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in the journal Anglican and Episcopal History
A church review is a snapshot of a worship service, with the reviewer's evaluation. The snapshot includes the reviewer's experience of the following:
As part of the evaluation, the reviewer should offer an account of the significance of the service reviewed, which might be, among other things, liturgical, theological, sociological, moral, or aesthetic. The reviewer may also describe her or his personal experience of the worship, and of the hospitality of the congregation. Many variations are possible on this outline; no two reviewers will focus on precisely the same aspects of worship.
The church review section of Anglican and Episcopal History focuses on churches in the Anglican tradition, but roughly one review in four features a service in another tradition. In respect of the Anglican communion, we are interested in the diversity of its worship, and we therefore welcome reviews of historic churches and new ones, neighborhood churches and inner-city ones and rural ones, American churches and churches in other parts of the world, churches with unusual liturgies and churches with typical ones, and so on. The only church which a reviewer should not choose is one in which he or she has or might be seen to have a personal interest, such as his or her own home church, or any other church where the objectivity of his or her approach might be impaired.
The editorial board intends the reviews to serve not only as historical resources for the scholars of the future but also as interesting articles for Anglicans and others to read in the 2000s.
We urge first-time church reviewers to read at least half a dozen reviews from back issues of Anglican and Episcopal History before submitting one of their own.
Reviews should be sent electronically as a WordPerfect or Microsoft Word file, either by email attachment or on a disk. Reviews are subject to editing, and may be returned for revisions. Contributors can assist the process immensely if they will read and follow these instructions.
The church review editor is :
Alan L. Hayes firstname.lastname@example.org
Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1H7 Canada