"THE FORMATIONAL AND PASTORAL ASPECTS OF LITURGICAL CHANGE"

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Authors
Johnstone, Elise Beaumont
Issue Date
2021-04
Type
Thesis
Keywords
School of Theology , School of Theology Thesis 2021 , University of the South , Liturgical Change , The Episcopal Church , Formation , Ritual Theory
Abstract
This project undertakes the premise that any liturgical change should be preceded by and accompanied with well-considered and thoughtful formation as well as a pastoral sensibility to those experiencing the change. A study of ritual theory is first engaged to examine how rituals, in the form of liturgies, are internalized by human beings and that when those rituals are changed, careful attention should be given to the fact that there is an internal, emotional process that is occuring. Second, the implementation of trial rites in The Episcopal Church in the 1960s-1970s is examined with particular attention to formation and pastoral approach. Third, a review of Christian Formation approaches in this part of the 21 st century is examined to begin to see options of constructive formation for such a change. Fourth, hypothetical processes for implementing liturgical change, one on a church-wide scale, and the other on a more local level are offered in light of this work.
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