Editorial: After Eight Years
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This issue of the Journal appears at the beginning of my ninth year as Editor in Chief. When I began my tenure in 2011, I do not think I had considered, consciously at least, how long I would be this post. I knew I wanted to see the international content of the Journal’s contributions increase, make room for student and young scholar contributions, and develop special sections or themed areas of submissions focused on specific areas all the while honoring the work of my predecessors in the Editor’s chair. It has been my great good fortune to accomplish all of the above to some degree or other. Members of our Editorial Board have been faithful and dependable in their various roles. Springer and its cohort of support staff have been immeasurably kind and patient thus lessening an ever-increasing load of submissions and communication with authors. Having been on the other side of the review process as an author myself affords me the necessary patience to deal with those waiting in authorial limbo for some sign of judgment from what can seem a distant and overly bureaucratized process of decision-making for submitted articles.
Professor Hallie’s book is an account of people and events in the tiny village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in southeast France. During the depths of the Nazi Holocaust, the Protestant Hugenot villagers of Le Chambon saved their Jewish brethren. Amidst the violence of war and genocide, their compassion saved thousands of Jewish lives without violence, murder or bloodshed. (p. 246)
This article has always stood out for me as an example of the sort we should always encourage and bring to publication. Its topic matter is as vital today as it was when the article was first published, perhaps more so.
Lately Dr. Fins has written a follow-up to that original article in an address to his colleagues in the College of Letters at Wesleyan on the twenty-fifth year of the Philip Hallie Lecture. I am taking the unorthodox step of sharing these remarks that expand upon and enrich From Indifference to Goodness as a portion of this Editorial. The form and content of these remarks demonstrates not only love for a revered teacher and mentor but also why the Journal is what it is and why it will continue in this path in the future. As seen here, our engagement with issues involving fact and value, theory and practice, must always lie at the center of our work in the Journal of Religion and Health.