Introduction to Liturgical Thought and Practice

Introduction to Liturgical Thought and Practice

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Field: Liturgy
Unit Code(s): DL1200T or DL1209T (online)
Unit value: 15 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 1)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: None
Content: This unit will explore the tradition and teaching of the church’s liturgical practice across ecumenical borders. It will begin with an historical overview of liturgical developments, including the early Church and the Reformation, and more recent movements for renewal, particularly since Vatican II. It will focus on the role of liturgy in the life of the church, and fundamental dimensions of liturgy such as symbol and ritual, the Word of God, the rhythms of time and liturgical space, and the dynamic interplay of liturgy, life and mission. The pastoral application of this learning will be a focus of the unit.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • account for the centrality of liturgy in the life of the church, in relation to its historical roots
  • explain the nature of liturgy as enacted symbol, identifying the core symbols
  • articulate and illustrate the connection between worship, Christian living and mission
  • utilise liturgical books and other resources to prepare specific pastoral liturgies
  • identify principles for the appropriate shaping and use of liturgy in different contexts.
  • 1 x essay of 1,500 words (40%)
  • 1 x essay of 1,500 words with a case study dimension (45%)
  • Journal (face-to-face) or tutorial reflection (online) equivalent of 1,000 words (15%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

* Burns, Stephen. Liturgy. London: SCM Press, 2006.

Burns, Stephen. Pilgrim People: An Invitation to Worship in the Uniting Church. Adelaide: MediaCom, 2012.

Burns, Stephen. Worship and Ministry: Shaped Towards God. Melb: Mosiac Press, 2012.

Burns, Stephen, ed., The Art of Tentmaking. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2011.

Burns, Stephen, ed., Journey. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008.

Burns, Stephen, ed., Liturgical Spirituality: Anglican Reflections on the Church's Prayer. New York: Seabury Press, 2013.

Burns, Stephen and Anita Monro, eds, Christian Worship in Australia. Strathfield: St. Paul's, 2009.

Earey, Mark. Beyond Common Worship: Anglican Identity and Liturgical Diversity. London: SCM Press, 2013.

Gray-Reeves, Mary and Michael Perham. The Hospitality of God: Missional Worship for Emergent Churches. London: SPCK, 2010.

Hovda, Robert. Strong, Loving and Wise: Presiding in Liturgy. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1976.

Ramshaw, Gail. 100,000 Sundays of Symbols and Rituals. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2009.  

Saliers, Don. Worship and Spirituality. Akron, OH: OSL Publications, second edition, 1994.

White, Susan. The Spirit of Worship: The Liturgical Tradition. London: DLT, 2000.

Weil, Louis. Liturgical Sense: The Logic of Rite. New York: Seabury Press, 2010.

 Lecturer: The Revd Assoc Prof Stephen Burns
 Timetable: Offered in 2017 in Semester 1 only.