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Feminist Liturgy: A Matter of Justice

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Feminist liturgy began in the midst of a broad human quest for justice in the late twentieth century. The Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-Vietnam War movement added momentum for women's struggle for justice. Within this ferment, women addressed the limits placed on them in secular and religious institutions as well. Feminist liturgies developed as one of a number of attempts to discover and claim a more truthful telling and embodying of the stories that shape our religious consciousness. In Feminist Liturgy: A Matter of Justice, Walton offers a partial account" of feminist liturgies to encourage both discussion and action so that our liturgies will be "true" for all of us.

Walton explains that liturgies typically described as "feminist" emerged in the late 1960s when women and some men realized that what they were experiencing in the liturgies not only wasn't *enough - but, in fact, wasn't *true. - a liturgical process that centers on an encounter - an engaged, embodied dialogue with God - cannot be true when females are left out of the dialogue. To make the liturgies more accurate, people joined together to discover how to use symbols, texts, and forms that expressed relationships with God more authentically.

Walton examines four aspects of feminist liturgies: the historical context in which they developed, the tasks and principles that guide them, the possibilities they offer, and application to regular institutional liturgies. In examining these aspects, Walton responds to questions, clarifies hunches, alleviates doubts, and encourages more people to contribute to the development of feminist liturgies.

Janet R. Walton is professor of worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She is the author of Art and Worship: A Vital Connection published by The Liturgical Press.

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9780814625965
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2000-01-01
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Flesh of the Chruch Flesh of Christ: At The Source of The Ecclesiology of Communion

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How should we perceive that the Church is a communion before being a society, a mystery before being a structure? These questions reflect the inner being of the Church that is at the center of Flesh of the Church, Flesh of Christ. It enables readers to understand not the structure of God's Church but the living reality of grace for which this structure exists.
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9780814661819
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2001-03-01
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Foundations of Christian Worship

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Providing structure for thinking seriously about worship as a part of Christian faith and experience, Foundations of Christian Worship addresses the question, what is Christian worship and why do Christians worship as they do? Beginning with an overview of the theological, biblical, historical, and anthropological foundations of Christian worship, Susan J. White then turns to discussing its components--prayer, creeds, music, time, ritual, and art. Later, she delves into the nourishment of the Christian life and the major worship events throughout the human life cycle. Finally, she discusses contemporary challenges to Christian worship and concludes with case studies for further exploration. With helpful appendixes and a glossary of liturgical terms, Susan White's Foundations of Christian Worship is an excellent primer for seminary students and ministers early in their careers.

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9780664229245
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2006-04-19
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Gathered Before God: Wosrship Centered Church Renewal

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What is the central purpose of the church today? How can churches experience renewal through worship? In Gathered before God, Jane Rogers Vann answers these important questions by studying ten vibrant small, medium, and large churches. Her findings, she argues, show that worship is the most important thing churches do and is vital to the renewal of congregational life. Vann explores how these congregations changed into worship-centered churches and how their experiences can help other churches do the same. Gathered before God offers resources for pastors, worship leaders, and Christian educators to reflect on their worship, leading to an openness to change and processes to help church leaders support each other during the periods of reform and renewal. Moving beyond the "contemporary versus traditional debate," Gathered before God is an earnest call for us all to reclaim worship as a central act of our life together as Christians that expresses clearly what the church believes about God, itself, and the world.

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9780664226305
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2004-02-01
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Gathered Together: Creating Personal Liturgies for Healing and Transformation

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A brilliant way to integrate the sacred struggles of inner work with the rituals of corporate worship.
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9780835899161
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2007-12-01
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Give God the Glory: Ancient Prayer & Worship In Cultural Prespective

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The New Testament, worship, prayer - the list of books and articles on these topics is not a short one. Amid the cacophony of interpretive voices, Jerome Neyrey offers an intriguing descant as he aims to bring readers into an understanding and appreciation of the otherness of the culture in which the Christian scriptures and early church worship came to be.In Give God the Glory, Neyrey reads select biblical texts in terms of social science models and the theory of communication. He examines New Testament passages in the context of both the Hebraic ethos and the Greco-Hellenistic culture in which these scriptures were conceived and written. Neyrey also looks at New Testament prayer and worship in relation to other ancient literature, particularly the writings of Philo, the Didache, and Justin's First Apology. Illuminating the New Testament texts in their original light, this book focuses on interpretation rather than history, supplementing and enhancing the existing wealth of scholarship.
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9780802840158
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2007-08-01
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Glad Obedience: Why and What We Sing

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The Christian practice of hymn singing, says renowned biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann, is a countercultural act. It marks the Christian community as different from an unforgiving and often ungrateful culture. It is also, he adds, an "absurd enterprise in the midst of the hyper-busy, market-driven society that surrounds us. In this helpful and engaging volume, Brueggemann discusses both why we sing and what we sing. The first part of the book examines the Psalms and what they can teach us about the reasons that corporate song is a part of the Christian tradition. The second part looks at fifteen popular hymns, including classic and contemporary ones such as Blest Be the Ties That Binds, God's Eye Is on the Sparrow, Once to Every Man and Nation, Someone Asked the Question, and We Are Marching in the Light of God, and the reasons why they have caught our imagination.


