SEI 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 6.3 – Autumn 2022

The Autumn number of the Journal is about Christian funerals. Funerals form a significant part of the liturgical life of any religious community, and the Scottish Episcopal Church is no exception. 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.

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The Journal – peer-reviewed, electronic and free-of-cost – welcomes previously unpublished contributions.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), Director of Studies at SEI; Dr Elizabeth Corsar, Tutor in Biblical Studies, St Padarn’s Institute, Cardiff; Dr John Reuben Davies, Senior Research Fellow (History), School of Humanities, University of Glasgow; the Revd Dr Harriet Harris, Convener of the Doctrine Committee of the SEC’s Faith and Order Board, University Chaplain and Head of the Chaplaincy Service, University of Edinburgh (ex officio); 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; and the Revd Dr Jenny Anne Wright, Chaplain to the Archbishop of York, Bishopthorpe Palace, York. 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.


The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the authors in the Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church or the Scottish Episcopal Institute.