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BLOG JACOB S CAF THIS POSTJacob s Caf This post part of my series on prayer books I received a complimentary review copy of this book without a reuirement or expectation of a positive reviewEucharistic Prayer for Inclusive Communities comes in two volumes Themes and Special Occasions and Possibilities for the Liturgical Year The volume titles are rather good definitions of the respective books Volume 1 can be used
Year Round For Various Liferound for various life events while the second volume is organized aroudn the traditional liturgical ear They were edited by Sheila Durkin Dierks and Bridget Mary Meehan while the prayers were compiled from a variety of men and women worldwideThe central focus of the volumes is time to gather to enjoy celebrate and experience the Eucharist also known as Communion Therefore they are intended to be used in a group communal setting rather than for individual devotionBesides the focus of the prayers on the Eucharist and community these books particularly emphasize inclusion communities that are not defined by walls and in and out groups Meehan in particular has been advocating for female clergy in the Roman Catholic Church so there is a strong Feminist Theme That Runs Through theme that runs through booksUltimately these prayer books are particularly aimed at liturgical congregants of Catholic Episcopalian or Anglican traditions who Eucharistic Prayers for the Inclusive Communities Volume II Possibilities for the Liturgical Year completes a long process of gathering new and adapted Eucharistic. ,
Mphasize inclusion in their communities #As the authors noted in the introduction of volume 1 many of the traditional Eucharistic #the authors noted in the introduction of volume 1 many of the traditional Eucharistic have been lost over time and create a feeling of exclusion for certain groups The authors seem to want to help people feel welcomed to worship and connect with God which is a noble and difficult taskOne way they attempt to be welcoming is by intentionally using
Inclusive Language Those Who Have Followed The Debates Over Thelanguage those who have followed the debates over the know how controversial this can be in some circles This inclusive language even moves to Language About God Specifically The about God Specifically the stateA couple of thoughts we encourage variations in naming toward God The world is full of amazing possibilities and as Locas you giveourself permission to stretch in words of Eucharistic prayer ou will also find new ways of calling out to God in all the herhisits wonderful abundance Vol 1 p xiiGender ambiguity related to God can definitely be controversial but as most theologians would agree God is without gender it should be less controversial than many make it out to be in my opinion Even if one is comfortable using male gendered language with God changing our language temporarily can help us remember why we use the words we useThe websites for each book also include a sample liturgy from the books These definitely represent the high church strong liturgical. Prayers from many sources Liturgists from a variety of faith backgrounds which have sacramental traditions have brought imagination and new voice to the ways of giv. ,
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you are unsure if ou are a fan of liturgy If ou are a low Protestant whoare unsure if ou are a fan of liturgy If ou are a low church Protestant is to and exploring the liturgical traditions other prayer books like Common Prayer A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals may be a better start as it provides instruction and guidance However for those who love liturgy this is an excellent resourceThe prayers are strong and definitely represent inclusive language Those who are open to different approaches to language about God could benefit from these prayers in stepping back from routine ways of talking about God in order to remember the meaning in our languageUnless the reader is a feminist or a strong advocate of explicit inclusive language this may not be a resource for regular use I definitely want to see inclusion in communities and am an egalitarian rather than a complementarian but the text was still representative of a perspective that is liberal than my own and would probably not be one I would use Again though it is still useful as a way to reflect on my own position and beliefs and I can definitely see how this can be a very valuable prayer book for many peopleI received PDF versions of the books but I was told they come in spiral bound versions which are made so they easily lay flat during times of prayer and celebration making them sound uite user friendly. Ing thanks in these celebrations The creativity and excitement of fresh voices bound to an old tradition is making this a very popular choice for liturgical plannin. .