To know why we sing, Brueggemann writes, may bring us to a deeper delight in our singing and a strengthened resolve to sing without calculation before the God who is enthroned on the praises of Israel (Ps. 22:3).

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9780664264642
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2019-01-15
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Gloria Patri: The History & Theology of the Lesser Doxology

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The Gloria Patri has been prayed from the beginnings of Christianity. In this one-sentence prayer, time and eternity are combined in a compressed expression of doxology, praise of God. In this brief but comprehensive book, Father Ayo examines the riches in this prayer: the philological, historical, and theological origins of Christian prayer itself, and the profound spiritual implications of the Gloria Patri. At the heart of Christian prayer and at the heart of Christian liturgy we always find worship, honor, and praise of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. In Gloria Patri, Father Ayo examines the lesser doxology word by word, in both its various translations and the history of their combination and controversies. He adds to that an exploration of the boundless meanings of praise of the Triune God it encompasses. After reading Gloria Patri, no one can again take for granted this humble sentence.
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9780268020293
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2007-09-01
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Go in Peace: The Art of Hearing Confessions

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Although the sacramental Rite of Reconciliation is included in many Anglican prayer books, nothing has been written expressly Anglicans since the 1980s that focuses on the pastoral skills required for this ministry. This book combines and passes on the teaching, coaching, skill development, and accumulated pastoral wisdom that has not been widely accessible or well integrated into clergy training.

Realistic transcripts and "verbatims" of sample confessions and counseling sessions involving a wide range of people makes this a unique ministry resource for most seminaries and theological colleges, plus clergy in general-including Lutheran pastors who use the rite of "Individual Confession and Absolution" in the Lutheran Book of Worship.
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9780819220882
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2012-10-01
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God at the Crossroads: The Four Moverments of Transformational Worship

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Worship is crucial to the Christian life. Yet fewer and fewer people are in our buildings worshiping. Why? Perhaps we aren't meeting their needs, aren't speaking their language, and, therefore, aren't relevant or meaningful. In trying to respond to the needs of the community, "worship wars" sometimes erupt, and rarely does anyone win. Styles are only tactics, says Jeff Patton, and, apart from a sense of God's transformational presence, empty at best.

Transformational worship occurs when worship is indigenous, speaking to the whole person in a particular culture at a specific time regardless of style. Patton describes four aspects of life (the Holy, the void, the lived world, and the self) and sees in these four aspects a "divine intersection" where the Holy invades our reality and brings us to a deeper, transformational experience of God's love, presence, and purpose.
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9780687494521
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2005-09-01
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Golden Age of Gospel

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Presents the history of gospel music in the United States. This book traces the development of gospel from its earliest beginnings through the Golden Age (1945-55) and into the 1960s when gospel entered the concert hall. It introduces dozens of the genre's gifted contributors, from Thomas A Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson to the Soul Stirrers.
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9780252068775
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2000-02-15
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Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times (Anniversary, 25th ed.)

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This book relays the complete history of gospel music, paying special attention to the relationship between gospel and other African American musical forms in America such as jazz and R&B. It discusses specific gospel music singers as well as the world of the gospel church itself. Includes black-and-white photos.
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9780879100346
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2007-11-20
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Gothic Art: Glorious Visions

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Part of Prentice Hall's Perspectives series of moderately priced, heavily illustrated, high-quality paperback books on specific subjects in art history, this survey of Gothic art in Europe takes a fresh look at the meaning of the term Gothic and examines the art of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries in terms of the way it is seen.
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9780131830608
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2003-01-27
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Gothic Image: Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century

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Emile Male's book aids understanding of medieval art and medieval symbolism, and of the vision of the world which presided over the building of the French cathedrals. It looks at French religious art in the Middle Ages, its forms, and especially the Eastern sources of sculptural iconography used in the cathedrals of France. Fully illustrated with many footnotes it acts as a useful guide for the student of Western culture.
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9780064300322
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1973-01-03
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Guides to the Reformed Tradition

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Worship That is Reformed According to Scripture
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9780804232524
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1982-05-01
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Handel's Messiah: Comfort for God's People

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Handel's oratorio Messiah is a phenomenon with no parallel in music history. No other work of music has been so popular for so long. Yet familiarity can sometimes breed contempt -- and also misunderstanding.

This book by music expert Calvin Stapert will greatly increase understanding and appreciation of Handel's majestic Messiah, whether readers are old friends of this remarkable work or have only just discovered its magnificence.

Stapert provides fascinating historical background, tracing not only Messiah's unlikely inception but also its amazing reception throughout history. The bulk of the book offers scene-by-scene musical and theological commentary on the whole work, focusing on the way Handel's music beautifully interprets and illuminates the biblical text.

For anyone seeking to appreciate Handel's Messiah more, this informed yet accessible guide is the book to have and read.

(Handel's Messiah: Comfort for God's People is the newest volume in the flourishing Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series, edited by John D. Witvliet.)

