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Koinonia is the journal of the Anglican and Eastern Churches Association.

The organisation that is now the AECA has been publishing information and articles since early in its foundation. This began as collected occasional papers before formalising into journal entitled The Christian East, and then the Eastern Churches Newsletter. In 2003 the ECNL became Koinonia.

The current title refers to the Greek term which derives from the word for ‘common’ and can mean communion, participation or fellowship depending on context - or shades of all of them. It therefore points towards that friendship and unity which Christians should share with one another within the Body of Christ that is the Church. One of the most famous examples is in the Acts of the Apostles which describes the unity and faith of the Early Church in which ‘they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship (koinonia), to the breaking of bread and to prayer’ (2.42).

Members of the AECA receive a copy of Koinonia, which is currently published twice a year (normally May and November). It contains articles about Anglicanism, Orthodoxy and the relationship between the two. Both members and non-members are welcome to contribute by writing to the Editor (whose details can be found in the contacts page of the website) with work or proposals for articles. Please note that we receive more articles than can be included and the choice of content rests with the Editor. Please also get in touch if you are interested in placing an advert relevant to the interests of the journal.

The journal is a publication that brings together both high-quality academic scholarship with practical and non-specialist articles, along with news, events and book reviews, often on a particular topical theme. As such, it aims to keep members of AECA in touch with the broad field of ecumenical dialogue in the academy, in politics (both ecclesiastical and secular), in society and in parishes.

Koinonia thus acts as a bridge between all these areas, furthering the stated aim of the AECA ‘To advance the Christian religion by teaching members of the Anglican and Orthodox Churches about each other in order to prepare the way for an ultimate union between them … ‘.

In one form or another, the journal of the AECA has done this for over a century and we pray that it will continue to do so as long as it is necessary.

The Rev’d Stephen Stavrou
Editor of Koinonia.

 


 

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