The summer 2021 issue of Anglican and Episcopal History (AEH) represents a wide range of Anglicanism. It includes peer-reviewed studies related to trans-Atlantic Anglo-Catholic networks and ways the Book of Common Prayer shaped Unitarianism. The summer issue also includes church reviews and book reviews.
This issue of AEH also marks the final one for Ed Bond as editor-in-chief. Bond, an expert in the history of colonial Virginia, is retiring after long-time service that began in 2007.
In Bond’s final issue, the lead study examines ways Anglo-Catholicism and Confederate sympathies in England influenced fundraising efforts for the University of the South, Sewanee, led by the then-Episcopal Bishop of Tennessee.
In this study, Sewanee church history professor Benjamin J. King calls for a closer examination of cotton manufacturing connections between England and the American South. He argues that “such research opens up a new field of enquiry in ecclesiastical and Confederate history by examining those lay and ordained Tractarians in Britain who were Confederate supporters.”
King’s study is titled “Church, Cotton, and Confederates: What Bishop Charles Todd Quintard’s Fundraising Trips to Great Britain Reveal About Some Nineteenth-Century Anglo-Catholics.” He shared an earlier version of this study with the Anglo-Catholic Historical Society.
David Ney then examines ways fondness for “the central role of common prayer” influences the Anglican faith. Ney uses Prosper of Aquitaine’s well-known dictum Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi to frame his analysis.
Using Theophilus Lindsey (1723-1808) as a case study, Ney warns that, “The story of the genesis of the Unitarian Church invites clergy, liturgists, and worship leaders to consider whether what is corporately prayed (and sung) accords with what is said to be believed.” Lindsey, a Church of England priest, later founded the Unitarian church in England and introduced his own revised Book of Common Prayer in 1774.
Ney is a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada and associate professor of church history at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pa.
AEH also includes three church reviews in its summer issue.
Church review editor J. Barrington Bates examines ongoing adaptations to worship during the covid pandemic. He examines ways Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago has used podcasts during “coronatide.” Other reviews examine a Triduum custom among Lutheran seminarians in Philadelphia and Gettysburg, Pa., and Sunday worship at St. Ursula’s Anglican Church in Bern, Switzerland, part of the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe.
Subscribers will also enjoy over 20 book reviews related to church history and the global Anglican Communion.
Bloy House seminarian Kathryn Nishibayashi’s review of Asian and Asian American Women in Theology and Religion edited by former Episcopal Divinity School professor Kwok Pui-Lan. Nishibayahsi praises this collection of essays because it “…sheds light on this group of relatively unknown women” and helps move discussions of race in the United States beyond a predominately black/white binary.
Benjamin M. Guyer of the University of Tennessee at Martin reviews Peter Marshall’s Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation, calling it “a model of dispassionate reading and incisive analysis.”
Sr. Mary Winifred from the Episcopal Diocese of Easton reviews Archbishop Thabo Makgoba’s Faith and Courage: Praying with Mandela. A book she describes as being about “reconciliation and love” and “full of insight and understanding.”
Well-known author Christopher L. Webber reviews the republished paperback version of Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America by University of Pittsburgh professor Kirk Savage. Webber writes the book “…gives us so much to think about” and that it “leads us carefully through the history of the monument movement and helps us understand how carefully citizens and committees and sculptors worked to create monuments.”
The summer issue of AEH is available to members of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church and later available via JSTOR.org and other online services.
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