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Worship That Works

Worship That Works

Theory and Practice for Unitarian Universalists, Second Edition

The second edition of this classic UU text includes revisions and new chapters on multicultural worship, multigenerational worship, and new models of services for contemporary practices.

Authors: Wayne B. Arnason, Kathleen Rolenz   Foreword: Nancy McDonald Ladd

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Just ten years after it was first published, Worship That Works is already a classic text of the Unitarian Universalist liturgical arts. Following a road trip in which they visited congregations of various sizes and traditions, the authors offer essential theory and best practices for lay worship leaders, ministers, and student ministers alike. Significantly updated, this second edition includes revisions and new chapters on multicultural worship, multigenerational worship, and new models of services for contemporary practices.

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Foreword
Nancy McDonald Ladd

Introduction

Visions and Challenges
Nothing New under the Sun?
The Primacy of Worship
The Presence of the Holy
We Covenant Together
The Community of Common Worship
The Role of Culture and Tradition
The Emergent Church
Online and Virtual Worship
Intentional Worshipping Communities

Qualities of Transformative Worship
The Liturgical Year
Entering into Holy Time
Affirming Mission, Values, and Promises
The Power of Symbols
Inviting and Including All Generations
Music for the Community
Inviting and Including All People
Announcements Proclaiming Mission and Vision
Encouraging Generosity
Sharing Joys and Concerns
Prayer and Meditation
The Sermon
Sending Forth

Practical Details
Processionals
Invocations
Covenants
Lighting the Chalice
Hymns and Music
Prayers
Meditations
Joys and Concerns
Readings
Sermons
Multigenerational Worship
Honoring and Respecting Our World's Cultures

Conclusion

Appendix: Transformative Worship Services
All Souls Church, Unitarian, Washington, D.C.
Saint Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco, California
Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Appleton, Wisconsin: A Multigenerational Service
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, Rocky River, Ohio
Sanctuary Boston: Evening Worship of Music and Connection

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