The Spirit of Community
The Power of the Sacraments in The Christian Community
Modern society places great emphasis on the individual as a dynamic, creative force, free to pursue one’s own goals and ambitions. Nevertheless, people also still long to be part of a community and form meaningful relationships with other human beings. One of the places this deeper connection can be found is in religious worship together.
In this thoughtful book, Ulrich Meier shows how each of the seven sacraments of The Christian Community contributes to community-building. He explores how, through baptism, the community welcomes a new life on Earth, aware of and acknowledging the life that was lived in spirit before birth; then, confirmation marks the transition from the close ties of parents and teachers to the broader community; and in sacramental consultation, individuals explore the relationship of their past actions to their future intentions.
This book is for all those who wish to deepen their understanding of the sacraments and help to build a more vibrant community of Christians.