"This WCC edition published 1986 by special arrangement with Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA, USA". -- verso of t.-p.
Studies originally prepared "for the congress on 'The Laity in Ministry' (held at Andover Newton Theological School in the United States, October 1985)". -- Intro., p. .
"The term `laity' has always been problematic, and I believe that we have now come to a dead end with this designation ... When this term is used in the following pages, it simply designates men, women, and children who attempt to live as Christians both in the presence of God and in the midst of the world. Thus, the `ministry of the laity' concerns primarily the human vocation, lived in the light of Christ. Three worldwide human quests will be taken up to examine how Christ responds to them: `The Human Search for Wisdom' as we face the present threat of annihilation of creation -- and the response of Christ the sage. `The Human Cry for Justice' because of the oppressive impact of present economic and political structures -- and what Christ the crucified teaches us in the struggle for justice. `The Human Need for Identity as many cultures and social groups experience a deep crisis of selfhood -- and the way in which Christ the artist can restore God's image in us. .... In the 1950s and 1960s the fourth chapter of Ephesians played an important role in the reflection on the ministry of the laity. This text has been reexamined, and the transcription of a Bible study on it concludes the three studies". -- Intro., pp. 8, 9.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Introduction dated November 1985 / H.R.W. -- The Human Search for Wisdom and Christ the Sage -- The Human Cry for Justice and Christ the Crucified -- The Human Need for Identity and Christ the Artist -- For Building Up the Body of Christ -- Notes.
Colophon: Typeset in the USA. Printed in Switzerland.