Spirituality for Presiding is designed to nurture leadership in Christian celebration: exploring kinaesthetic and other arts employed in liturgical assembly, and encouraging reflection on the pastoral, public and representative vocation of the one who presides. The unit will foster and promote perspectives of ecumenical liturgical renewal, at once grounded in the academic discipline of liturgical theology and concerned with the missional vocation of the church. Special attention will be given to Anglican contexts of worship, and a significant proportion of the unit will be given to embodied and enacted liturgical practice.

Unit code: DA2200T (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Articulate a range of perspectives from academic liturgical theology on the role of the liturgical presider


Interpret and evaluate liturgical events with critical apparatus from liturgical theology


Articulate the role of liturgical presidency in relation to wider dynamics of pastoral ministry


Construct and enact practices of ministry engaged with liturgical theology on the role of the presider


Lecture, discussion (small group, plenary), online resources, practicum

Indicative Bibliography

  • William Seth Adams, Shaped by Images: One Who Presides (New York, NY: Church Publishing, 1994)
  • William Seth Adams, Moving the Furniture: Liturgical Theory, Practice, Environment (New York, NY: Church Publishing, 1999)
  • Eleanor Bernstein, ed., Liturgy and Spirituality in Context (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993)
  • Stephen Burns, Worship and Ministry: Shaped Towards God (Melbourne: Mosaic Press, 2012)
  • Terese Cotter, Called to Preside: A Handbook for Laypeople (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2005)
  • Mark Earey, Creating Your Own Orders of Service (London: Church House Publishing, 2000)
  • Siobhan Garrigan and Todd Johnson, eds, Common Worship and Theological Education (Euegene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2010)
  • Richard Giles, Creating Uncommon Worship: Transforming the Liturgy of the Eucharist (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2004)
  • Robert Hovda, Strong, Loving and Wise: Presiding in Liturgy (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1976)
  • Gabe Huck, ed., Toward Ritual Transformation: Remembering Robert Hovda (Collegeville, mN: Liturgical Press, 2003)
  • Nicola Slee and Stephen Burns, eds,* Presiding Like a Woman* (London: SPCK, 2010)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Book Review

Literature review of 1,000 words

1000 15.0

Essay (1,500)

1500 30.0

Construction of liturgical resources with commentary (2,000 words)

2000 35.0
Oral Presentation

Liturgical practicum – the task will involve memorization, unscripted “performance,” and response to three verbal questions, all conducted before instructor and classroom peers.

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit record last updated: 2019-05-30 08:54:00 +1000