Worship and Spirituality (PG)

Field: Mission and Ministry
Unit Code(s): DA9400T (Class based only)
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate Elective
Delivery mode: Face-to-face (intensive)
Prerequisites: None

Worship and Spirituality is designed to nurture leadership in Christian celebration, exploring kinaesthetic and other arts employed in liturgical assembly, and encouraging reflection on the pastoral, public and representative vocation of the one who presides. The unit will foster and promote perspectives of ecumenical liturgical renewal, at once grounded in the academic discipline of liturgical theology and concerned with the missional vocation of the church. Special attention will be given to Anglican contexts of worship, and a significant proportion of the unit will be given to embodied and enacted liturgical practice.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • articulate a range of perspectives from academic liturgical theology on the role of the liturgical presider and theology of the assembly as the primary symbol of the liturgy
  • interpret and evaluate liturgical events with critical apparatus from liturgical theology
  • articulate the role of liturgical presidency in relation to wider representative, collaborative and public dynamics of pastoral ministry
  • construct and enact practices of ministry engaged with liturgical theology, manifesting in print and examined practice the theology of liturgical renewal.
  • 1,000-word literature review (20%)
  • Skill demonstration: liturgical presentation involving memorisation, unscripted “performance,” and response to three verbal questions, all conducted before the instructor and classroom peers, equivalent to 1,000 words (20%)
  • 1,500-word report: construction of liturgical resources with commentary (30%)
  • 2,500-word essay (30%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

William Seth Adams, Shaped by Images: One Who Presides (New York, NY: Church Publishing, 1994)

William Seth Adams, Moving the Furniture: Liturgical Theory, Practice, Environment (New York, NY: Church Publishing, 1999)

Teresa Berger, Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History: Lifting a Veil on Liturgy’s Past (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011)

Eleanor Bernstein, ed., Liturgy and Spirituality in Context (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993)

Stephen Burns, Worship and Ministry: Shaped Towards God (Melbourne: Mosaic Press, 2012)

Terese Cotter, Called to Preside: A Handbook for Laypeople (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2005)

Mark Earey, Creating Your Own Orders of Service (London: Church House Publishing, 2000)

Siobhan Garrigan and Todd Johnson, eds, Common Worship and Theological Education (Euegene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2010)

Richard Giles, Creating Uncommon Worship: Transforming the Liturgy of the Eucharist (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2004)

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

Gabe Huck, ed., Toward Ritual Transformation: Remembering Robert Hovda (Collegeville, mN: Liturgical Press, 2003)

Kwok Pui-lan and Stephen Burns, eds, Postcolonial Practice of Ministry: Leadership, Liturgy and Interfaith Engagement (Langham, MO: Lexington, 2016)

Gail Ramshaw, Pray, Praise and Give Thanks (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2017)

Paul Turner, Whose Mass is it? Why People Care So Much about the Catholic Liturgy (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015)

Nicola Slee and Stephen Burns, eds, Presiding Like a Woman (London: SPCK, 2010)