This unit explores the role of liturgy in the life of the church, traces the development of liturgical worship from its biblical roots through to current Anglican forms of worship, and equips students to plan and lead liturgical worship.

Unit code: DL9033Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Liturgy

Proposing College: Wollaston Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate the role of liturgy in Christian life


Analyse the way in which liturgical traditions have developed


Plan and lead Anglican liturgical worship services


Constructively critique Anglican liturgical worship services

Unit sequence

24 points in Church History


seminars and practicums

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bradshaw, Paul F. Early Christian Worship: A Basic Introduction to Ideas and Practice (2nd ed.; Liturgical Press, 2010)
  • Bradshaw, Paul F. and J. Melloh. Foundations in Ritual Studies (London: SPCK, 2007)
  • Burns, Stephen and A. Monro, eds, Christian Worship in Australia (Strathfield: St. Pauls, 2009)
  • Chauvet, Louis-Marie, The Sacraments - The Word of God at the Mercy of the Body (Pueblo Books, 2001)
  • Hefling, C. and C. Shattuck, eds, The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer. New York: (OUP, 2006)
  • Ramshaw, G. Christian Worship: 100, 000 Sundays of Rituals and Symbols (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2009)
  • Schmit, Clayton J., Sent and Gathered: A Worship Manual for the Missional Church (Baker Academic, 2009)
  • Sherlock, C. Australian Anglicans Worship: performing APBA (Alexandria: Broughton Publishing, 2020)
  • Van Opstal, Sandra Maria, The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World (IVP Books, 2016)
  • Varcoe, G., ed. APBA: A Practical Commentary (Alexandria: Broughton Books, 1997)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Skill Demonstration 1500 20.0
Personal Reflection 1000 10.0

One major and two minor essay(s)

5000 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 18 Nov, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-18 10:44:03 +1100