Separate Tables?

Separate Tables? Divergence and Convergence in Worship
1517 - 2017


A lecture given by the Revd Canon Chris Walsh

The impact of the Reformation was felt most immediately and keenly by the people in their weekly worship. The Reformers, Protestant and Catholic, attempted to embed their theological and cultural differences in divergent forms of worship. For centuries these different traditions seemed entrenched and self-contained, but all along were exerting influence on each other until, in the 20th century, a remarkable and exciting convergence became possible. What were the principles and influences at work, and how do we assess the trends and outcomes?

The Revd Canon Chris Walsh lectured in liturgy at the University of Durham for 18 years, and subsequently at Wesley College, Bristol, and the University of Wales, Lampeter. He was director of the ecumenical Institute for Liturgy and Mission at Sarum College, Salisbury, and for 15 years served on the advisory and editorial committees of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy
in Washington DC. He has also been a parish priest in Wirral and Greater Manchester and currently serves the Catholic Parish of St Peter, Ludlow.

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