Frequently Asked Questions about the Shining Lakes Grove Liturgists' Roundtable

Compiled by Rob Henderson. This version is current as of May 27th, 2017.


What is the Liturgists' Roundtable?

The Liturgists' Roundtable is a meeting where folks plan the High Day rituals for Shining Lakes Grove, ADF. We discuss the major themes of the High Day, develop an outline for the ritual, and assign ritual parts.

When and where is the Liturgists' Roundtable held?

The Liturgists' Roundtables are held at Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea on Plymouth Rd. on a Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 PM, one or two weeks before the ritual. For specific dates, consult Shining Lakes News, or check the schedule on the SLG web page, or our Google Calendar.

What does "liturgist" mean?

From Merriam-Webster Online:

LITURGY (from Greek leitourgia, "public service"): a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship
LITURGIST: one who adheres to, compiles, or leads a liturgy

So a liturgist is someone who writes and/or leads a public worship service.

Why do you call it a "roundtable"?

As in the legends of King Arthur and his knights, the folks who attend our liturgical meetings are considered a group of equals. While the Senior Druid facilitates the meeting and makes sure everything is done, our decisions are made by consensus. (This makes us different from most ADF Groves, where the liturgy for each High Day is written by one person.)

Do I have to be a member of Shining Lakes Grove to attend the Roundtable?

Not at all! The Roundtables are open to the public. Anyone may attend and participate.

Do I have to be a member of the ADF Liturgists' Guild to attend the Roundtable?

As mentioned in the previous question, the Roundtables are open to the public. If you are an ADF member and are interested in liturgy, then we recommend that you join the ADF Liturgists' Guild, but it's not a requirement. Visit the ADF web page for more information on the ADF Liturgists' Guild.

Don't you do basically the same rituals every year? Why do you need to rewrite them?

Actually, we don't do exactly the same rituals year after year. We spend some of our time at the Roundtables discussing the previous year's rite, and what we liked and didn't like about it. If the ritual from the previous year went very badly, then we may create a completely new ritual outline to replace it. If the ritual was a good one overall, but parts of it didn't work as well as we'd hoped, then we may revise just those parts, while leaving the rest of the ritual the same.

Also, even if the previous year's ritual was great, and nobody wants to change anything (and that doesn't happen often!), we still need to assign ritual roles, and figure out what ritual props and supplies we need, and who's going to be getting or making them.

I have a question about the Liturgists' Roundtable, and it's not on this list!

Send mail to Rob Henderson at robh@cyberspace.org, and he'll answer your question, and include both question and answer on future versions of this list. How's that for service?