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 4.3 – Autumn 2020

The Autumn 2020 issue of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal lends attention to pilgrimage. The College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church has designated 2021 a Year of Provincial Pilgrimage. The Rt Revd Anne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney, is the lead bishop in this initiative. Bishop Anne says: ‘In this designated year of pilgrimage we will be encouraging as many people as possible to make a holy journey of some kind. This can include taking part in an organised pilgrimage or spending time individually or in groups simply focussing on our own spiritual journeys.’

The Year of Pilgrimage was announced prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is unclear how the Year will pan out in 2021. Nonetheless, this issue is conceived as a resource for all who consider pilgrimage in one way or another. It includes papers from a Conference at the Church of St Margaret of Scotland, Aberdeen, in September 2018. The Conference was organized by the Church in Society Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church. The aims of the Conference were to review the history of pilgrimage in the northern part of Scotland, to assess its contribution to Scottish heritage and culture, and to look ahead to how it might continue to contribute to the development and maintenance of Christianity in Scotland. To those papers — originally presented by David Atkinson, Emsley Nimmo, John MacFarlane, Stuart Little, Nick Cooke, Alasdair Coles, Richard Murray and Wendy Lloyd — this issue adds a paper by Richard Tiplady who considers the blessings of mountain pilgrimages.

The Journal hopes to continue to publish on the topic of pilgrimage in its Winter 2020 issue and throughout 2021. It also hopes, in addition to its Summer 2020 issue, to continue to be a resource regarding church, ministry and the coronavirus. To that end, this issue concludes with an article by Rafael Vilaça Epifany Costa, of the Anglican Church of Brazil, regarding online councils and new ways of church practice in these challenging times.

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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.