On Being a Priest Today

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This important book on priestly identity embraces the many contemporary varieties of priestly ministry: male and female, paid and unpaid, parish and work–based, catholic, evangelical, charismatic. Examining the “root,” the “shape,” and the “fruit” of priestly identity, On Being a Priest Today is essential reading for priests, priests in training, and everyone considering the ministry. Part One “roots” a priest’s human and church life in the theological convictions derived from the Christian understanding of God ...
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Overview

This important book on priestly identity embraces the many contemporary varieties of priestly ministry: male and female, paid and unpaid, parish and work–based, catholic, evangelical, charismatic. Examining the “root,” the “shape,” and the “fruit” of priestly identity, On Being a Priest Today is essential reading for priests, priests in training, and everyone considering the ministry. Part One “roots” a priest’s human and church life in the theological convictions derived from the Christian understanding of God as being for and with others. Part Two explores the “shape” of priestly life in relation to worship, word, and prayer, each supported by the three key virtues of love, faith, and hope. Part Three examines the “fruit” of priestly life by focusing on three fundamental features of priestly identity: holiness, reconciliation, and blessing. With its applicability to various denominations, this exciting book offers welcome new perspectives on what it means to be a priest today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561012534
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,106,512
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

ROSALIND BROWN is a staff member of the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme, based at Sarum College, Salisbury, and is Vice Principal of the Diocese of Salisbury Ordained Local Ministry Program. She was ordained in the United States where she lived for several years and was a member of the Community of Celebration, an intentional Christian community of the Episcopal Church. Rosalind is the author of several prize-winning hymns and How Hymns Shape Our Lives. CHRISTOPHER COCKSWORTH is Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England, and the author of a number of books.
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Table of Contents

Some Introductory Words 1
Part I The Root of Priestly Life
1 On Being Called 7
2 On Being for the Other 27
3 On Being for God 47
Part II The Shape of Priestly Life
4 On Being for Worship 69
5 On Being for the Word 89
6 On Being for Prayer 111
Part III The Fruit of Priestly Life
7 On Being for Holiness 139
8 On Being for Reconciliation 165
9 On Being for Blessing 191
Some Concluding Words 215
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