The New Church's
presents and explores basic claims and questions
about the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church,
revealing the distinctive vision Anglicanism offers
for the people of God today . They are available
from Amazon.com at $9.56 each.
Each book includes a study
guide and a list of additional resources and will
be suitable for group study and individual use.
Guide to The New Church's Teaching
By Linda L. Grenz / Paperback / July 2000
A complete reference for
clergy and lay leaders, teachers and small group
facilitators, the guide provides a brief overview
of each book and contains suggestions for
additional activities to enhance learning. It
surveys a wide variety of church groups and formats
for using the series&emdash;from adult forums and
Bible study groups to retreats and vestry
meetings&emdash;and recommends volumes of the
series that would be most helpful in each context.
Finally, the guide offers specific guidelines for
recruiting, teaching, and leading small groups in a
chapter describing how to create and maintain a
learning environment for adults.
The Anglican Vision (Vol.
By James E. Griffiss / Paperback / 1997
In this first volume to
the New Church's Teaching Series James Griffiss
provides an introduction to the Anglican tradition.
He focuses especially on Anglicanism's ability to
hold together theological continuity (especially
the emphasis on the Incarnation) with social and
Opening the Bible, (Vol.
By Roger Ferlo / Paperback / 1997
For many people the Bible
is strange and unfamiliar territory, impossible to
navigate without a certain kind of knowledge and
skill. Roger Ferlo leads his readers through the
practical difficulties of reading the Bible,
offering advice that is true to the way Anglicans
have read Scripture from the time of Tyndale and
Engaging the Word, (Vol.
Johnston / Paperback / 1998
The companion to Volume 2,
Opening the Bible, Michael Johnston's Engaging the
Word teaches us how to use the critical and
practical tools for reading the Bible described by
Ferlo to interpret the Hebrew and Christian
scriptures: what did they mean for their original
audience and what do they mean for us today?
The Practice of Prayer, (Vol.
Guenther / Paperback / 1998 *
Guenther uses the images
of the spiritual director as host, teacher, and
midwife to describe the ministry of spiritual
direction today. She pays particular attention to
spiritual direction for women, and addresses such
down-to-earth questions as setting, time, and
privacy. The stories of real people bring the
practice of spiritual direction alive.
Living With History, (Vol.
By Fredrica Harris
Thompsett / Paperback / 1999
Fredrica Harris Thompsett,
a scholar of the English Reformation, introduces us
to the role that history has played in creating and
shaping the Episcopal Church as we know it today.
In giving us the broad lessons of Anglican history,
she explores in detail both the historian's task
and Anglicanism's distinctive history, from its
roots in Scripture and the English language Bible
and prayerbook to its seventeenth century flowering
in poetry and prose and the different forms it has
assumed in the American landscape from the time of
the Revolution right through to the late 20th
Early Christian Traditions, (Vol.
By Rebecca Lyman,
/ Paperback / 1999
Rebecca Lyman introduces
us to the world of the early church. Beginning with
the Jewish, Greek, and Roman cultures in which the
first followers of Jesus lived and worshiped, she
traces the growth of the Christian church's
theology, worship, leadership, and ethics through
its first six centuries, ending with Augustine of
Opening the Prayer Book, (Vol.
By Jeffrey Lee /
Paperback / 1999
What Roger Ferlo did for
the Bible in Opening the Bible, volume 2 of The New
Church's Teaching Series, Jeffrey Lee now does for
the prayer book in volume 7 of the series. Opening
the Prayer Book introduces us to the history and
liturgies of The Book of Common Prayer, and helps
us understand why the prayer book is such an
important aspect of Anglican
Mysteries of Faith, (Vol
Mark McIntosh / Paperback / 2000
In this volume of The New
Church's Teaching Series, Mark McIntosh introduces
the great mysteries of the Christian faith: the
doctrines of creation, revelation, incarnation,
salvation, and eschatology, which are all held
together by the doctrine of the Trinity. To explain
these beliefs for Christians today, particularly
the Trinity, McIntosh begins with what we know: the
language of relationship and mutuality, of
friendship and family ties. The central theme of
the book is our relationship with Jesus and our
relationship with our neighbor, for such mutuality
lies at the heart of every doctrine.
Ethics after Easter, (Vol
by Stephen Holmgren /
Paperback / Jun 2000
In developing a
distinctively Anglican approach to ethics, with its
emphasis on holiness, sanctification, and the need
for spiritual disciplines, Holmgren identifies
clear axioms for Anglican moral theology and the
ethos required for moral decision-making on the
part of individuals and church bodies. He explains
why ethical reflection is not the same as church
governance, and why the institution cannot "make"
its moral theology.
Holmgren also discusses the role of conscience and
reason, the work of moral discernment, the
difference between moral knowledge and saving
knowledge, the meaning of natural law, and the high
value Anglicans place on consensus.
Christian Social Witness
By Harold T. Lewis /
Paperback / Jan 2001
Harold T. Lewis surveys
the teachings and witness of Anglicanism and the
Episcopal Church concerning the Christian vision of
a righteous social order, including the challenges
of the new millennium. Beginning with the Bible's
understandings of social justice, Lewis summarizes
the Anglican witness of theologians like F. D.
Maurice and William Temple and goes on to discuss
the Episcopal Church in the nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries. Later chapters discuss the
challenges of a new social order that face the
church today raised by liberation theology,
third-world debt and economic justice, and
questions of race, gender, and human
Horizons of Mission (Vol.
by Titus Leonard Presler / Paperback / May
Titus Presler offers a
fresh vision of mission in the multicultural
environment of a global community. Arguing that
Christian mission expresses God's longing to
embrace humanity in love, Presler explores how
gospel understandings are being reshaped by
Christians in Africa, Asia, and Latin America,
Christianity's new centers of gravity. He explores
the scriptural basis of mission, historical and
contemporary Anglican approaches to mission, the
encounter with other religions, and the interaction
of gospel and culture. His ten principles for
mission in the twenty-first century will help
parishes and dioceses to engage in world mission as
companions in mutuality.
Theology of Worship (Vol. 12)
by Louis Weil / Paperback / Sep 2001
In this exploration of the
foundations of Anglican worship, Louis Weil invites
the laity to claim their true baptismal role and
serve alongside the ordained as ministers and
celebrants of the liturgy. He explains how the
contribution of the people of God has steadily
diminished over the centuries and why it is
necessary to reclaim it today in the midst of
AnglicanismÕs increasing multiculturalism. Since
Anglicans are no longer primarily English-speakers
worshiping in Gothic cathedrals, Weil challenges us
to engage new forms of culture, music, liturgical
prayers, and dance in order to renew Anglicanism
for the new century.