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Anglicanism

The Gospel in the Global Village: Seeking God's Dream of Shalom

K. Jefferts Schori

London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2009. Pp.viii, 184. Pb.

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Reviewed by Jody Stowell, Harrow Weald in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Publishers notes: These memorable, beautifully written reflections reveal the concerns and passions of the first woman presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church as she looks back on the first two years of her episcopate. Leading the Episcopal Church during a time when many have held it responsible for the threat of schism hich faces the Communion, has been stormy at times and she has had her fair share of vitriol, yet her calm and unhurried demeanor belies a profound wisdom and unwavering spiritual stability. Here she openly writes about the joys and the trials of being appointed to an office that she never sought, she engages imaginatively with scripture, she considers the fraught internal issues she has faced in the church and - more important to her - the scandal of poverty and violence that cripples so many lives worldwide and its prophetic challenge the Church to rise above its own preoccupations and bring healing and release.

Christ and Culture

M. W. Percy, M. D. Chapman, I. S. Markham and J. B. Hawkins, eds.

London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2010. Pp.xviii, 201. Pb.

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Reviewed by Nicholas Henderson, Ealing Common, London in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

The Theory and Practice of Extended Communion

P. Tovey

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. Pp. xiv, 196. Hb.

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Reviewed by John Ford, Diocese of Exeter in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Methodist Present Potential and Realistic Hopes for the Future

L. Curran and A. Shier-Jones, eds.

London: Epworth Press, 2009. Pp. xvi, 240. Pb.

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Reviewed by Will Adam, Winchmore Hill, London in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Evaluating Fresh Expressions: Explorations in Emerging Church

L. Nelstrop and M. W. Percy, eds.

Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008. Pp. xx, 234. Pb.

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Reviewed by John Pridmore, Hove in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Pioneer Ministry and Fresh Expressions of Church

A. Shier-Jones

London: SPCK, 2009. Pp. xii, 148. Pb.

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Reviewed by Debbie Forman, Honeybourne, Gloucestershire in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Space for Grace: Creating Inclusive Churches

G. W. Goddard

Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008. Pp. xx, 140. Pb.

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Reviewed by Ann Morisy, Streatham, London in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

How to Do Mission Action Planning: A Vision-centred Approach

M. Chew and M. C. Ireland

London: SPCK, 2009. Pp. xii, 148. Pb.

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Reviewed by Michael Brierley, Tavistock in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Scripture, Tradition and Reason: A Selective View of Anglican Theology through the Centuries

W. J. Marshall

Blackrock, Co. Dublin: Columba Press, 2010. Pp. 264. Pb.

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Reviewed by Nicholas P. Henderson, Ealing Common, London in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

The Whole Armour of God: Anglican Army Chaplains in the Great War

L. Parker

Solihull: Helion and Co., 2009. Pp. 94. Pb.

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Reviewed by Michael Brierley, Tavistock in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

Four Philosophical Anglicans: W. G. De Burgh, W. R. Matthews, O. C. Quick, H. A. Hodges

A. P. F. Sell

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. Pp. xii, 327. Hb

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Reviewed by Alex Hughes, Southsea in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

For the Parish: A Critique of Fresh Expressions

A. P. Davison and A. G. Milbank

London: SCM Press, 2010. Pp. xii, 251. Pb.

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Reviewed by Martyn Percy, Ripon College Cuddesdon and the Oxford Ministry Course in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

If you meet George Herbert on the Road ... Kill Him. Radically Rethinking Priestly Ministry

J. G. Lewis-Anthony

London and New York: Mowbray, 2009. Pp. viii, 248. Pb.

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Reviewed by Michael Brierley, Tavistock in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

Reimagining Ministry

D. S. Heywood

London: SCM Press, 2011. Pp. vi, 218. Pb.

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Reviewed by Justin Lewis-Anthony, Canterbury in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

A Broad-Church Communion Prayer-Book

J. Bunyan

BCP@2009.ce.au, 2009. Pp. 112. Pb.

Reviewed by Nicholas Taylor, Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

Spiritual Counsel in the Anglican Tradition

D. Hein and C. R. Henery, eds.

Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2010. Pp. xviii, 177. Pb.

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Reviewed by Gordon Mursell, Kirkcudbright in Modern Believing Apr 2011.

Presiding like a Woman

N. M. Slee and S. Burns (eds.)

London: SPCK, 2010. Pp. xiv, 178. Pb.

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Reviewed by Jean Mayland, Hexham in Modern Believing Jan 2011.

A Theology of Women's Priesthood

A. M. Green

London: SPCK, 2009. Pp. vi, 186. Pb.

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Reviewed by Jean Mayland, Hexham in Modern Believing Oct 2010.

By One Spirit: Reconciliation and Renewal in Anglican Life

Lorraine Cavanagh

Bern: Peter Lang, 2009. Pp. xii, 273. Pb.

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Reviewed by John Rees, Oxford in Modern Believing Jan 2010.

