Course Memo

For many faith communities, worship forms the heart of communal life. It is a place where participants learn the behaviors, rhythms, and patterns of discipleship that they hope to embody as faith-filled people in the world. Worship also marks times of transition within the life of individuals and communities. From birth to death, communities ritualize these liminal spaces that are rife with meaning and sacredness. In this course, we will examine the ways in which pastoral liturgies ( e.g. dedications, weddings, healing rites, funerals, etc.) and sacraments both shape and are shaped by culture, history, theology, language, and practice. Students will integrate their learning by practicing leading these rituals that make up a worship-full life. Course meets Tuesdays, 9/5/23-10/17/2023.