Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Some of the richest work in theology is happening in an ecumenical context.  It is as Christians come together from different traditions that Christians struggle with precisely what is going on in the Eucharist or what exactly is the significance of baptism. In addition, papers that emerge out of a process of discussion and debate are often very good. So it is a delight to welcome today the publication of Unity in Mission: Theological Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Mission, which is edited by our own Dr. Mitzi. J. Budde and her co-chair of the Faith and Order Study Group, Don Thorsen.

This really is an excellent collection of essays.  All of the essays, without exception, are good. Dr. Budde has two essays in the book "The Marks as Signposts of the Journey to Unity in Mission" and "Baptism: Sacraments of Unity, Sacraments of Mission." I enjoyed both of these essays. Mitzi has the gift of the well-told story (students who are still internalizing the divisions of the Reformation or the caller to the library who wants a liturgy to "get rid of baptism"). She leaps from such a story to reflect with some depth on the underlying theological issues. These are impressive essays; this is an impressive book.

So today please congratulate Mitzi on this achievement. Editing a book for anyone is an achievement; editing the book while continuing to serve as a busy librarian is a remarkable achievement.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President