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Notice board: ecumenical studies

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13 January 2017

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SPCK has published in one volume all ARCIC II’s five Agreed State­ments: Looking Towards a Church Fully Reconciled: The Final Report of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission 1983-2005 (ARCIC II), edited by Adelbert Denaux, Nicholas Sagovsky, and Charles Sherlock (£14.99 (£13.50); 978-0-281077-793). Addi­tional material includes introductions for each Statement, a collation of responses, analysed by ARCIC III with a view to promoting their reception and identifying further work needed, and biblio­graphies; and essays intended to support the reception of the work of ARCIC II as a corpus. These survey theological themes, and tell the ARCIC story. The co-chairs write a preface.

Brands Plucked from the Burning: Essays on Methodist memori­alisation and remembering arises from a 2011 conference on the telling of life stories and Methodist identity. David Hart and David Jeremy edit and contribute to the collection (Wesley Historical Soci­ety, £14.95; 978-0-9554527-9-6).

The Cambridge Companion to American Methodism is edited by Jason Vickers. It covers the making and remaking of the denomination, its religious culture, and its relation­ship with society (CUP, £20.99 (£18.90); 9781-107-40105-1).

Paul Fiddes with Brian Hayes and Richard Kidd offer a perspective on Baptists and the Communion of Saints (Baylor University Press, £38.50 (£34.65); 978-1-4813-0089-6).

The Crisis of Confidence in the Catholic Church can be put down to questions of power, authority, and clericalism which have their roots in history, according to Raymond Helmick, who assesses the current situation and looks at how it has arisen (Bloomsbury, £23.99 (£21.59); 978-0-567-46425-5).

Callan Slipper believes that over­coming disharmony between differ­ent communities within the faith relies entirely on individuals’ love for each other. In his short book Five Steps to Living Christian Unity, he sets out a way forward (New City, £4 (£3.60); 978-1-56548-501-3).

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