This chapter explores the notion of the vow or promise as a hermeneutic for the ministerial life of the Church. One thing that marks out those whom a community admits to 'holy orders' is the examination that requires the making of certain promises, and inlcludes a declaration of belief and intent. The argument offered here is that the category of promise is a vital clue for the dynamics of human transformation. It is a preliminary inquiry into the nature of promise and its relevnace for ministerial life ina time of change and uncertainty in the Church.
|Title of host publication||Embracing Grace|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Theologians Task Essays in Honour of Graeme Garrett|
|Place of Publication||Canberra, ACT|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|