The Eleuthero Community

Jennifer M. McBride

in The Church for the World

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755684
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932160 | DOI:
The Eleuthero Community

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Part III offers two ethnographic case studies that provide detailed pictures of how church-communities conformed to Christ may witness to Christ in a non-triumphal manner. Chapter six examines a church-community centered on ecological care that recognizes the way North Americans live is unsustainable and damaging to both the environment and the world's vulnerable populations. This community of evangelical and mainline Protestants confesses that American Christians have not given the full narrative of scripture its due. Through the priest's teaching and the life of the community, they unlearn and learn anew a holistic narrative “that can handle all of life” and, in doing so, demonstrate what repentance as “the renewing of minds” entails (Rom. 12:2). Eleuthero members undergo continuous conversion to the life of Christ and a full vision of scripture, and in response they fashion right relationships with the earth and with a population of Sudanese refugees in Portland, Maine.

Keywords: unsustainable; environment; ecological care; vulnerable populations; evangelical; repentance; renewing of minds; Eleuthero; refugees; conversion

Chapter.  13496 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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