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|Title: Beyond Common Worship: Liturgical Diversity and Anglican Identity|
By: Mark Earey
Number of Pages: 178
Vendor: SCM Press
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.51 X 0.38 (inches)|
Weight: 8 ounces
Stock No: WW047392
A question such as, 'How do we use Common Worship for a Messy Church service of Holy Communion?' focuses the issue - but it is a question being asked in different ways in lots of different places. In this book, Mark Earey turns to the future, asking whether the framework of canon law, notes and rubrics within which Common Worship operates is any longer fit for purpose. In a mixed economy Church in which fresh expressions of church, alt.worship and new monasticism all sit alongside traditional parish churches, he asks whether it is time for the current rules-based approach to Church of England liturgy to make way for an approach based on trust and accountability. Such an approach would allow for more local flexibility and creativity, but raises big questions about how such worship can be truly indigenous yet authentically Anglican.
This is a powerful argument for the Church of England to shift from control to trust in how it regulates its worship. Mark Earey provides a detailed and honest critique of how the Church of England currently attempts - and fails - to maintain its identity through worship. He describes how the present regulated approach should be replaced by one based on relationships. Some will find his proposals too radical while others, I suspect, will say that they are not quite radical enough. His book is a very important contribution to the debate.
This is exactly what the Anglican church needs - a way forward for worship that respects and celebrates what's core yet breaks open what's possible. I found myself saying 'yes!' time and again as I read it. I love the notion of a shift to a centred set approach based on trust rather than control. It would be wonderful to lose the bogeyman of the liturgical thought police once and for all! There is an extraordinary amount of creativity and diversity in the mixed economy of the Church of England as she engages in mission. This book paves the way for that to be affirmed and encouraged rather than tolerated or frowned upon whilst deepening Anglican identity in the process. I hope the Church has the courage to heed a book that knows what time it is.
Earey is an excellent communicator; the book is lucid and engaging in style, with helpful illustrative examples, drawn from extensive experience as a parish priest, theological educator and member of the Liturgical Commission. His thesis deserves
to be debated seriously by the Church, difficulties notwithstanding. The major issue is whether the General Synod, the bishops and the dioceses will have the courage to invest the energy, time and money needed to give these proposals wings.
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