The Arts in Worship

Alan D Falconer

This describes several initiatives in St Machar’s Cathedral Aberdeen when the author was minister, especially in evening services, in which various dimensions of the arts were found to enhance worship. Detail is given, to help those who might continue the exploration in other contexts, and there is analysis using one of Dag Hammarskjöld’s Markings (‘Thou takest the pen / flute / brush …’) of the relationships between the arts and worship that make this possible.

Volume 55 2020, p13-27
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Alan Falconer is a retired Church of Scotland Minister. From 1974-1995 he served on the staff of the Irish School of Ecumenics, before being appointed Director of the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission (1995-2004). He then served as Minister of the Cathedral Church of St Machar, Aberdeen, from 2004-2011. He has written extensively on ecumenical themes, especially on reconciliation, church unity, ecclesiology, and worship.