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Issues: Participation in a Common Life

The way in which the Church functions in the modern world was of profound concern to Gabriel Hebert. It is the pivotal feature of Liturgy and Society and its subtitle, The Function of the Church in the Modern World . His reflection upon it had both an impact at the time and is of value to the contemporary Church in her self-reflection and engagement with contemporary society. Three key principles guide the trajectory of this book. First, that the influence of the Parish Communion Movement is at worst anonymous and at best understated in contemporary Anglican ecclesiology and missiology, and that this is a weakness. Secondly, that in Liturgy and Society Hebert articulates an essential voice which helps to reframe current debate about the nature of the Church and mission because of his approach to Church, mission and personhood. Thirdly, in reappraising Hebert, contemporary resonant voices that show affinity with his work in the key areas of liturgy, mission and personhood. This not only illustrates Hebert’s enduring value but also how theological discourse informs, and is informed by, liturgical and missional practice as the function of the Church, disciples of Jesus Christ, in the world continues to be reflected upon.