Unexpected Consequences

Author: Susanne Watson Epting
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0819229792
Size: 38.26 MB
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• First book in years to look critically at the diaconate in the Episcopal Church Times change, and the Order of Deacons in the Episcopal Church has not remained static. While the book seeks to update contemporary knowledge about deacons, it also shows how the diaconate may be well positioned to lead the church into change that cuts across governance, formation, and ministry. While the institutional church struggles with its structure and purpose, working to change its reality and perception, the book suggests that there are diaconal leaders who have been working all along for this kind of change. The book chronicles ways in which one church order has grown, matured, adapted, adjusted, and is as effective as it is because of its dynamic nature. It is hoped that other orders might learn from the importance of being adaptable, contextual, and baptismal, while highlighting the primary lens deacons look through as they seek to fulfill what the church has called them to do.

Being A Deacon Today

Author: Rosalind Brown
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0819226440
Size: 76.95 MB
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In very practical and helpful terms, Rosalind Brown explores what it means to be a deacon in today's church. Excellent for classroom use and for transitional and permanent deacons.

Deacons In The Liturgy

Author: Ormonde Plater
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0898696348
Size: 11.19 MB
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In the Anglican churches of North America, and sometimes elsewhere, there are two complaints about deacons in the liturgy: Bishops and priests complain that deacons don't know how to do liturgy. Deacons complain that bishops and priests won't let them do liturgy. The solution lies in liturgical formation, both theological and practical. This book is designed to help provide that formation for bishops, priests, deacons, and indeed for all the people of God. The introduction provides a brief history of the use of deacons in Anglican liturgies, from 1549 to the present, including characteristics and statement of purposes.

Many Servants

Author: Ormonde Plater
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 156101270X
Size: 36.63 MB
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"In this newly updated and revised introduction to the permanent diaconate, Ormonde Plater includes a history of deacons in the early church, a survey of deacons from the Reformation to the present, stories of modern diaconal ministries, including firsthand accounts, and a discussion of the formation, training, and deployment of deacons. A basic, essential text for discernment committees and commissions on ministry, and a comprehensive look at a vital ministry in the church today."--BOOK JACKET.

Liberating Diakonia

Author: Kjell Nordstokke
Publisher: Akademika Pub
ISBN: 9788251927956
Size: 16.96 MB
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Diakonia - as a church's social action and healing ministry - has received increased attention over the last few decades. The ecumenical reflection on diakonia generally focuses on: a) an ecclesial identity, emphasizing the mutual relation between what the church is and what the church does; b) a holistic nature and interdisciplinary approach; and c) a prophetic mandate, publicly defending the cause of the poor and suffering in the struggle for justice. How is it possible to establish a scientific discourse on diakonia as disciplined reflection on praxis? Liberating Diakonia reflects critically on this under the three main headings of The Theology of Diakonia, The Diaconal Ministry, and Diakonia as Integral Part of Mission. Throughout the book, special attention is given to questions of hermeneutics and the methodological approach.

A Dresser Of Sycamore Trees

Author: Garret Keizer
Publisher: David R Godine Pub
Size: 63.98 MB
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The prophet Amos, "a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore trees," had a parallel, and more challenging, calling as a shepherd of human souls. So too does Garret Keizer, an Episcopalian minister to the community of Island Pond in Vermont's Northeast Kindgdom. This profoundly contemporary book displays not only Keizer's knowledge of life's small practicalities (winding the church clock, shopping for groceries), but also his insights about faith and the mysterious ways of God. With an eye attuned to both the pleasures and foibles that make life on earth so rich, he presents a refreshing and often hilarious account of the hands-on work needed to maintain a parish and sustain its spirit. He is a man who believes that God's intentions, if seldom apparent, are inevitably compassionate and compelling.

Deacons And The Church

Author: John N. Collins
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0819227854
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John Collins, author of the groundbreaking study Diakonia, explores the pastoral implications of a new scholarly understanding of the role of deacons in the Early Church.

A People S History Of Christianity

Author: Diana Butler Bass
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061973025
Size: 21.83 MB
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“It would be difficult to imagine anyone reading this book without finding some new insight or inspiration, some new and unexpected testimony to the astonishing breadth of Christianity through the centuries.” — Philip Jenkins, author of The Lost History of Christianity “Interesting, insightful, illuminating, and remarkably relevant.” — Marcus Borg, author of The Heart of Christianity In the tradition of Howard Zinn comes a new history of Christianity that reveals its bottom-up movements over the past 2,000 years, which preserved Jesus’s original message of social justice, and how this history is impacting the church today.

Listening Hearts

Author: Suzanne G. Farnham
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0819224448
Size: 75.69 MB
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This 20th anniversary edition introduces the unique approach of Listening Hearts to the spiritual practice of discernment for a new generation. Written to make the often elusive and usally clergy-centered spiritual practice of discernment accessible to all people, Listening Hearts features simple reflections and exercises drawn from scripture and from Quaker and Ignatian traditions. The seminal work in the Listening Hearts Series, this book has been a beloved resource for tens of thousands of individual reaeders, retreat participants, small groups and church leaders, listening for and responding to God's call in their lives.