Church In The Round / Edition 1

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Ideas of the Christian church are changing, and Letty Russell envisions its future as partnership and sharing for all members around a common table of hospitality. Russell draws on her pastorate in Harlem, her classes in theology, and many ecumenical conversations to help the newly emerging church face the challenges of liberation for all people.

Ideas of the Christian Church are changing, and Russell envisions its future as partnership and sharing for all members around a common table of hospitality. She draws on her pastorate in Harlem, her classes in theology, and many ecumenical conversations to help the newly emerging church face the challenges of liberation for all people.

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Library Journal
Russell, a Presbyterian clergyman and professor of theology at Yale Divinity School, uses the metaphor of three tables--the Round Table of connection, the Kitchen Table of solidarity, and the Welcome Table of partnership--to set forth her vision of a church that is not alienating to women, nonwhites, or the laity. She envisions a church in which all work for justice and freedom and in which church leaders ``make all persons welcome as they gather around God's table of New Creation.'' She especially criticizes the way ``right'' administration of sacraments ``has fenced the table by requiring that only those ordained and authorized in a particular pattern officiate,'' and she calls for a spirituality that unites all individuals. Highly recommended for all seminary libraries and for academic and public libraries as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664250706
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,507,582
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Letty M. Russell was one of the world's foremost feminist theologians and a longtime member of the faculty of Yale Divinity School. She died on July 12, 2007, at age 77. She was one of the first women ordained in the United Presbyterian Church and served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of the Ascension in East Harlem for ten years. She joined the faculty of Yale Divinity School in 1974 and retired in 2001. She wrote and edited numerous books, including Church in the Round: Feminist Interpretation of the Church, Dictionary of Feminist Theologies (with J. Shannon Clarkson),and Inheriting Our Mothers' Gardens: Feminist Theology in Third World Perspective (with Kwok Pui Lan, Ada Maria Isasi Dias, and Katie Cannon).
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Table of Contents

Preface 11
Pt. 1 Round Table Connection 17
1 Round Table Talk 20
Connecting to the Margin 21
Faith, feminism, and the church 22
Table principle 24
Rereading from the margin 27
The Spiral Connection 29
Feminist methodology 30
Rereading from the context 32
Going around the spiral 34
Talking Back to Tradition 35
Feminist understanding of tradition 36
Community of faith and struggle 39
Feminist understanding of the church 42
2 Leadership in the Round 46
Order and Organization 47
Order and change 48
Organization and ordination 50
Quest for feminist leadership 54
Overturning the Masters' Tables 58
Iconoclasm of patriarchy 59
Women in leadership 60
House churches and household codes 61
Round Table Leadership 63
Community of the Spirit 64
Authority in community 65
Clues to feminist leadership 67
Pt. 2 Kitchen Table Solidarity 75
3 Communities of Faith and Struggle 78
A Time of Kairos 80
Signs of jubilee 81
Confessing churches 82
Confessional churches 83
God's Mission and the Church 87
Mission of God 88
Missionary structures 90
Liberation structures 92
Liberation Communities 96
Renewed Christian communities 97
Basic Christian communities 101
Feminist Christian communities 104
4 Justice and the Church 112
Place of Salvation 114
Justice and salvation 114
No salvation outside the poor 119
Double sin of the church 123
Sign of Christ's Presence 127
Household of God 128
Signs of the church 131
Justice connection 135
Word Preached and Celebrated 137
Word purely preached 137
Sacraments rightly administered 139
Table fenced with justice 145
Pt. 3 Welcome Table Partnership 149
5 Community of Hospitality 151
White Racism: A Church-Dividing Issue 153
Divided self and divided ministry 153
Forms of structural sin 156
Caught in the contradictions 158
Contradictions of Divine Election 162
Caught with his compassion down 162
Rereading the story of the chosen people 164
Bounded community 166
Hospitality and the Church 168
Need for identity 169
Diversity and hospitality 172
Hospitality on the margin 175
6 Spirituality of Connection 182
Sister Choice 183
Choosing to be a woman 183
Choosing to be whole 187
Kitchen table spirituality 189
Sister Outsider 192
Finding the margin 192
Rejecting the contradictions 194
Welcome table spirituality 196
Sister Circle 198
Choosing a tradition 199
Opening the circle 201
Round table partnership 205
Notes 209
Bibliography 241
Index of Scripture References 245
Index of Subjects 249
Index of Names 251
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