"At the 1968 Lambeth Conference of the Provinces of the Anglican Communion were asked to examine the theology of initiation and admission to communion. This has been done in some Provinces and not in others. In those Provinces where work has been undertaken there has been a variety of theological stances and practices. In most of these Provinces change has taken place or is in process. In many places children are being admitted to communion at their baptism or at a time well before the traditional age of confirmation and first communion". -- p. .
Contents: : Introduction: An Overview of the Provinces -- A: Theological Issues --B: Cultural Considerations -- C: Pastoral and Educational Considerations -- II: Theological Dimensions of the Question -- A: Ecclesiological -- B: Children in Church -- C: Thresholds other than baptism ? -- D: Further Implications -- E: Some contextual considerations -- III: Pastoral Issues -- IV: Recommendations -- List of Participants.
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Twenty-two essays (plus the Toronto Statement) by twenty-five Anglican liturgists.
Contents divided into five sections: I: The Renewal of Initiation Theology -- II: Baptism, Mission and Ministry -- III: Confirmation and the Renewal of Baptismal Faith -- IV: Rites of Initiation -- V: Patterns of Initiation : An Anglican Mosaic.
Contents: Introduction / David R. Holeton -- Christian Initiation : An Ongoing Agenda for Anglicanism / David R. Holeton -- Theological Foundations for the Practice of Christian Initiation in the Anglican Communion / William R. Crockett -- Theological Foundations for Infant Baptism / Gordon W. Kuhrt -- Consequences of Infant Communion / Gregory Kerr-Wilson and Timothy Perkins -- Baptism and Mission / Louis Weil -- The Catechumenal Challenge to the Church / Robert J. Brooks -- Restoring the Catechumenate in the Decade of Evangelism / John W.B. Hill with Paul Bowie -- Preparing Parents for Infant Baptism / Ronald L. Dowling -- Confirmation / Colin Buchanan -- Liturgical Tradition and Recent Anglican Liturgical Reforms / Thomas J. Talley -- Patterns of Christian Initiation / Kenneth W. Stevenson -- Marked as Christ's Own Forever / Leonel L. Mitchell -- Reflections on Baptismal Symbolism and Baptismal Identity / Philip May -- A Survey of Current Anglican Initiation Rites / Kevin Flynn -- Child Communion : How it Happened in New Zealand / Brian Davis and Tom Brown -- The Bishop in Initiation / J.C. Fricker -- Baptizing the Nation : The Problem of Baptism in an Established Church / Donald Gray -- Pastoral Care and Baptismal Practice on the Fringes of Society : The Diocese of Cuba / Juan Quevedo-Bosch -- Adult Baptism : A Pacific Perspective / Winston Halapua -- Traditional Initiation Rites Among the Ngunis and Their Relationship to Christian Initiation / Themba Jerome Vundla -- An Asian Inculturation of the Baptismal Liturgy / Francis Wickremesinghe -- Initiation in Anglicanism : Where the Women Are / Elizabeth J. Smith -- The Toronto Statement : Walk in Newness of Life.