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Look Back in Hope: An Ecumenical Life by Keith Clements

By Keith Clements

a baby of China missionary mom and dad, Keith Clements seems to be again on a existence wealthy in varied reports in lots of components of the area as pastor, theologian, author, and servant of the ecumenical flow. In so doing he reveals wish "for the production of actual neighborhood on the planet, of individuals between themselves, with God, and with production. that's what the gospel of Christ is all approximately, what the church is ready, and certainly what God who lives and loves as three-in-one is all about." He recollects cases of grace in which--even amid clash and tragedy--people, church buildings, and groups observe the chances of latest existence jointly. it really is either a really human tale of non-public religion, and an insider's account of ecumenical Christianity's quest for a extra visibly united church and a global of peace and justice. well-known affects like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and present-day leaders akin to Desmond Tutu determine prominently; yet so do so-called usual humans he has met through the years, even if in an English village, in communist East Germany, or in a South African squatter camp, who've proven incidentally they dwell that one other world--and one other form of church--is possible.

"One is struck repeatedly by means of the infrequent mixture of highbrow intensity, theological perception, and ecumenical ardour that pervade [this book's] pages; echoing in such a lot of methods the lifetime of Clements' nice hero, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. . . . this is often theological biography of the very best quality and maximum wisdom."
--Sean wintry weather, Pilgrim Theological College

"Many who're deeply indebted to Keith for his huge, immense contribution to the lifetime of the ecumenical church will suppose both indebted to him for this remarkably considerate account which confirms him as probably the most vital ecumenical leaders and thinkers of our time."
--John de Gruchy, collage of Cape Town

"This interesting account of a life of the author's ecumenical ministry, in the community and in foreign affairs, celebrates indicators of desire yet can also be transparent approximately overlooked possibilities and screw ups of the church buildings to maneuver jointly. The imaginative and prescient, with its ardour for harmony inseparable from a fondness for justice and peace, is compelling."
--Dame Mary Tanner, previous President for Europe, international Council of Churches

"Clements's memoir combines exciting eyewitness testimony to the interior workings of the ecumenical move in the course of the moment half the 20 th century, perceptive theological perception and observation over a variety of ecclesiastical and social issues, relocating recollections of relations and church lifestyles, and distinctive travelogues that take us to distant locales which many folks will purely stopover at vicariously throughout the author's willing eye."
--Barry Harvey, Baylor University

Keith Clements, after ten years pastoring neighborhood congregations, was once show at Bristol Baptist collage and taught theology at Bristol college. From 1990 he labored full-time at the overseas ecumenical scene, and used to be basic secretary of the convention of eu church buildings, Geneva, 1997-2005. Writing on smooth Christian lifestyles and concept, his targeted pursuits have integrated Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the ecumenical pioneer J. H. Oldham. he's a minister of the Baptist Union of significant Britain.

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