La iglesia abierta en grietas

Disrupción, declive, y nueva esperanza para la comunidad amada

Stephanie Spellers

Jul/2024, 176 Pages, Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640657762

Una serie de ensayos que invitan a la reflexión y abordan los desafíos teológicos y prácticos que enfrenta la Iglesia Episcopal en la actualidad.
“Este libro marcará una diferencia profunda para la iglesia en este momento de la historia.”
-El Reverendísimo Michael B. Curry
A veces, se necesitan trastornos y pérdidas para quebrarnos y abrirnos, y así llamarnos de vuelta a Dios. No es sorprendente que una pandemia mundial y un ajuste de cuentas generacional con la supremacía blanca—junto con décadas de decadencia sistémica—hayan impulsado a cristianos de todo el mundo a preguntarse quiénes somos, por qué Dios nos puso aquí y qué impacto tiene eso en el mundo.
En este libro crítico pero pleno de afecto, la autora explora la historia de Estados Unidos y la historia de la Iglesia Episcopal para entender cómo comunidades impregnadas de racismo, poder y privilegio pueden, por fin, enamorarse de Jesús, caminar con humildad junto a los más vulnerables y encarnar la comunidad amada de una manera única, rota pero hermosa.
La iglesia abierta en grietas nos invita a renunciar a los privilegios y a redefinir la Iglesia, no solo por el bien de los demás, sino también por nuestra propia salvación y liberación. 

A thought-provoking series of essays that address the specific theological and practical challenges of today’s Episcopal Church.
"This book will make a profound difference for the church in this moment in history."
The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry
Sometimes it takes disruption and loss to break us open and call us home to God. It’s not surprising that a global pandemic and once-in-a-generation reckoning with white supremacy—on top of decades of systemic decline—have spurred Christians everywhere to ask who we are, why God placed us here and what difference that makes to the world.
In this critical yet loving book, the author explores the American story and the Episcopal story in order to find out how communities steeped in racism, establishment, and privilege can at last fall in love with Jesus, walk humbly with the most vulnerable and embody beloved community in our own broken but beautiful way.
The Church Cracked Open invites us to surrender privilege and redefine church, not just for the sake of others, but for our own salvation and liberation.

Stephanie Spellers serves as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation. The author of The Church Cracked Open, and The Episcopal Way (with Eric Law), she has directed mission and evangelism work at General Theological Seminary and in the Diocese of Long Island. A native of Kentucky and a graduate of both Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard Divinity School, she lives in Harlem, New York.

Stephanie Spellers draws our attention to the unraveling of white Christianity in the face of contextual diversity and Jesus’s cross. She invites her readers to stop negotiating with the past and to realize that love is not maintaining and protecting community but the very cracking open at the heart of community. This book continues the theology of James Cone and Kelly Brown Douglas and signals a cruciform direction.—C. Andrew Doyle, IX Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Every Christian—Episcopalian or not—stands to gain from this indispensable book. Stephanie Spellers has given a grace to the Church—and like all graces, it offers a challenge and a gift.—Marshall Jolly, Earth and Altar

Spellers courageously challenges American Christians to have tough conversations surrounding imperialism, racism, and self-centrism. Moreover, she offers solutions that bring us back to what Jesus intended the church to look like and function.—Herman Baxter, Jr., The Christian Century

The closing chapters offer practical steps to work through this rebirthing process, in which all cooperate in a new beloved community that does not play the zero-sum game of Empire….Congregations seeking to wrestle with their own past practices and future hopes will find this book a very helpful guide.—Tobias Stanislas Haller, BSG, Church of the Advent, Baltimore, MD, Anglican Theological Review

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