Worship in The United Church of Canada has received very little scholarly attention and liturgical analysis. Moreover, scholarship in "liberal" liturgical traditions lacks sufficient methodologies to examine the complexity of this type of practice. This definitive study of the first four generations of baptismal liturgies of The United Church of Canada examines the group's history and theology, evolution and implications from 1925-1995. The Language of Baptism is both a case study of worship in The United Church of Canada, and part of the on-going scholarship in Christian initiation. It employs a method of textual and contextual commentary, using primary and secondary sources, including liturgical texts and archival material. Detailed source commentaries and theological analysis, placing the texts in the context of the liturgical controversies of the day, provide a window on the liturgical ethos of the United Church and offers a Canadian Protestant perspective to the ecumenical study of Christian initiation and contemporary liturgical history. Associated chapters place the textual revisions in their historical, theological and pastoral contexts, providing a view of the character of each era of liturgical practice.
Chapter 1 List of Tables Chapter 2 Abbreviations Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Introduction Part 5 Part I: The Founding Ethos and Its Forms Chapter 6 1. Baptism in the Founding Traditions and Forms of Service Part 7 Part II: Coming of Age through Common Order Chapter 8 2. Baptism in The Book of Common Order Chapter 9 3. Liturgical Reform, United Church-Style Part 10 Part III: Responding to the Contemporary Chapter 11 4. Baptism in the Service Book Chapter 12 5. Liturgical Reform in Turbulent Times Part 13 Part IV: Ecumenical Convergence in Christian Initiation Chapter 14 6. Baptism in Baptism and Renewal of Baptismal Faith Chapter 15 7. Liturgical Reform in an Ecumenical Context Part 16 Part V: The Language of Baptism and the Language of Worship Chapter 17 8. Liturgical Reform through Recovery and Renewal Chapter 18 Bibliography Chapter 19 Index Chapter 20 About the Author