"Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ" is the 5th statement of the second phase of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) and brings to completion the mandate the Commission was given when it began its work in 1983. The Seattle Statement is an agreed statement concerning Christian faith and devotion related to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is portrayed within the pattern of grace and hope. It is a powerful reflection of ARCIC's efforts to seek out can be held in common and a celebration of important aspects of a common heritage. This edition of "Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ" includes supporting essays and theological commentary by distinguished theologians including Timothy Bradshaw, Sara Butler, Charles Sherlock and Jared Wicks. A detailed study guide addresses the main themes of the Seattle Statement, and is designed to introduce the document and its subject to students at all levels, and is particularly oriented towards use in parishes and discussion groups.
Working towards full communion, ARCIC has for many years prayerfully considered a number fo questions concerning the faith they share and the way it is articulated in the life and worship of their two households of faith.