Compiled by Rob Henderson. This version is current as of July 6th, 2003.
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.
The Liturgists' Roundtables are held at Rodney Cox's house (263 Larkspur, Ann Arbor). There are at least two Roundtables scheduled in the six-week period before each High Day rite. The Roundtables are usually on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM. For specific dates, consult Shining Lakes News, or check the schedule on the SLG web page.
From Merriam-Webster Online (http://www.m-w.com):
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.
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.)
Not at all! The Roundtables are open to the public. Anyone may attend and participate.
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.
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.
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