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
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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