|2011 Congregations and Projects|
Shaping a Desert People
This project explores the ways our experience of worship in a desert
landscape can deepen and expand our relationship with God and, in the process,
enable us to live in a more caring and just relationship with this part of God’s creation.
Without a liturgical life that connects people to the desert around them, there can be
no experience of this landscape as a sacred part of God’s creation. We seek through
worship to help our congregation and others connect to the desert so they can
experience it as a place that is both sacred and home. This project has several
Catholic, Jewish and Islam traditions focusing on that tradition’s
understanding of desert faith and the ways in which that faith is incorporated
into the worship life of their community.
school youth integrating service, faith education, and worship. This includes
hands‐on environmental work, as well as the development of liturgical
resources (i.e., prayers written by the youth).
blessing of the water.” How do we connect both our sacred and practical
uses of water with the Creator who is the source of this life‐giving resource.
faith communities. These resources will draw upon the deep roots of desert
spirituality as found in both the Biblical tradition and that of the early
church’s Desert Mothers and Fathers.
that reflect our desert setting.
We welcome the opportunity to deepen our own understanding of Christian
Worship, both its roots and its contemporary forms. Faculty presentations and
dialogue with others would give us the academic foundation and practical
experience of others we need to move our commitment and practice of desert faith
to another level.
Institute of Sacred Music