First published in 2002 by the Canterbury Press Norwich".
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
"More than any other season of the year, harvest is a time that highlights contrasts: between rich consumers and poor producers; between people for whom the countryside is to be enjoyed from a speeding car, and others whose livelihood depends on fertile soil, healthy animals, and the right mix of sun and rain. .... Geoffrey Duncan now brings together a wide range of harvest material suitable for use in a variety of contexts by anyone drawn to reflect on these and other issues. Writers from around the world encourage us to celebrate some familiar and less familiar aspects of God's creation. .... The pieces in this anthology can be used in harvest worship or at virtually any other time when it is appropriate to reflect on today's world. For groups holding special harvest meals there is a selection of blessings and graces, as well as a few recipes from various parts of the world to help produce a harvest supper with a difference". -- Foreword, pp. vii, viii.
This resource "can be used throughout the year, whenever the themes of creation, harvest, fair trading, relief work, international debt and poverty, development, the politics of land ownership or food production are the focus of our worship, prayer and work." -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword / Paula Clifford, Christian Aid -- Part One: For the beauty of the earth -- Part Two: Sharing in God's work -- Part Three: 'Cursed is the ground' -- Part Four: Let me be as Christ to you -- Part Five: Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest -- Part Six: The harvest of the land and sea -- Part Seven: Prayers, graces, and blessings -- Harvest Supper Recipes -- Index of Authors and Sources -- Index of Titles -- Acknowledgements and Sources.
"Issued jointly by the National Council, Protestant Episcopal Church, New York 10, New York and the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada, Toronto 5, Ontario".
"We are grateful indeed to all the authors of this book who responded so willingly and promptly to the request of the Joint Study Book Committee to supply chapters on their particular areas of responsibility". -- Acknowledgements.
"This study book is bound to awake the greatest interest because it deals with an exciting subject, and is written by those who know the subject at first hand. .... Among the forces from other countries which are active in Africa today are the influences of communism, of Christian missions, and of Islam. To which of these will Africans turn ? For the development of Africa will continue to depend upon fellowship with the rest of the world. No country can live to itself. .... One of the most important forces in Africa is, of course, the Christian Church, and our Churches in our own country are able to co-operate with Africans through our missionary interest in the Church. You will find here, the record of evangelism and pastoral care, the work of education in Christian schools, and the work of healing in Christian hospitals; a work which we are bound to reinforce with our prayer and our understanding and our assistance. I believe that the leadership is there in Africa; I have been deeply impressed by the splendid African bishops whom I have met at various conferences, but they still need our co-operation". -- Foreword.
Contents: The Dioceses of the Anglican Communion in Africa -- Acknowledgements -- Foreword dated Bishopthorpe, Quebec, P.Q., March 25, 1959 / Philip Quebec i.e. Carrington, Acting Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada -- Scanning the African Horizon / [F.H.W. Crabb] -- The Church and Education / [Joyce Herklots] -- The Church in Agriculture / [Kenneth Prior] -- The Church's Concern for Health / [J. Gilbert H. Baker] -- The Church and Multi-racial Society / [Richard R. Roseveare] -- The Church in Liberia / [James F. Hopewell] -- Epilogue / [M.A.C. Warren] -- The Authors.
"Canadian Anglicans in recent years have been making a significant contribution to International Conferences of Rural Church Life, and the year 1956 was no exception in this respect. The only Canadian members of the International Travel Seminar and Conference at Bossey were Anglicans. Canadian participation was made possible by the generous co-operation and support of the Town and Country Church Division of the Episcopal Church, which together with the Council for Social Service, made it possible for two delegates, the Reverend Dr. S.H. Prince, of Halifax, and the Reverend H.B. Barrett, of the Anglican Theological College of British Columbia, to attend. .... Similarly, the Anglican group from Canada were the only substantial representation from outside the United States at the St. Louis Rural Church Conference held in October last year. The reports of the two Canadian delegates to Bossey constitute the main body of material in this Bulletin. We are grateful for these reports. They provide helpful insights concerning rural life overseas and many useful suggestions for our Canadian Church and its Rural Church Programme." -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction / Leonard F. Hatfield -- The Church and Rural Life I : An account of the 1956 International Conference at the Ecumenical Institute, Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland, with some findings of a preliminary survey of Rural Europe / Samuel Henry Prince -- The Church and Rural Life II : A personal report of the Study Tour in Europe August 1-27; Conference at Bossey August 29-September 4, 1956 / H.B. Barrett -- The Rural Church in the News / Leonard F. Hatfield -- Recent Additions to the Council's Library.
Includes bibliographical references and "Suggestions for Group Study".
Bibliography: pp. -131.
"Contemporary threats to the earth and the human family arise in large measure from the acceptance by many people of consumerism, economic globalization and violence as the main values by which to live. In the face of the potent destructive forces unleashed by such life-styles, this book argues that respecting the earth and building sustainable community calls us to live out such spiritual values as gratitude, humility, sufficiency, justice, peace, love, faith and hope. After an exposition of how each of these values motivates active engagement for earth community in Christian and other faith traditions, the author presents a case study of how individuals and groups are seeking to put that value into practice". -- back cover.
Contents: Preface -- Spiritual Values and Earth Community -- Values in Contemporary Western Societies -- Spiritual Values for Justice and Sustainability -- Suggestions for Group Study -- Appendix: Further Reading.
Author is programme officer for energy and environment for the United Church of Canada and has served the World Council of Churches as programme coordinator for climate change. Includes many examples and references to Canadian case studies and programs.