GENDER, GENESIS AND CHURCH – a new publication by member Ian M. Fraser, which can be downloaded for free below
On Genesis, Gender and Church:
Ian Fraser sees in the first eleven chapters of Genesis – before history starts with Abraham – a priceless treasure-house of insights into how we are placed in the world and how we are to be related to God and other inhabitants of the earth. All these are worked out in perceptive poetry and parable.
Woven into the very fabric of our planet’s life is an inheritance of hope. Humans beings are created with a family likeness to God. We are given complementary gifts of gender to work together with God towards the world’s fulfilment. Gender disinheritance results in a dysfunctional world and church. We are called to share in mending the situation, that God’s kingdom may come and God’s will be done.
Ian Fraser has been a pastor-labourer in heavy industry, a parish minister, Warden of Scottish Churches House, an Executive Secretary of the World Council of Churches, and Dean and Head of the Department of Mission at Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham. He is the author of many books, including Strange Fire, The Way Ahead, A Storehouse of Kingdom Things, and Reinventing Theology, which is used as a standard theological sourcebook throughout the world.
Ian is one of the original members of the Iona Community who helped George MacLeod to rebuild the common life and the Abbey buildings on the Iona. Throughout his life he has travelled the world, alone and with his wife, Margaret, visiting basic Christian communities. He has walked alongside slum-dwellers in India and Haiti; Nicaraguan and Cuban revolutionaries; priests, nuns and catechists facing arrest and/or death in Central and South America; and small farming and fishing communities in the Philippines.
If you have any comments on Genesis, Gender and Church for Ian, which I’m sure he’d appreciate, please contact him through the Members Book.
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