One in Christ: A Roman Catholic Ecumenical Review vol:42 issue:2 pages:341-359
British Association of Interchurch Families 40th Anniversary Conference location:Swanwick, UK date:23-25 August 2008
This article develops a paper presented at the British Association of Interchurch Families 40th Anniversary Conference, Swanwick, UK, 23-25 August 2008. It is divided into two parts. The first part provides an introduction into the concept of ‘domestic church’, thereby referring briefly to its origins in the NT and in the early Church and focussing more extensively on its retrieval in the recent magisterial teaching of the Roman Catholic church. It is also asked in which areas of theology and faith practice the concept may be fruitful and where its possible shortcomings may lie. The second part explores what the significance of the concept could be for interchurch families and, vice versa, what interchurch families’ specific contribution is to further developing the (idea of) domestic church.