'They asked for bread and you gave them a stone, for a fish a snake': The future of worship in Oceania

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Abstract

What underpinning principles of worship did the missionaries introduce to the peoples of Oceania? Where these bread or stone, fish or snake? There is a sense that they were bread and fish, given the power of worship in these lands and islands, and the ongoing centrality of liturgy to the lives of many communities. Yet they also were stone in some communities and snake in others. General patterns are hard to pin down, as the variety of cultures, in multiple ways, absorbed the Christian principles and integrated them into their cultural framing. Along with this is the constant of change. The communities and peoples of the South Pacific have and are undergoing change, and with they are reinterpreting their worship in new ways and under new paradigms. What then is the future of worship in Oceania?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBridging the divide between faith, theology and life
EditorsAnthony Maher
Place of PublicationAdelaide SA
PublisherATF Press
Chapter10
Pages151-163
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781925232653, 9781925232660
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameForum of Theology in the world
Number2
Volume2

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