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 3.4 – Winter 2019

This exciting issue offers three features at the heart of the Christian life: liturgy, discipleship and study. First, Dr John Rueben Davies, Convener of the Liturgy Committee of the Faith and Order Board, and the Reverend Dr Nicholas Taylor, a Member of that Committee (and also of the Doctrine Committee) have curated a number of articles, mostly from Members of the Liturgy Committee, to give a bird’s-eye view of the beginnings of the Liturgy Committee’s conversation about some of the principles of liturgical revision and renewal for the Scottish Liturgy 1982. Whilst there will be a continuing and broadening of the conversation – with workshops, consultations and discussions – this issue of the Journal sets out some ideas based on a range of scholarship and practice as a starting point for that conversation.

Second, this issue offers the Annual Scottish Episcopal Institute Lecture (2019), given by the Reverend Professor Paul Foster (University of Edinburgh), entitled ‘Their Pattern and Their King: The Gospel of Matthew as a Model for Christian Formation’, where Foster looks to the Gospel of Matthew for models of discipleship.

Finally, five recent and important volumes are reviewed – on Christian martyrdom under Islam, women in early Christianity, parishes and ‘place’ in the twenty-first century, sacred music and poetry – to keep readers apprised of ongoing study in the wider Church.

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The Journal – peer-reviewed, electronic and free-of-cost – welcomes previously unpublished contributions.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 Canon Dr Scott Robertson, Rector, St Margaret’s Church (Newlands); the Revd Dr Oliver O’Donovan, formerly Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, School of Divinity, New College, University of Edinburgh; and the Revd Canon Dr Nicholas Taylor, Rector, St Aidan’s Church (Clarkston). 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 March with publication on 20 March; (2) Summer: submissions by 1 June with publication on 20 June; (3) Autumn: submissions by 1 September with publication on 20 September; (4) Winter: submissions by 1 December with publication on 20 December.