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Overview While many classic spiritual teachings emphasize the beauty of contemplation, lay Christians must live "in the world," making practical judgments in private and public spheres. Wolfteich offers dynamic and inspiring models of modern day leaders whose conscience of their faith directs their live's decisions.
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Commonweal - 10/25/2002 page 28
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Studio: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.29" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2001
Publisher Crossroad General Interest
ISBN 0824519531 ISBN13 9780824519537
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More About Claire E. Wolfteich
Claire Wolfteich is associate professor of practical theology and spiritual formation at Boston University. Her publications include Navigating New Terrain: Work and Women's Spiritual Lives and American Catholics Through the Twentieth Century: Spirituality, Lay Experience, and Public Life. She codirects the Center for Practical Theology at Boston University and works with urban pastors throughout the country through the center's Sustaining Urban Pastoral Excellence Project, to which she brings experience in leading ecumenical small group formation and spiritual renewal. She directs the Pastoral and Spiritual Formation program and the Spiritual Formation and Church Life Project at the university. She has also served as advisor to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops on issues of women and lay spirituality. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and received her B.A. from Yale University.
Claire E. Wolfteich currently resides in Boston, in the state of Massachusetts.
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A fresh look at the lay Catholic calling Jan 17, 2002
Lay Catholics are expected to live out their primary calling in the secular world, while simultaneously being faithful to Catholic teaching and participating in the inner life of their faith communities. This set of priorities has to be balanced, and a lot of ink has been spent on this "theology of the laity." Wolfteich offers a fascinating new approach to the issues, by examining how some Catholic public figures have balanced the private and public selves--notably, John F. Kennedy, Mario Cuomo and Cesar Chavez. Wolfteich concludes that the easy division between a private religious self and a pluralistic public self, made famous by Kennedy, is not theologically satisfactory. Chavez is a better example of someone who successfully blended social commitments and religious faith. Wolfteich also offers a lot of food for thought on more narrowly theological questions about the place of the laity in the Catholic church today. Her book shows once again the value of "hybrid" scholarship, as opposed to the narrowly enclosed vision that often afflicts both Catholic and Protestant theology. Theology, ethics, and social and political thought are beautifully blended here.