Bearing Witness in Hope
Christian Engagement in Challenging Times
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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.
*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
Part 1: Reflections 7
1. A Church in Crisis? New Testament Perspectives 9
2. Renewal and Reform: Reflections on a Changing Landscape 20
3. De Profundis: Faithful Witness in the Context of Adversity 33
The Big Free Jubilee Lunch 51
Part 2: Responses 57
4. Incarnation and Translation: The Forgotten Heart of Anglicanism 59
5. Living a New Story: Why We Need Creative Witness 71
6. Could You be Loved? BAME Presence and the Witness of Diversity and Inclusion 89
7. Marginal Hope: Unsystematic Reflections through Holy Week and Easter 106
8. Developing Resilience: Responses to Criticism,Challenge and Change 123
The Story of the Winter Night Shelter 134
Part 3: Witnesses 139
9. Faithful Presence: Response to a Community in Crisis 141
10. To Hillsborough and Beyond: Episcopal Witness in a Secularizing Nation: A Profile of Bishop James Jones 155
11. What Kind of Church Are We Called to Be?
A Vision for a Diocese 162
Listening for God in Community: The Story of Leesland Neighbourhood Church 171
Index of Names and Subjects 179
‘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