Call for Papers: Liturgy and music standing commission contemplates rites of reconciliation

June 19, 2007

The Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) intends to publish a collection of essays in connection with its plan to revise the Book of Common Prayer's rites of confession and reconciliation.

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer M. Phillips, a SCLM member who will edit the collection, said that some of the questions potential essay writers might consider include how the needs for such rites have changed, what new sorts of rites might be needed, how theological foundations for such rites might need reworking, what sort of rites might serve the ethnic diversity of the church's congregations, and what shape any new rites might take for individuals, congregations, and larger church bodies.

The rite of the Reconciliation of a Penitent begins on page 447 of the Book of Common Prayer and can be found here. Various other forms of confession are found in most of the Church's liturgies.

More information is available from Phillips at or St. Augustine's Church, 35 Lower College Rd., Kingston, RI 02881.

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