A collection of pieces on the distinctive nature of spirituality in an urban context. This stimulating collection of specially commissioned pieces, by a variety of distinguished authors, aims to increase substantially our understanding of the distinctive nature of spirituality in an urban context, and illustrate how the city affects the religious experience of the people and institutions located there. Themes addressed in the book are: cities and human community; the spirituality of everyday life; hymns and the city; reclaiming faith; urbanization, the Christian Church and the Human Project; the development of a priestly ministry in Soho; urban spirituality; living in knowable communities; urban possibilities for daydreaming.
Rosalind Brown teaches at the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme, based at Sarum College, Salisbury, and is the author of Being a Deacon Today (Canterbury Press, 2005). Andrew Davey was formerly a parish priest in inner London. He is currently Assistant Secretary (Community and Urban affairs) for the Church of England's Board of Social Responsibility, and author of Urban Christianity and Global Order (SPCK, 2001). Bernadette Flanagan is a Roman Catholic religious sister based in Dublin and the author of The Spirit of the City (Veritas, 1999). Leslie Griffiths is an ex-President of the Methodist Conference, now superintendent minister of Wesley's Chapel in EC1 and author of Voices in the Desert (Canterbury Press, 2001). Clare Herbert is Rector of St Anne's Church, Soho and Dean of Woman for the Two Cities area of London Diocese. Mark Oakley is Rector of St. Paul's, Covent Garden and author of bestselling Readings for Weddings, John Donne (both SPCK, 2004) and Collage of God (DLT, 2001). Philip Sheldrake is Professor of Applied Theology, University of Durham and author of many books including Befriending Our Desires (DLT 2004) and Spaces for the Sacred: Place, Memory and Identity (SCM, 2001). Andrew Walker is the Director of The London Centre for Spirituality and author of Journey Into Joy (SPCK, 2001). Rowan Williams is Archbishop of Canterbury.