The Word Among Us

February 2004 Issue

Variety, the Spice of (Church) Life

Five new books to meet a wide range of spiritual needs.

By: Ellen Wilson Fielding

One of the desires closest to St. Paul's heart was that the infant Christian communities he served would be models of unity, their members considering themselves no longer either male or female, Jew or Greek, slave or free (Galatians 3:28). In this he united himself to Christ's prayer for unity at the Last Supper: "That all may be one" (John 17:21).

But what exactly does being one in Christ mean? Does it condemn us to a straitjacket spirituality, where we all end up looking alike, acting...

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