"In writing this book, it was my hope to share some of the saints' successes and failures, joys and sorrows as an encouragement for your own spiritual journey. I hope that you come to discover, by their example, that we each have our own path of spiritual growth and development.. .... I love the saints, not because of their sanctity -- although that is certainly important -- but because of their humanity. ... And I pray that you will realize God is calling each and every one of us to become saints as well". -- Intro.
"This little book has a dual purpose. It aims to inform and inspire those who prefer to read it privately, and it is a resource for study groups, whether they meet in parish halls, private homes, or more informally, as a change of pace, at the cottage or ski lodge. The topics are highly selective, and no attempt has been made to cover every aspect of Christian life and teaching". -- Preface.
Contents divided into four sections: Part 1: Portraits of God's People -- Part 2: Christian Faith -- Part 3: Christian Life -- Part 4: Christian Hope.
Contents: Preface dated Hamilton, Ontario, Winter 1990 / John Bothwell -- Stella -- Erle -- Enid -- Tom -- Chick -- What Is the Meaning of It All ? -- An Embarrassing Word -- Being Trapped and Being Saved -- You Bet Your Life -- Belief and Salvation -- Angels -- The Saddest Word of All -- "If a Thing is Worth Doing" -- Coveting amidst Affluence -- The Church and the Arts -- Three Paradoxes -- Journey of Love -- Are We Losing Hope ? -- Miracles and Hope -- Through a Glass Darkly -- Apocalypse Now ? -- The Kingdom of God.
Each chapter includes questions "For Discussion" at the end.
"Report of the Doctrine Commission of the General Synod of the Church of England".
Commission (1996-2003) chaired by the Rt. Rev. Stephen Sykes.
This report "addresses the fundamental questions of what it is to be a human being today. We live in a world in which issues of power, money, sex and time press upon us from all sides. Yet rarely does the Church seem to address these matters in ways that are theologically grounded and that relate to our practical, day-to-day concerns. .... The reader is encouraged to do three things: to reflect upon the Scriptures and upon a proper `wisdom' for our changing culture; to adopt attitudes which are consistent with Christian believing; to make choices in the light of what the Christian gospel has to say about these issues". -- back cover.
Contents: The Doctrine Commission 1996-2003 -- Preface -- Foreword -- Introduction -- Listening to Scripture -- Power -- Money -- Sex -- Time -- The wisdom of live -- Index of biblical references -- General index.
Colophon: Printed in England by The Cromwell Press Ltd, Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
"The 1988 General Convention in Detroit called for implementation of the adult catechumenate and parallel rites for the baptized. This publication is a response to that action by The Office of Evangelism Ministries at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City. The Reverend Ann E.P. McElligott, associate rector of St. Paul's Church, Indianapolis and a doctoral candidate in religious education at New York University, was commissioned to prepare the basic text for `The Catechumenal Process'." -- p. [v].
Contents include: Appendix A: Supplementary Resources -- Appendix B: Documents from The Milwaukee Pilot Project -- Appendix C: Resources for Catechesis and Lesson Plans -- Appendix D: Texts of Rites for the Unbaptized and for the Baptized -- Appendix E: Resources by Subject -- Glossary,
THAT this General Synod request the Doctrine and Worship Committee and the House of Bishops to strengthen the proposed form for the 'Re-Affirmation of Baptismal Vows and Commitment to Christian Service' for use as an essential key point in the nurture and progress of Christian faith.
"Copyright 1975, 1982 by Monica Furlong. This a reprint of the edition originally published by Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1975." -- verso of t.-p.
"I do not see Christian allegiance as a matter of adopting simple answers and I distrust those who thrust them upon others, particularly if they are urging various kinds of heroic behaviour which the speakers are not required to practice themselves -- the heterosexual urging sexual abstinence on the homosexual, celibate priests urging married women not to use contraceptive, or the happily married condemning divorce." "I originally wrote these pieces for the 'Church Times'". -- Preface, pp. 8, 9.
Contents: Preface dated London, 1982 / Monica Furlong --Six Kinds of Loving -- The Seven Deadly Sins -- Seven Christian Words -- Prayer and Pre-Prayer -- Four Last Things -- Seven Uncertainties.
Contents of Six Kinds of Loving section: 1. Love on Oneself -- 2. Love in the Family -- 3. Love in Marriage -- 4. Love of Neighbour -- 5. Love of One's Enemies -- 6. The Love of God.
