A Convergent Model of Renewal

A Convergent Model of Renewal


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A Convergent Model of Renewal by C. Wess Daniels

A Convergent Model of Renewal addresses a perceived crisis for faith traditions. How do we continue to value tradition while allowing for innovative and contextual expressions of faith to emerge? How do we foster deeper participation and decentralization of power rather than entrenched institutionalism? Drawing on insights from contemporary philosophy, contextual theology, and participatory culture, C. Wess Daniels calls for a revitalization of faith traditions. In A Convergent Model of Renewal he proposes a model that holds together both tradition and innovation in ways that foster participatory change. This convergent model of renewal is then applied to two case studies based in the Quaker tradition: one from the early part of the tradition and the second from an innovative community today. The model, however, is capable of being implemented and adapted by communities with various faith backgrounds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498201193
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/20/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

C. Wess Daniels has a PhD from the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and is a released minister (pastor) of Camas Friends Church. He taught courses at George Fox Seminary and Earlham School of Religion.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ben Pink Dandelion ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Abbreviations xvi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Alasdair MacIntyre and the Ongoing Nature of Tradition 22

Chapter 2 Stephen Bevans and Mission: Developing the Synthetic Model 43

Chapter 3 Henry Jenkins and Participatory Culture 64

Chapter 4 A Convergent Model for Participatory Renewal 101

Chapter 5 The Convergent Model and Early Quakerism 119

Chapter 6 The Convergent Model and Freedom Friends Church 162

Conclusion 205

Afterword 215

Bibliography 217

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JBrent More than 1 year ago
there's much good stuff herein -- including sections like:  "Each...formulated branch touts its own rival theories about the origin and core message of the Quaker tradition. Each polarization represents only a piece of the larger tradition."  I could fill this review with other such gems. Wess has a clear eye and views  Quakers honestly and provides a good analysis of the issues facing all of our various permutations -- Evangelical, liberal, middle of the road, and so on.  But since this is blog -- and not an academic review -- I need to be brief. Here's why I think Wess' book bears reading.  It's an articulate, accessible analysis of the current state of North American (primarily) Quakerism. He also provides a cogent portrayal of the participatory and remixing nature of early Quakerism and why it had an such an impact on culture, faith, and life.  He offers a model "for participatory renewal" that has much to commend it. And I do mean much.  These pieces (plus Ben Pink Dandelion's foreword) make the book worth reading.it can truly help Friends move forward in culturally and spiritually relevant ways. In the book, Wess says: As a highly participatory faith tradition, Quakerism is uniquely positioned ... in today's culture, reformulating the movement in ways that might bring about renewal. I would drop the "might." I say that because that's what non-Quakers like Phyllis Tickle and Diana Butler Bass involved in the renewal and emergent movements among Christianity have been saying about the opportunity for Friends today.  Wess has hit the Quaker nail on the head here. His call to remix and become fully participatory is spot on.   Get the book. Read it. Share it. Ponder it with Friends.