Archive for March, 2007

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Entertaining Angels: A Worship Anthology on Sharing Christ’s Hospitality

March 21, 2007

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The ministry of Christ was characterised by hospitality (often with the wrong kinds of people) and the main focus of Christian worship is a table. This new anthology reflects on the many groups of people that are often excluded and the surprises that may be in store if, after all, they turned out to be angels in disguise – divine messengers with a word we need to hear. Following Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 25, this anthology asks who, in today’s competitive world, are the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned. It explores the opportunities we have for offering Christ’s love and welcome, and for bringing blessing for all.

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I Was a Stranger: A Christian Theology of Hospitality

March 21, 2007

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Arthur Sutherland places before us our fear of meeting the “other” and the “stranger” in an increasingly global, and frequently dangerous, village. Various social, political, and historical factors have conspired to leave us in a veritable crisis: the decline of hospitality. Why is this a crisis? Why should we practice hospitality? What is it about Christian theology that compels us to think about hospitality in the first place? Sutherland offers a passionate plea to recover and rediscover hospitality, and to respond to the divine appeal to welcome the stranger. Therein lies the central concern of the book: that hospitality is not simply the practice of a virtue but is integral to the very nature of Christianity’s position toward God, self, and the world – it is at the very center of what it means to be a Christian and to think theologically. He offers a challenging definition of hospitality and calls us to a practice that is the virtue by which the church stands or falls. Drawing on modern theologians (including Howard Thurman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, Martin Luther King Jr., and Letty Russell) and considering American slavery, the Holocaust, feminism, and prisons, Sutherland eloquently presents a Christian theology of hospitality.

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A Place at the Table: Liturgies and Resources for Christ-centred Hospitality

March 21, 2007

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The table is a central image in Christianity – feasts appear frequently in Jesus’ parables, the central act of Christian worship takes place around a table and the Bible describes heaven as a place of banqueting. Building on this inviting imagery, Dilly Baker offers ready-made resources for the whole year.

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Urban Iona: Celtic Hospitality in the City

March 21, 2007

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Urban Iona” is a modern Celtic tale of healing and vision during and after the author’s pilgrimage to lona and Ireland. Upon his return, a dream takes flesh for his church as an urban Celtic monastery, a gathering of pilgrims open to the world and serving those most in need. This is a powerful account of the author’s search for his family’s story, and the meaning and inspiration that story brought to his life and his ministry. Chronicled here is the author’s pilgrimage to Ireland – not as a travelogue but as deep, moving, often humorous reflection on the meaning of what he discovered there. More important, the book chronicles the author’s efforts to put into action the unique brand of Celtic spirituality he took away from his pilgrimage, in the form of Brigid’s Table, a ministry to prostitutes and other marginalized people in the inner city of Portland, Oregon. Also included are suggestions for applying this spirituality in other parishes, other places, and other lives.

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Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life

March 21, 2007

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“A thoughtful, comforting and eminently practical book.”

In the spirit of Alain de Botton’s ‘Consolations of Philosophy’, the Abbot Christopher Jamison, from BBC2’s The Monastery suggests ways in which the teachings of St Benedict can be helpful in everyday life – for those who are religious but also those who are searching for spiritual guidance.

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A Sense of the Divine: Through the Christian Year with St Francis

March 21, 2007

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This collection of daily readings will appeal to both as a liturgical resource and as an inspiration to the many people who aspire to live with the simplicity and joy embodied by St Francis.

For every day of the Christian year there is a reading taken from the writings of St Francis or one of the many biographies that have been written about him. No other saint has been written about so much: at least one major biography a year of the last century. While these tell us much more about him, his own writings reveal yet more still.

Seasonal and in flavour and designed to enrich the Christian year these readings can be used in morning and evening prayer and are also ideal for personal daily devotional reading.

Published in association with the Society of St Francis, this imaginative selection of readings captures the Franciscan ideal and its challenge. It will appeal to everyone who is fascinated by the ‘little poor man of Assisi’.

For every day of the Christian year there is a reading taken from the writings of St Francis, or one of the many biographies that have been written about him.

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Wisdom from the Monastery: The Rule of St.Benedict for Everyday Life

March 21, 2007

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The Rule of St Benedict, just 9000 words long and written 1500 years ago, has proved to be one of the most timeless, influential and lasting of all texts. Its realism about human character, its extraordinary practical wisdom and its original recipe for creating a work/life balance have made it famous way beyond the monastic communities whose lives it has shaped for centuries.

Today many secular people are finding that the Rule makes sense of their lives too.

This book simply consists of the Rule in a modern language and an introduction to the seven basic elements of Benedictine spirituality.