Episcopal Etiquette And Ethics: Living the Craft of Priesthood In the Episcopal Church
A distinctive resource that deals with all the practicalities of the Episcopal culture for those preparing for--and exercising--ministry in the Episcopal Church. Read more
Answers neglected yet difficult questions around clothes (not just clerical attire), money, relationships and conversation A "complete guide to a sub-culture," that can help clergy person serve the Episcopal Church more effectively.
What is the appropriate attire for an Episcopal priest at the events associated with the service in the Book of Common Prayer, the "Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage?" What does it mean to be an icon of Christ at a cocktail party? How does one live with sensitive confidential information from a parishioner?
These questions might seem almost trivial yet are deeply serious. The Episcopal Church is a distinctive culture: effective ministry needs an understanding of the distinctive Episcopal culture.
At one level, this is a book that introduces and explains the Episcopal faith to a potential priest who wants to be effective in this world. At another level, this book is a reflection on the meaning and nature of the holy mystery of priesthood. Drawing upon his rich parish experience in the Episcopal Church, Hawkins distils a wealth of practical experience and tips to enhance the training of seminarians and the ministries of established priests.
Hawkins takes the reader through the pastoral offices with theological reflection and vignettes in order to encourage "good priestly habits." Ideal reading for anyone wishing to serve the Episcopal Church in an ordained capacity.
Paperback 117 pages
The Rev. Dr. James Barney Hawkins IV is vice president of institutional advancement, associate dean for the Center of Anglican Communion Studies, and professor of pastoral Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is also an Episcopal priest with over 30 years of parish ministry. He is the editor of two books with Church Publishing: Christ and Culture: Communion after Lambeth (Canterbury Studies in Anglicanism) and Living With a Divided Mind.
"The advice of one of the Desert Fathers, 'Speak from what you have put into practice,' is admirably reflected in Barney Hawkins' wise and grace-filled reflections upon the craft and habit of priesthood. Both newly-ordained and those who may stand in need of refreshment after many years of active ministry will find Hawkins' insights and counsel a source of encouragement with regard to what we are ordained to do, and who we are called to be." The Rt. Rev. Frank T. Griswold III, XXV Presiding Bishop, ECUSA
"However this book came to be in your hands, open it carefully so that you do not miss any part of what is being offered you: true words from a wise man about livinga life that matters, without dismissing any of the dark guests who keep priests honest and make ministry worth doing. You will find as much art as craft here, but above all you will find the beating heart of someone who loves what he does and wants you to know why." Barbara Brown Taylor, Author of'An Altar in the World'