For some in the Anglican faith, the topic of the ordination of women to holy orders is a long-settled one. However, for those of us in the ACNA, like all of our editors, it is an ever-present conversation, dominating matters of ecclesiology and communion. All parties have agreed that “dual-integrities” means a house built upon sand. Likewise, in the Global South, where the vast number of faithful Anglicans now reside, it is also a matter of fierce debate.
Despite the gravity of the topic, finding physical resources on the subject of Women’s Ordination, particularly as a layperson, can be difficult, especially in an Anglican context. We hope to remedy some of that difficulty with the publication of this new book, No Other Foundation: Essays on Women’s Ordination in the Anglican Church, a collection of essays both new and old on the topic, edited by the Rev. Ben Jefferies. We have received permission to republish old giants like C.S. Lewis and E.L. Mascall, as well as some newcomers. While not intended to be a comprehensive, academic treatment of the subject, it introduces the reader to many of the issues at hand.
We won’t beat around the bush or hoodwink you: The North American Anglican takes a traditional position on the ordination of women to the priesthood, and this book reflects that. At the same time, we hope that it will stimulate productive, respectful conversation in all corners.
You may also notice the price, which is a low one. All parties involved in the creation of this book have agreed that it is of substantial enough importance to warrant foregoing profit with an eye towards distribution. We will not make a dime off of No Other Foundation, and every bit goes to cover printing.