Restoring the Ties that Bind: The Grassroots Transformation of the Episcopal Church

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Church Publishing, Inc., 2003 - Religion - 347 pages
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Drawing on more than 2,500 discussions with Episcopalians in focus groups and personal interviews as part of the Episcopal Church Foundation's Zacchaeus project, William Sachs and Thomas Holland conclude that there is a paradox in the Episcopal Church. At the local congregational level there is considerable vitality; this vitality, however, is in marked contrast to the sense of crisis that exists within the hierarchy of the church.

While the media reports an Episcopal Church ripped apart by debates and rancorous disagreements, a quite different picture emerged over 200 visits to local parishes. Researchers discovered that church members were animated by discoveries being made in their personal journeys of faith, they were concerned about ways in which they could more effectively pursue ministry, and they were worrying about nurturing their children as the future leaders of the church.

Restoring the Ties That Bind is an important book for clergy and lay members who are concerned with mapping the future of the Episcopal Church.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION From Zacchaeus Perspective
1
THE TIES THAT ONCE BOUND The Power of Memory
32
CONFLICT CULTURE AND INSTITUTION The Many Forms of Episcopal Conflict
79
THE TURN OF THE GRASSROOTS Beyond Program
116
IN SEARCH OF LEADERSHIP The Historic Forms of Religious Leadership
152
MAKING CONNECTIONS Team Approach
199
THE WAY THE TRUTH THE LIFE A New Consensus
252
FROM RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION TO SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY The Challenges Ahead
306
APPENDIX A
330
APPENDIX B
335
APPENDIX C
337
BIBLIOGRAPHY
339
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