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.
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Bradshaw, P., ed. The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.
Burns, S. Liturgy. London: SCM Press, 2006.
Stephen Burns, ed., Journey. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008
Mark Earey, Liturgical Worship. London: Church House Publishing, 2002
Hovda, R.S. Strong, Loving and Wise: Presiding in Liturgy. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1976
Lathrop, G. Holy Things. A Liturgical Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993
Lathrop, G. Central Things: Worship in Word and Sacrament. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2006
Ramshaw, G. Christian Worship: 100,000 Sundays of Symbols and Rituals. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009
Zimmerman, Joyce Ann. Worship with Gladness: Understanding Worship from the Heart (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014)