Liturgical Theology

Liturgical Theology

Liturgical Theology (Worship) THL115 (Bachelor of Theology) is being taught at United Theological College in 2017 Session 1, Wednesday evenings (6.30 to 9.35 pm) by Dr Gerard Moore.

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This subject explores the history and practice of worship across a variety of Christian traditions including contemporary and blended worship. The subject centres on the effects and interrelationships of rites, symbols, words, music, gesture and space in facilitating worship. Key issues considered include liturgical forms, symbol, language, music, architecture and mission. In the context of human ritual activity, the importance of worship in the formation of Christian identity is analysed.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to discuss the nature of Christian worship in the context of human ritual activity
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the shared origins of Christian worship
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of particular forms in worship across the wider Christian tradition, including blended and contemporary forms
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the effect of form, language, space, body and music on the experience of worship
  • be able to discuss the relationship between mission, identity, pastoral care and worship


The subject will cover the following topics:

  • The nature, origins and practice of Christian worship
  • Rites and forms in worship: traditional, blended and contemporary
  • Symbol in worship
  • The principles of good worship
  • Space and architecture
  • Worship and time
  • Worship and language
  • Worship and music
  • Worship and the body
  • Ritual books and their relationship to other resources
  • Worship as a pastoral response
  • Worship, identity and mission

Subject Enrolment Enquiry Session 1

Subject Enrolment Enquiry for Session 1 at UTC - for fully paid or audit enrolments.