Liturgical Pluralism in a Mixed-Economy Church: Challenges facing the Church of England

Peter Moger

Worship in the 1961 C of E is contrasted with the considerable variety to be found today. One change is the focus on mission and the realisation that 'one size doesn't fit all'. Without confessions, Anglican doctrine is enshrined in its worship. This makes it difficult to provide liturgy for a diverse church. The developments leading up to the new Common Worship provision is set out. This contrasts with previous material in that: it is presented in a multi-media form; it reflects a multiplicity of context; it contains both the old and new and it is possible to move between them in one service of worship. Common worship means something different from the BCP in that it is not expressed in common material but a common, four-fold, structure, reflecting two underlying theological concepts: God shares our life (incarnation), and transforms it (redemption). Common prayer is still important to Anglicans: doctrine, part of church catholic. The variety in today's C of E is set out. The challenge of Fresh Expressions is discussed, as is the issue of formation and training.

Volume 46 2010/11, p3