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March 2019

Christian Initiation

Mon 4 March 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 March 2019, 2:00 pm

Many Western Churches have significantly revised their baptismal liturgies in the last fifty years in response to the changing place of the church in society. This module will examine key historical periods which provide a context for contemporary rites and the theologies which lie behind them. There will be a field visit to consider the liturgical features of a font, for example Salisbury Cathedral. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor.…

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May 2019

Music in Christian Worship

Mon 13 May 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 16 May 2019, 2:00 pm

Music is a significant feature of much Christian worship, whether chanted psalms, congregational hymns, liturgical texts arranged for choirs or contemporary worship songs. This module explores the variety of musical styles in Christian worship from both historical and contemporary perspectives and draws upon critical themes in musicology, theology and pastoral liturgy. It will equip students to make informed assessments of music choices in the liturgical events of different ecclesial settings. Musical skill or knowledge, while beneficial, is not required. Those…

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June 2019

Liturgy and Spirituality

Mon 17 June 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 June 2019, 2:00 pm

This module engages with the relationship between spirituality and liturgy. Attention will be paid to the ways in which they relate, both conceptually and with reference to debates, such as the historic conflict between liturgy and popular piety. Students will have the opportunity to study specific examples of liturgical practice from a variety of Christian traditions, and in so doing develop their ability to interpret liturgical prayer as a form of spirituality. Those not on the MA programme are very…

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