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"What Is Common about Common Prayer?" Summer 2013 Issue Available Now
"It is a thing plainly repugnant to the Word of God, and the custom of the Primitive Church to have public Prayer in the Church, or to minister the Sacraments, in a tongue not understanded of the people." The twenty-fourth Article of Religion has been a constant touchstone in the Anglican tradition of common prayer, perhaps particularly when it has not been entirely clear what that "language" ought to be. Coverdale or Authorized Version? 1928 or 1979? English or Maori or both?
To consider the language (broadly understood) of the Book of Common Prayer is to raise the questions of inculturation and indigenization: theextent to which the worship and the life of the church should be adapted to the cultures and times in which they take place. Anglicans pride themselves on the Prayer Book and its ability to serve not only the worthy praise of God but also the connection of Christ's body across a global communion. Yet given the multiplicity of prayer books, rituals, and music--each "understanded of the people" in a particular place but not in all places--there is another question that complements those regarding enculturation: "What is common about common prayer?"
In the Summer issue of the ATR guest editor Richard Geoffrey Leggetthas drawn together a variety of articles to address that question. Three of these are contributions to the more theoretical aspects of liturgical studies considering the rites of initiation, the eucharist, and the daily offices. The other seven look at particular aspects of the critical interface between scholarship and practice, and do so from a number of different contexts, from Canada and Japan to England and New York, while also exploring the experience of liturgical language in Lakota communities and international consultations.
I am most grateful to Richard for the thought and work he has given to this issue. I am also grateful to the various authors of these essays, each of whom has been generous with expertise and reflection about a subject that always will be important to Anglicans. I hope you find their work as interesting and provocative as I do.
-- Ellen K. Wondra
Editor in Chief
Poetry Prize Winner Chosen
"Purging" by Deborah J. Shore
The ATR is happy to announce the winner of the 2013 Poetry Prize. Chosen from nearly four hundred submissions, the winning poem is "Purging" by Deborah J. Shore, and it leads the Poetry section in the Summer 2013 issue of theATR. Shore's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Radix, Crab Orchard Review, Christianity and Literature, and other journals. In addition, she has published articles in religious magazines and Sunday school curricula, and she is currently working on two books of scripture teaching. Deborah lives in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Two poems were selected as runners-up in the competition: "The Good Thief" by Jenn Cavanaugh and "Connecticut Storm" by Nikolus S. Cook. These poems will be included in Roger Ferlo's essay on the Poetry Prize in the Fall 2013 issue of the ATR.
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Dwight N. Hopkins, Professor of Theology and Director of MA Studies in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, is the co-editor for
The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology, which was recently published by Cambridge University Press. Eileen Scully chaired a meeting of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation in Dublin from July 29 to August 3. The theme for the meeting was rites relating to healing and reconciliation.
Peter Eaton, Dean of Saint John's Cathedral, Denver, has just finished essays for the new series
Feasting on the Gospels, and is also working on a chapter on Anglican-Orthodox traditions for a new history of Anglicanism to be published by Oxford University Press. He is also preparing a new translation of John Chrysostom's treatise On the Priesthood.
The latest book by O. C. Edwards, Jr., A Nation with the Soul of a Church: How Christian Proclamation Has Shaped American History, will be published this month by Praeger. In the book he examines the sermons that have shaped American history from the Massachusetts Bay Colony to the Obama administration
The ATR's Poetry Editor,Sofia Starnes, was awarded a Doctor of Letters degree (honoris causa) from Union College in Kentucky in May for her role as an advocate for poetry and as a mentor of poets. In early August, Starnes was the Featured Poet at the annual Virginia Highlands Festival for creative writing and poetry in Abingdon, Virginia, where in addition to giving two seminars on poetry, she presented a poetry reading at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski traveled to Milwaukee in June to serve as a consultant at the meeting of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, as it continues its work on Holy Women, Holy Men and as it
responds to the 2009 General Convention resolution to develop resources to address the issue of anti-Judaism in the liturgy and worship of the church. He is also serving as Director of CDSP's Anglican Immersion program, which is designed to serve their low residence Certificate of Anglican Studies students and continuing education students, and is teaching "The Anglican Tradition" for the program. In addition, Joslyn-Siemiatkoski will serve as interim Dean of Academic Affairs at CDSP while Professor Ruth Meyers is on a greatly deserved sabbatical for the Fall 2013 semester.
Richard Geoffrey Leggett addressed the first Joint Assembly of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in July. During this historic occasion, the churches passed a "Joint Declaration on Affordable Housing and Responsible Resource Extraction," affirmed the work of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission, and called for the appointment of a new Commission to continue this work. Leggett has completed twenty-one years of national service on the Joint Commission and its predecessor bodies.