The Common Thread

Liturgy Looking Forward

Kevin Moroney

Mar/2021, 144 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640653672



The Episcopal Church is embarking on a new era of liturgical reform, giving us an opportunity to reflect on why we do what we do as a body.

A Christian understanding of life sets every act of personal or communal worship as a response; we look on ourselves and everything around us with curiosity, wonder, awe, fear, love, hope, and uncertainty about what it all means for us and how we feel about it. Worship begins as a response, but reaches into the future and makes alterations to adapt to changing circumstances. This is essential reading as the General Convention approaches and these conversations continue.

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KEVIN MORONEY, PhD, serves as the H. Boone Porter Chair of Liturgics at The General Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Director of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. In 2018, he was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Task Force for Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision, a thirty-member committee created by the General Convention to explore future paths for worship in the Episcopal Church. He lives in New York City.

“With disarming honesty and self-deprecating humor, but also with informed and quiet intelligence, Kevin Moroney clearly presents the basics needed by anyone who cares about revision of common prayer in the Episcopal Church. He transparently presents the actual current state of that revision, encouraging wide participation in further work. This is a wonderful and engaging book.”
—Gordon W. Lathrop, author of Saving Images: The Presence of the Bible in Christian Liturgy

“Kevin Moroney does the unexpected: he ties real-life experiences of joy, loss, grief, and resurrection to a compelling vision of the leitourgia of the Episcopal Church. It’s not often that a liturgical theology will make you laugh, cry, and stay interested all the way until the end, but this book practically glows with theological depth and life wisdom. What a gift to the church—and the world!”
—April Stace, author of White Knuckle Love

Chapter One: Starting the Conversation
Chapter Two: A Couple of Words about Couples of Words
Chapter Three: One Soul’s Tale
Chapter Four: Elements of a Liturgical Theology: Creatures, the Creator, and Creation
Chapter Five Elements of a Liturgical Theology: The Bible
Chapter Six Elements of a Liturgical Theology: The Ordos of Christian Liturgy
Chapter Seven Elements of an Anglican Liturgical Theology:The Book of Common Prayer
Chapter Eight: Elements of an Anglican Liturgical Theology: New Creation I
Chapter Nine: Elements of an Anglican Liturgical Theology: New Creation II
Chapter Ten: One Soul’s Tale: Enough Already

Appendix A: Proposals for the Revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer
Appendix B: Proposals for the Revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, July 2019

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  • Liturgy
  • General Convention
  • Prayer Book
  • scripture

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