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Preaching and the Theological Imagination

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Edited By Zachary Guiliano and Cameron Partridge

In an era in which The Episcopal Church and the Church of England have become increasingly alarmed about numerical decline, Christian proclamation has become more important than ever. To fully meet this challenge, Anglicans must reclaim a vocation to preach the good news with both deep theological grounding and imaginative dynamism. Crucial to this process is a sustained engagement with deepening the theological imagination of the whole Christian community, through renewed practices of, and approaches to, preaching, study, and spiritual development.
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10. Practicing the Theology of Companionship: Preaching an Interreligious Gospel

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C. Denise Yarbrough

IN THIS volume, we are reflecting upon the art of preaching, particularly as Episcopalians or Anglicans in the United States of the twenty-first century. The religious landscape in which we preach differs radically from that of fifty years ago. Christians in North America today are living in a culture in which their mainline faith is assumed to be the religion of the majority when in reality the mainline Christian denominations have lost adherents in significant numbers. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reports “the United States is on the verge of becoming a minority Protestant country.”1 Religious diversity and pervasive secularism have transformed our culture in dramatic ways. Theologian Douglas John Hall writes:

We do our theology from now on in the midst of many others “who are not (but decidedly not!) of this fold”…our own faith, if only we are aware of it, is a constantly renewed decision, taken in the knowledge that other faiths are readily available to us.2

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