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Shaping the Assembly

How our Buildings Form Us in Worship

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compelling and absorbing... the essays are varied, but all of interest.’

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Church Times

Space is all around us – and we constantly refer to it. He is taking my space! This place is homely! This room is very impersonal! We need more room!  We need to de-clutter! I was lost in the vastness of the hall! I felt locked in and had to go outside!

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Space is all around us – and we constantly refer to it. He is taking my space! This place is homely! This room is very impersonal! We need more room!  We need to de-clutter! I was lost in the vastness of the hall! I felt locked in and had to go outside!



 We also know that how space is arranged affects us: we want ‘round table talks’ and we do not want to be put in the back row! Churchill captured the importance of built space in a couplet: We shape our buildings, then our buildings shape us. And in every society buildings have been used to project power and authority, to regulate society, and to project an image of how that group sees itself.



 Strangely, we out do not think about this aspect of space when it comes to liturgy – yet every religion (and every Christian denomination) has used buildings as part of their worship: from Newgrange to classical temples to churches build of steel, concrete and glass. And it was this concern of the Second Vatican Council that led to the changes in the arrangements in Catholic Churches in the 1960s and 70s. But this religious use of space – just as with the changes mandated by Vatican II – are little appreciated or understood.



 This book brings together nineteen Christians – liturgists, pastors, architects, artists – from several churches and from around the world who all try to answer the question of how space affects us in worship.



 The topics covered include the role of light in a religious building, the need for space to appreciate dance as part of worship, the varying needs of spaces for different liturgies, accounts of how communities have become creative with space, and questions about how the liturgical renewal begun in Vatican II should continue today.

Detaljer

Forlag
Messenger Publications
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781788126113
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
21 x 15 cm

Om forfatteren

Thomas O’Loughlin is a writer, historian and theologian. He has taught and written extensively on different practices and interpretations of Eucharistic celebration leading to inter-church disagreement. He is involved in ecumenical reflections on eucharistic activity and has explored whether a richer understanding of the nature of worship could overcome inherited misunderstandings and divisions among Christians. 

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«

compelling and absorbing... the essays are varied, but all of interest.’

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Church Times

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‘evocative accounts of congregations and architects in Britain and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, seeking to shape their worship and buildings for mission, with a rich store of church architectural anecdote.’

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Art & Christianity

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'An important little book...a breath of fresh air'

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La Maison Dieu

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‘brings great clarity and vision to the often-complex subject of liturgy, together with the challenges encountered by the practice of worship.’

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Search journal

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‘richly insightful, full of interest and new ideas and some insights into the past. Nothing will replace the real enrichment of mind and spirit that will come from reading it.’

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The Irish Catholic

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 ‘an erudite collection, which should reach a wide audience’

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Intercom

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'...well-written, timely and prophetic. Thomas O’Loughlin has served us well.’

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Methodist Recorder

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‘thought-provoking... acts as a useful guide as to how we might interpret or form sacred spaces, and also how we might pray ‘into’ them rather than just ‘in’ them.’

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Thinking Faith

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‘ a superb workbook for parishes and religious communities about designing liturgical spaces that are inclusive and formational, with plenty of insights and concrete ideas’.

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