Where do we go from here: Liturgical Theology in a Broken World?
In a world crying out for healing and peace, what does our liturgy say and do? We are experiencing an unending sorrow over the cycle of violence in this country, and many respond in worship with prayer and lament. Some wonder what other connections we might be missing in our liturgies. Is there a difference between being faithful to the ordo and yearning for an end to the violence? Is there a part the church plays in perpetuating the violence by not being able to come together as brothers and sisters ourselves?
Lorraine S. Brugh is Professor of Music and Director of Chapel Music at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN. She is University Organist and the Frederick J. Kruse Endowed Chair in Church Music. Dr. Brugh is the director of the Kantorei, and teaches organ and church music.
Dr. Brugh helped lead the development of the ELCA's Evangelical Lutheran Worship and is co-author of the Sunday Assembly, published in 2008 to help church leaders incorporate the hymnal's materials into worship services. Dr. Brugh is a past president of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.
Dr. Brugh received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies in the Joint Program at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
The Work for the People Reforming a People's Church?
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland is living through the time of deep changes. It has been - and still is - a comparatively strong people's church with a long history. However, it has been challenged by recent Western values and trends, which do not respect traditions and institutions. What is the role of the liturgy in Finnish Lutheran identity today? How could liturgy reform Lutherans in Finland to meet the future?
Timo-Matti Haapiainen (1977) is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and a doctor of theology. He was ordained in 2003 and has worked since ordained in two parishes in Helsinki (Oulunkyla and Kallio) and as a publishing editor in Kirjapaja publishing house. Since 2010 he has bben working in National Church Council in several projects, for example in developing worship. Currently he is a project secretary working on the Reformation Anniversary. Haaipiainene has written songs and hymns that have been published in many collections. One composition is included in ELCF's new hymnal supplement.
Soft the Master's Love Song
People in the West may feel that many Asians and Pacific Islanders are shy and soft spoken. They seem to be introversive; their feelings, whether joy or sadness, may not be expressed vividly. Hence we found some of their music being soft and implicit. Their spirituality are reflected in their contemplative hymns. We will sing a few to have a feel of some Asian spirituality.
Born 1936 in Taiwan (M.Div. SMM. Ph. D. (UCLA), FHS). He taught Asian and Global Church Music at Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, Manila and Tainan Theological College and Seminary, Taiwan. He was a leader and advisor to innumerable WCC and CCA ecumenical assemblies and workshops. He is the editor of Sound the Bamboo: CCA hymnal 2000 and Seng-si 2009, Official Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, and the author of Hymnal Companion to STB Asian Hymns in Their Cultural and Liturgical Contexts (GIA 2011) and In Search for Asian Sounds and Symbols in Worship (CSCA, Singapore 2012.)