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Liturgy and Mission
- Course Dates: Mon 7 December 2015, 3:00 pm to Thu 10 December 2015, 5:00 pm
The church in the west faces new challenges of maintaining and communicating its identity in what is sometimes referred to as a ‘post-Christian’ society.
In this context the practice of public worship is receiving fresh attention as a means of articulating and embodying the missio Dei, the mission of God. This module will explore how recent developments in scholarship and practice are bringing the two disciplines of liturgical studies and missiology into conversation with one another.
The module will introduce students to different ways of understanding the relationship between mission and liturgy by analysing the implications and theological assumptions of each approach. Reflection on these issues will be encouraged by close attention given to liturgical examples, drawn from contemporary and historical sources, and policy documents of the church and their critics. Students will be encouraged to reflect critically on the implications of the material discussed for their own liturgical context.
Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor.