and topics that were considered in the course of two very full days can be gathered from the table of contents, and Robert Hughes s introductory remarks provide a context for the whole. Since the colloquium was in good Anglican fashion framed and informed by worship, it is quite appropriate that one of the sermons, preached at the eucharist by Wendel Meyer, is included here. Among the other items there are formal, full-length papers, responses, and shorter presentations from different viewpoints. It is notable that, in different ways, each of them not only exemplifies its author's commitment to scholarly excellence but also brings it to bear on matters of practical moment.

We are grateful to Donn Mitchell and the Fellows Forum planning group, especially Ian Douglas and his successor in the chair, Cynthia Kittredge, for making this selection of materials available for publication here. …

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