Mass Culture

The interface of Eucharist and mission

Edited by Pete Ward

Currently out of print £7.99

A lively and imaginative book which invites us to see the central Christian action with fresh eyes and new hope. It reminds us of how exciting this act of worship could and should be.
John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford

Content

An updated and expanded edition of BRF's popular book of articles examining the impact that the Eucharist can have on the life of the believer. With a total of ten contributors from a range of theological and church backgrounds, including Bishop Graham Cray and worship leader Martyn Layzell, this edition carries the discussion forward, considering the relationship between Holy Communion, mission and contemporary culture.

Endorsements

A lively and imaginative book which invites us to see the central Christian action with fresh eyes and new hope. It reminds us of how exciting this act of worship could and should be.
John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford

A vitally important book, which throws new ideas and radical views at you almost too fast for you to absorb.
Anglicans for Renewal Magazine

It will challenge, provoke and also inspire us to a solid critique of culture and a more creative integration of Eucharistic practice and missionary commitment.
Regent's Reviews

Author info

Pete Ward is Senior Lecturer in Youth Ministry and Theological Education at King's College, London. He was formerly the Archbishop of Canterbury's Adviser for Youth Ministry. His books include Liquid Church and Selling Worship (Paternoster).

Reviews

From The Diocese of Hereford Newspaper - Spring 2009

It has been an enormous challenge to review this book which addresses one of the biggest problems of the Church today, namely why is the younger generation unable to relate to the traditional services in our parish churches. It takes time to read and, more particularly, to absorb the reasons the writers from across the broad spectrum of the Church have given. Many readers may be shocked by some of the sections, but if approached with an open mind there is a wealth of food for thought. Alternative worship has been studied both in detail and objectively, the problem of celebrities and a worship culture has been recognised, the tendency of the young to dip in and out which does not necessarily bring a lifelong commitment has been acknowledged.

There are no definite answers, but despite the diversity of the contributions time and again one theme has emerged which is the importance of the shared meal at the Lord's Table, and how this should be celebrated within contemporary culture. I would urge everyone, clergy and lay people, who is concerned about the Church of England and its future to read this book and discuss it with their fellow worshippers.

Reviewed by Susan Child, Yarpole

Book details

  • ISBN: 9781841015804
  • Published: 18 July 2008
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
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