The Overmuch and Unfamiliar

Richard Lennan

in Risking the Church

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199271467
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602108 | DOI:
The Overmuch and Unfamiliar

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In the light of the book's analysis of both the challenges facing the embrace of ecclesial faith and the resources of that faith, this chapter endeavours to express the possibilities for the church in the present. Of particular interest is the capacity of the church to undertake ‘inculturation’ in contemporary culture without the loss of its specific identity. In order to establish that point, the chapter returns to ‘tradition’ with a view to establishing that tradition, grounded as it is in the Holy Spirit, is able to develop, to be about change as well as preservation; tradition, then, can be a stimulus to creativity. The specific examples of possibilities for change that the chapter examines are ministry in the church and the role of women in the church. Concludes with an attempt to nominate the factors – pre‐eminent among which is openness to the Spirit – that might enable the communion of the church not only to develop alternatives to ‘the peril’, but also make more inviting the risk of ecclesial faith.

Keywords: creativity; feminism; inculturation; ministry; openness; tradition

Chapter.  15527 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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