Apostolic Women, Apostolic Authority

Transfiguring Leadership in Today’s Church

Martyn Percy & Christina Rees, Editors

Jan/2011, 260 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.25 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819224507



Foreword by Barbara Harris

Apostolic Women, Apostolic Authority addresses the state of women’s leadership in the Anglican Communion and highlights the distinctive contribution women make when they take on senior posts. This collaborative work incorporates stories, theological reflection, and biblical scholarship, welcoming readers into a riveting conversation about the future of women, ministry, leadership, and communion.

Contributors, including Katharine Jefferts Schori, Catherine Roskam, and other women Anglican leaders, reflect on their shared experience as apostolic women.

Part One looks at the role of women in the light of scripture and tradition
Part Two explores women and ecclesiastical leadership
Part Three assesses the challenges facing women’s ministry today and explores some spiritual resources for meeting them
Part Four imagines some possible futures

Martyn Percy is Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon and the Oxford Ministry Course. He is also Professor of Theological Education at King's College London, and Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College London. He is also an Honorary Canon of Salisbury Cathedral. Martyn has served as a Director and Council member of the Advertising Standards Authority, as a Commissioner of the Direct Marketing Authority, and as an Adjudicator for the Portman Group (the self-regulating body for the alcoholic drinks industry). He is a member of the BBC Standing Committee on Religion and Beliefs, as well as an advisor to the British Board of Film Classification. Since 2003 he has co-ordinated the Society for the Study of Anglicanism at the American Academy of Religion. He writes on Christianity and contemporary culture, modern ecclesiology and practical theology. His recent books include Clergy: The Origin of Species (2006), Engaging Contemporary Culture: Christianity and the Concrete Church (2005) and Shaping the Church: The Promise of Implicit Theology (2010).

Christina Rees, author and commentator, served for more than a decade as Chair of WATCH (Women and the Church), the group that spearheaded England's movement for the ordination of women to the episcopate.

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