Donald Allchin was an ordained priest in the Church of England, a historian, ecumenist, and contemplative theologian. The essays, poems, and memoires in this book represent what his Christian vision has brought forth in the lives of the contributors. You will meet poets, historians, bishops, archbishops, monks, priests, lay persons, and scholars. You will taste the rich ecumenical dialogue between Allchin's Anglican heritage, Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Roman Catholic Church, and churches of the Reformed Traditions, including Allchin's friendships and correspondence with Thomas Merton and the Romanian Orthodox theologian Dumitru Staniloae. Readers will gain insights into Allchin's interpretation of the Anglican Tradition and his emphasis on the value of monastic solitude and community for the lives of modern Christians. You will enter Allchin's journey into the lives, poetry, saints, and holy places of the Welsh spiritual tradition. And this is only a taste of his legacy. In Allchin's words,
David G.R. Keller is Director of the Contemplative Ministry Project and formerly an Adjunct Professor of Ascetical Theology at The General Theological Seminary in New York. He is the author of Oasis of Wisdom: The Worlds of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, Come and See: The Transformation of Personal Prayer, and Desert Banquet: A Year of Wisdom from The Desert Mothers and Fathers.
Editor's Note Foreword - Rowan Williams Editor's Acknowledgements Permissions List of Contributors Introduction - Kallistos Ware, Metropolitan of Diokleia Give them some poetry: i.m. Donald Allchin - David Scott Part One: Donald Allchin's Life Chapter 1 Arthur Macdonald Allchin (1930-2010): A Personal Tribute - Barry A. Orford Chapter 2 In His Face Was Prayer: Reflections on a Friendship with Donald Allchin - The Reverend Canon James Coutts Chapter 3 Homage & Gift: Intercession with Donald in the Communion of Saints - The Rev. Canon James Coutts and Dr. Esther de Waal Part Two: Donald Allchin and the Orthodox Church Chapter 4 Father Donald and the Orthodox Church - Kallistos Ware, Metropolitan of Diokleia Chapter 5 An Icon of True Communion: The Dialogue and Friendship of Father Donald Allchin and Father Dumitru Staniloae - Reverend Dr. Ciprian Burca Part Three: Donald Allchin's Ecumenical Dialogue and Theology Chapter 6 Enlarge My Heart: Donald Allchin and the Exploration of Christian Traditions - Geoffrey Rowell Chapter 7