The Work of the People

The religious word “liturgy” means, in its root sense, “the work of the people.” Contra the idea that liturgies are practiced by priests in robes uttering ancient rites, the term more closely points to something participatory. However important the priest or cleric, the liturgies are enacted by the participation of the mass of people who enact them in small and meaningful ways. The most consistent manner of enacting a liturgy is through telling stories. Over the next several weeks, we offer you stories of “pain and possibility” – the voicing of lament, the courage to name the tender places, the boldness to step into a future distinct from the past.

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