John and Mary Moritz are members of the Southeast (Jacksonville) Chapter and the Regional Coordinators for the Southeast Region. John also happens to be an avid reader, particularly of Orbis books. Below, he profiles five new Orbis books for us.
Orbis offers us 5 new books for March 2018 that will stretch and challenge us all.
- What is the Mission of the Church? by Roger Schoeder is a second edition of his classic. The book doesn’t offer much new in content from the first edition. But it does give many new references from Pope Francis and updates resource materials sources. For anyone new to the mission concept, this is a must read introduction.
- Traditional Ritual as Christian Worship by R. Daniel Shaw and William R. Burrows, eds. is a collection of essays, from a variety of cultural, ethnic and religious ritual traditions, which places them within the historical and current experience of how we, as Christians, worship. If you attended MAC 2017 and couldn’t quite integrate the Mayan rituals within your own liturgical experience, this would be a good read.
- To the Margins by Andrea Riccardi presents series of vignettes that illustrate the vision of Pope Francis as a poor church for the poor. This book is primarily European in context; using the history of San’ Egidio community as an exemplar of moving church from the center to the periphery.
- A Poor and Merciful Church by Stan Chu Ilo is a more academic treatment of the ecclesiology of Pope Francis. This book is told from an African perspective. The author is a sophisticated and well versed theologian who can look forward as well as backward. I came away from this read with almost a fear of being left behind as he visions the church toward the future. The church of the global south will certainly show us the way.
- Richard Rohr, Essential Teachings on Love By Joelle Chase and Judy Traeger is another in the Modern Spiritual Masters Series. This compendium of Rohr’s teachings is well assembled and is a chronology of the development of his thought. It is a book about him, using his words as source material for his biography. But more than a biography, this is a presentation of the development of a future vision of church from the “edge of the inside of the church”.