This loquacious soil: Language and religious experience in early America.

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This project was an attempt to create a small-group-based learning community at one of the most historic churches in New York City. St. Mark's is known for its creative and contemporary celebration of the traditional Anglican Eucharist, but no longer has a congregation of sufficient size and sense of direction to mount other manifestations of community life or outreach. This project was largely designed by a lay advisory committee working with the author, and was based on the conviction that a community ...
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Overview

This project was an attempt to create a small-group-based learning community at one of the most historic churches in New York City. St. Mark's is known for its creative and contemporary celebration of the traditional Anglican Eucharist, but no longer has a congregation of sufficient size and sense of direction to mount other manifestations of community life or outreach. This project was largely designed by a lay advisory committee working with the author, and was based on the conviction that a community so small needed a small group life. The design elements of the program were all intended to promote the vitality of the community of faith. The project was grounded in a Sunday afternoon study of the Lectionary readings from the Gospel of Luke for the seven Sundays of Epiphany in 2004. The intention from the beginning was to creatively and imaginatively recreate the experience of being called by Jesus into a small-group movement of disciples. The group was completely open in its membership and fully participatory in its functioning. As much as possible the structure was built around key questions to stimulate individual involvement, and structured exercises to maximize depth of participation. We made a deliberate effort to establish a postmodern context for learning that balanced faith and reason. The goal was to establish the open, laity-led, small-group-based, postmodern learning community as a fundamental modality for the future life of this church. The project for mobilization of the laity ran successfully as planned throughout Epiphany of 2004, with attendance varying from 10 to 16 persons. Eventually three sessions of topical discussion on Wednesday evenings were added. A few individuals became more seriously involved in the church as a result of the project, and adult education offerings in a similar format continued to be offered for some time. For the author, the effort to create a learning community with a postmodern balance of faith and reason that undergirded this project has become the continuing guidepost for ongoing service to the modern church.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781243563064
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/3/2011
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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