VTS Announces New Book by the Robert Heaney, Ph.D., D.Phil. and the Rev. William Sachs, Ph.D.

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ALEXANDRIA,VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announces the publication of The Promise of Anglicanism (SCM Press, 2019) co-authored by the Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Ph.D., D.Phil, associate professor of Christian mission and director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies, and the Rev. William L. Sachs, Ph.D., Center for Anglican Communion Studies Senior Research Fellow.
“This is an important contribution to the studies of world Christianity and world Anglicanism. Crucially, for us as Episcopalians,” said the Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs. "Heaney and Sachs not only read the past but propose models that could see our tradition thrive."
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, says, “The heart of Anglicanism is forged in inter-cultural encounter. This book tells that story, and challenges the Church of today to embody its calling afresh.”
In The Promise of Anglicanism, Heaney and Sachs chart the development of the tradition, arguing that it is through inter-cultural engagement that Anglicanism proper emerges. They argue that Anglicanism has always been a site of contestation. Contestation, however, must not be seen as dysfunction but the very means to discern the mission and promise of God. This book, both academically rigorous and accessible, provides a fresh reading of Anglican history and identifies practical measures for the tradition’s future flourishing.
Reviewing The Promise of Anglicanism, the Rev. Canon Mark Chapman, Ph.D., University of Oxford, describes it as “compelling, wide-ranging and deeply informed.” The Most Rev. Thabo Makgoba, archbishop of Cape Town, calls it “succinct, well crafted . . . edifying . . . A timely book.” The Rev. Jennifer Strawbridge, Ph.D., University of Oxford, writes that The Promise of Anglicanism “could not be a better placed, nor more challenging, text for all to read.”
Two upcoming events featuring the book will take place in Washington, D.C., and London, England. Dean Randy Hollerith will chair an international panel discussing The Promise of Anglicanism at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the National Cathedral. A similar event is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.
Heaney is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and the author of two books: Post-Colonial Theology: Finding God and Each Other Amidst the Hate (Cascade, 2019) and From Historical to Critical Post-Colonial Theology: The Contribution of John S. Mbiti and Jesse N.K. Mugambi (Pickwick, 2015).
Previously Sachs was vice-president of the Episcopal Church Foundation in New York, where he directed research and leadership formation programs. An Episcopal priest, he has served parishes in Virginia, Chicago, and Connecticut, and has held various church leadership roles. Most recently he edited The Oxford History of Anglicanism: Volume Five (2018). His other works include Homosexuality and the Crisis of Anglicanism (Cambridge, 2009) and The Transformation of Anglicanism (Cambridge, 1993).
The Promise of Anglicanism, to be released at the end of this month, can be pre-ordered from the publisher here and from amazon here.

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