This work interweaves a review of developments in Christian community from the first century to the 21st, with new discoveries in scriptural, theological, and historical research that has uncovered deep communal strands in the foundational literature and notions of Christianity. The result is a profound call for the renewal of Christian community and churches as crucial models and inspirations for the new search for wholeness in America.
Hal Taussig is a professor of New Testament in New York. Author of numerous articles and books, including Wisdom's Feast: Sophia in Study and Celebration (Sheed & Ward), he is pastor of Chestnut Hill United Methodist Seminary. Catherine Nerney, SSJ, is associate professor of Religious Studies and chair of the Religious Studies/Graduate Spirituality department at Chestnut Hill College. She is co-founder of the North American Forum for Small Christian Communities and has lectured nationally and written extensively on the development of communities for the renewal of church life in North America.