Once upon a time , the Episcopal Church was grounded in its identity as "benefactor" or "national church". Those days are gone. But if the Episcopal Church is no longer the church of the establishment, what is the heart of Episcopal identity and mission.
Scholar and Episcopal Priest Dwight Zschelle draws on multiple streams of Anglican thought and practice to craft a vision for mission that addresses the church's post-establishment, post-colonial situation. With vivid stories and concrete practices, Zscheile welcomes readers to re-imagine what it means to be Episcopalian in America today, sending us out to proclaim good news and build relationships in our local contexts.
"There is a renewed conversation about identity and mission in American Anglicanism today,
based on the recognition that the churchs context in the U.S. has dramatically changed. The
legacies of establishment, benefactor approaches to mission, and the national church ideal
are no longer adequate for the challenges and opportunities facing the 21st century church.
But if the Episcopal Church is no longer the Church of the Establishment and the benefactor
model of church is dead, what is the heart of Episcopal mission and identity?
Scholar and Episcopal priest Dwight Zscheile draws on multiple streams of Anglican thought
and practice, plus contemporary experience to craft a vision for mission that addresses the
churchs post-establishment, post-colonial context. With stories, practices and concrete
illustrations, Zscheile engages readers in re-envisioning what it means to be Anglican in
America today and sends readers out to build new relationships within their local contexts."
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