Liberating Rites: Understanding the Transformative Power of Ritual

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BookSurge Publishing #ad - The result is an accessible and engaging discussion, the psychology of religion, the sociology of religion, ideal for introductions to religion, and studies in ritual and liturgy. His analyses use examples drawn from a wide variety of cultures and religions -- Haiti, Korea, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, South Africa, Hinduism, and more, in addition to the author's own North American Protestantism.

. Many general readers also will find the book fascinating because it makes explicit so many unspoken feelings about the human longing for rituals that 'work, ' combining meaning with power. Used book in Good Condition. Driver looks closely at how ritual, viewed as creative performance, is essential to religion and to the movement from bondage to freedom, whether in society or the individual.

Liberating Rites: Understanding the Transformative Power of Ritual #ad - In liberating rites: Understanding the Transformative Power of Ritual, Tom F. Driver illuminates the making of ritual by removing it from its churchly wrappings and presenting it as something raw, basic, and central to all living beings. He examines the varied ways humans use ritual to give order to their lives, to deepen feelings of communal belonging, and to transform the status quo.

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Deeply into the Bone: Re-Inventing Rites of Passage

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University of California Press #ad - The work of a major scholar who has spent years writing and teaching about ritual, Deeply into the Bone instigates a conversation in which readers can fruitfully reflect on their own experiences of passage. Providing a highly personal, thoroughly informed, and cross-cultural perspective on rites of passage for general readers, this book illustrates the power of rites to help us navigate life's troublesome transitions.

Covering the significant life events of birth, accounts of practices from around the world, marriage, initiation, brief histories of selected ritual traditions, and death, chapters include first-person stories told by individuals who have undergone rites of passage, and critical reflections probing popular assumptions about ritual.

Over the past two decades, North Americans have become increasingly interested in understanding and reclaiming the rites that mark significant life passages. In the absence of meaningful rites of passage, mark the arrival of maturity, we speed through the dangerous intersections of life and often come to regret missing an opportunity to contemplate a child's birth, or meditate on the loss of a loved one.

University of California Press. Taking us confidently into the abyss separating the spiritual from the social scientific, the personal from the scholarly, and the narrative from the analytical, Grimes synthesizes an impressive amount of information to help us find more insightful ways of comprehending life's great transitions.

Deeply into the Bone: Re-Inventing Rites of Passage #ad - As we face our increasingly complex society, Deeply into the Bone will help us reclaim the power of rites and understand their effect on our lives. The book also explores innovative rites for other important events such as beginning school, same-sex commitment ceremonies, serious illness, divorce, abortion, and retirement.

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Ritual: Perspectives and Dimensions--Revised Edition

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Oxford University Press #ad - University of California Press. In this book, catherine bell offers a practical introduction to ritual practice and its study; she surveys the most influential theories of religion and ritual, the major categories of ritual activity, and the key debates that have shaped our understanding of ritualism. From handshakes and toasts to chant and genuflection, ritual pervades our social interactions and religious practices.

Similarly, equally legitimate interpretations, because of the variety of activities that qualify as ritual and their many contradictory yet, in many ways, ritual seems to elude any systematic historical and comparative scrutiny. Instead, exigency, her purpose is to reveal how definitions emerge and evolve and to help us become more familiar with the interplay of tradition, and self- expression that goes into constructing this complex social medium.

Ritual: Perspectives and Dimensions--Revised Edition #ad - Still, few of us could identify all of our daily and festal ritual behaviors, much less explain them to an outsider. Bell refuses to nail down ritual with any one definition or understanding.

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Worship Come to Its Senses

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Abingdon Press #ad - Why are wonderment, truthfulness, and expectancy so often missing or diminished in Christian liturgy today, "high church" or "low church, whether Protestant or Roman Catholic, surprise, " "traditional" or "contemporary"? These are essential qualities of both worship and life. What makes christian worship both true and relevant to ever-changing human circumstances? How can our gathering about the Scriptures, Don Saliers finds a fresh way of answering these questions by exploring four "senses" of God: awe, delight, the Table of the Lord, and the waters of baptism shape and express authentic Christian faith in the world of everyday life? In this book, truth, and hope.

Worship Come to Its Senses #ad - University of California Press. Saliers contends that we are still restless for communion with God, and suggests how these essentials may be rediscovered by every worshiping congregation. At stake are the means of grace received from Christ, attested to in the Scriptures and shown in every faithful worshiping assembly.

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Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice

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Oxford University Press, USA #ad - In this volume, and ramifications of our interest in ritual by concentrating on anthropology, sociology, methods, Bell re-examines the issues, and the history of religions. Oxford University Press. Ritual theory, catherine bell's sweeping and seminal work on the subject, Ritual Practice, helped legitimize the field.

Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice #ad - University of California Press. Now with a new foreword by diane jonte-Pace, Bell's work is a must-read for understanding the evolution of the field of ritual studies and its current state. Ritual studies today figures as a central element of religious discourse for many scholars around the world.

