Open, 2009 stand alone articles
Open, Spring 2008 Issue
Real Stories of
Good Liturgy: Saint Paul's Chapel, New York City
What might worship might look like that is a “Public Work”
for pilgrims who visit the 9/11 memorial at St. Paul’s
Chapel adjacent to Ground Zero in New York City? Donald
Schell describes the power liturgy has to create meaningful
connections between worshippers and visitors pouring off
When Signs Signify
The meaning of our sacraments must be transparent, reminds
liturgical theologian Louis Weil. We see, feel, touch, hear
and smell the rites of the Church, and we experience the
transformation they effect. Anything less than that
trivializes those sacramental rites.
Bishop Doss asks whether we really believe that Baptism is
at the heart of Christian ministry in the Church. In this
historical review, he warns us that recent General
Convention actions are returning Confirmation to a
central role we decided against over thirty years ago.
As a companion piece to Doss’
article, Robert Brooks reports on recent years’ efforts to
respond to the canonical actions of General Convention, and
the amazing coalition of theologians, bishops, educators,
parish clergy and others who have been energized to bring
Baptism back to the center of our understanding of ministry,
while addressing the needs of the Church for adequate
formation and leadership training.
Juan Oliver begins his article “As a Latino Episcopalian, I
am against being ‘included.’” What are the special
liturgical gifts of bicultural Episcopalians, and what are
the opportunities for the vast majority of “monocultural”
Going to Church
in the First Century
Jamie Howison’s parish in Winnipeg—already highly identified
as a table-centered, Eucharistic community—experiences a
richer engagement with the meaning of Eucharist as they
gather to practice pre-Nicene liturgies.
Faith on the Ground
Amy McCreath introduces us to the chaplaincy at the
University of Michigan which finds that the practical
meaning of Christian living is revealed through intentional
engagement with the lives and stories of the saints.
In the same file, Rebecca Wolf, a student at the University
of Michigan, preaches on how the story of Constance and Her
Companions reveals the meaning of her own choices and
vocation as a follower of Jesus.
Open—Fall 2007 Issue
Editor's Note and Real Stories of Good Liturgy
does good liturgy look like? This is the first in a series
of "Real Stories of Good Liturgy." From a member of a parish
in Rochester, we read a sparkling description of a
spectacular Jazz Mass. Carlos Mercado brings the downbeats
The Shape of Liturgy is the Shape of Mission, by Joe
The mission of the church
must be that which God is up to. It must be that cosmic,
that important, that good. So begins Joe Morris Doss'
inspiring article on how Justin Martyr's 2nd century
description of liturgy reveals the heart of the Church's
mission. How do we know that thanksgiving and justice are
our mission in Christ? Our ancient liturgy reminds us every
week, says Bp. Doss.
An Anglican/Emerging Church Synthesis, by Leslie Nipps
What implications does the
emerging church have for Episcopal worship? This article by
an investigative priest, moved by the missionary liveliness
of the emerging church, describes the genius and weakness of
this new movement, and how it might be a resource for the
renewal of our own missional tradition.
The Lord Shall Watch Over Your Going Out and Your Coming In,
by John Hill
The end and the beginning of
our Eucharistic worship are not the bookends of the liturgy;
they are, says John Hill, the bookends of our daily
baptismal life. In that light, what intention do we bring to
these vital moments in our common worship? How might we
re-think our "gathering and sending" rites?
Sanctifying Time on a College Campus, by Amy McCreath
can we find active, creative re-imagining of Eucharistic
community? Let's look the renewal of college and university
chaplaincies says Amy McCreath, chaplain at MIT. This
inaugural column describes the unique lifeways of college
students, and how one campus ministry is celebrating and
marking them. The first in a series.
The International Anglican
Liturgical Consultation (IALC) has been a leading voice in
the development of the liturgy for over twenty years. Leonel
Mitchell reviews an historical of this group and its work
for the Anglican Communion.
A New Direction in a Long Tradition
is with great excitement that we launch Open as an online journal.
This initiative marks both the continuation of a long tradition and
the beginning of a new direction for our periodical. For many years,
as the topical journal of Associated Parishes for Liturgy and
Mission, Open has made a significant contribution to the work of
liturgical renewal in the North American church. It will continue to
do so by publishing articles, book reviews and reports from leading
practitioners, scholars and students concerned with the dynamic
between sacramental worship and ethical mission, particularly within
the Anglican Communion.
The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in
This document was
generated by a working group at the 2006 APLM Council
meeting at DaySpring Conference Center in Ellenton,
Florida for the purposes of reflection and discussion in
the wider church.
On the Road to Everywhere
In the study of “liturgy”
we are often led deeply into the details of effective
ritual for the celebration of Christian sacraments.
THE BAPTISMAL COMMUNITY AND FORMATION AS EPISCOPALIANS:
“Holy Baptism is full
initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s
Body the Church.
Making Disciples the Way Jesus Did
What can be learned about
the ministry of ‘making disciples’ from the way Jesus
A Coat of Many Colors
Behold, I am doing a new
thing…before it springs up, I tell you of it. It was a
joy to see in the Blue Book for General Convention
proposed liturgies for church planting offered in
side-by-side English and Spanish versions.
Direct Ordination Blocked in House of Bishops
A year ago the Standing
Commission on Ministry Development took a vote to decide
among direct ordination, sequential ordination, or local
option, as part of the package of new Title III canons
Observations after a survey of parish bulletins
A Danny Shanahan cartoon,
published in the June 27, 1994, issue of the New Yorker,
depicts a disheveled fi gure walking down a busy, urban
Holy Baptism: A Rite for the Reconstituting of Sacred
The church is darkened
and the congregation hushed, as if holding a collective
breath. A lone voice begins to sing.
The revaluing of the diaconate for the renewal of the church
Catholic tradition has
developed a leadership structure consisting of three
orders, deacon, priest, and bishop, each serving the
baptized and enabling their ministry in the world.
Preaching Faith in an Urban World
can be of God Aristotle is quoted as saying: “Men came
together in cities to live, but remained there to live
the good life”