Lay Presidency at the Eucharist?: An Anglican Approach

Overview

The demand for allowing lay ministers to preside at the Eucharist has become a pressing issue in many churches, not only in Anglicanism. Within the Anglican Communion this issue seems to be potentially divisive as most provinces refuse to accept lay presidency, but some - as the Archdiocese of Sydney - are discussing schemes to introduce it.

In Lay Presidency at the Eucharist an Anglican theological approach to controversial questions is articulated. Taylor investigates in ...

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Overview

The demand for allowing lay ministers to preside at the Eucharist has become a pressing issue in many churches, not only in Anglicanism. Within the Anglican Communion this issue seems to be potentially divisive as most provinces refuse to accept lay presidency, but some - as the Archdiocese of Sydney - are discussing schemes to introduce it.

In Lay Presidency at the Eucharist an Anglican theological approach to controversial questions is articulated. Taylor investigates in particular what allegiance to Scripture entails, and how its authority is to be applied in the Church today. The evidence of the New Testament and early Church on the Eucharist and ministry, and how critical scholarship relates to the authority of Scripture in the life of the Church, are explored, whilst the Reformation and subsequent developments in Anglican theology and Eucharistic practice are considered. Pressure to authorize lay presidency is largely a response to a shortage of clergy to meet demand for Eucharistic worship, and alternative provision for this need is discussed, before going on to consider specific schemes. The theological issues, to do with the Church, the Eucharist, and the ministry, are reviewed, and outstanding questions identified.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906286187
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Series: Affirming Catholicism Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 796,451
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Taylor is an Anglican priest and Research Fellow in Theology of the University of Zululand. He has taught in universities and theological training institutions in the UK and in southern and central Africa. He is author of Paul, Antioch and Jerusalem (LNTS 66, 1992).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Authority and Theological Method in the Anglican Tradition
2. The Eucharist in the New Testament and Early Church The Institution of the Eucharist Eucharistic Presidency in the New Testament Church The Early Fathers
3. Ordination and Ministry in the Early Church Imposition of Hands and Ministry in the New Testament Early Ordination Rites Priesthood in the Early Church
4. Sacramental Ministry in the Anglican Tradition The Reformation Settlement in England The Anglican Communion since the Nineteenth Century Eucharistic Presidency in Ecumenical Contexts
5. Ministry, Worship, and Eucharistic Deprivation: Alternative Approaches Ministry of the Word apart from the Sacrament Ordination of Community Leaders Visiting Priests Extended Communion A Eucharist-like Meal, Agape, or Love Feast Spiritual Communion Conclusions
6. Proposals for Authorised Lay Eucharistic Presidency in the Anglican Communion The Province of the Southern Cone of America (Cono Sur)
The Diocese of Sydney The Church Planting Movement and Fresh Expressions of Church Conclusions
7. Theological Arguments for Lay Presidency at the Eucharist Baptism and the Priesthood of all Christians Representation of Christ Ecclesiastical Authority and Spiritual Power Ministry and Patriarchy Tradition, Continuity, and Change
8. The Current Position of the Anglican Communion, and Outstanding Issues The State of the Anglican Communion Theology of the Laity Theology of Priesthood Word, Sacrament, and Pastoral Care Defining the Eucharistic Community Conclusions

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