The second course I selected was one I did not initially consider. At first glance it seemed a bit too "Anglican" for my use. However, after giving it more thought it occurred to me that looking at the ongoing worship struggle in the church at large through different eyes might offer a fresh perspective for me in my own tradition. The course title is: Liturgical Change in the Church of England, 1928-2008: Controversy, Conflict, and Comprehension, and is being taught by a visiting professor by the name of the Rev. Canon J M Haselock, precentor and vice dean of Norwich Cathedral in England. The course information describes him as a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England from 1997 to 2008 and closely involved with the whole Common Worship project. He was a member of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation [IALC] during this same period. The course will examine the wide differences in worship practice that have impacted the Church of England from what is described as "formless 'family' services sponsored by Evangelicals" on one side of the spectrum to "'Papistical' masses which were only slightly adapted English translations of the missal of Pius V and the Council of Trent" on the other. The Church of England has long struggled between "high church" and "low church" throughout its history from the Reformation to the present. While not completely identical to struggles within the Lutheran tradition, there is no denying our own tension between "formless" contemporary services and high church masses. I'll let you know later how valuable the class turns out to be.
So now I wait for the reading list and start in earnest my preparation for the courses. With the holiday weekend upon us I don't expect to receive anything out of Nashotah until well into next week at the earliest. I'll keep you posted on what books they end up using as texts.