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|Title: History of the Society of the Sacred Mission|
By: Alistair Mason
Vendor: Morehouse Publishing
|Weight: 2 pounds|
Stock No: WW3110795
Kelham broke the class barriers fencing the Anglican ministry, and became the largest theological college in England. The students lived as part of a religious community, but this was no narrow Anglo-Catholicism. Fr Kelly and his students at the SCM camps at Baslow and Swanwick were ecumenical pioneers.
What made the difference was that Kelham, following Fr Kelly, took theology seriously, theology as a clue to the whole of human life. Their best-known member, Fr Gabriel Hebert, made liturgy and the Bible live for 20th century Christians, and continued Fr Kelly's ecumenism. The Society flourished in Australia, with a Kelham-down-under and many novices; there were provinces too in Asia and Africa.
Like other religious orders, SSM had a crisis in the 1960s and 1970s. Their colleges closed, and many members left. The Society adjusted to small priories, and a greater variety of work. It has gone back to pre-theological training and to inner London, where it began. This is the history of a Society trying to discover the will of God. How do we know what is God's will? As Fr Kelly said, 'You don't; and that's the giddy joke.'
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