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The Worshiping Body: The Art of Leading Worship

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Westminster John Knox Press #ad - The Worshiping Body: The Art of Leading Worship #ad - A wonderful offering for all worship presiders, and experienced pastors, seminarians, new pastors, commissioned lay pastors, The Worshiping Body is essential reading for anyone interested in how their presence and movement during worship make a difference. Oxford University Press. Kimberly bracken long, lips, ears, by focusing on what presiders do with their bodies, and heart, eyes, hands, feet, describes an attitude and style of worship leadership that is both firmly rooted and blessedly free.

University of California Press. Used book in Good Condition.

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Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century

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Westminster John Knox Press #ad - The author celebrates the many languages and cultural settings in which the Gospel has been, and is, preached, sung, and prayed. Because of its emphasis on vital and spirit-led worship, this comprehensive book on Christian worship will be used in years to come not only as a core textbook for seminarians and ministry students from a variety of cultures and traditions, but also as a resource for local church pastors and laity who are dedicated to the enlivening of Christian worship.

University of California Press. Oxford University Press. The goal of this volume is to support good pastoral and congregational reflection on what worship is and does. This new book on worship by renowned hymn writer and professor Ruth C. Duck provides theological foundations for worship and explores the variety of ways Christians have adapted worship to various cultures to help them live faithfully and to communicate the Gospel to others.

Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century #ad - Although the book does not offer prescriptive formulas or advise a single pattern of worship, it includes many practical suggestions for preparing and leading worship, including diverse ministries of music, movement, and visual arts that are becoming more popular today. From worship's theological underpinnings the book turns to worship leadership, the sacraments, preaching, forms of prayer, ordination, and various other liturgies.

Consequently, duck discusses many different forms of worship from several cultures African-American, Asian, Euro-American and offers advice on how to read a congregation and define its culture in order to plan culturally appropriate worship. Used book in Good Condition.

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Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals: Weaving Together the Human and the Divine

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Fortress Press #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Oxford University Press. Suddenly, these familiar life-cycle rituals are infused with new life as participants become connected in a narrative web linking past and present, human and divine. Herbert anderson and edward foley reveal how when stories and rituals work together, they have the potential to be both mighty and dangerous--mighty in their ability to lift us up and help us make these connections beyond ourselves and dangerous in challenging us to learn to live with complexity and contradiction.

They show how much more meaningful a baptism, wedding, or funeral can be when liturgy is made to include and recognize the personal stories of those involved. Newly created rituals can also help us connect our stories to the divine story, giving meaning to what we experience and bringing us closer to God.

Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals: Weaving Together the Human and the Divine #ad - Ministers, worship leaders, and pastoral caregivers can use this approach to storytelling and ritual to find ways to bring together worship and pastoral care. Shaping our journey into the divinethis moving and enlightening book presents us with a compelling vision of what can happen when we take the opportunity to connect stories and rituals--a vision of individuals and communities transformed through a deeper sense of connection to our loved ones, our communities, and God.

University of California Press.

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The Craft of Ritual Studies Oxford Ritual Studies

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Oxford University Press #ad - Grimes develops such themes as the relation of ritual to media, the dynamics of ritual creativity, and film, the negotiation of ritual criticism, theater, and the impact of ritual on cultural and physical environments. This important book, the capstone work of Grimes's three decades of leadership in the field of ritual studies, is accompanied by a set of online videos, as well as appendices illustrating key aspects of ritual studies.

Grimes shows that this debate has stagnated, due in part to a manner of theorizing too far removed from the study of actual religious practices. Grimes exposes the limitations that disable many theories of ritual--for example, defining ritual as essentially religious, assuming that ritual's only function is to generate group solidarity, or treating ritual as a mirror of the status quo.

The Craft of Ritual Studies Oxford Ritual Studies #ad - In religious studies, theory and method research has long been embroiled in a polarized debate over scientific versus theological perspectives. Ronald L. Used book in Good Condition. University of California Press. A worthwhile theory, must be practice-oriented, according to Grimes, and practices are most effectively studied by field research methods.

The craft of ritual studies melds together a systematic theory and method capable of underwriting the cross-cultural, interdisciplinary study of ritual. Oxford University Press.

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RITUAL AND PASTORAL CARE Theology and Pastoral Care Theology & Pastoral Care

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Fortress Press #ad - Oxford University Press. Ritual and pastoral care theology and pastoral Care Theology & Pastoral Ca. Used book in Good Condition. University of California Press.

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Caring Liturgies: The Pastoral Power of Christian Ritual

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Fortress Press #ad - University of California Press. Caregiving practices in churches often center around listening and giving counsel, making referrals, and creating support groups for specific needs. It teaches readers to recognize the ritual needs of fellow Christians and thus create post-baptismal rites of passage and healing that might strengthen and support them in the fulfillment of their ministries.

Caring Liturgies: The Pastoral Power of Christian Ritual #ad - Oxford University Press. In caring liturgies, susan marie smith proposes that Christian ritual is both a method and a means for helping people through liminal times of transition and uncertainty, even vulnerability and fear. Used book in Good Condition.

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