23 January 2010

Book: What Makes a Good Church? Public Theology and the Urban Church

Elaine Graham and Stephen Lowe, "What Makes a Good Church? Public Theology and the Urban Church" (Darton, Longman and Todd, June 2009):


Publisher's description: "In its Faithful Cities report (2006), the [Anglican Archbishops'] Commission on Urban Life and Faith [of which both Graham and Lowe were members] identified the question 'What makes a good city?' as a key catalyst for thinking about the future of our cities and towns. In this groundbreaking work of practical theology, the authors [...] explore this question in depth, from historical, social, economic and spiritual perspectives and offer a vision for the long-term future of the 'good city'".

Elaine Graham is Grosvenor Research Professor at the University of Chester. Until October 2009, she was the Samuel Ferguson Professor of Social and Pastoral Theology at the University of Manchester. From 2005 to 2007, she served as President of the International Academy of Practical Theology.

Stephen Lowe retired from his position as suffragan Bishop of Hulme, in the Anglican Diocese of Manchester, in July 2009. From 2006, he was the Church of England's first Bishop for Urban Life and Faith. He also chaired its Urban Bishops Panel.

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