What we do
Exploring Liturgy is a collaborative venture by colleagues within and beyond the University of Divinity, exploring Aboriginal-Christian, diasporic, emergent, interfaith and neo-Pentecostal as well as other under-explored foci in the study of worship.
Much liturgical study is both text-bound and oriented to the past. We are appreciative of such study--and here seek to enrich it. So writers for Exploring Liturgy engage with one of five research concerns--Aboriginal Christian, diasporic, emergent, interfaith and neo-Pentecostal worship and ritual--and do so in appreciative enquiry.
Our research concerns are under-represented in much study of liturgy, and so we reach out to understand ways of worship less dependent on books or fixed-forms of words (such as new forms of Pentecostalism). We enquire about diverse contemporary expressions of worship (as in emergent worship practices). We recognise the shifts and movements that take place in worshipping traditions as worshippers themselves migrate and navigate new cultures (such as our explorations of diasporic dynamics). We are open to interfaith encounter and hybrid religious belonging.
Exploring Liturgy aims to:
- enlarge the text-bound nature of much liturgical study,
welcome contemporary diversity, and
get a feel for futures of worship.
Exploring Liturgy is a mixed media platform. We provide documentation of liturgical and ritual events by "bringing them to life" for viewers through various means: so our explorations involve word, sound, still and moving image. You will find here photography, reportage, sound snippets, verbatim, video clips and more. Sometimes our enquiries involve more of one or some of these than others, but all of these means of documentation are welcomed at Exploring Liturgy.
Our voice is appreciative and enquiring. Writers may identify their own social location and spiritual commitments in such a way as to raise awareness of space between themselves and the assembly they document, but they do so not to measure that assembly by their own chosen norms, but to explore difference. Exploring Liturgy celebrates diversity.
Exploring Liturgy is an ongoing resource. New explorations will be added to it periodically. And comments are invited, especially by those who pray in the ways we describe and practice the traditions we explore. Exploring Liturgy invites more voices to build up understanding.