Advancing strong, scholarly discussion on the Holy Spirit and the church in the context of the ecumenical movement, six theologians in five different churches offer new theological and pastoral insights into the work of the Holy Spirit in the churches of Christianity, in ecumenism, and in witness. With The Church: Towards a Common Vision (World Council of Churches) document serving as a common point of reference, a pastoral perspective is distinctive throughout. Relating theology to non-theological knowledge of the contemporary cultural context, as well as application to pastoral practice, this book draws from, and is applicable to, clergy formation, preaching, lay discipleship, church-world relations, social mission, congregational life, grass-roots ecumenical cooperation, and witness to Christ and the gospel by racial minorities.
Part I: The Holty Spirit and Ministry 1. The Holy Spirit and the Church in Lutheran Preaching Cheryl M. Peterson 2. The Holy Spirit in the Church of England Today: Some Factors in Occlusion Martyn Percy3. The Pentecostal Churches and the Ecumenical Potential of Spirit Baptism in the Late Modern World: A Pentecostal Response to The Church: Towards a Common Vision L. William Oliverio, Jr. Part II: The Holy Spirit and Mission 4 Marvelous Makanaka: Contextual Mission, Women, and the Holy Spirit in the Church Cathy Ross 5. The Holy Spirit and the Church: Womanist Considerations Eboni Marshall Turman 6. Life After Liturgy: The Paraclete and Social Mission Thomas Hughson, S.J
The field of ecclesiology has grown remarkably in the last decade, and most especially in relation to the study of the contemporary church. Recently, theological attention has turned once more to the nature of the church, its practices and proclivities, and to interpretative readings and understandings of its role, function and ethos in contemporary society.
This series draws from a range of disciplines and established scholars to further the study of contemporary ecclesiology and publish an important cluster of landmark titles in this field. The series editors represent a range of Christian traditions and disciplines, and this reflects the breadth and depth of books developing in the Series. This series presents a clear focus on the contemporary situation of churches worldwide, offering an invaluable resource for students, researchers, ministers and other interested readers around the world working or interested in the diverse areas of contemporary ecclesiology and the important changing shape of the church worldwide.