Let me first introduce myself as I am new to the community, but a long time Anglimergent lurker. I am a senior Seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary to be ordained (God willing) in June. I am currently writing a thesis about use of Anglican Liturgy within the emergent community.
I have occasionally heard a few people (Brian McClaren, Shane Claiborne, and Chris Seay to be specific) talk about the richness of the Anglican tradition and how it has informed their own community in worship. I theorize that there is something that resonates within the Anglican liturgical tradition that connects with the Emergent church mindset. I suggest that this has to do with what I would call a “practical piety” or a symbolic system that speaks both to and from a life lived in radical discipleship. I believe this symbol system is deeply tied to the earliest forms of Christian worship and community.
What I hope to gain is an open discussion particularly of how you see the prayerbook(s) informing a church that is deeply bound in intentional community and active faith. I am particularly interested if you have seen Anglican liturgy used in a community that is not Anglican. Yet, any experience is of interested to me. I look forward to any conversation that this generates and hope to hear from you soon.