Verna Dozier "has gathered important writings -- her own and others' -- that answer three vital questions about ministry in the world. Part I addresses the question, `How does one make decisions when the choice is only between lesser evils ?' The task of the lay person is not as clear as choosing the good rather than the evil. These readings point to the agonizingly ambiguous questions most Christians face in daily work. What does an editor print -- and why ? How do politicians and bank tellers make tough choices and live with them ? Part II asks, `How does one live with the incomplete -- never quite making it ?' These readings point to the tough, slogging work that's involved in dealing with big issues -- getting state mental health policy changed, or dealing with hazardous waste. Part III asks the question, `How can we educate so that the resources of the faith are there for strength and not for solutions ?' This section addresses the relationship between the church and the world, theological issues related to the ministry of the laity, and specifically ways the institutional church can support the ministry of the laity where they live and work". -- inside front cover.
Contents divided into three main parts: I: Making Decisions -- II: Living with the Incomplete -- III: Educational Support Systems. Part III divided into three sub-sections: Relationship between the Church and the World -- The Theological Issues -- New Challenges for the Institution.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Where are the ministers of the laity ? -- Faith and Politics : Our Ministry as Citizens / Eleanor N. Lewis and Mimi Waxter -- Lay Ministry Battle Story : Grey Areas in Black Type / Chris Satullo -- Service Is Her Business / Bill Robinson -- Prophets to Profit / Robert K. Massie, Jr. -- The Minstry of the Laity : Reflections for Study and Debate / Neil M. Alexander -- Saturday's Ministries / Mark Gibbs -- A Ministry with the Developmentally Disabled / Joan Irving -- Confronting the National Security State : Ex-NSA Agent, Wife Tell of Ordeal : Interview of Margie and John Gilbert / Robert L. DeWitt and Mary Lou Suhor -- Hazardous Waste and Holy Ground / John Finn -- Lay Ministry Battle Story / Emma Lou Benignus -- Is This Ministry ? / Neil Braxton Gibson -- Ministry in the Marketplace / William E. Diehl -- Practicing the Public Life in the Congregation / Parker Palmer -- From a Paper prepared for a workshop on lay ministry at Christ Church, Little Rock / N. Patrick Murray -- Where in the World is the Church / Celia A. Hahn -- Ministries Outside the Parish / Mark Gibbs -- "No Moment During the Week is `Recess' from Ministry / Barbara Campbell -- Are Laity Being Shortchanged ? / Patricia Garrett Drake -- A Sacred Space / Verna J. Dozier -- Toward a Theology of the Laity / Verna J. Dozier -- A Biblical Base for Ministry / Verna J. Dozier -- Empowering the Ministries of the Laity : How Congregations Can Go About It / Jacqueline McMakin and Rhoda Nary -- Challenge to Ministry : Opportunities for Older Persons / Emma Lou Benignus -- Equipping the Saints through Supervision / David S. Young.
At head of title: The Rita and William H. Bell Professorship in Anglican and Ecumenical Studies.
"[By] Robert Kinloch Massie, Jr."
"Public Lecture, the University of Tulsa, October 15, 1995".
"In this essay I will argue that individuals merge moral deliberation and policy formulation by translating their values into a defined group of organizational principles. In combination these principles provide a common structure that underlies the distinctive moral languages of different organizations. In brief, I contend that when members of organizations are asked to deliberate about policy they appeal to five different core principles, or `organizational imperatives' : survival, growth, efficiency, legitimacy, and consistency. While under normal conditions participants in policy discussions rely most heavily on the growth and efficiency imperatives, conditions of crisis transform those deliberations in such a manner that legitimacy, consistency, and survival emerge as the most important. At the end I will offer some reflections on the implications of these insights, suggesting that with this typology we can 1) better understand policy debates taking place within organizations 2) craft more effective arguments to influence the direction of policy and 3) reshape our institutions so that they are more likely to take ethical considerations into account as they establish and implement their plans". -- Intro., pp. [1-2].
Contents divided into six main sections: Introduction -- The Example of Acme Ethico -- Preliminary Considerations -- The Formation of a Deliberative Group -- The Language of Organizational Imperatives -- Implications.
Brief note re "The Bell Distinguished Visting Professorship and Lecture Series" on inside front cover.
"On October 15, 1995, Professor Robert Kinloch Massie, Jr., Director of the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School, presented the seventh public lecture in the series". -- inside front cover.
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