Seeking to dynamically alter the way that theologians, ecclesiologists, students of religion and ministers look at the relationship between church and society, this book takes religion, politics and society as basic categories and explores how oft-overlooked issues are in fact highly significant for the shaping of theological and ecclesiological horizons. The Ecclesial Canopy is not, however, simply about reading meanings into religion, politics and society. Rather, it sets out to faithfully interpret much of the material that surrounds us, yet is often taken for granted or unnoticed. Paying close and patient attention to beliefs, language, artefacts, rituals, practices and other material - all of which are constitutive for ecclesial life and theological identity - this book offers an invitation of engagement to the scholar or minister. The Ecclesial Canopy makes a significant and important contribution to the field of pastoral and practical theology. Building on the concepts of implicit and invisible religion, Martyn Percy offers a fresh and original interpretative 'take' on contemporary society, appealing to clergy, laity, scholars and all those working in the field of theory and reflective practice in practical and pastoral theology.
'In this third book of his trilogy on ecclesiology Martyn Percy unfolds a vision for the church. Percy's well known gifts as theologian and writer shine through the lively and insightful theological sketches in this volume. The author speaks of a living, breathing church with remarkable capacities for renewing social life. The result is an imaginative, attractive and engaging spirituality of the church in contemporary culture. Faith, hope and charity emerge as key marks of an ecclesial canopy. The book is an engaging, wise and stimulating commentary on the persistence of religion in western society.' The Rt. Rev'd Dr Stephen Pickard, Director Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology, Ripon Theological College Cuddesdon, Oxford ’The ebb-tide of secularization has left many stranded with a sense of something, including some visible church practices and presences, missing. Canon Martyn Percy sets forth an original, pastorally-inflected theological reflection inspired by Daniel Wayne Hardy and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Percy surveys the utilities, benefits, and socially constitutive meanings of Christianity in light of social science yet within a larger focus on God above all things and accessible in all things. Christians in all traditions will appreciate an Anglican cultural analysis not cast in iron-clad categories of culture war polemics. In proposing ecclesial spirituality� and ecclesial intelligence�, Percy steers readers away from the conventional ease of spirituality without religion� and believing without belonging� and in line with the Incarnation he underlines the importance of concreteness not only in the humanity of Jesus but in visible presences of Jesus’ very human churches. Percy spices clear, readable theology with wry humour even when dealing with the plague of consumerism, with sin and society, with the challenge of public truth in pluralist societies, and with hope for ecclesial praxis animated by charity.’ R
Theological reflection on the church’s practice is now recognised as a significant element in theological studies in the academy and seminary. Routledge's series in practical, pastoral and empirical theology seeks to foster this resurgence of interest and encourage new developments in practical and applied aspects of theology worldwide. This timely series draws together a wide range of disciplinary approaches and empirical studies to embrace contemporary developments including: the expansion of research in empirical theology, psychological theology, ministry studies, public theology, Christian education and faith development; key issues of contemporary society such as health, ethics and the environment; and more traditional areas of concern such as pastoral care and counselling.