Any Body There?: Worship and Being Human in a Digital Age by Craig Mueller

By Craig Mueller

Any physique there? we might ask yourself as we watch humans interact with their shrewdpermanent telephones whereas being oblivious to what's happening round them. Anybody there? is the query dealing with the church because it wrestles with declining spiritual association. Craig Mueller considers this modern context, and gives a reaction established in an incarnational spirituality accentuating the physique and discovering expression in company, multisensory liturgy.

Mueller creatively weaves jointly issues from our electronic lives with own and congregational tales and theological, liturgical, and religious reflections. thoughts equivalent to virtuality, the analog, 24/7 connectivity, entry, layout, and GPS are juxtaposed with issues of embodiment, mortality, sabbath, secret, good looks, and vocation.

Drawing on his adventure as a pastor to millennials, his stories in liturgical theology, and his paintings at the results of expertise on everyday life, Mueller proposes that company worship is an antidote to the distraction, fragmentation, and religious starvation in society this present day. As people proceed to merge with machines, participation within the Sunday liturgy reminds us of what it capacity to be human: a deeper connection to bodies and the earth and a transparent experience of function and venture for our daily lives.

"Pastor Mueller attracts us anew into the secret and materiality of Christian religion because it is embodied and enacted in note and Sacrament worship. . . . Pastors, seminarians, and laypersons will locate the following not just a primer and refresher at the embodied styles and practices of liturgy, yet a compelling photo of its which means in our more and more disembodied, electronic tradition. Mueller's reflections on existence and liturgy are witty and clever, own and pastoral." 
--Susan Briehl, editor and contributor, On Our Way

"This is likely one of the top inside of money owed i have learn of the knowledge and practices on the center of a flourishing congregation. during this based and sensible e-book Pastor Mueller translates the guarantees and dilemmas of the digital period as invites right into a profound spirituality of the physique in worship and lifestyle. examine and appreciate this compelling imaginative and prescient of what it skill to be alive on the earth today!"
--Benjamin M. Stewart, The Lutheran college of Theology at Chicago

Craig Mueller (DMin) has served as pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicago due to the fact 1999. additionally, he's a liturgical author and workshop presenter, and offers management for the non secular formation application on the Lutheran tuition of Theology at Chicago. His guides comprise Soli Deo Gloria: Choir Devotions for yr A (2010).

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