Prayer Book I: The Sacraments

Online: November 2 – December 21, 2020
Videoconferences:
Monday, November 9, evening
Monday, November 23, evening
Saturday, December 5, morning
Monday, December 14, evening
*Please note, these are subject to change, based on conversation between the instructor and those enrolled in the course.

This introductory course will explore the Book of Common Prayer from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Students will learn about the historical development of the Book of Common Prayer from the English Reformation onward; explore the theological, missional, and ecclesiological claims of the Prayer Book; develop skills to appropriate and inculturate the Prayer Book tradition in local contexts; and discover the richness of the Prayer Book as a resource and frame for personal Anglican spiritual piety as well as public Anglican witness. Students will walk away from this class with a greater understanding and appreciation of the Anglican Prayer Book tradition as well with new skills to engage it as a wholistic liturgical system. 

Instructor: The Rev. Marcus Halley, Dean of Formation, Episcopal Church in Connecticut

Required Readings:

  • Patrick Malloy. Celebrating the Eucharist:  A Practical Ceremonial Guide for Clergy and Other Liturgical Ministers. Church Publishing: New York, 2007.
  • Leonel Mitchell and Ruth Meyers. Praying Shapes Believing: A Theological Commentary on the Book of Common Prayer, Revised Ed. Seabury Books: New York, 2016.
  • Derek Olsen. Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as Guide to a Spiritual Life. Forward Movement: Cleveland, 2016.
  • Joseph S. Pagano and Amy E. Richter. Common Prayer: Reflections on Episcopal Worship. Cascade Books: Eugene, 2019.
  • Ruth Meyers. Missional Worship, Worshipful Mission: Gathering as God’s People, Going Out in God’s Name. William B. Eerdmans Publishing: Grand Rapids, 2014.
  • Marcus Halley. Proclaim!: Sharing Words, Living Examples, Changing Lives. Church Publishing: New York, 2020.
  • Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

Comments from previous participants in Prayer Book I: The Sacraments with Paul Fromberg

  • 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.