Six Months of Exploring Liturgy

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Today, June 15, Exploring Liturgy is six months old. You can  track back through the ALL-Archive (on each page footer) to see our first posts from our December 15 launch symposium.  

Stephen Burns (one of the web-editors, the other being Catherine Schieve), says something here about his experience so far of this web adventure—

“I just had no idea that Exploring Liturgy would find so many readers, and all around the world—or that it would be so much fun. I have appreciated many things: Catherine’s brilliant photography has inspired me to take pictures on my own Ipod, and several have now appeared on the site. I love the media-rich access to many things that the website has enabled—not just reading about, but being able to see, and listen, at liturgical sites and events as well. I have been especially intrigued by Catherine’s photos in a recent post of people taking photos of the Jade Buddha—the mediating, middle, space those photos represent. Lots of what I have myself contributed to the site I have prepared on the train on my commute between home and work, work and home, and that ride is itself a middle space. And what I’ve tried to bring to site has often, I realise on reflection, been a kind of mediating between my research and teaching on the one hand and my personal spirituality on the other. On the site, I’m often in a space somewhere between college classrooms and the prayer in my heart. I think that why Catherine’s photographs of the photographers spoke to me.”
  Catherine’s photo of photographers of the Jade Buddha. Track back through the ALL-Archive to find her post “Welcoming the Jade Buddha.”

Catherine’s photo of photographers of the Jade Buddha. Track back through the ALL-Archive to find her post “Welcoming the Jade Buddha.”

“I have also been pleased how the site holds so much difference all together in one place. Not only ecumenical slants on my own Christian tradition but also the interfaith dimensions of the space that Exploring Liturgy is making. I like that on this site all kinds of things are cheek-by-jowl, coexisting, and that the mood is one of exploring, asking questions, saying what is seen while trying to be open-hearted in appreciative enquiry about others’ ritual and devotional lives. I like that. I’m glad about that.”
  Another of my favourite images of Catherine’s: worshippers praying at the walls of Debre Genet Ethiopian Orthodox Communiity, Melbourne.

Another of my favourite images of Catherine’s: worshippers praying at the walls of Debre Genet Ethiopian Orthodox Communiity, Melbourne.

  Lots of my own contributions have been prepared on the train on my commute between work and home. Photo: Stephen Burns.

Lots of my own contributions have been prepared on the train on my commute between work and home. Photo: Stephen Burns.

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