Today a podcast from the lads at Nomad. It’s a subject that has long interested me, and it was really encouraging to listen to Paula. There’s such a lot of passivity when Christian’s gather to worship. You have the gathered congregation, the liturgical text (whether explicit or not), and the clergy. In sermons we’re talked at, and the only movement if often the (looped) sequence of standing-sitting-kneeling-standing-sitting…
I warmed to so-called Alt-worship and the whole multisensory contemplative experience, but it’s insights have never become mainstream within established congregational contexts.
Anyway, here’s the ‘blurb’ for the Paula Gooder conversation:
“Christianity can be quite a disembodied faith. Muslim’s have prayer positions, Hindu’s have yoga, Buddhists have Tai-Chi, whereas Christians tend to pray with little more than a bowed head. We ask theologian Paula Gooder why Christians have separated the spiritual from the physical, and what damage this has done for the faith. And we ask how our faith might be reshaped if we approached it in a more holistic and embodied way.”
You’ll find the podcast here.
Gooder had a new book published by SPCK in May (2016) titled Body: Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person. I would also recommend Echo of the Soul: The Sacredness of the Human Body (2000) by J. Philip Newell.