n HTS : Theological Studies - Concrete spirituality : original research
|Article Title||Concrete spirituality : original research|
|Journal||HTS : Theological Studies|
|Affiliations||1 University of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||1 - 12|
This article reflects on a number of liturgical innovations in the worship of Melodi ya Tshwane, an inner-city congregation of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA). The focus of the innovations was to implement the understanding of justice in Article 4 of the Confession of Belhar, a confessional standard of the URCSA. The basic contention of the article is that well designed liturgies that facilitate experiences of beauty can nurture a concrete spirituality to mobilise urban church members for a justice-seeking lifestyle. After exploring the message of Article 4 of Belhar, the article analyses eight liturgical features of Melodi ya Tshwane, showing how beauty and justice interact in those acts of worship.
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