Christian Liturgy and Worship
Not available in 2013
Previously offered in 2010, 2009, 2008
This course provides an opportunity to explore the rationale for worship within the Christian tradition, the function of worship, and its constituent elements. Students will reflect on what the practice of worship implies about the relationship between God and his people.
The study of liturgy and worship focuses on practice of worship rather than the doctrinal and dogmatic issues which may underlie these topics. Students will review how Christians have practiced and developed the central rituals of their faith and how different movements (e.g., monasticism and Pentecostalism) have affected worship. They will examine the history and development of worship and sacraments, with a particular focus on Christian initiation and the Eucharist. Students will also consider the key issue of whether doctrine shapes liturgical practice or vice-versa.
This course will help students to appreciate and assess the role and function of worship, and thus be able to critique contemporary patterns of worship.
It is envisioned that students will have opportunities to attend worship in a range of different churches, meet with the practitioners, analyse what has been experienced, and make balanced judgments about the nature of the worship, its aims and effectiveness for participants.
|Objectives||The aims of this course are to enable students to:
* contribute relevant theological insights and knowledge to topical debate, honestly and effectively, about the nature of worship;
* understand, and reflect critically on, the nature and purpose of worship within the life of the Church
* reflect on the ways in which culture and context shape and change the practice of worship, intentionally or accidentally;
* explore the inter-relationship between doctrinal stances and the practice of worship;
* reflect critically on the needs which worship addresses, and on the role which worship takes within an individual's relationship with God.
Students will be required to attend two one hour lectures each week. Some time will be allowed for attending worship in different churches
Students will be required to attend a one hour seminar each week. Depending on the size of the cohort it is expected that faculty will lead the first 7 workshops and the remaining sessions will be led by students as a part of the assessment regime of the course.
|Replacing Course(s)||Not applicable|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Seminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term