The Rev’d Dr Tom Ferguson (Academic Dean, Bexley Seabury) & The Rev’d Canon Scott Gunn (Executive Director, Forward Movement) preview the Episcopal Church’s upcoming 78th General Convention, exploring what’s in store from restructuring to the election of a new Presiding Bishop. Acronyms, resolutions & amendments galore!
The Rev’d Dr Ellen Wondra (Research Professor of Theology & Ethics, Bexley/Seabury), who was recently appointed to a multiyear term on the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith & Order, draws on decades of and academic work to address the theology and practice of authority—picking up on themes in her recent review article (‘Questioning Authority’ ATR 97.2, p. 307f) and offering a preview of material in her forthcoming book, Problems with Authority: The Theology and Practice of Authority in the Contemporary Episcopal Church (TBA). A member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation (ARCUSA) from 1992-2010 and editor-in-chief of the Anglican Theological Review since 2006, Wondra offers insights from her prolific scholarship and seasoned leadership.
The Rev’d Dr Bruce Kaye (Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Stuart University) discusses Anglican catholicity in context and conflict, revisiting themes in his influential book Conflict and the Practice of Christian Faith: The Anglican Experiment (Wipf & Stock, 2009). Drawing on insights from the third Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission’s Kuala Lumpur Report “Communion, Conflict and Hope” (2008) and a forthcoming book of essays on the rise and fall of the Anglican Christendom, Kaye reexamines his evolving understanding of catholicity—with reference to his context within the broader Anglican Communion. Having also served as the founding editor of the Journal of Anglican Studies, Kaye also offers some reflections on the original idea behind the journal and insights gained amidst a decade of editorial guidance.
Dr Tim Sedgwick (Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics, Virginia Theological Seminary) will discusses the distinctive Anglican understanding of the Christian life and faith as a matter of practices that bring us into the presence of God, including materials from current research, writing, lectures, and his recent book Sex, Moral Teaching, and the Unity of the Church (Morehouse, 2014).