Publisher's description: This is a brave book, full of hope and pervaded by the promise that insights from the Anglican past might yet carry us through the tumults of the Anglican present. Lorraine Cavanagh is chaplain at the University of Wales in Cardiff, and teaches at St Michael's College, Llandaff. She notes the 'participatory' element in Richard Hooker's teaching, and emphasises that Hooker 'takes tradition into the dynamic which informs history. This dynamic is the life of God manifested in Jesus Christ in whose ongoing life the Church is sacramentally transformed and in which it finds its true vocation.

Beyond the Reformation? Authority, Primacy, and Unity in the Conciliar Tradition

P. D. L. Avis

London and New York, 2008. Pp. xx, 234. Pb.

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Reviewed by Jonathan Clatworthy, Modern Churchpeople's Union, Liverpool in Modern Believing Oct 2009.

Christian Life and Practice: Anglican Essays

O. C. Thomas

Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009: Pp. xiv, 148. Pb.

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Reviewed by Paul Avis, Council for Christian Unity, Westminster in Modern Believing Oct 2009.

Eucharistic Sacramentality in an Ecumenical Context: The Anglican Epiclesis

David J. Kennedy

Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2008. Pp. x, 259. Hb.

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Reviewed by David Stancliffe, Salisbury in Modern Believing Jul 2009.

The Identity of Anglicanism: Essentials of Anglican Ecclesiology

Paul Avis

London: T&T Clark, 2007. Pp. 216.

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Reviewed by Simon Oliver, University of Wales, Lampeter in Modern Believing Apr 2009.

Apostolic Women, Apostolic Authority: Transfiguring Leadership in Todays Church

Christina Rees and Martyn Percy (eds.)

Canterbury Press Norwich, 2010. Paperback, 217 pages.

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This volume focuses on the distinctive voice and contribution of women to senior ordained and lay Anglican leadership and assesses where the Communion currently is, and looks constructively and courageously to the future. Stories from around the Anglican Communion and theological reflection on actual praxis are offered as a means to informing and shaping the future. The book arises out of the shared experience and concerns of women in senior roles in ministry, church leadership, theological education and other areas.

An Introduction to World Anglicanism

Bruce Kaye

Cambridge University Press, 2008. Paperback: 288 pages.

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What is the nature of world Anglicanism in a postcolonial, global age? With talk of fragmentation constantly in the media, what does it mean to be 'Anglican'? This book presents Anglicanism as a conversation over time amongst a community of people held together by sets of practices and beliefs.

A Wing and a Prayer: A Message of Faith and Hope

Katharine Jefferts Schori

Morehouse Publishing, 2007. Paperback: 169 pages.

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Jefferts Schori, the oceanographer-turned-priest who was elected in 2006 as the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA offers musings on faith, diversity, and the church's fight for justice in the world. This book introduces Bishop Jefferts Schori and her message to the wider Church.

What Anglicans Believe in the 21st Century

David L. Edwards

Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd, 2002. Paperback: 136 pages.

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This new edition of the 1974 classic What Anglicans Believe is for the very different world of the 21st century and its powerful new preface examines the whole question of belief. David Edwards' writes honest answers to the questions that many are asking of their faith and the Church.

Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction

Mark Chapman

Oxford: OUP, 2006. Pp. 168. Pb.

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Mark Chapman highlights the diversity of contemporary Anglicanism by exploring its fascinating history, theology, and structures. Putting the history and development of the religion into context, Chapman reveals what it is that holds Anglicanism together despite the recent crises that threaten to tear it apart.

In the Eye of the Storm

Gene Robinson

Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008. Pp. 172. Pb.

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Clearly beloved in his diocese and chosen from a wide selection of candidates, the election was entirely proper and the result clear cut, yet it sparked a hurricane storm of controversy that has polarised religious opinion on five continents and still rages five years on.

Here, Gene Robinson reflects on his journey of faith, his life experiences, the concerns that matter most to him as a bishop and the controversy that has rocked the church he loves and to which he is committed.

Voices of This Calling: Women Priests - The First Ten Years

Christina Rees (ed.)

Canterbury Press, 2002. New, Paperback: 192 pages.

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To mark the tenth anniversary of the vote to ordain women as priests, a rich tapestry of voices reflects on the impact of a decade of women's priestly ministry in the Church of England.

Together in Hope: Proclaiming God's Justice Living God's Love

Edited by Adrian Alker

Sheffield: St Marks CRC Press, 2008. Paperback: 96 pages.

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A landscape of hope for open-minded engagement with the Christian Church today. Much needed inspiration is coupled with questions for reflection and discussion and suggestions for further study. A rich and thoughtful resource.

"Like many good things in human history, the Anglican Communion is a wonderful anomaly: a disparate and contradictory collection of Christians held together by bonds of affection. It will be a tragedy if hatred, the acid that dissolves all human ties, erodes those bonds. Read this book if you want to help keep the glue together."
Richard Holloway