Bryan Cones

Liturgy With a Difference

Bryan Cones and I are currently working on the papers coming together as a book we are coediting, to be published next year by SCM Press:

Liturgy with a Difference.

It’s exciting to be reading these essays on diversity in liturgical assembly by Teresa Berger (Yale Divinity School), Susannah Cornwall (University of Exeter), Sharon Fennema (Pacific School of Religion), Ed Foley (Catholic Theological Union), Siobhan Garrigan (Trinity College, Dublin), Scott Haldemann (Chicago Theological Seminary), Michael Jagessar (United Reformed Church), Rachel Mann (Diocese of manchester), Anita Monro (University of Queensland), Bruce Morrill (Vanderbilt University), Cameron Partridge (Diocese of California), Frank Senn (Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary), Kristine Suna-Koro (Xavier University), Miguel de la Torre (Iliff School of Theology), Bryan and myself.

Here’s the brief descriptor for the book: 

This collection of essays gathers a broad range of international theologians and scholars to interrogate current practices of liturgy and worship in order to unmask ways in which dehumanizing majoritarianisms and presumed norms of gender, culture, ethnicity, and body, among others, remain at work in congregations in ways that continue to marginalize some persons. It will ask such questions as: Who is excluded still, and how, and who is favoured? What pernicious norms still govern below the surface, and how might they be revealed? How do texts, gestures, and space abet and enforce such norms? How might Christian assemblies gather multiple expressions of human difference to propose through Christian liturgy patterns of graced interaction in the world around them? The overarching goal is to propose pathways for renewed liturgical practice that recognize and rehearse the vivid richness of God’s image found in the human community and glimpsed, if only for a moment, in liturgical celebration. This collection points a way beyond mere inclusion toward a generous embrace of the many differences that make up the Christian community.

SCM PRESS: https://scmpress.hymnsam.co.uk
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Photo: one of the authors in the book, Rachel Mann, by Antonia Rolls: http://www.antoniarolls.co.uk/collection/portraits

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The Future of the Prayer Book Tradition: Update

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"Catacombs Worshipper" by Peter Kline http://peterklineart.virb.com/
Used by kind permission.

Robert Gribben and Stephen Burns are organising a seminar to consider The Future of Common Prayer, to be held at Trinity College Theological School on May 4, 2018. Speakers are: 

BRYAN CONES
JOHN FRANCIS FITZHERBERT
GLEN O'BRIEN
GERALD O'COLLINS
CARMEL PILCHER
CHARLES SHERLOCK
ELIZABETH SMITH

The seminar will form the basis for a book with contributions also from:

STEPHEN BURNS
GARRY DEVERELL
MARK EAREY
TOM ELICH
ROBERT GRIBBEN
AMELIA KOH-BUTLER
DEIDRE PALMER                                                                                                                            BOSCO PETERS
STEPHEN PLATTEN
ROBYN WRIGLEY-CARR


Expressions of interest are welcome:  If you'll be attending, please email: sburns@trinity.edu.au

WHEN / Friday. May 4, 2018

TIME /  9.30-5.30 -- please inform Stephen Burns that you are coming (or CONTACT US via this website). Refreshments will be provided, and lunch is BYO.

WHERE / Trinity College Theological School, Royal Parade, Parkville (Yarra tram 19, stop 12)

COST / FREE!

The seminar and book are coming at a time when liturgical revision in on the agenda of a number of traditions. In the Roman Catholic Church, questions are being heard about current and future sacramentaries (see Lost in Translation). In the Anglican Church of Australia, some revision is being proposed--if not a new prayer book, then an expanded range of web-based provisions. And around the Anglican Communion, the Church of England is experimenting with Messy Church eucharists (see Beyond Common Worship) and the Episcopal Church is embracing change. See Miranda Hassett's blog, Revision Matters, and for a contribution to the North American discussion by two people involved in the Melbourne seminar, see Bryan Cones and Stephen Burns' article "A Prayer Book for the Twenty-first Century?" from the fall 2014 edition of Anglican Theological Review: http://www.anglicantheologicalreview.org/static/pdf/articles/burns_cones.pdf