The Spring 2016 issue, edited by Ruthanna B. Hooke and Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, features essays developed from the “Anglican Women at Prayer: Weaving Our Bonds of Affection” conference in 2014 at Virginia Theological Seminary, co-sponsored by the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at VTS and the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. The issue also includes a preface from conference coordinator Phoebe Griswold.
The essays explore the multifaceted varieties of expression and international dimensions of the prayer of Anglican women today: from weavers in Tanzania and Fiji, to African American “church mothers” in the United States, to an Oxford University canon professor of theology; from the intercessory prayer networks of the Companions to activist women protesting oppression and violence in South Africa; from youth prayer groups in China, to the prayer of transgender women in North America and the United Kingdom, to the spiritual formation in a life of prayer offered by a solitary Benedictine in New Zealand. Authors include Eleanor Ruth Sanderson, Marilyn McCord Adams, Donyelle Charlotte McCray, Fredrica Harris Thompsett, Erice Fairbrother, Florence May Mei Jee, Ellen Clark-King, Gcebile Gina, Margaret Adams Parker, and K. Jeanne Person
A discussion guide for parishes and study groups has been prepared by VTS Professor Kate Sonderegger and Christian formation consultant Jenifer Gamber, and is available for free download below.
Anglican Women at Prayer – A Guide for Study and Discussion Jenifer Gamber, Christian formation consultant and author of several books for the Episcopal Church, including Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People
The Reverend Katherine Sonderegger, Ph.D., William Meade Chair in Systematic Theology, Virginia Theological Seminary