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Tod, I'm feeling a bit sheepish about having missed your comment and question. As of today I don't really have the denomination material in a form that works well for a public audience. I'm delighted (and a bit stunned) to say that a summary form is to be published in the late spring, but that's for an academic audience. I know I need to write this up, and will do so. I have a couple of other writing projects that I need to address first, but the denomination material is always percolating, so I will come back to this. In the meantime, my posts on the Office of Theology & Worship blog, "Thinking the Faith, Praying the Faith, Living the Faith" convey bits of my work on this topic. See, for example, "The Unity of this Denomination": (http://presbyterian.typepad.com/faith/2011/02/the-unity-of-this-denomination.html), and "Why Be a PCUSA Presbyterian?" (http://presbyterian.typepad.com/faith/2011/01/why-be-a-pcusa-presbyterian.html) Blessings! Barry
Tod and Robert, I shared Robert's concern, and like your response, Tod. I have a question about the last part of your version of the summary statement, Tod. ". . . as an expression of the Church Universal, related and accountable to other congregations through the service of the higher councils of the church." I think this puts things together without actually connecting them. The word "church" there at the end - does it mean "this denomination"? If not, then what are these "higher councils?" In what meaningful way is our denomination accountable to the church universal? What voice does the church universal get in our accountability and decision-making? As Eileen Lindner has noted, one of the issues central to our present moment is figuring out what it means to be a particular denomination in the church. The part of your statement that I quoted is, I think, an expression of this issue. Barry Ensign-George Office of Theology & Worship P.S. This is a great series of blog posts. Thanks!
That's interesting. "Practical considerations" cconnects for me with the idea that there is no generic church. There are particular, creaturely congregations, and that makes a difference as we respond to God's invitation to live as one of the followers of Jesus Christ.
Thanks for your comment, Karl! And for your life-long membership in this part of Christ's church.
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Sep 24, 2010