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VTS Announces Publication of “Companion to the Anglican Communion”

4/26/2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: 703-461-1782
Email: cprather@vts.edu

Alexandria, VA –
Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) today announced the release of The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion (Wiley-Blackwell). The book’s editors include the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary, and the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., the seminary’s vice president for Institutional Advancement and associate dean of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS) at VTS.

“One of the goals of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies is education,” Markham said. “This remarkable book is a significant contribution to meeting that goal. It is a reference work which will help individuals to understand the Communion. I am delighted this is coming out from VTS.”

Along with Markham and Hawkins, the book’s editors include the Rev. Leslie Nuñez Steffensen (VTS ’12), former administrative coordinator of CACS, and the Very Rev. Justyn Terry, dean and president of the Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and author of The Justifying Judgement of God: A Reassessment of the Place of Judgement in the Saving Work of Christ (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2008).

At more than 750 pages, Companion to the Anglican Communion explores every aspect of the Anglican Communion – from analyzing its instruments of unity, to its central role in interfaith communication, to each of its 44 provinces, to the role of women in the church. Organized under the headings “History,” “Structures of the Communion,” “Provinces” and “Themes,” the 65 substantial articles compose a work that is “invaluable to anyone interested in Anglicanism,” according to the Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.

“The Anglican Communion is home to the third largest family in Christendom,” Hawkins said. “This book with its many voices is a map of sorts, exposing the Communion's diverse and global geography of faith.”

The comprehensive reference was a project of CACS, which works to support theological education; the engagement of Anglican leaders and scholars in study, research and conversation; and interreligious dynamics across the Communion. The four editors also served as contributors, along with several other leading Anglican commentators from around the world.

Among the local contributors in this book are Ms. Katherine L. Wood, current associate director of CACS, and the Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Ph.D., who this fall will join the seminary faculty as the Center’s director and assistant professor of Christian mission at VTS. Additional contributors include VTS faculty members the Rev. Robert W. Prichard, Ph.D., Arthur Lee Kinsolver Professor of Christianity, and the Rev. William Bradley Roberts, D.M.A., professor of church music, as well as the Rev. William L. Sachs, Ph.D., visiting professor of church history for 2013-14. Articles from VTS students Ms. Cameron J. Soulis of the Diocese of Washington and the Rev. Jane L. Dogue-is of the Diocese of North Central Philippines are also included in this impressive work.

The Companion to the Anglican Communion is the first collaboration of Markham and Hawkins since the 2010 publication of Christ and Culture: Communion After Lambeth (Canterbury Press/Church Publishing), which they also edited. In addition, Markham recently edited The Student’s Companion to the Theologians (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and he is the author of Against Atheism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) among other books. Hawkins is the author of Episcopal Etiquette & Ethics: Living the Craft of Priesthood in the Episcopal Church (Morehouse Publishing, 2012) and co-editor of Staying One, Remaining Open: Education Leaders for a 21st Century Church (Church Publishing, 2010).

Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women for service in the Church worldwide, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Currently, the Seminary represents more than 42 different dioceses and 5 different countries, for service in the Church.