Happy Birthday Exploring Liturgy!

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Above: shifting images at the launch event for Exploring Liturgy, Pilgrim Theological College, December 15, 2017.
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LITURGY: from the Greek words for “people” and “work.”  
Work of the people—about the assembly, ways people participate, expressing their cultures… 
Work for the people—concerned with hospitality, a public service, opening to those who are absent…  
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Photos from Exploring Liturgy—ecumenical, interfaith…
Most photos by Catherine Schieve or Stephen Burns, with others as acknowledged on pages of the website to John Cliff, Tegan Northwood, Jason Goroncy, Craig Mitchell, Karl Volkmar and Nick White, the Facebook pages of The Crossing, Boston, USA, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, USA, and United Theological College, North Parramatta, Australia, and book covers of Gabe Huck, Liturgy With Style and Grace (1984 ed.) and Stephen Burns’ Pilgrim People (2012) and Worship in Context (2006).

A plea for relief

Snow at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A. (Photos: Stephen Burns.)

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In the intensity of an Australian summer, a snow-covered Christmas card “may just be a plea for relief.”


—-citing Anita Monro, “A View from the Antipodes: Juxtaposing Dingo and Baby,” Studia Liturgica 40 (2010), p. 99, in my “A Fragile Future for the Ordo?” Glaucia Vasconcelos Wilkey, ed., Worship and Culture: Foreign Country or Homeland? (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014), p 158.

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The liturgical turns of the Christian year are tied to Northern Hemisphere cycles of the seasons. It can be difficult, from the North, to imagine the dislocations of liturgical time from the seasons in much of the South. And from the South, remote from the cold and dark in parts of the North, to sense how these shape the mood of Advent, and the lengthening days after Christmas (situated so close to the solstice)…

  Jazz, Warley Woods, Birmingham, England. (Photo: Ken Burns).

Jazz, Warley Woods, Birmingham, England. (Photo: Ken Burns).