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9780802865878
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2010-10-12
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Hidden and Triumphant: the Underground Struggle to Save Russian Iconography

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A true story--told for the first time

This dramatic history recounts the story of an aspect of Russian culture that fought to survive throughout the 20th century: the icon. Russian iconography kept faith alive in Soviet Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution. As monasteries and churches were ruined, icons destroyed, thousands of believers killed or sent to Soviet prisons and labor camps, a few courageous iconographers continued to paint holy images secretly, despite the ever-present threat of arrest. Others were forced to leave Russia altogether, and while living abroad, struggled to preserve their Orthodox traditions. Today we are witness to a renaissance of the Russian icon, made possible by the sacrifices of this previous generation of heroes.
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9781557255648
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2010-04-01
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History of Art

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Traces the growth of man's aesthetic vision and the stylistic development of art, architecture, and sculpture since ancient times.
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9780131584112
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2014-02-19
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Holy No: Worship as a Subversive Act

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In this book Adam Hearlson argues that Christians can say a holy "no" to oppression and injustice through the church's worship practices. "To speak the holy no," Hearlson says, "is to refuse to be complicit in the oppression and violence of the ruling power. It is the courageous critique of the present and its claims of immutability."

Hearlson draws widely from Christian history to uncover ways the church has used its traditional practices--preaching, music, sacrament, and art--to sabotage oppressive structures of the world for the sake of the gospel. He tells the stories of particular subversive strategies both past and present, including radical hospitality, genre bending, coded speech, and apocalyptic visions.

Blending history, theory, and practice, The Holy No is both a testament to the courage of Christians who came before and an encouragement to take up their mantle of faithful subversion.

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9780802873859
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2018-07-10
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Holy People Holy Places: Rites fot the Churchs House

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Includes the Rite of Dedication of a Church and an Altar, a rite to use in a sacred place that has been desecrated, and a ritual for a church that is being closed.
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9781568540955
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1998-02-01
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Holy People: A Liturgical Ecclesiology

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This title is now in paperback (HB published 1999). It shows how worship activities define the concept church. It explores: the meaning of the term church; the relationship of the local liturgical assembly and other Christian assemblies; the personal and communal charter of the liturgical assembly; and the critical principles of liturgy and culture. It focuses on community and assembly to discuss the sacraments. It is written by a leading scholar in worship and liturgy.
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9780800638405
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2006-06-23
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Hymn of Freedom: Celebrating & Living The Eucharist

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A wide-ranging work drawing on modern theology, literature and literary theory to illuminate the human desire for freedom and its relationship to our desire for God in religious experience.
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9780567085498
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1997-12-01
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Illuminating Luke, Volume 2: The Public Ministry of Christ in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting

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This book examines visual representations of the public ministry of Christ in scenes unique to the Gospel of Luke. Scenes depicting the birth, suffering, and crucifixion of Christ no doubt dominated the visual repertoire of medieval and renaissance artists. Nonetheless, the miracles and teachings of Jesus also inspired numerous depictions, not only during the period of the earliest Christian art but continuing throughout the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods. The book demonstrates how this "visual exegesis" might enrich our understanding of Luke's Gospel and at the same time inform the contemporary faith community's interpretation of Scripture. Each of these chapters begins with an overview of the biblical passage and its subsequent interpretation, noting significant rhetorical features and the overarching theological argument of the text, as well as outlining a brief summary of its subsequent interpretation in the ecclesiastical literature. Next, the selected work of art is lent context by giving a brief biography of the artist, placing the work within the artist's own oeuvre, discussing what is known of the patronage of the specific mage, and exploring important social, political and religious factors which may facilitate our understanding of the painting. A stylistic and iconographic analysis is followed by brief hermeneutical reflections about how this visual interpretation might inform the church's reading of Scripture.

Illuminating Luke will appeal broadly to students of the Bible and the history of Christian art. Scholars and students interested in the history of biblical interpretation will benefit from this book. Likewise, educated laypersons and pastors will find in its pages rich resources for theological reflection

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9780567028204
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2005-09-02
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Image of the Black in Western Art, vol 1: From the Pharaohs to the Fall of the R

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$85.00
Book by Jean Vercoutter, Jean Leclant, Frank M. Snowden, Jehan Desanges
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9780939594016
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1976-01-01
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Image of the Black in Western Art, vol. 4: From the American Revolution to WWI

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This volume is a study of images of blacks by white artists, European and American, that were painted, drawn, modeled, and carved from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth. Some are among the most famous works of art of the period - Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa, Delacroix's Death of Sardanapalalus and Women of Algiers, Turner's The Slave Ship, Winslow Homer's The Gulf Stream. But the majority, which include works by Austrian, Belgian, Danish, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swiss artists, as well as American, British, and French, will be familiar only to specialist students. Several are here reproduced for the first time. But all have something to tell us about white attitude toward blacks during the period. This was the period in which slavery was abolished by one Western country after another, ideological racism was formulated, and Africa was colonized by Europeans.
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9780939594184
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1989-12-31
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