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People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity
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People of the Way

Renewing Episcopal Identity

Dwight J. Zscheile

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PAPERBACK , 160 , 6 x 9

  • Morehouse Publishing
  • May/2012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8192-2090-5

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• Addresses church-wide conversation on Anglican identity and mission: who are we and why are we here?
• An accessible resource from a scholar and priest in active parish ministry
• Study guide included, download here

 There is a renewed conversation about identity and mission in American Anglicanism today,
based on the recognition that the church’s context in the U.S. has dramatically changed. The
legacies of establishment, benefactor approaches to mission, and the ‘national church’ ideal
are no longer adequate for the challenges and opportunities facing the 21st century church.

But if the Episcopal Church is no longer the Church of the Establishment and the benefactor
model of church is dead, what is the heart of Episcopal mission and identity?

Scholar and Episcopal priest Dwight Zscheile draws on multiple streams of Anglican thought
and practice, plus contemporary experience to craft a vision for mission that addresses the
church’s post-establishment, post-colonial context. With stories, practices and concrete
illustrations, Zscheile engages readers in re-envisioning what it means to be Anglican in
America today and sends readers out to build new relationships within their local contexts.

Dwight J. Zscheile is an Episcopal priest and Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. He is co-author, with Craig Van Gelder, of The Missional Church in Perspective, editor of Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation and associate priest at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul.

People of the Way is a work of sheer genius, an absolutely essential addition to the library of anyone seriously concerned about the future of the Episcopal Church.  I cannot recommend it more highly.  —Ian Markham, President and Dean, Virginia Theological Seminary

Churches everywhere are reassessing their mission and future in light of diminishing attendance and the reality that they no longer reflect their neighborhood. They need this book.  —Anthony Guillen, Missioner for Latino/a Ministries in The Episcopal Church

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