Shane Claiborne, the keynote speaker for the 2011 National Youth Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches, is celebrating his latest published work – a book called Common Prayer – A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.
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The description of his new book says:
Common Prayer helps today’s diverse church pray together across traditions and denominations. With an ear to the particulars of how various liturgical traditions pray, and using an advisory team of liturgy experts, the authors have created a tapestry of prayer that celebrates the best of each tradition. The book also includes a unique songbook composed of music and classic lyrics to over fifty songs from various traditions, including African spirituals, traditional hymns, Mennonite gathering songs, and Taize chants. Tools for prayer are scattered throughout to aid those who are unfamiliar with liturgy and to deepen the prayer life of those who are familiar with liturgical prayer. Ultimately, Common Prayer makes liturgy dance, taking the best of the old and bringing new life to it with a fresh fingerprint for the contemporary renewal of the church. Churches and individuals who desire a deeper prayer life and those familiar with Shane Claiborne and New Monasticism will enjoy the tools offered in this book as a fresh take on liturgy.
A reviewer at amazon.com notes that the book tells us the following:
“Come Methodist, Quaker, Baptist, Anglican, non-Denominationalist, non-attending Believer, Catholic, Orthodox, Presbyterian, Lutheran, et. al., come and share together in the great underground flow of words that all of your fathers and mothers have offered up to God in Jesus throughout time. Sit with us on the porch of our believing. Listen and share, because we are all one family. Sure, there were times you did not get along, but sit, these times are not those. We need to rest and sit a spell and talk to our Father – together. We can still do that. Come. Sit. Pray with me. Let us see where we have been and take hope for the road ahead is long, and we have much to do together to bear His easy yoke of holding hands and loving. We have much to do to be made anew into His image and likeness. Come, sit, pray with me.”
At the Common Prayer website (commonprayer.net) there is also a one year calendar to follow along with. Coming up on the Common Prayer calendar are highlighted days to commemorate the anniversaries of various mystics and political/radical activists from around the world, including the following (click on the links to find out who they are):
Dec. 10, 2010
[Trappist Monk and interspiritual visionary who embraced Eastern religions.]
Brother Lawrence (1611-1691)
Jan 11, 2011
[17th century Carmelite monk known for his practice of the presence of God which was akin to Zen or mindfulness meditation]
Julian of Norwich (1342-1416)
May 13, 2011
[Contemplative mystic who called God “Mother”]
Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)
Sep 10, 2011
[Universalist who said “We never try to convert those who receive [our aid] to Christianity but in our work we bear witness to the love of God’s presence and if Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, or agnostics become for this better men — simply better — we will be satisfied.” – Life in the Spirit: Reflections, Meditations, and Prayers, pp. 81-82]
Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Oct 15, 2011
These are only a few examples of simplicity, prayer, activism, and pacifist peace and justice movements chosen for the Common Prayer calendar because together they have all paved the way for Claiborne’s new monastic movement and the integration of (unequally yoked) spirituality and work. No wonder he wants everyone to have a party. The Common Prayer project is the ecumenical icing on the new missional cake of the radical social gospel party.
“For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!” 1 Corinthians 9:16
Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
A Biblical View of Social Justice
by John Wheaton
The Highroad To Trampling Truth Underfoot
By Chris Lawson
The Emergent Social Gospel
CFR and the Social Gospel: Part 2
by Discernment Group