The Word Among Us

November 2008 Issue

“The Christing of the World”

The unique, compelling call of Caryll Houselander.

By: Ellen Wilson Fielding

“The Christing of the World”: The unique, compelling call of Caryll Houselander. by Ellen Wilson Fielding

She was Caryll Houselander, a twentieth-century Englishwoman whose unusual life fulfilled a singular vision—that each of us, in our God-created uniqueness, contributes something irreplaceable to the continued incarnation of Christ on earth. She called this the "Christing of the world."

She was a self-described "neurotic," and an emotionally neglected child of divorce. She was a chain-smoking, carrot-haired "gnome,"...

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