Contents of The Seven Deadly Sins section: 1. The Seven-Finger Exercise -- 2. Envy -- 3. Gluttony -- 4. Lust -- 5. Sloth -- 6. Avarice -- 7. Anger -- 8. Pride.
Contents of Seven Christian Words section: 1. Conversion -- 2. Sacrament -- 3. Poverty -- 4. Clergy -- 5. Confession -- 6. Fellowship -- 7. Suffering.
Contents of Prayer and Pre-Prayer section: 1. What Do You Mean, Prayer ? -- 2. Letting the Mind Run Down -- 3. Towards Stillness -- 4. Deepening Awareness -- 5. Space for Prayer -- 6. Waiting for God -- 7. Respecting Bodily Needs -- 8. Prayer of Petition -- 9. Prayer of Intercession -- 10. Grumbling at God -- 11. Prayer of Asceticism -- 12. Prayer in the Group -- 13. The Conundrum of Prayer.
Contents of The Four Last Things section: 1. Death -- 2. Judgement -- 3. Hell -- 4. Heaven,
Contents of Seven Uncertainties section: 1. 'Christian Answers' Tend to Oversimplify -- 2. The Problem of Abortion -- 3. The Church's Attitude to Women -- 4. Sex before Marriage -- 5. Marriage and Putting Asunder -- 6. Homosexuality -- 7. Pornography -- 8. Ideals and Idols.
"On Easter Monday , I will travel to Jerusalem with the Advisory Council for the Canadian Companions of Jerusalem. I suspect we will not be in the Holy City very long before we make our way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the only church in the world, as John Peterson puts it, 'that houses an empty tomb' ('A Walk in Jerusalem')". "In every image I have seen of that Great Vigil, I am stuck by the fact that every pilgrim holds not a single taper, but a bundle of 33 candles symbolizing the years of Jesus' life. When kindled, it resembles a torch. The waving of those torches is a joyful proclamation of The Resurrection of Christ, a bold declaration of the triumph of good over evil, love over hatred, generosity over greed, life over death". "Pray with me that, in our homes and in our parish communities, we be like those tapers so bundled together as to become torches lifted high in a joyful proclamation of him whose resurrection we celebrate -- for in him, we see our own and indeed that of the world !".
Foundations21 is a "web-based discipleship programme" which the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) has developed which "provides myriad resources straight into an individual's PC [personal computer] with which the individuals can tailor their learning as time, knowledge and sparks of interest allow". The program covers "the main subjects of Christianity -- Jesus, the Bible, God the Father, the Cross and Resurrection, the Holy Spirit, Church, Prayer, Worship, Intimacy with God, Christian Lifestyle, Christian Ministry and Christian Mission". "While the programme can be used by an individual on their own, subscribers will get the best from it if they are part of a small group. Not everybody will have -- or want to develop -- a local group, so to avoid isolation, sharing their learning with a mentor/friend/mature Christian is encouraged while a chat room and online bulletin board are valuable platforms for contributing perspectives." "The great news for church leaders is that if small groups of Foundations21 users do spring up, they need little direction from ministers who have a busy enough life as it is." "Foundations21 is designed not only for new and experienced Christians but also those who feel themselves on the fringes of a church community and consequently un-nourished." "The programme -- note that BRF [Bible Reading Fellowship] is deliberately not calling it a course, since the style, depth and timescale of the learning is controlled by each individual user individually -- draws upon more than 75,000 web links, over 6 hours of video material, maps, group material, an online journal and over 3,500 web pages of content. The material is presented at three different levels with four different 'pathways' for each level." Foundations21 is a subscription service with material that is being continuously updated".
"Foundations21 is being sold at a special annual subscription of 85 [pounds sterling] until December 31 . Monthly subscriptions at 7.99 [pounds sterling] also available. Learn more about the programme free at www.foundations21.org.uk or call 01865 319700 for the Foundations21 newsletter. For more information please visit the Foundations21 website: www.foundations21.org.uk"
"Christians are called to be Christ's witnesses -- a legal term that brings to minds judges, docks and juries. Believers are all too often accused , criticised and persecuted for the faith they profess, In Matthew's Gospelm Jesus tells his followers that they can distinguish the people of God by their fruitm by what they produce. I am delighted then, that from this small selection of articles from around the Anglican Communion, it is clear there a lot of good fruit being produced, and a lot of men, women and children acting as creative, dedicated and courageous symbols of God's call to be salt and light in the world around them".