The Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal

An Outreach of the Scottish Episcopal Institute

The Scottish Episcopal Institute’s vision – to form and develop people as godly, competent and confident ministers – includes the whole of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

The Journal is a vehicle for debate on current issues in the Anglican Communion and beyond. It invites dialogue on what it means to think as an Episcopalian in Scotland in the twenty-first century.

The Scottish Episcopal Institute hopes the Journal to be a catalyst for prayer and theological reflection at the heart of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Volume 4.1 – Spring 2020

The Journal’s Spring 2020 issue focusses on Christian ministry and mission, particularly in Scotland. It was curated by Richard Tiplady, who serves as the Director of Mixed Mode Training of the Scottish Episcopal Institute. The issue’s articles highlight facets of Christian ministry and mission. Paul Watson’s ‘A Call to Conversion: Ministry in Charles Taylor’s Secular Society’ underscores Taylor’s insights vis-à-vis frameworks of imagery of church attendance and religious life. Richard Tiplady’s ‘Entrepreneurial Leadership Development in the Christian Church in Scotland’ draws from his doctoral research to tease out the characteristics of effective leadership. Gordon Cheung’s ‘Leadership Lessons from the First Year of a MissionalChurch Plant’, is a practitioner’s outline after a year on-the-job. Finally, Joshua Cockayne’s ‘The Cultural Liturgies of Café Church’ looks at examples of liturgical life in contemporary settings in Scotland.

This issue, clearly prepared beforehand, comes online amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. All concerned with the Journal offer their prayers and draw readers’ attention to the upcoming National Day of Prayer across Scotland on Sunday 22 March 2020. People of faith across our nation are encouraged to join in prayerful solidarity with an invitation to light a candle at 7pm in a window of their homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source of hope. There is an accompanying prayer to our Heavenly Father, which we make our own:

For all that is good in life, thank you,
For the love of family and friends, thank you,
For the kindness of good neighbour and Samaritan stranger, thank you.
May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support,
May those who are sick, know healing,
May those who are anxious or bereaved, sense comfort.

Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom,
Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being,
Bless and guide each one of us, as we adapt to a new way of living.
And may the light shining from our windows, across road and wynd, glen and ben,
kyle and isle, be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Journal – peer-reviewed, electronic and free-of-cost – welcomes previously unpublished contributions. Each issue of the Journal is in two sections: Articles of 2,000 to 5,000 words (including citations) that offer a focused contribution to the life of the church on any level (allowing for articles beyond 5,000 words to appear in parts); and Book Reviews of 500 to 1,500 words that appraise and discuss contemporary theological, liturgical, pastoral and ministerial works.

SEI’s Director of Studies convenes the Journal’s Editorial Board. It includes four other members: the Convener of the Doctrine Committee of the Faith and Order Board of the SEC (ex officio) and one other member of that Committee, and two other SEC communicant members (who may or may not be members of the Doctrine Committee or SEI’s teaching staff). Other than the Convener of the Doctrine Committee, the Director of Studies appoints the other three members (and additional members if helpful).

The Editorial Board members are the Revd Dr Michael Hull (Convener), SEI’s Director of Studies; the Revd Canon Dr David Jasper, Convener of the Doctrine Committee of the SEC’s Faith and Order Board, formerly Professor of Literature and Theology, University of Glasgow (ex officio); Dr Alistair Mason, IME Coordinator for the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney; the Revd Dr Oliver O’Donovan, formerly Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, School of Divinity, New College, University of Edinburgh; the Revd Canon Dr Alison Peden, Rector, St Modoc’s Church (Doune); the Revd Canon Dr Nicholas Taylor, Rector, St Aidan’s Church (Clarkston); and the Revd Dr Jenny Anne Wright, Associate Priest, Christ Church (Morningside). Dr Heather Barcroft is the Journal’s Copy Editor.

The Journal accepts manuscripts only in electronic form, preferably in MSWord and following the Modern Humanities Research Association Style Guide: A Handbook for Authors and Editors (3rd edition; London, 2013), available here. Please email submissions by attachment to Dr Hull ( For additional information, please contact Dr Hull at the Scottish Episcopal Institute, General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, 21 Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EE, 0131225-6357.

The Journal is published quarterly. Its International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is 2399-8989.

The submissions and publication dates for each year are:

(1) Spring: submissions by 1 February with publication on 20 March; (2) Summer: submissions by 1 May with publication on 20 June; (3) Autumn: submissions by 1 August with publication on 20 September; (4) Winter: submissions by 1 November with publication on 20 December.