Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Toward Our Mutual Flourishing: The Episcopal Church, Interreligious Relations, and Theologies of Religious Manyness

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Toward Our Mutual Flourishing: The Episcopal Church, Interreligious Relations, and Theologies of Religious Manyness

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Toward Our Mutual Flourishing: The Episcopal Church, Interreligious Relations, and Theologies of Religious Manyness. By Lucinda Allen Mosher. Studies in Episcopal and Anglican Theology, Volume 3. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2012. xiii + 189 pp. $79.95 (cloth).

This book is one of two addressing interreligious relations in the broader Studies in Episcopal and Anglican Theology series. As stated in the introduction, the authors purpose is for readers to "learn about the theological and practical teaching on interfaith matters by one denomination of Christianity and how it now articulates its theological rationale for this work" (p. 1). Lucinda Mosher accomplishes this goal by walking the reader through the history and development of the Episcopal Church's official statements and General Convention resolutions pertaining to other religions. Because the author has been party to discussions leading up to many of these statements, she is able to speak with unique background knowledge and genuine authority.

Mosher begins with defining terms and sources before explaining the principles of dialogue in the Episcopal Church. She grounds said principles in history, giving the reader a sense of every step leading to the most recent theological statement. She then focuses on the ecumenical nature of the church's interreligious work before looking specifically at the church's history with Jewish and then Muslim relations. She explores the justification for interreligious relations before concluding with the ecclesiology of the same. Mosher ends her work pointing to where others might continue itasking both how the church will grow its relations with religions outside the Abrahamic faiths, and how the church will address interreligious relations in cultures outside the United States where the Episcopal Church shows rapid growth.

This book would be useful to students researching the history and theology of interreligious relations in the Episcopal Church. It would also prove useful to ecumenical and interreligious diocesan officers-especially those new to the position. …

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