The Liturgy Project- An International Collection!

The Liturgy Project has been in the works for several years, and now that our new website has launched, the liturgy contributions have too. The idea behind the project is straightforward: all over the world, progressive clergy are writing worship materials for use in their own churches. What if we had a way to share it all with each other? Everybody wins!

“Progressive” covers a wide spectrum, and the liturgies do too. Rather than being another lectionary-based resource, the Liturgy Project is more like a browsing anthology. Come here to find a new prayer idea, a new set of words to a familiar hymn tune, a poem that fits a sermon you’ve been thinking about.

Liturgies have come in from all over the world – Australia and New Zealand, the US and Canada, Ireland and the UK. Likewise, the gratitude comments. Whether a country priest in Paraguay or an Anglican minister in rural New Zealand, progressive clergy are grateful to discover both new words for worship and that they are not alone in wanting to use them.

The most frequent question we get is “Can I copy this and use it my Sunday bulletin?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!” The writers who have contributed material did so because they wanted it to be used. (Of course, it’s always nice to include an author attribution when you use someone else’s work.)

The Weekly Liturgy is a set of three items from the liturgy collection, usually related by a common theme. The set is featured on the progressivechristianity.org homepage and changes every week. Right now the weekly sets are all Lenten material, including Jim Burklo’s wonderful adaptation of the traditional Stations of the Cross to modern language and modern questions. This is a great example of what Progressive Christianity is all about: delving beneath the traditional words to the wisdom that was their original motivation, and bringing that to light with new language.

If you have written worship material that you would be willing to share, you can email it to contact@progressivechristianity.org  Click here for more detailed information about contributions: http://progressivechristianity.org/invitation-to-contribute-liturgy-2/

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