Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People

Bass, Dorothy C., ed. Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1997.

This book presents, in compelling and accessible form, the fruits of a collaboration amongst church historians, scripture scholars, theologians and religious educators. Using the idea of Christian "practices" as their focal point, these fourteen scholars trace a set of twelve Christian practices through time, and then suggest ways in which these practices can be embodied with energy in our contemporary context. "Practices" are defined as actions that address fundamental human needs and conditions, are done together and over time, and possess standards of excellence. They were deliberately chosen from the vast range of Christian practices that are not liturgical in nature, but rather have been and can be again, embedded in daily life. The twelve practices highlighted are: honoring the body, hospitality, household economics, saying 'yes' and saying 'no,' keeping Sabbath, testimony, discernment, shaping communities, forgiveness, healing, dying well, and singing our lives. While interpreting scripture is also such a practice, the authors of this volume have woven scripture throughout the book, and considered ways in which scripture can support and enhance the practices described. This book also includes a good collection of resource references for further study and contemplation. (MH)