The naked liturgist – Church without a building for people without a house
CITATION: Mostert, M. 2019. The naked liturgist – Church without a building for people without a house. Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 5(2):369–390, doi:10.17570/stj.Supp. 2019.v5n2.a19.
The original publication is available at https://ojs.reformedjournals.co.za/stj
The concept of “public” (as used in the term “public worship) is interrogated in the light of Paul’s understanding of nakedness/clothedness in 2 Corinthians 5:1–11. The conclusion drawn is that Christian liturgy is actually “private”, and the resulting dissonance between precept and practice is untenable. A more appropriate approach to public-ness is developed with reference to John Wesley: liturgical events should and could intentionally be convened outside Christian premises – with the liturgists stripped of privilege. This is then illustrated by reference to field notes of an actual instance of such a “naked liturgy” that takes place weekly on the streets of Cape Town.