This course seeks to explore, an understanding of the interrelationship of Christian worship, sacrament and ethics. Through lecture, discussion, worship experience and analyses of forms of worship, course participants will explore the implications of worship and sacrament for the formation of Christian self-understanding, character and virtue. The relationship of prayer, belief and theological reflection will be examined. Developments in liturgical theology and their implications for understanding the social mission of the Church will be discussed. Practical issues in contemporary Christian ethics will serve as a focus for reflective conversation. Through the study of Church documents, ecumenical readings, liturgical texts and exploration of constitutive elements of worship students will be encouraged to reflect on a life of prayer for mission. Evaluation will be comprised of class participation, an annotated bibliography, analysis of a liturgical rite through an ethical lens and a final integrative paper.
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