By (our very own) Becky GarrisonRising From the Ashes
is an easy book to pick up, read a few snippets between activities or in the bathroom. Each interview question and response is pretty brief, so you can take a substantive quick bite and have something to chew on for a while. If you haven't already, go ahead and pick up a copy. Alot of emphasis is on sacred space, ritual, the creative process and the trend toward a more collaborative, bottom-up approach to worship. This book especially emphasizes engagement with emerging ideas and Anglican/Episcopal tradition.
As an explanation for bringing symbols and materials from the real world/everyday life into worship, Johnny Baker explains:So living in London I am interested in how everyday life can be re-infused with God's presence. This is part of the journey of alternative worship -- use the stuff of everyday life and culture in church and God's presence will be noticed when those everyday things are encountered in the real world
. (p 114)
1. What aspect of life is hardest for you to include in your awareness of God's presence?
2. What symbolizes this aspect of life for you?
3. What ways can you imagine incorporating this symbol into worship in order to sanctify that area of life for you?
Brian McLaren offers this cautionary note about technology in worship, based on the scholarship of Marshall McLuhan:...when you invent the wheel, your legs become weaker. When you invent the television, your ability to become present becomes ewaker. When you invent the amplifier, your voice becomes weaker. We need to reflect on this powerful insight and ask, In what ways is technology subtracting or amputating just at the moment we think it's adding and empowering? We should always remember that Jesus modeled personal incarnation, not projection and amplification. (p157)
Nadia Bolz-Weber (Yeah, Nadia!) does her Sarcastic Lutheran thing describing her opinion:
"A room full fo worshipers who stare for an hour at a huge video screen (not unlike the rest of their lives) with Tom Cruise film clips and vapid "Jesus is my Boyfriend lyrics: evil."
Yet, Nadia also talks about how her blog and internet community has opened the way for prayer and friendship on a profound level. ..."the prayer part is just as central as the checking their blogs part." (156)
This was a good reminder for me. I can easily get sucked into viewing and writing blogs and find myself disaffected from my actual life.
Here's a quote from an interview with Patricia Hendricks that spoke to me. Patricia is writing about the experience of young people but I think it applies to older adults as well:Most busy themselves with school, work, extra-curricular activities and a social life. They are tempted by the trappings of a popular culture. They are in constant communication via today's technology, and rarely do they experience quiet...Ritual invites a person to slow down, to be quiet, to look to the mystery. (p 119)
4. What is the most significant ritual in which you participate or would like to participate?
Labels: Book Discussions, Emerging Church