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- Religion, Christian Church, Leadership
- Religion, Christian Theology
- Religion, Christianity, United Church Of Christ
United Church of Canada, Diverse theologies in the United Church, Theological Banquet, UCC Pacific Mountain Region, Understanding Christian theologies, Church leadership, Communities of faith
Navigating Landscapes of Living Faith
Undivided Love is a book about faith: how it is expressed and what it communicates. Janet Gear offers readers a sympathetic way to interpret the belief-inspired actions of those around them without assuming homogeneous understandings of God, the church, and our place in the world. Recognizing the pastoral and strategic challenges provoked by conflicting understandings of what the church is for, Gear guides leaders in the artistry of handling shadows and strengths coexisting across five streams of lived faith: evangelical, ecclesial, missional, ecumenical, and spiritual.
Ultimately, Undivided Love empowers congregations to navigate the terrain of theological diversity shared by their community of faith, to nurture its various longings and receive its unique gifts, and to ultimately address the deeper question: What are we called to do?
"Janet Gear masterfully and poetically lays out the ways in which we honour and value our collective beliefs. She offers a stunning rubric that creatively captures the varied ways in which we believe and speak about the divine."
—Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Kwisa’lakw, member of the Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) First Nation, Executive Director of First United Church Community Ministry Society and First United Church Social Housing Society
"By affirming and honouring each other’s living faith we can discover the love that makes all things possible. Thanks to Undivided Love, I can now confidently say that I belong to this united and uniting church."
—Rev. Min-Goo Kang, Congregational Minister at Fort Garry United Church, Winnipeg
"Janet Gear has listened with respectful attention and an open heart. Undivided Love offers a refreshing and accessible new way of understanding how different individuals and congregations inhabit their Christian identity."
—Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark King, author, The Path to Your Door: Approaches to Christian Spirituality and Dean, Kings College London
"Full of examples, stories and analysis, Undivided Love will illuminate your personal faith journey, and provide a framework for understanding communities of faith. Gear illustrates how, in our differences, we can find strength and a deeper life-giving unity—a special gift in these polarized times."
—Very Rev. Dr. Gary J Paterson, 41st Moderator United Church of Canada
Janet Gear is a theological educator and ordained minister in the United Church of Canada. She holds Master of Divinity and Master of Arts (Theology) degrees from the Pacific School of Religion (Graduate Theological Union) in Berkeley, California and served as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Formation at Vancouver School of Theology for fifteen years. A contributor to many projects and publications of the United Church, she currently serves the denomination in the Office of Vocation, and continues to teach, preach, lead retreats, and consult with leaders navigating theological diversity and spiritual discernment in communities of faith.
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