About the ATR
The Anglican Theological Review is a quarterly journal of theological reflection within the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada. In the spirit of sound learning that has been a hallmark of Anglicanism worldwide, its aim is to foster scholarly excellence and thoughtful conversation in and for the church. The journal is committed to creative intellectual engagement with Christian tradition and interdisciplinary inquiry that includes literature and the arts, philosophy, and science.
Description of the Summer 2017 Issue
The Summer 2017 issue includes a selection of essays, addresses, poetry, and book reviews, beginning with two timely essays on difficult issues of our day: Gayle Fisher-Stewart suggests how the Episcopal Church (and others) might best connect with resistance to racial violence that involves police, and Fergus J. King draws attention to the tragedy of child sexual abuse in the church and to the questions of ethical response that are raised by the fact that such abuse is widespread and continuous across time and culture. Tim Vivian then explores the central role of self-emptying in the poetry of Rowan Williams, while liturgical theologians Ruth A. Meyers and Louis Weil unfold their reasons for favoring a slow, deliberate approach to reform of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer in a discussion moderated and summarized by Scott MacDougall.
Two addresses from an October 2017 conference on climate change at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California follow the essays: Katharine Jefferts Schori and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda discuss how the biblical narrative counters the notion that creation is properly subject to humanity’s subduing through maximal exploitation of material resources.
Three Practicing Theology essays offered here consider how basic, familiar representations of the love of God in Christ may be changed in ways that challenge our comfort. First, Ebenhaizer I Nuban Timo, a minister of the Evangelical Church in West Timor, describes the celebration of the eucharist using local Indonesian foods instead of bread and wine. Sarah Woodard then discusses the ministry at the Episcopal Center at Duke University called A Movable Feast, which seeks to meet local needs for food, companionship, and prayer. And Patrick Malloy writes about the installation of Christa at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and the questions it raises about the limits of our willingness as Christians to encounter the divine in unexpected and surprising forms.
Jennifer Aycock provides a Review in Depth of Church in an Age of Global Migration, looking at how solidarity with migrants, refugees, and the displaced challenges churches to cross their own borders in order to be open to renewal by receiving what migrants bring with them. The pilgrim--migrant--church practices its faith in the midst of fragmentation, fear, and territorialism.
As always, the ATR includes poetry and book reviews of the latest noteworthy books in the fields of theology and ethics, pastoral theology, historical theology, biblical studies, religion and culture, interreligious studies, poetry, and liturgics.