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Ian Hussey

only evangelical church in the area but they were not doing a very good job at outreaching into the community. ‘We were fairly inward.’ From the Living Temple perspective, the merger was motivated by an opportunity for growth and an opportunity for older people to come into the congregation. The

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Gyrid Gunnes

different ways relate to the sanctuary space of Our Lady, Trondheim, Norway, a 12th-century ecclesial place dedicated to practices of care and hospitality towards people living in marginalized life situations. The elements from folk-church ecclesiology used as analytic categories are the Lutheran theology

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Kristopher Norris and Sam Speers

birth of Freedom by its sacred light.’ 21 King’s life work suggests that the civil rights movement was not a secular political movement with a spiritual wing, nor one that instrumentalized the Bible. Rather it was undergirded and motivated by scripture, a claim echoed by leaders at Ebenezer

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Richard Osmer and Ariana Salazar-Newton

. As the business world, friendships, the military, and other spheres of life are increasingly integrated with the new media, there will be enormous pressure to make the literacies of these media the centerpiece of education. We believe that a better approach will be to balance these literacies with

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Normativity as Pitfall or Ally?

Reflexivity as an Interpretive Resource in Ecclesiological and Ethnographic Research

Tone Stangeland Kaufman

From Näive to Explicit Normativity Several students approach me because they want to do ethnographic research framed within Practical Theology for their master thesis. They are frequently motivated by a passion for the church, or their wanting to change the church. Further, they have what

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Christopher Craig Brittain

chance to return to the basics of Islamic prayer while setting aside the dominant political narratives surrounding Islam. As such, they told me that they felt better able to simply focus on the task to living out their Muslim identity in their adopted city. 40 If there was a key factor that

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Henk de Roest

life-enhancing relationships we may call Father, Son and Spirit. 83 The church, Fiddes adds, will signify its own way by ‘deliberately living in the relations of God.’ 84 This should lead, as I have argued, to a relational approach in practical ecclesiology, in which relational methods like focus

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Why Ecclesiology Cannot Live By Doctrine Alone

A Reply to John Webster’s ‘In the Society of God’

Christopher Craig Brittain

, explorations of how specific church ministries might best serve particular constituents motivate empirical studies of the church. 5 For some theologians, these trends are to be embraced and celebrated for shaping ecclesiology into a less abstract, more scientific and empirical discipline. 6 Other

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The Gatekeepers of Change:

Strategic Planning in the elci and the Role of Pastors

Steinunn Arnþrúður Björnsdóttir

advisor from the University of Iceland, Faculty of Economy. This resulted in a policy document, which was used in the following years as a basis for further policy documents in various fields of church life, including education, liturgy, diaconia, family and investments. Therefore, the document influenced

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Jessica Moberg

. Another is Södermalm Church ( Södermalmskyrkan ), an originally Pentecostal church that embraced the faith movement (see Coleman 2000 : 220). 5 Other neo-charismatic establishments include Stockholm Vineyard and New Life Church—the latter a multi-ethnic organization—which were instituted in the 1990s