"Called to Be Sent" develops and completes the theology of discipleship introduced in Anthony J. Gittins previous books. This new volume focuses on "sending forth," the phrase that follows our radical encounter with humanity. Here we find the hope and strength to move from an understanding of mission to actually being commissioned by Jesus. In short, as Christians we are "gathered for scattering" and "called to be sent." This book provides much direction.
For Jesus discipleship was not measured only by a call from him and not even by a subsequent reorientation of people's live. The designation "disciple" was not intended to set people apart or to have them sit at the feet of Jesus like faithful companions. There is a much deeper purpose in his invitation through which one is called to be sent.
Called to Be Sent develops and completes the theology of discipleship introduced in the author's previous books. This new volume focuses on "sending forth," the phase that follows our radical encounter with human-ity. Here we find the hope and strength to move from an understanding of mission to actually being commis-sioned by Jesus. In short, as Christians we are "gathered for scattering" and "called to be sent," and this book provides much direction.
Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp, is in his twenty-fourth year at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and is currently professor of mission and culture. Born in Manchester, England, he earned an MA and PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has taught and worked in some thirty-five countries. His pastoral outreach includes ministry in cultures from Africa to the Pacific, and work with Chicago's disenfranchised, especially homeless women. He is the author of fifteen books and numerous articles. Father Gittins also lectures and leads retreats nationally and internationally. He continues his anthropological work by spending periods of time in local churches, especially in Africa and the Central Pacific, working on inculturation by bringing learnings from cultural anthropology and theology together. His commitment to homeless women in Chicago, whose stories he told in Where There's Hope, There's Life: Women's Stories of Homelessness and Survival, is ongoing.
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