Includes bibliographical references (p. -205).
"There is a lot of tension in churches today about whose ministry is primary -- that of the laity or of the clergy. `Living on the Border of the Holy' offers a way of understanding the priesthood of the whole people of God and the priesthood of the ordained by showing how both are rooted in the fundamental priestly nature of human life. After an exploration of the ministries of laity and ordained, Countryman examines the implications of this view of priesthood for churches and for educating those studying for ordination". -- back cover.
Contents divided into three main sections: I: Rediscovering Priesthood -- II: Priesthood and the Church -- III: Priestly Spirituality.
Contents: Preface -- I: Rediscovering Priesthood -- The Priesthood of Humanity -- The Priesthood of Religion -- The Priesthood of Christ -- The Priesthood of the Christian People -- II: Priesthood and the Church -- The Two Priesthoods in the Church -- Problems about Priesthood -- An Ordained Ministry in and for the Fundamental Priesthood -- III: Priestly Spirituality -- Being Priests -- Acknowledgements -- Bibliography.