The Autumn edition of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal has been published, on the subject of Christian funerals.
“Funerals form a significant part of the liturgical life of any religious community, and the Scottish Episcopal Church is no exception,” says Journal editor the Rev Dr Michael Hull. “It is not so much the inevitability of death, and the challenges and opportunities of exercising Christian ministry to bereaved families and friends whose contact with the Church may otherwise be tenuous, as that what we believe and profess about death effectively defines our purpose in life.
“As the apostle Paul observed, without resurrection — however understood — there is no meaning at all to the Gospel. As the Liturgy Committee of the Faith and Order Board begins its task of renewing and expanding the SEC’s provision for Christian funerals and seeks to draft rites which are both true to our Christian heritage and speak meaningfully to the culture in which ministry is to be offered, this number reflects on some theological and pastoral issues.”
The Journal can be found here.