Parish: An Anglican theology of Place
SCM Press, 2017, 218 pp., pbk
The parish profile, occasionally accurate and sometimes unintentionally revealing, is the dominant geographical genre of the Church of England. Deeper reflections on the significance of place are thinner on the ground. This book takes the characteristics of place and delves into them to consider how the situatedness of parish ministry becomes performative of place and community, developing a role in producing both. In doing so Andrew Rumsey narrates a dimension of parish ministry whose visibility has perhaps faded in recent years as place independent networks have attracted the church’s collective attention. It is refreshing to turn from the parties, networks and shibboleths of the ‘C of E’ and focus in on the local.