Always Open: Being an Anglican Today

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Seventy million assorted individuals comprise a church family that is renowned for its rich diversity. Christians of all shades of belief together make up the Anglican Communion, a fellowship of churches that extends around the world and includes the Episcopal Church in the United States. At its best, the spirit of openness that marks this fellowship is a sign of openness to the Holy Spirit. Few Anglicans would presume to have “arrived” spiritually, and the door is always open to all who are seeking God. Whether you are a cradle Episcopalian or are exploring the denomination, Always Open is an excellent introduction to Anglican beliefs and practices. Down–to–earth and good humored, Always Open explains the essentials of the Anglican approach to authority, the Bible, social and moral questions, dialogue with people of other faiths, and much, much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561012596
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Giles is a leading authority on the design of liturgical space and the reordering of church buildings for contemporary worship. After thirty years as a parish priest in England, he became Dean of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1999. He is author of Creating Uncommon Worship and of the bestselling Re–pitching the Tent.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : being rather than doing 1
2 What's in a name? 5
3 To begin at the beginning 9
4 Building blocks : essential elements of Anglicanism 19
5 From chains to CD Rom : the Anglican approach to scripture 29
6 Dogmas and dugouts : the Anglican approach to doctrine 39
7 Us and me : the Anglican approach to the church 47
8 Bouquets and bandages : the Anglican approach to the sacraments 59
9 Decently and in order : the Anglican approach to worship 67
10 Learning good habits : the Anglican approach to prayer 79
11 Checks and balances : the Anglican approach to authority 91
12 Loitering with intent : the Anglican approach to membership 105
13 Seeing both sides : the Anglican approach to moral questions 113
14 Sending us out : the Anglican approach to the wider community 119
15 Taking a lower seat : the Anglican approach to other traditions and faiths 127
16 Where do we go from here? 137
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    Accessible Text Illunimates Anglican Christianity

    This book is thoroughly accessible to the average, non-theologically trained person. Even non-Christians can gain insight into the variety of issues facing the Church as an institution seeking to welcome, inspire, and guide those who enter its doors. The British author speaks effectively regarding nuances of practice both in England and the US. Although not focusing directly on church conflict, this little book offers insights into the root causes of the tensions now facing the Anglican Communion worldwide. I consider this book an excellent resource for an adult Christian Education class, especially as preparation for Confirmation.

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