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    DescriptionSmall Christian Communities, or 'SCCs', are known by different terms in different regions. In earlier years, they were described as 'grassroots communities' or 'basic Christian communities'. Today, they are called 'house churches' in China, 'home churches' in Australia, 'basic ecclesial communities' in Latin America. Whatever their name, these close-knit groups of Christians function as bearers of good news and agents of hope in a troubled world. The Medellin bishops conference of 1968 praised the SCC as "the cell of the church and the radiating centre for its evangelizing efforts". Many Cells -- One Body reflects a life-time of interaction and correspondence with SCCs. In these extended families of fellowship and service, the author discerns the work of one Spirit in a multiplicity of circumstances. He demonstrates that each cell embodies the classic marks of a church that is one, holy, catholic and apostolic, yet he also shows that their form is remarkably flexible and radically non-hierarchical. He argues that this movement's departure from convention should be regarded not as a threat to traditional leadership but as a gift to the whole people of God.


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    Title
    Many Cells - One Body
    Subtitle
    Stories from Small Christian Communities
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian M. Fraser
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 108
    Width: 120 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9782825413708
    ISBN 10: 2825413704
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC subject category V2: HRCX
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.3
    BIC subject category V2: HRCM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25420
    Libri: I-RK
    LC classification: BR
    Ingram Subject Code: RK
    BISAC V2.8: REL025000
    DC22: 262.26
    BISAC V2.8: REL000000
    DC22: 280.1
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVG, QRVS
    Publisher
    World Council of Churches (WCC Publications)
    Imprint name
    World Council of Churches (WCC Publications)
    Publication date
    01 May 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Geneva
    Author Information
    Ian M Fraser holds the degrees of MA, BD and PhD from Edinburgh University. He has served as an industrial labourer-pastor and parish minister of the Church of Scotland, as staff to Scottish Churches House and the World Council of Churches, and as the dean of Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham, England. He has contributed transcripts of more than 300 interviews with members of SCCs in 95 countries to the library of Scottish Churches House and Council, Dunblane. Ian Fraser has been an active participant in the Iona community, one of the earliest modern SCCs, since 1941.