Church And Countryside: Insights From Rural Theology

Paperback | June 28, 2011

byTim Gibson

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In Church and Countryside, Tim Gibson offers a primer in rural theology. He sees the rural church as having a distinctive character that is grounded in its sacramental life. He also makes practical suggestions about ways in which the church in the countryside can contribute to the flourishing of the communities it serves. Gibson's work is informed by his own experience of ministry in rural areas. It is shot through with his enthusiasm for, and deep love of, the rural context. Gibson's insights are derived from an intimate knowledge of the issues facing rural communities in the early twenty-first century, and a genuine desire to see the church responding to these issues. For Gibson, the rural church has a unique story to tell about what it means to live in community with one's fellow creatures. This book is an attempt to explore that story, and to find ways in which the Church's members can live it.Tim Gibson is a writer and lecturer, with a particular interest in rural affairs, ethics and theology. He lives in rural Somerset and teaches at the Southern Theological Education & Training Scheme.'In this thoughtful, reflective and imaginative book, Tim Gibson has given us an outstanding insight into rural ministry today. He offers a shrewd, perceptive and wise analysis of the opportunities and challenges that face the rural church. He is able to articulate the hope and prospects for future ministry, and offers a theologically vibrant and tenacious vision for the ruralchurch. Spiritually vivid and imaginatively written, this is a superb book for all those who want to explore how the rural church can conduct its mission and ministry in today's world.'Martyn Percy, Principal, Ripon College Cuddesdon'In this insightful and refreshing analysis of the rural church and countryside concerns (food, farming, rural services, landscape and leisure), Tim Gibson takes theology seriously and demonstrates that theology matters. Here is a sustained attempt in rural theology that is both worth the attention of clergy and accessible to lay people.'Leslie Francis, Professor of Religions and Education at Universityof Warwick, and Canon Theologian at Bangor Cathedral'Dr Gibson offers an account of rural theology that is accessible, hopeful and realistic. It will be a valuable catalyst for discussion in very many rural contexts. His stress on the centrality of the eucharist is particularly timely and challenging at a juncture at which eucharistic life is tending to diminish within ever-larger groupings of churches. Warmly recommended.'Christopher Southgate, Research Fellow in Theology, University of Exeter

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In Church and Countryside, Tim Gibson offers a primer in rural theology. He sees the rural church as having a distinctive character that is grounded in its sacramental life. He also makes practical suggestions about ways in which the church in the countryside can contribute to the flourishing of the communities it serves. Gibson's work...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:154 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.33 inPublished:June 28, 2011Publisher:Hymns Ancient and Modern LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0334042038

ISBN - 13:9780334042037

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