Christian Ritualizing and the Baptismal Process

Christian Ritualizing and the Baptismal Process

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Most people, even non-Christians, know that Christians gather for worship once a week, and that they are right there to support each other when there is a baptism or a wedding or a funeral. But what about other poignant, vulnerable, or life-changing times? How does the church help people handle changes that in the past, in Christendom, were considered secular? Does the church have a role at retirement when one's ministry changes, or when a family's children leave home and familiar patterns seem to grind to a halt? Is there any rite possible for someone who is called to Christian ministry but not to ordination? Or to someone whose vows are broken in divorce? Christian Ritualizing and the Baptismal Process asserts that baptism marks the beginning of a process of participation in Christ's ministry, so that no part of life can finally be considered secular. Susan Marie Smith shows how every passage, healing, and ministry vocation is holy, and she lays the groundwork needed for every church to create the rituals necessary to lament and celebrate the endings and beginnings that happen in every Christian life.New York: Crossroad, 1992. ... Unpublished scoring manual, vols. ... A Short Catechism or Plain Instruction containing the sum ofChristian Learning, set forth by the Kinga#39;s Majestya#39;s ... Journal ofFeminist Studies in Religion 16 (2000) 63a€“85.

Title:Christian Ritualizing and the Baptismal Process
Author:Susan Marie Smith
Publisher:Wipf and Stock Publishers - 2011-11-15


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