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Pioneers of Religious Renewal

A History of The Christian Community in the English-Speaking World

September 2016
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    30th September 2016
  • ISBN 9781782503156
  • Language English
  • Pages 192 pp.
  • Size 6.1" x 9.2"

“The Christian Community is a new church born in the present age, recognizing individual people's freedom to discover their own truths independently of any imposed doctrinal dogmas. Priests wear vestments and the sacraments are celebrated, but in a renewed form in a language of today. Priests undertake to celebrate these sacraments objectively, without personal alterations or additions.” (from the preface)

The Christian Community is a unique church organisation in the modern world. It values the rhythm and ritual of the sacraments (such as baptism and holy communion), and has reestablished them in a form which tries to meet the deepest needs of searching souls. At the same time, it proclaims the right of individuals to judge what they believe, rather than what the church tells them. It therefore offers something quite particular and vital for the future of Christianity.

This book looks back to the founding of The Christian Community in 1922, following inspiration from Rudolf Steiner, and especially its beginnings in English-speaking countries. It includes accounts of the key personalities who brought the organisation into existence, such as Friedrich Rittelmeyer and Emil Bock, as well as the priests and leaders who pioneered it in Britain, North America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, including Alfred Heidenreich, Oliver Matthews, Verner Hegg, Heinz Maurer, Julian Sleigh, Eileen Hersey, Michael Tapp and many more.

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Christward Kröner

1. Beginnings of The Christian Community
2. Beginnings in Britain
3. Wartime and Postwar Years
4. Expansion to America
5. Southern Africa
6. Australia and New Zealand
7. Conclusion

The 48 Founding Priests


Christian Maclean

Christian Maclean has been involved in The Christian Community since childhood. He started training to be a priest but instead agreed to assume management of the Community's English-language publisher in Edinburgh, Scotland, Floris Books,which he ran for thirty-five years. He is currently chair of The Christian Community in Great Britain and Editor at Floris Books. Christian is the author of Pioneers of Religious Renewal. He lives in Edinburgh.