An Abraxan Essay on Worship
The Congregation of Abraxas was an order of Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministers and lay people, created after the 1975 Buck Hill Falls UU Ministers Association (UUMA) Convocation. Abraxans saw worship as the center of our liberal religious life and work, and joined together to develop liturgical materials through a collegial process. Drawing on Eastern and Western religious themes, the group was concerned with the forms and content of both public worship and private devotional discipline. Friends received mailings from the group. General Members participated in collegial writing and decision making. Ordered Members took upon themselves a special discipline of work and sharing. Membership in all levels was for a year at a time.
This essay, originally a pamphlet (1976), appears on pages 22-26 in the 207-page 1980/81 volume, The Congregation of Abraxas Worship Reader and Supplement: Essays in Worship Theory from Von Ogden Vogt (1921) to the Unitarian Universalist Association Commission on Common Worship (1980).
One of the original Abraxans, the Rev. Vern Barnet, maintains a site with many pieces produced by the Congregation of Abraxas.
To begin: What Does Worship Mean?
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Last updated on Monday, April 11, 2011.
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