That we may all (finally!) be one : covenant, hospitality, and the expanding identity of the United Church of Christ / Mary Susan Gast.Material type: TextPublisher: Cleveland : Pilgrim Press, ©2016Description: xvi, 264 pages ; 23 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0829820310; 9780829820317Subject(s): United Church of ChristDDC classification: 285.834 LOC classification: BX9885 | .G37 2016
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Introduction. Covenant, hospitality, and the expanding identity of the United Church of Christ -- Part I. Our church's founding vision of unity and freedom -- That they may all be one -- A unity of multiple voices -- A covenantal polity -- Part II. Local churches -- Encountering God in a real human community -- Who is welcome here? -- Constitutions and covenants -- Keeping covenant in times of stress -- Part III. Wider church -- Love one another -- Regional organizational patterns -- National organizational patterns -- Covenantal relationships delineated but not dictated by constitution and bylaws -- When democratic process is not enough -- Part IV. Ministry -- Authorization and oversight of ministry: strengthening covenant -- Authorization of ministry -- Oversight of authorized ministry -- Search and call: congregations finding ministers and ministers finding new calls -- Glossary of terms related to ministry -- Part V. Identity and unity -- Our theological identity -- Fissures and tensions in our unity -- The myth of unity or the unifying myth -- Concluding thoughts on hospitality and covenant, our genius and our challenge.