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Editor's Notes

Ellen K. Wondra

This issue of the Anglican Theological Review focuses on the conjunction of environmental and economic crises, a conjunction at the forefront of our national, global, and ecclesial debates these days. The Introduction by Mark Richardson, Senior Theological Fellow to the Trinity Institute, Professor of Systematic Theology at The General Seminary, and Chair of the Editorial Committee of the ATR, sets this debate in its theological and spiritual context and introduces the wide-ranging articles and essays that comprise this issue. Obviously, a single issue can only contribute to a conversation that must continue for a long time; our hope here is to help shape that conversation.

We have quite deliberately located this issue between two on leadership, one published in Winter 2009, and one to be published in Winter 2010. Everything that is said in this issue about sustainability, abundance, economics, theology, spirituality, and so on has direct bearing on where leadership is needed in church and society. It also bears on what kinds or modes of leadership are more likely to be effective and inspiring. And these are matters of theory, of theology, as well as of practice.

I am grateful to Mark Richardson and Robert Scott, Director of the Trinity Institute, Trinity Wall Street, for their fine work in conceiving and bringing to fruition the Trinity Institute conference that is the springboard for this issue. I’m also grateful to the Society of Anglican and Lutheran Theologians for their invitation to Willis Jenkins to present his work in the context of their annual conference in Fall 2008. And I’m looking forward to working with the organizers and presenters of the 2009 annual meetings of the Society of Anglican and Lutheran Theologians and the Society for the Study of Anglicanism, as well as the 2010 Trinity Institute conference and the Epiphany West conference sponsored by Church Divinity School of the Pacific. All of which is to say that our ecclesial vitality is greatly enhanced by gatherings of thinkers, scholars, and practitioners who constantly ask critical questions about the church’s mission and its relation to God’s mission of reconciliation. These gatherings are always important. In times that present the complex challenges facing today’s church and its various contexts, they are even more so.

Our special thanks to the Rev. Dr. James Herbert Cooper, Rector of Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, New York, for his generous support of this issue. We are grateful for the many ways in which Trinity parish encourages and supports the intellectual life of the church.

I also want to apologize to our friends and colleagues at Trinity Institute for the unfortunate errors that crept into their announcement of the January 2010 conference. We have included that announcement, in its correct form, in this issue. Building an Ethical Economy: Theology and the Marketplace continues the tradition of addressing current matters of great importance in a stimulating and hopeful way. I look forward to the presentations and the discussions, and to our own discussion of related issues in the pages of the Anglican Theological Review.

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