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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich; 3rd edition (1 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853115711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853115714
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 77.1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"If you are concerned about how the church building aids and abets the mission of the church, and if you are considering any form of reordering this is essential reading. Giles writes in an engaging, witty and thought provoking way (...) History and theology are combined with practical wisdom and insight that will give fresh heart and courage to those who wish to engage in a re-ordering that goes beyond minor tinkering and aims to release the church building for worship and mission in new and exciting ways." (Mark Bonney Praxis News of Worship)

"Repitching the Tent needs to be on the required reading list of every seminary in North America, regardless ot denomination. It is a seminal work for the Church of the 21st century. (...) Richard Giles writes with a sharp, acerbic wit which sometimes elicits a belly laugh, sometimes a profound "aha", and sometimes catches the reader up short about an assumption or misperception. The author challenges, inspires, and motivates us to reach and stretch for excellence in living as the Church of this century in and around buildings of the last several centuries." (Marion Jenkins Liturgy Canada)

About the Author

Richard Giles is the Dean of Philadelphia. Previously he was a parish priest in Huddersfield and Canon Theologian of Wakefield Cathedral.


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Richard Giles in his book 'Re-Pitching the Tent' writes with conviction - and sometimes aggression - about what modern Christian liturgy and sacred space should look like. For those interested in the reordering of Church buildings - moving them on from being evocative monuments to the past to being living, breathing community spaces - this is a book not to be missed. The illustrations are high quality and inspiring as are some of the ideas discussed. However, I do find Giles' prose-style slightly arrogant and his dismissal of traditional ideas and view of 'change-for-the-sake-of-it' slightly irritating (surely there are many ways a building can speak of the glory of God and the vibrance of Christian community, than the de-emphasising of transcendence and the assertion of immance?). That aside, I loved Giles' dramatic recapturing of the meaning of baptism and the importance of the Font (get rid of those bird-baths chaps!), and his understanding of the importance of 'movement' and 'mobilisation' (something he develops powerfully in his later books). My only slight concern is that Giles' work will become dated all too soon as new liturgical insights and challenges will arise to transform Church buildings and liturgy (and perhaps even to re-emphasise what we thought we had left behind). I would recommend all three of Giles' books, even though his ideas are not to be swallowed whole, but only after a great deal of thoughtful chewing, and sometimes even dismissed with a pinch of salt!
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The book follows the novel way of placing 'footnotes' in the left margin rather the botom of the page.
Biblical and other references are used to illustrate and justify the assertions in the text, some times stretching a point. In general a useful list of bullet points to consider when remodelling and reordering of worship spaces is been considered.
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This inspirational and empowering book is an essential read for anyone involved in any way with re-ordering their church. It all becomes so obvious when you follow the very carefully developed arguments in this wonderful book. It completely convinced me that the idea of existing in a "museum" rather than growing in a living and habitable building was completely ridiculous. Our congregation has now set out on the exciting journey of re-pitching our tent with complete conviction that there is no choice but to move forward with hope and enthusiasm.
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