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Longing for Community

Longing for Community

Understanding The Strength And Unity Of The Ummah— The Worldwide Muslim Community—And Its Role In An Individual’S Identity Is Essential In Comprehending The Struggles That...

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Understanding The Strength And Unity Of The Ummah— The Worldwide Muslim Community—And Its Role In An Individual’S Identity Is Essential In Comprehending The Struggles That Muslims Undergo As They Turn To Faith In Jesus Christ. It Has Been A Place Of Security, Acceptance, Protection, And Identity; Turning Away From It Entails Great Sacrifice. Where, Then, Will Muslims Who Choose To Follow Jesus Find Their Longing For Community Fulfilled: Ummah, Church, Or Somewhere In Between? Longing For Community Compiles The Research And Reflection Of Twenty Missiologists, Sociologists, Anthropologists, And Linguists—Among Them Muslims Who Have Become Believers In Jesus Christ— Presented At The Second Coming To Faith Consultation In February2010. The Contributors Explore The Multiple Levels And Hybrid Nature Of Social Identity, Pointing To The Need To Free Our Discussions From Single-Dimensional Scales, Which Are Far From Adequate To Describe The Complex Nature Of Conversion And Lived-Out Faith. Beyond The Issue Of Identity, The Contributors Offer Important Lessons From Mission History, Explore Liturgy As An Appropriate Vehicle For Teaching, Discuss Appropriate Means Of Communication, And Point To Both The Need And Contextually Appropriate Possibilities Of Greater Involvement Of Women In Training And Ministry.