n Stellenbosch Theological Journal - The naked liturgist – Church without a building for people without a house

Volume 5 Number 2
  • ISSN : 0028-2006
  • E-ISSN: 2226-2385



The concept of “public” (as used in the term “public worship) is interrogated in the light of Paul’s understanding of nakedness/clothedness in 2 Corinthians 5:1–11. The conclusion drawn is that Christian liturgy is actually “private”, and the resulting dissonance between precept and practice is untenable. A more appropriate approach to public-ness is developed with reference to John Wesley: liturgical events should and could intentionally be convened outside Christian premises – with the liturgists stripped of privilege. This is then illustrated by reference to field notes of an actual instance of such a “naked liturgy” that takes place weekly on the streets of Cape Town.

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