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from a curious soul
2017-06-15 12:34 pm (UTC)
You aren't pissing me off so far :)
The UU sounds very interesting and... kind. Although also very different to what I am used to.
The Church of England follows its traditional orders of service, although different churches do different things within that. Worship centres around the recitation or singing of various phrases from scripture, the Psalms and hymns as well as prayers. There is plenty of space allowed for individual prayer, and adaptations by the priest. It is always both very familiar and very individual to each church. In the cathedrals, people mainly come for the music, and the music is maintained at a very high standard drawing on centuries-old traditions of unique English liturgical styles. And I think that the rhythms and communality of the ritual, and the grandeur of the buildings, allow people to move into a different state of consciousness. It is probably more akin to a tribe dancing around a fire while someone beats the drums than what you described.
There is a level of inclusiveness required of the CoE precisely because it is the state religion - it is not just that everyone is welcome but that each parish church belongs to everyone in that parish, regardless of if they worship there or not. We own the CoE in a cultural sense even if we aren't Christians.
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