This course introduces students to the study of liturgy and its practice in worshipping communities. Primary focus will be on the ways we think theologically about liturgy and how to lead in the liturgy. Particular attention will be given to how we use the Book of Common Prayer in the day-to-day life of a congregation. Evaluation is through participation based on required readings, online discussion with other students and written assignments.
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- Make choices about how they will preside in sacramental worship.
- Describe the pastoral, biblical, and theological meaning of the sacraments in congregational life.
- Discuss current trends in the sacramental and worshipping life of the Episcopal Church.
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Paul D. Fromberg, Rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco
Malloy, Patrick. Celebrating the Eucharist: A Practical Ceremonial Guide for Clergy and Other Liturgical Ministers. New York: Church Publishing, 2007.
Meyers, Ruth A. Continuing the Reformation: Re-Visioning Baptism in the Episcopal Church. New York: Church Publishing, 1997.
Episcopal Church. The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church: Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David According to the Use of the Episcopal Church. New York: Church Hymnal Corp, 1979.
Additional articles posted on Moodle.
- The readings were in-depth and opened up a lot of avenues for thinking, theologizing liturgy and mission, and developing deeper understandings of the theology of the sacraments and their connection to God’s mission. The group discussions helped connect a lot of dots and often centered on practicalities of the liturgy and the differences between the sacramental and liturgical theology of this course and those of faith traditions from which classmates have come.
- Paul is great! The in-person gathering was energizing and interesting. I enjoyed and valued all of the readings. Appropriate amount of reading per week. Paul has so far been the most involved instructor online. He has interesting comments. So far the most involved and passionate discussions online – very enjoyable.