The collection of essays the forms the book Remembering Our Future stems from a conference consisting of charismatic evangelical Anglicans. The participants of the conference and authors of the essays seek to creatively forge a way to the future by remembering the past. They hope for the way forward to include the charisma of the Holy Spirit and a solid theology that addresses the pastoral and spiritual needs of Christians in their ordinary experiences. The vision of the authors is described by the term "deep church." For them, deep church incorporates the best of Christian tradition in pastoral methods that fully engage the emerging culture. Deep church is a commitment to what Walker calls a "thick or maximalist" form of Christianity. (2)
The authors individually and collectively urge readers to recover the deep structures of the Christian faith that predate divisions in Christendom and convey a rule of faith, traditions and spiritual disciplines that are means, not obstacles, of grace for the entire body of Christ. In deep church, the institutional and charismatic natures of Christianity coinhere productively to build up a distinct community that is conformed to the image of Christ while bearing witness to him in contemporary society.
The authors of the book express several cohesive themes of deep church. These include the significance of the historical tradition of Christianity to contemporary church, the need to reemphasize Christian community, an appeal to develop more intensive processes of Christian formation and a recovery of shared charisma in worship and ministry. These themes are discussed more fully. Through all of them, the authors continually point the need of sound theology that is based on not only present interpretation of scripture but on the historic memory of the church beginning with the apostolic traditions of the early church.
Walker seeks for evangelicals to reexamine the roles of liturgy of word and sacrament, set prayers and collects and lectionaries that have roots during the most charismatic and spontaneous eras of the church. The liturgy must be inhabited by the Holy Spirit who is welcomed and recognized as the present Lord of the gathering. Cocksworth and Stackhouse provide teaching on Spirit-filled and empowered worship in the liturgical tradition. This is a catholic and charismatic form of worship with roots in the gospel and early church. For deep church, there is no required choice between life-less liturgical worship or modern formless worship.
This is a great introduction to "deep church" and where the Lord might be trying to lead the contemporary church.
Craig Stephans, author of Shakespeare On Spirituality: Life-Changing Wisdom from Shakespeare's Plays
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