Vox

Performing the Gospel: in Liturgy and Lifestyle

by Charles Sherlock

Performing the Gospel: in Liturgy and Lifestyle
Editions:Paperback
ISBN: 9780987045867
Pages: 280
Kindle
ISBN: B079WDBX3F
Pages: 282

Performance is a time-honoured way of thinking about what a Christian congregation does when it gathers. Christian services typically set out to have us take part in the great Divine drama that revolves around Jesus Christ. But what really matters about how we perform the gospel in church, and beyond? This is what this book sets out to explore.

In an era when the choices of worship style are often presented as polar opposites to prove a point, Charles Sherlock offers a refreshing alternative to blind conservatism or deconstructionism... I'm looking forward to parishes, theological colleges and worship committees to take up the challenge that is laid out... It deserves wide attention.
-- From the foreword by Archbishop Philip Freier

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Publisher: Broughton Publishing
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The New Scapegoats

The Clergy Victims of the Anglican Church Sexual Abuse Crisis

by Muriel Porter

The New Scapegoats: The Clergy Victims of the Anglican Church Sexual Abuse Crisis
Editions:Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1532619946
Pages: 78
Paperback
ISBN: 978-1532619939
Pages: 78

In response to its public shaming over child sexual abuse allegations, the Anglican Church of Australia has adopted draconian measures to regulate its clergy as a means of rebuilding its shattered reputation by appearing tough on every aspect of their lives. Its insistence on harsh puritanical standards of sexual behaviour has exposed Anglican clergy, innocent of any abusive behaviour, to demeaning punishments that in some cases have resulted in their deposition from Holy Orders. The New Scapegoats explores this hidden outcome through case studies, a comparison with the situation in the Church of England, and an examination of several theological aspects: the impact the new rules are having on the concept of the priesthood of all believers; sexual purity; forgiveness; and scapegoating.

About the Author

Dr Muriel Porter OAM, a Melbourne journalist, author and historian, is an Anglican laywoman. A member of the Anglican Church of Australia’s General Synod for the past thirty years, she has written extensively about issues facing the contemporary church. She has held a position as Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Divinity since 2016.


Imagining the Ecumenical

A personal journey

by John D'Arcy May

Imagining the Ecumenical
Editions:Hardcover
ISBN: 9780994470768
Pages: 170

Beginning and ending at home in Australia, John May tells the story of his journey from unquestioning Catholicism through Christian ecumenism to the developing relations between the world’s religions. He brings into sharp focus the questions raised for theology by interreligious relations and the challenge such questions raise: are we capable of truly imagining the ecumenical in all its implications for our religious convictions and the future of the world?

About the Author

Professor John D'Arcy May held a position as Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Divinity from 2011-2017.

John D'Arcy May was born in 1942 in Melbourne, Australia, where he now lives in retirement. He studied at the universities of Munster (Ecumenical Theology, 1975) and Frankfurt (History of Religions, 1983). He was Ecumenical Research Officer with the Melanesian Council of Churches, Papua New Guinea, 1983-1987 and Director of the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, 1987-1990 and 1995.


Charting the Faith of Australians

Thirty Years in the Christian Research Association

by Philip Hughes

Charting the Faith of Australians: Thirty Years in the Christian Research Association
Editions:Kindle
ISBN: 9781875223848

The last 50 years have seen more rapid change than at any time in human history. Changes in technology have changed every aspect of life: from contraception to computation, from communication to community formation. These changes have affected the ways in which Christians have sought meaning in their lives, from the fulfilment of duty to the maximisation of subjective well-being. They have affected deeply the role that religion has played in life with the focus moving from the preservation of tradition to personal spirituality.

This book tells the story of these changes and how the Christian Research Association has charted them through the examination of census and survey data and through interviews with thousands of individuals. It explores these changes in youth culture and rural culture, the impact of migration and the rise of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements. It suggests ways in which churches and schools might respond to these changes.

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Publisher: Christian Research Association
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About the Author

Reverend Dr Philip Hughes held a position as an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Divinity since 2011.

Professor Philip Hughes has postgraduate degrees in philosophy, theology and education, has undertaken many empirical studies in the areas of religion, values, and personal and communal wellbeing. For many years Philip Hughes was a research fellow at the Centre for Social Justice Research, Edith Cowan University. He is also an honorary research fellow with the University of Divinity.

He is particularly interested in the relationship between Christianity to culture, and has done studies of youth, rural and immigrant cultures in Australia. He has written many books on religious faith in Australia, on ministry and on religious education.


A Vision for Effective Youth Ministry

Insights from Australian Research

by Philip Hughes

A Vision for Effective Youth Ministry: Insights from Australian Research
Editions:Kindle
ISBN: 9781875223824

This book has arisen out of Australian research into youth ministry, from visiting youth groups and talking with youth leaders and the youth themselves. It offers a vision for the development of youth ministry, recognising the diversity of youth and the backgrounds from which they come. It explores how to build a youth ministry team and the qualities needed in the team. It discusses issues of training, payment, and support for youth leaders and building bridges with parents, church and school. Based on the research, it identifies the following factors as important in making a difference in developing youth ministry:

  • A vision for developing the spirit of young people;
  • A commitment by the whole church to youth ministry;
  • A youth ministry team with strong relationships with God, each other, the youth, parents, the church and the wider society; and
  • A diversity of activities: both age-specific and intergenerational, for fun, friends, inquiry and developing the spirit.
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Publisher: Christian Research Association
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About the Author

Reverend Dr Philip Hughes held a position as an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Divinity since 2011.

Professor Philip Hughes has postgraduate degrees in philosophy, theology and education, has undertaken many empirical studies in the areas of religion, values, and personal and communal wellbeing. For many years Philip Hughes was a research fellow at the Centre for Social Justice Research, Edith Cowan University. He is also an honorary research fellow with the University of Divinity.

He is particularly interested in the relationship between Christianity to culture, and has done studies of youth, rural and immigrant cultures in Australia. He has written many books on religious faith in Australia, on ministry and on religious education.