In the midst of this morally charged situation might not Christian congregations hear again the call to a public vocation? As we ponder this prospect, two questions will guide our inquiry. First, where might Christian congregations locate a space in which they might attend to the public moral meaning of everyday rage? That public space, which we will explore, is “civil society.” Second, how can this public space of civil society be accessed so that its moral possibilities can be maximized? We will explore “communicative moral practice” as the best model for accessing the moral possibilities of civil society. What a communicative civil society needs as it grapples with the moral meaning of our nation’s capillary rage is the congregational vocation of “public moral companion.”
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Simpson, Gary M. “Civil Society and Congregations as Public Moral Companions.” Word & World 15, no. 4 (September 1995): 420–27.
Simpson, Gary M., "Civil Society and Congregations as Public Moral Companions" (1995). Faculty Publications. 198.