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Ancient Faith, Future Mission
Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition
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- ISBN-13: 978-1-59627-124-1
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The spiritual practices and insights of the Anglican tradition make an extraordinary contribution to mission efforts in our postmodern, de-churched, never-churched, yet spiritually hungry society.
In this timely and practical book, pioneers, leaders, and theologians from the
Steven Croft is the Bishop of Sheffield. From 2004 to 2009 he was Archbishops’ Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions. Former warden of Cranmer Hall, he spent 13 years in parish ministry.
Ian Mobsby is a priest missioner in the Church of England, currently with the Moot Community in London. He has more than 20 years’ experience working with emerging and fresh expressions of church.
Stephanie Spellers is a priest and lead organizer for The Crossing, the emergent community at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral-Boston. She is the author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation, from Church Publishing.
‘“Fresh Expressions” and emergent church are the latest iteration in an ancient and essential tradition, ways of telling the old, old story for the people of today. . . . Read, learn, question, seek wisdom and dream through these pages—and then go and do likewise.’ —Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
‘We are responding to Jesus’ call not just to acquire a new set of ideas, but to rejoin the people of God and to help reveal God to the world in the character of our life together.’ —Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
‘The road to the future goes through the past . . .’ —Brian McLaren, author of A Generous Orthodoxy and Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices
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For Immediate Release March 1, 2010
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New Book Traces Link between Emerging Church and Old-School Church Traditions
(New York, NY) – While the emerging church might look to some like a contemporary worship movement born in the evangelical world, in fact, it has deep roots in historic, liturgical traditions.
“All along, the emerging church – or fresh expressions of church, as the movement is known in the UK – has drawn on sacramental church traditions,” said The Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Priest and Lead Organizer for The Crossing, the emerging community at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boston, and US-based editor of a new book highlighting sacramental perspectives on the emergent movement. “We love those traditions and practices enough to translate them for postmodern life.”
Ancient Faith, Future Mission:
Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Traditions
Steven Croft, Ian Mobsby, Stephanie Spellers, editors
978-1-59627-124-1 | $22.00 | Paper | 192 pages | 5.25 x 8.5 | Seabury Books
**Review copies, interviews, and excerpts available on request.**
A collaboration between leaders in the UK and the US, the book features pieces from grassroots practitioners, theologians, and and church leaders with a balcony viewpoint, including Rowan Williams, Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, and Katherine Jefferts Schori. Additional contributors include Ian Mosby and Ian Adams, Thomas Brackett, Stephen Cottrell, Richard Giles, Carl Turner, Sue Wallace, Paige Blair, Michael Volland, Philip Roderick and Tessa Holland, Stephanie Spellers, Christopher Ashley, Marie Harkey and Kristen Wesselhoeft, Simon Rundell, Karen Ward, and Abbot Stuart Burns.
“In this timely and practical book, pioneers and leaders from the United States and England tell their stories and offer reflections on building a future-focused, mission-shaped church that is deeply rooted in ancient faith traditions,” said Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, in an endorsement.
“Many clergy, musicians, lay leaders and youth ministers have been excited about ‘emergent’, but they worry that it’s just praise music, projectors, and candles,” Spellers said. “We needed a resource that makes the link, one that captures the emerging movement by taking sacramental, ancient traditions as the starting point, and then explores what’s emerging from there. This book is essential reading for leaders seeking to translate sacramental traditions for mission in today’s world.”
About the Editors
Steven Croft is the Bishop of Sheffield. From 2004 to 2009, he was Archbishops’ Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions. Former warden of Cranmer Hall, he spent 13 years in parish ministry.
Ian Mobsby is a Priest Missioner in the Church of England, currently with the Moot Community in London. He has more than 20 years’ experience working with emerging and fresh expressions of church.
Stephanie Spellers, author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation, is Priest and Lead Organizer for The Crossing, the emerging church community at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boston.
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