This Assembly of Believers: The Gifts of Difference in the Church at Prayer
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This Assembly of Believers: The Gifts of Difference in the Church at Prayer  -     By: Stephen Burns

This Assembly of Believers: The Gifts of Difference in the Church at Prayer

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Title: This Assembly of Believers: The Gifts of Difference in the Church at Prayer
By: Stephen Burns
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: SCM Press
Publication Date: 2020
Dimensions: 9.21 X 6.14 X 0.58 (inches)
Weight: 14 ounces
ISBN: 0334059712
ISBN-13: 9780334059714
Stock No: WW059714

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"Among the symbols with which the liturgy deals, none is more important than this assembly of believers."

This claim made in the 1970s forces the local church to consider those within its congregation, and recognise the gifts and challenges of difference within the church community. In 'This Assembly of Believers' Bryan Cones seeks to take seriously the pastoral context of a congregation, recognising the physical ability, gender and sexuality of those who make up the congregation.

Starting each chapter with their lived experience, Cones poses important questions of the liturgy in light of these experiences before realigning the liturgy to demonstrate the positive theological significance of the marginalised within the congregation.

Author Bio

Bryan Cones is a presbyter in the Episcopal Church, a former book editor at Liturgy Training Publications, and was managing editor and columnist at U.S. Catholic magazine. He has served as adjunct faculty at the Episcopal Divinity School, and holds a doctorate in liturgical and practical theology from the University of Divinity in Melbourne, Australia.


Editorial Reviews

Revelling in 'difference', learned in past traditions, thinking and imagining anew in the context of conventional ways of going about things, and not just how we conduct ourselves in worship, we may find exciting possibilities of transformation opening up in the lives of all those involved. Shift 'liturgy' to the heart of theological study where it belongs - enjoy the grace of change - and the wit and sensitivity of this book!
'In this brilliant book, Bryan Cones leads us in relentless pursuit of a much-touted yet under-explored idea in liturgical theology: that the assembly is the primary symbol. Cones not only illumines this contention but inclusivizes it, very intentionally welcoming the gifts and graces of assembly members often overlooked--children, the bodily impaired, the LGBTIQA+ rainbow, and more. Subtle, smart, persistent, and fierce all at one, This Assembly of Believers tips us into bold depictions of the reign of God manifesting in our midst.'


This is an immensely rich, scholarly and imaginative work of liturgical theology. Scholarly and practical, theological and pastoral, It offers an expansive vision of the kind of church many hunger to experience, and shows how such a vision can be embodied in ordinary communities of the faithful. Through detailed case studies of baptism, eucharist, liturgies for the sick and marriage, Cones demonstrates how the church as the primary liturgical symbol can only truly reflect its deep ecclesial reality when it embraces and celebrates human difference in all its glorious richness. This book will assist the church to be more deeply what it is called to be: generously inclusive, radically communitarian, joyously creative, pastorally evangelistic. I hope it will be very widely read, its vision caught and embodied anew in many different times and places.

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