Welcome back to The Anglican!
I’m Fr. Robert F. Solon Jr., SCP, and I have been appointed as editor after the still-shocking and untimely death of Fr. Cody Unterseher, who died suddenly on St. Mark’s Day this year after a sudden illness. In honor of Fr. Cody’s service to The Anglican and to the wider Church, we offer his full obituary as well as the sermon given at his Mass of the Resurrection. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
You will have noticed that this issue is the first to be entirely electronic, as well as having a new look and feel. The Board of the Society has recognized that paper publications are becoming more expensive and do not show the best ecological stewardship, and that just as important, in this age of electronic publications we can extend our reach far beyond current subscribers to new ones as well.
This issue, titled “Councils Past, Present, and Future,” takes advantage of the recent General Convention of The Episcopal Church to offer some thoughts and reflections on how the Church has regulated - and should regulate - its affairs. In Councils Past, the President of the Society, The Rev. Canon J. Robert Wright, reviews the history of the Conciliar movement within the Western Church. Four members of the recent Convention, including The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, Bishop of Southern Ohio, and three members of the House of Deputies then take up Councils Present. Finally, Dr. Paul Valliere, longtime friend of the Society, gives some thoughts on Councils Future within The Episcopal Church as well as the Anglican Communion. Mr. Scott MacDougall also reviews Dr. Valliere’s new book Conciliarism: A History of Decision-Making in the Church. Given the task of Resolution B005 to perform a complete re-examination of the structures of The Episcopal Church, perhaps these ideas both old and new may be of value as we as a Church consider not only the decisions we have made, but how we ought to make them in the future.
We welcome your comments and feedback. It’s our plan that existing subscribers who have given us an email address will receive the complete issue via email. About thirty days afterward, each article will be posted individually to our website, and comments will be enabled so that all readers can continue the conversation. We hope you will make The Anglican’s discussion boards a lively and robust location for engaging the topics of the day.
And of course, we welcome your original submissions as well. All scholarly submissions to our now fully-refereed journal will be reviewed by our outside editorial board, chaired by Dr. Nicholas Birns of The New School in New York City. As we more fully assemble the members of the editorial board, we’ll publish their names in the website and here as well. Articles, poetry, fiction, book reviews, and artwork are all welcome from students, laypersons, and clergy. Feel free to send all submissions to me at any time.
Our mission is “to promote and maintain the Catholic doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Episcopal Church in accordance with the principles and contents of the Book of Common Prayer and in the context of an on-going exploration and affirmation of Anglican identity and self-understanding.” We hope you will share that goal, and will consider a financial contribution to The Anglican so we may continue to conduct that exploration and affirmation of our identity.
Autumn blessings continue!
(The Rev.) Robert F. Solon, Jr., SCP