Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold has announced the appointment of the Rev. Mark A. McIntosh as his canon theologian.
McIntosh, 43, of Chicago, succeeds the Rev. Canon James Griffiss, who was honored at an event at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, in late February.
'For the presiding bishop to have a canon theologian is one way of reminding all that, without a theologically grounded perspective, one can fall victim to the superficial tugs and pulls of contemporary events and questions facing the church,' Griswold said. 'Mark is representative of a new generation of younger theologians who are deeply steeped in tradition, yet profoundly aware of the need to discern the authentic movement of the Holy Spirit in the questions of our time.'
Griswold ordained McIntosh to the priesthood in the Diocese of Chicago in 1986. He is an associate professor of theology at Loyola University in Chicago and currently serves as chaplain to the church's House of Bishops and is a member of the theology committee. His academic work has focused on the reconnection of spirituality and theology and he has published three books in that area, the most recently 'Mysteries of Faith,' the Christian doctrine volume in the New Church's Teaching Series.