Finding Home: Stories of Roman Catholics Entering the Episcopal Church

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Webber tells the stories of men and women who left the church of their childhood for various reasons: questions of conscience, desire to remarry after divorce, conflict over religious authority, the need to explore and question, a hunger for spiritual growth, or theological differences. These vivid stories also raise larger pastoral questions of discernment, hospitality, inclusion, and belonging.

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"I was brought up as an Episcopalian, but I never doubted that I belonged to the Catholic Church," says Webber in this paean to the Episcopal Church as reflected in the stories of 11 converts from Roman Catholicism. A homogeneous group, all are from the educated middle class; five, like the author, are now Episcopal priests. Taken together, their stories portray an Episcopal Church very much like the church they left, but, in their opinion, more responsive, less authoritarian and far superior in art and liturgy. Despite his preference for Anglicanism, Webber is careful not to badmouth Rome; in his mind, the two denominations belong to one big happy family and, indeed, he seems more comfortable with his Catholic cousins than with his barely mentioned evangelical Episcopal siblings. Of undoubted interest to Episcopal "inquirer" groups, this book should also be taken seriously by Catholic decision-makers who wonder why denominational loyalties are fraying.
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In Finding Home, Christopher Webber tells the stories of men and women who left the church of their childhood for a number of different reasons: questions of conscience, remarriage after divorce, conflict over authority, the need to explore and to ask questions of their faith, instruction for their children, a hunger for spiritual growth. Finding Home presents what it meant for a lawyer, a pilot, a nurrse, an executive, a homemaker, two priests, and a bishop to leave the Roman Catholic Church and enter the Anglican Communion. The stories of their journeys into the Episcopal Church also raise larger issues of conversion, discernment, hospitality, including, church membrhsip, theology, and belonging. Finding Home provides the reader with a great deal of "food for thought" and a framework to consider themselves and their own situations with respect to membership in their church. -- Midwest Book Review

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