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Crossing Thresholds:

A Practical Theology of Liminality

By Timothy Carson, Rosy Fairhurst, Nigel Rooms and Lisa Withrow

Crossing Thresholds

Crossing Thresholds:

A Practical Theology of Liminality

By Timothy Carson, Rosy Fairhurst, Nigel Rooms and Lisa Withrow

An inter-disciplinary study of the phenomenon of liminality and its relevance to theology, worship and mission.

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We live in an age of enormous and rapid change, but how do people, organisations, even whole cultures and societies change? And where is God in such transformations? For more than a hundred years, anthropology has taught us that entering a chaotic, awesome and fraught 'threshold' – or liminal space – is fundamental to our renewal as human beings. Yet none of us goes willingly into such places. We need to be 'held' in liminal movement so that it is safe enough to change.

Crossing Thresholds is the first inter-disciplinary theological treatment of the universal phenomenon of liminality. Developing practical wisdom from foundations in the work of Victor Turner, Donald Winnicott and Bruce Reed, the authors explore the place of liminality in the worship, mission and hermeneutics of the Church and reflect on its usefulness to a wide range of Christian practice. For all those who strive to think theologically about the great transitions of life, this comprehensive work offers unique insight into what it is to safely cross the threshold of chaos and embrace the future with courage.

Timothy Carson is a pastor and curator of He is the author of Liminal Reality and Transformational Power (Lutterworth Press, 2016) and editor of Neither Here nor There: The Many Voices of Liminality (Lutterworth Press, 2019).

Rosemary Fairhurst is an organisational consultant, and vicar of St Augustine's and St Clements, Bradford.

Nigel Rooms is an Anglican priest and missiologist who develops missional churches in the UK for the Church Mission Society.

Lisa Withrow is the founder and principal coach at Clear Transition Strategies, and author of six books, including Leadership in Unknown Waters: Liminality as Threshold to the Future (Lutterworth Press, 2020).

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