AuthorsGraham, Elaine L.
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThe preoccupation of many of the churches over recent times with questions of gender and sexuality in relation to who is and is not permitted to be ordained has taken place at the expense of other, equally fundamental questions about the nature of the church’s ministry overall, and to the roles, responsibilities and training of the laity. It is time to turn our attention to the question of the role of the laity and the work they do as members of the Church in the world. Throughout Christian history, people have been asking the same question: what about the laity? Who are the laity? Whatever happened to the laity? Why is it that despite successive waves of innovative, exciting debate towards a theology of the laity from the mid-twentieth century is a theology of the laity still such a neglected area? Why has theological reflection on the laity been afforded such low priority – and even when it has taken place, why has it not proved of lasting and sustainable impact?
Citation2015 Annual Chester Cathedral Lecture
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