Doing Liturgical Theology – An Introduction (Diploma)

Field: Liturgy
Unit Code(s): DL0209T (Online)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Diploma only (AQF 5)
Delivery mode: Online only
Prerequisites: None

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:

  • explain reasons for the centrality of liturgy in the life of the church, in relation to its historical roots
  • demonstrate an understanding of the nature of liturgy as enacted symbol, identifying the core symbols
  • articulate aspects of the connections between worship, Christian living and mission
  • utilise liturgical books and other resources to prepare specific pastoral liturgies.
  • 1,000-word essay (35%)
  • 1,000-word essay with case study dimension (45%)
  • Online journal, equivalent to 1,000 words (20%)
Recommended Reading:

*set text recommended for purchase

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)