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Small Christian communities : imagining future church
Pelton, Robert S., 1921-
Publication Information:
Notre Dame, IN : University of Notre Dame Press, [1997]

Physical Description:
xi, 132 pages ; 22 cm
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Collection of essays presented at the third Notre Dame International Theological Consultation on Small Christian Communities, held in 1996 at the University of Notre Dame.
Theological methodology as incarnated in small Christian communities / Christologies emerging from the small Christian communities / Uncanny grace / Small Christian communities in the Catholic Church / Evolving sociology and ecclesiology of church as family in Eastern Africa / Further reflections on the Christology and ecclesiology of small ecclesial communities
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This text presents the findings of a theological consultation held in 1996, which discussed the future of the Christian Church. It describes how small communities can enrich the life of the Church by drawing together people of diverse cultures and economic situations for spiritual renewal.

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"Small Christian Community" (SCC) is a name given to any number of local, grassroots congregations of Christian believers outside of, or at the borders of, official denominational structures, especially in Roman Catholicism. Beginning in poor areas of Africa and South America, this movement is now worldwide and encompasses many different groups and organizations that support these types of communities. This volume contains the results of a 1996 conference held to study and promote the SCC movement. Three of the articles reflect on the theology of these communities and how the experience of the SCC changes and enriches Christian theology. Two articles study the present distribution and practice of these communities in the United States and Kenya. There is a joint statement from the members of the Consultation to the Roman Catholic Church, urging that the insights and experiences of the SCC movement be encouraged, with elements adapted into the church. Finally, there are reflections from two of the participants on the future of the movement and its impact. The participants generally are strong proponents of the SCC movement and see it as a model for the future. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. A. Granquist St. Olaf College