A House Divided? Ways Forward for North American Anglicans
A book on a series of Anglican-Episcopal conversations hosted by the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies (AEHS) at Duke Divinity School in 2014 about divisions in North American Anglicanism was published in August by Wipf & Stock.
The book, A House Divided? Ways Forward for North American Anglicans, provides a record of the conversations that show forthright engagement with difficult topics by Christians committed to remaining in prayerful relationship with each other.
Edited by Divinity School alumni Isaac Arten D’ 15 and William Glass D’14, the book contains a foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby along with contributions from church leaders as well as Duke Divinity School students, a faculty member, and a visiting lecturer.
AEHS began hosting this year-long series of “fierce conversations” to expose seminary students to these divisions among Episcopalians and other Anglicans in North America, as well as to teach the students skills for leading congregations to worship, pray, and serve in ways that bring reconciliation over time. Divisions included those on human sexuality, scriptural authority and interpretive practices, and church leadership,
In addition to Arten and Glass, contributors to the book included David Marshall, the Jack and Barbara Bovender Associate Professor of Anglican Episcopal Studies and Ministry at the Divinity School and the director of AEHS; Timothy E. Kimbrough, visiting lecturer at the school; and also church leaders John Bauerschmidt, Terrell Glenn, Dorsey W.M. McConnell, and John Yates III. Divinity School alumni writing responses in the book include Bryan Biba, Michelle Howard, Molly McGee Short, and David Wantland.
Arten, who just began doctoral studies in historical theology at St. Louis University, was an AEHS member from 2012-15. Glass, who was a member from 2011-15, is now a Ph.D. student in systematic theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and a deacon.