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Touching the World: Christian Communities Transforming Society [Paperback]

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Pages   162
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.18" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814631754  
EAN  9780814631751  


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From the days of the apostles to the present, Christians have formed intentional communities. While some Christian communities withdraw to avoid contamination from "the world," others reach out in loving service to, and dialogue with, their neighbors. Dan McKanan advocates the latter approach: Christians must be willing to "touch the world" in order to unleash the transformative potential of their communities. In this book, McKanan explores two contemporary community movements that touch the world by honoring the diverse spiritual and vocational paths of the families and individuals who join them. One of these movements, Camphill, derives its inspiration from the esoteric vision of Christianity outlined by Rudolf Steiner. It boasts a worldwide network of schools and villages composed of members with and without developmental disabilities, living and working together most often in agricultural settings. The other is the well-known Catholic Worker movement founded in New York by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. The Worker movement today includes nearly two hundred urban houses of hospitality and rural farms, along with countless individuals who have taken Day's and Maurin's ideals into everyday life. Blending theological and ethnographic approaches, McKanan builds his study on participant observation, archival research, and interviews with members of more than twenty communities. What emerges is a winsome and optimistic vision of the impact transformative Christian communities can have in a blessed and broken world.

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From the days of the apostles to the present, Christians have formed intentional communities. While some Christian communities withdraw to avoid contamination from "the world," others reach out in loving service to, and dialogue with, their neighbors. Dan McKanan advocates the latter approach: Christians must be willing to "touch the world" in order to unleash the transformative potential of their communities. In this book, McKanan explores two contemporary community movements that touch the world by honoring the diverse spiritual and vocational paths of the families and individuals who join them. One of these movements, Camphill, derives its inspirations from the esoteric vision of Christianity outlined by Rudolf Steiner. It boasts a worldwide network of schools and villages composed of members with and without developmental disabilities, living and working together most often in agricultural settings. The other is the well-known Catholic Worker movement founded in New York by Dorothy Day and peter Maurin. The Worker movement today includes nearly two hundred urban houses of hospitality and rural farms, along with countless individuals who have taken Day's and Maurin's ideals into everyday life. Blending theological and ethnographic approaches, McKanan builds his study on participant observation, archival research, and interviews with members of more than twenty communities. What emerges is a winsome and optimistic vision of the impact transformative Christian communities can have in a blessed and broken world.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dan McKanan is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School and the author of "Identifying the Image of God," "Touching the World," and "The Catholic Worker after Dorothy." His writing has appeared in "Sojourners," "America," and many other journals.

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Dan McKanan was born in 1967 and has an academic affiliation as follows - St. John's University and College of Saint Benedict.

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A deeply spiritual and uplifting account.  May 12, 2007
Written by Dan McKanan (associate professor and chair of the theology department, College of Saint Benedict at Saint John's University), Touching the World is an eye-opening exploration of two contemporary Christian movements that reach out to serve the world and share their transformative potential. One is Camphill, inspired by Rudolf Steiner's vision of Christianity, which hosts a worldwide network of schools and villages, and the Catholic Worker movement, which today includes nearly two hundred houses of hospitality and rural farms. Touching the world applies a combined theological and ethnographic approach to its study of these movements' successes and limitations, and the positive value that Christian communities can have in the world. A deeply spiritual and uplifting account.
 

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