A Passion for Christian Unity: Essays in Honor of William Tabbernee

A Passion for Christian Unity: Essays in Honor of William Tabbernee

by John M. Imbler


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This collection presents unique perspectives on a variety of theological themes, intellectual reflections, and cultural analyses surrounding ecumenical activities and relations with people of other living faiths. Twelve members or former members of the Phillips Theological Seminary faculty honor long-time president William Tabbernee through these essays, giving a wide breadth of interdisciplinary exploration of issues around Christian unity. Written in such a way as to invite readers into further conversations on the topic of Christian unity, this collection of essays includes authors from a variety of disciplines, religious backgrounds, vocational experiences, and research interests. Contributors include: Joseph A. Bessler, Duane R. Bidwell, Ellen Blue, Mady Fraser, Harold Hatt, John M. Imbler, Sandra Costen Kunz, Richard H. Lowery, Gary E. Peluso-Verdend, Don A. Pittman, Nancy Claire Pittman, Elizabeth Box Price, and Dennis E. Smith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780827230101
Publisher: Christian Board of Publication
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

John Imbler serves as Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Disciples Studies at Phillips Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Imbler serves on the regional ministerial commissions of Kansas and Oklahoma. Executive Vice President of PTS, he is also the seminary's director of Disciples of Christ ministerial formation. He currently is chair of the committee on Religious Understanding of Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry and sits on the board of United Campus Ministry of the University of Tulsa. A member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Association for Higher Education, and the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, he joined the PTS faculty in 1993.

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Contributors vii

Foreword x

Introduction John M. Imbler 1

1 The Ecumenical Paradox in Three Linguistic Strategies Harold Hatt 15

2 "Give Me Thy Hand" Ellen Blue 25

3 Seeking Wholeness Richard H. Lowery 37

4 The Idealization of Christian Origins in Acts of the Apostles Dennis E. Smith 47

5 Clippings from World Call Don A. Pittman 57

6 It's about the Conversation Gary E. Peluso-Verdend 77

7 Circling Back with Fresh Eyes Sandra Costen Kunz 89

8 Labyrinth Walking as a Prelude to Spiritually Based Conversation Mady Fraser 101

9 "Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want" Duane R. Bidwell 111

10 Ties That Bind Too Tightly Nancy Claire Pittman 125

11 Does Constructive Theology Matter? Joseph A. Bessler 149

12 Deep and New Elizabeth Box Price 149

Notes 161

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