To Discern the Body is to Become the Body. An investigation into the communal discernment practices of the Church.

Author: Beatrice Panne

Panne, Beatrice, 2013 To Discern the Body is to Become the Body. An investigation into the communal discernment practices of the Church., Flinders University, School of Humanities

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Abstract

At the heart of this thesis lies the exploration of communal discernment practices in the life of the Church. Rather than constructing a unified theory or develop a one-size-fits-all definition of communal discernment I am creating a picture from the elements and practices of a diversity of traditions. I am arguing that in the context of communal discernment the relationships and interactions among the participants take on the character of spiritual practices and become a trajectories of faith through which the Spirit may participate in human decision making.

Keywords: communal discernment,interaction,spiritual practice,Friends,Manual for Meetings
Subject: Theology thesis

Thesis type: Doctor of Philosophy
Completed: 2013
School: School of Humanities and Creative Arts
Supervisor: Andrew Dutney