IN FIVE languages, Laudate Omnes Gentes offers resources for ecumenical celebrations. Some texts are also given in further languages on an accompanying CD (€19.80; order from the World Council of Churches website, www.oikumene.org).
The aim of the 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference was to formulate a strategic plan for the evangelisation of the world. In A Century of Mission and Unity, Ian Ellis tells its story and analyses its effects not only on mission, but also on ecumenism (Columba Press, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-85607-689-0).
That conference is also the starting-point for Pauline Webb’s Now Think On . . . : From Edinburgh 1910 to World Mission 2010: Ecumenical themes and thoughts (available from Church in the Market Place Publications, 38 Sands Avenue, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 0NU, £8.95 incl. p. & p.).
Robert Johnson’s A Global Introduction to Baptist Churches takes account of the different traditions and practices of Baptist churches around the world (CUP, £19.99 (£18); 978-0-521-70170-9).
Bridget Nichols introduces and has edited The Collect in the Churches of the Reformation, a collection of essays from a wide range of scholars. The part played by these prayers is viewed from the perspective of various traditions, e.g Anglican, Methodist, and Lutheran; and there are chapters on Baptist and RC worship. Others address the relationship between collects and lectionaries, and special collections (SCM Press, £55 (£49.50); 978-0-334-04207-5).
In Testimony in the Spirit: Rescripting ordinary Pentecostal theology (Ashgate, £50 (£45); 978-0-7546-6352-2), Mark Cartledge has undertaken a study of Hockley Pentecostal Church.
Brian Knightley and his wife Dorothy spent 13 years as Salvation Army missionaries in Liberia. He tells their story in Mission Liberia (Matador, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-184876-468-2).
Marthe Robin and her spiritual director Fr Georges Finet set up the first Foyer in 1936 in France. Foyers are places of retreat run by Roman Catholic lay people living together in community with a priest. Martin Blake tells the story in Marthe Robin and the Foyers of Charity (Theotokos Publishing, £7.95 (£7.15); 978-0-9550746-2-2).
Alan Betteridge’s book Deep Roots, Living Branches is defined by its subtitle, A history of Baptists in the English Western Midlands, up to 2008 (Matador, £15 (£13.50); 978-184876-277-0).
David Clark has edited accounts of 16 case-studies of mission, and reflects on what they can teach. Reshaping the Mission of Methodism: A diaconal church approach concentrates on city-wide circuits as the basis for its advocated new direction in mission (available from David Clark, Hill View, Burton Close Drive, Bakewell DE45 1BG; £10).
In Theology in Winter Light, Enda McDonagh reflects on Christian life and love in a society and Church that feel more alien than in the past. His particular concern is the RC Church in Ireland, and with the post-Vatican II RC Church as a whole (Columba Press, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1085607-683-8).
And put together in honour of Enda McDonagh is Beauty, Truth and Love, papers given at two conferences: the first to mark his golden jubilee of priesthood; the second to celebrate his giving his library to the Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology. The book is edited by Patrick Hannon and Eugene Duffy; its contributors’ subjects range widely (Columba Press, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-85607-662-3).
The Murphy report of 2009 investigated how the RC Church responded to allegations of child sexual abuse in the archdiocese of Dublin, 1975-2004. The future of the Roman Church in Ireland in the light of its findings is addressed from different perspectives in The Dublin/Murphy Report: A watershed for Irish Catholicism, edited by John Littleton and Eamon Maher (Columba Press, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-1-85607-697-5).
The state of the Irish RC Church is also the starting-point for Brian D’Arcy’s A Little Bit of Healing (Columba Press, £9.99 (£9.10); 978-1-85607-688-3).
Hildegard Goss-Mayr, an advocate of non-violence, is an Austrian Roman Catholic, who, with her husband, has worked internationally for peace. Richard Deats’s book Marked for Life tells the story of her work in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and includes a selection of pieces written by her (New City, £9.95 (£9); 978-1-56548-309-5).
John Portman’s Catholic Culture in the USA looks at people who, he says, want to be Roman Catholic but feel that the RC Church gets in the way (Continuum, £18.99 (£17.10); 978-1-4411-8892-2).
Dom Helder Camara, who died in 1999, aged 90, was an RC archbishop in Brazil who spoke out on human-rights issues and advocated a theology of liberation. Francis McDonagh introduces his Essential Writings (Orbis/Alban, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-1-57075-823-2).
15 Days of Prayer with Henri Nouwen is a guide, by Robert Waldon, for those who wish to undertake a spiritual journey of 15 days in Nouwen’s company (New City, £8.95 (£8); 978-1-56548-324-8).
In God Knows There’s Need: Christian responses to poverty, Susan Holman explores how Christians have approached need and social justice through the ages, and how old texts can help 21st-century people address these issues. Included in her study is some work on previously untranslated documents from early times (OUP, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-0-19-538362-1).
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Figures in brackets are Church Times Bookshop prices.