This past Saturday kicked off the beginning of the 2019 Spring ACTS (The Ambassadors Community for Theological Study) course in Waynesboro, Wytheville, and Hampton. This year’s spring course, “When I in Awesome Wonder: Liturgy Distilled from Daily Life”, focuses on listening for God’s Story within human stories and invites participants to be more in tune with God’s presence in all of human life. Liturgy is distilled from everyday life when we peer through the mist and see the sacramental and spiritual dimensions of daily actions, objects, conversations, and events.
Dr. Jill Y. Crainshaw serves as the speaker for this ACTS Course. She is the Interim Dean and Blackburn Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology at Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Crainshaw emphasizes in her writing and teaching how Christian worship and leadership arise from and return to human experience. During the course, Dr. Crainshaw wonderfully reexamined the ordinary experiences of our lives through poetry and storytelling to find the extraordinary love of God within them.
For this course, ACTS participants are reading from the textbook, When I in Awesome Wonder: Liturgy Distilled from Daily Life by Dr. Crainshaw, and An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor.
With the guidance of Dr. Crainshaw ACTS participants are learning how the holiness of worship is grounded in the everyday essence of our lives.
Visit www.vasynod.org/ministries/acts to learn more about the ACTS program.