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Bearing Witness in Hope

Christian Engagement in Challenging Times

Bearing Witness in Hope

Christian Engagement in Challenging Times

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334058687
Published: 30/03/2020

Has the Church lost sight of her original vocation of living out her mission by serving the world?

There is a prevailing ecclesiology of fatalism which suggests that it has, and that there is nothing to do be done about. Bearing Witness in Hope argues however, that the church still has a role in bearing witness fruitfully and creatively even within a context of crisis. Leading thinkers offer theoretical, contextual and practical responses to encourage a renewed love for the church and renewed energy to bear witness appropriately and creatively.

Chapters include:

*Richard Bauckham - on New Testament perspectives on a church in crisis
*Alister McGrath - challenging the narrative of decline
*Rev Dr Carlton Turner - on BAME Presence and the Witness of Diversity and Inclusion
*Dr Susie Snyder - on attending to those on the margins

List of Contributors vii

Introduction 1

Part 1: Reflections 7

1. A Church in Crisis? New Testament Perspectives 9

Richard Bauckham

2. Renewal and Reform: Reflections on a Changing Landscape 20

Alister McGrath

3. De Profundis: Faithful Witness in the Context of Adversity 33

Humphrey Southern

The Big Free Jubilee Lunch 51

Tina Hodgett

Part 2: Responses 57

4. Incarnation and Translation: The Forgotten Heart of Anglicanism 59

Martyn Snow

5. Living a New Story: Why We Need Creative Witness 71

Cathy Ross

6. Could You be Loved? BAME Presence and the Witness of Diversity and Inclusion 89

Carlton Turner

7. Marginal Hope: Unsystematic Reflections through Holy Week and Easter 106

Susanna Snyder

8. Developing Resilience: Responses to Criticism,Challenge and Change 123

Justine Allain-Chapman

The Story of the Winter Night Shelter 134

Gill O’Neill

Part 3: Witnesses 139

9. Faithful Presence: Response to a Community in Crisis 141

Alan Everett

10. To Hillsborough and Beyond: Episcopal Witness in a Secularizing Nation: A Profile of Bishop James Jones 155

Christopher Landau

11. What Kind of Church Are We Called to Be?

A Vision for a Diocese 162

Steven Croft

Listening for God in Community: The Story of Leesland Neighbourhood Church 171

Tim Watson

Index of Names and Subjects 179

Cathy Ross, Humphrey Southern

Cathy Ross leads the pioneer training programme for Church Mission Society. She is the author of numerous books and co-editor of 'Missional Conversations: A Dialogue between Theory and Praxis in World Mission (2018).' Humphrey Southern is Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon.

‘If you are concerned about what future there is for the Church of England, and puzzled by the words we are asked to use to describe it, this book will help you.  A strong and necessary reminder that there is a theological vocabulary for our hope.’ -- The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster