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Places of RedemptionTheology for a Worldly Church$
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Mary McClintock Fulkerson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296477.001.0001

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Placing Good Samaritan: Formation Practices

Placing Good Samaritan: Formation Practices

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Places of Redemption
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Mary McClintock Fulkerson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296477.003.0003

This chapter looks at the events that brought the community of Good Samaritan into being. Of particular interest are the formation practices, of which the opening story in this chapter is a significant example. Who did the community understand itself to be? What did it understand itself to be called to do? As activities of self-definition, formation practices create signs that can coalesce into a claimed identity. And since identity always undergoes renegotiation, there are no absolute boundaries between formation practices and those practices that sustain the community between the origin and dispersal of an identity.

Keywords:   Good Samaritan UMC, Wellspring United Methodist, formation practices, identity, community

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