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Faith and the Future of the Countryside [Paperback]

Jill Hopkinson , Alan Smith
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31 Mar 2012
Faith and the Future of the Countryside is a practical and theological handbook for rural ministry today, offers up to date resources for theological reflection, preaching and practical action in response to issues affecting rural congregations and whole communities in the 21st century. Practitioners in a variety of Christian denominations address the concerns of rural communities today, helping you to understand key issues in the context of mission and respond both pastorally and prophetically. Topics included are the changing profile of rural communities, health and wellbeing, the politics of food production, the rural economy, the local effects of climate change, the pastoral mission of the rural church, spirituality and the countryside and more.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich (31 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848251173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848251175
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JILL HOPKINSON is National Rural Officer for the Church of England. ALAN SMITH is the Bishop of St Albans and is the author of God- Shaped Mission and, with Peter Shaw, of The Reflective Leader.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 13 April 2014
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As I have noted elsewhere, there is a lack of writing in the Church about rural theology. Whilst this book does not propose a rural theology, it does provide some interesting articles about rural life and theological reflections which link different issues within rural theology (e.g. rural poverty, a major issue in rural and farming communities where farmers are 'land rich, but money poor', with the problems associated with environmental change). Whilst it offers no simple solutions, it does provide an interesting framework from which to begin to develop a theology of rural theology, or on a more basic level, to begin to reflect on rural life from a theological perspective.
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