What are suburban traditions or rituals?

At the Open Source Liturgy Project there was a good deal of conversation about incorporating traditions or rituals that are native to a particular culture into the liturgy of the church. This is a great plan.


I live the suburbs and am having trouble coming up with suburban traditions or rituals. Here are some of my thoughts, but I know there have to be better ones…

  • Soccer games
  • Going to Starbucks
  • Walking the dog
  • High school football games
  • Commuting

What else would you add? How could they be incorporated into liturgy?

Open Source Liturgy Project – Day 3

This morning we are finding out more about the expectations for what is to come next. Each person here will be gathering a group to write liturgies in each of the following areas:

  • Holy Communion
  • Baptism
  • Death and Resurrection
  • Christian Marriage

Here is a presentation on Understanding the Open Source Cores for the Open Source Liturgy Project of the General Board of Discipleship. This was put together by the staff at GBOD and I uploaded it to Google Docs as we were given a CD with resources to use and share. Check it out:


Let me know what you think.

Open Source Liturgy Project – Day 2

We have started Day 2 of the Open Source Liturgy Project and I am looking forward to learning more about the technical platform and what is going to be next after being here. You can check out a little bit of the technical platform at http://wikigbod.org/wiki/tiki-index.php We are spending some time this morning discussing the baptism core.

Do you enjoy writing liturgy? Would you like to be a part of a development team that would write liturgy for particular contexts in Kansas? This might be rural, urban, mid-size, etc. I will be gathering a team for a retreat in the fall of 2009 to work on writing liturgy tailored to our context in Kansas. If you are interested in being a part of this project, please send me an email at andrew (dot) conard (at) cor (dot) org with “Open Source Liturgy” in the subject line.

I am excited about the potential for this project in being a part of renewal of the church and helping to bring revival to the state.

Open Source Liturgy Project – Day 1

I am at the first session of the Open Source Liturgy Project hosted by the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church in lovely Nashville. I flew in on Southwest Airlines this afternoon and had a great experience getting out of the airport and to the shuttle on to Scarritt Bennett where I will be staying for the next couple nights.

I am excited about the potential of this project to create and share liturgy for baptism, communion, weddings and funerals that will breathe a breath of fresh air into the worship of churches.

I will be taking notes with Google Docs and you can check them out here.

Speedlinking – September 18, 2008

Open Source Liturgy

I read a post this morning that really piqued my interest:

Open Source Liturgy Project: Developers Needed

A call from the General Board of Discipleship for developers to work on an open source project for the texts of communion, baptism, service of Christian marriage and service of death and resurrection. I think that this has the potential to be an important part of the work of renewing the church.

Check out the post for more information on the project and how to submit your name, if interested in being a developer.

Service of Death and Resurrection – Template

I have found that when caring for a family at the time of death and in preparation for a final service it can be quite helpful to provide clear guidance throughout the process. The service of death and resurrection as outlined in the United Methodist Book of Worship is an excellent guide for the service. To maximize the time that I am able to spend caring for the family, I have created a template document for a Service of Death and Resurrection from the United Methodist Book of Worship. I have added a few adaptations. You can download it in a  variety of versions here:

A Service of Death and Resurrection Template for Clergy, Pastors, and Preacher

I hope that this may be helpful for you in ministry.