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Spirituality Hidden in the Heart of the Uniting Church

Massam, Katharine (2014) Spirituality Hidden in the Heart of the Uniting Church. In: An Informed Faith. Mosaic, Melbourne, pp. 19-36. ISBN 9781743241554

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This article argues that investigation of the spirituality of the Uniting Church in Australia is essential to understanding its history and polity. While, the word ‘spirituality’ is sometimes used as the flip side of ‘dogma’, the developing discussion among scholars and practitioners suggests that more accurately ‘spirituality’ points towards the integration of faith and life. Like liturgy, spirituality is at the intersection of belief and prayer. As Harry Herbert’s remarked to a group gathered to hear his talk on the Eucharist and social justice in 1996: “Broken down to its basic core lex orandi lex credendi means that if you want to know where the faith of the Uniting Church is at, don’t study its Synod resolutions but experience the worship of its churches.” Exploring the dynamic relationship between prayer and belief, between spirituality and theology, between lex orandi and lex credendi, offers both a more accurate and a more complex picture of a community of belief. In its fourth decade the UCA began to articulate a central role for authentic spirituality as a resource for navigating and surviving change in the life of the church.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Uniting Church in Australia, spirituality, liturgy, lex credendi, lex orandi
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950405 Religious Structures and Ritual
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
A - Humanities, general
D - Liturgy
D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-UCTC: United Faculty of Theology - Uniting Church Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Katharine Massam
Date Deposited: 01 May 2014 02:58
Last Modified: 01 May 2014 02:58
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1416

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