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Editor's Notes

Charles Hefling

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. Other essays presented at the colloquium are being published electronically, together with a summary article, on the Foundation's website: www.episcopalfoundation.org/education/fellows.html. These will include a paper by Jonathan Glass on accountability, drawing on the experience of Episcopal schools; Christopher King's essay "Broken Bodies: Anglicanism, Discord, and the Church as Corpus Permixtum"; Joseph Britton's discussion of the evangelicity of the episcopate; and papers on interreligious conversation and conflict, with special attention to Islam, by Lucinda Mosher and Jeffrey Gill.

In addition to ECF Fellows, two younger Anglican scholars from ouside the U.S.A. are represented in this issue. From Cambridge University comes Chad Pecknold's contribution to an ongoing discussion of Augustine and the theology of the Trinity, and from Trinity College in the University of Toronto comes the winning essay from the 2001 Harris prize competion, Lisa Wang's study of an important aspect of the theology of Henri de Lubac. It was at Trinity College that the late Eugene Fairweather was for many years Keble professor of Divinity. As Robert Crouse notes in the memorial article with which this issue opens, the first of Dr. Fairweather's many publications appeared in this journal half a centry ago. Requiescat in pace.


For the last ten years the ATR has been blessed in having as its editor in chief James Griffiss--teacher, writer, canon theologian to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, guiding light of The New Church's Teaching Series, and friend to innumerable authors. At the annual meeting of the ATR corporation in October 2002, Dr. Griffiss announced his resignation, for reasons of health. His decision was accepted with profound regret, and he was at once elected to a position on the board, in which he will continue to serve the journal as editor emeritus. The excellence that marked his decade of editorial leadership will be celebrated in a special issue of the ATR that will be published at the beginning of 2004.

 
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