An introductory course for exploring “why we do what we do” in contemporary worship through an embodied engagement with historical texts. Designed for MDiv parish ministry students, this course will invite participants to practices the rituals of early and mid-20th century congregations as well as create new prayers, stories and rites for multi-generational communities today. Class will meet Sunday – Thursday with optional evening field trips. Concepts of appropriation, authority, and theological reflection will be discussed in the classroom conversation and a final project integrating student research and contextual evaluation. Relates to thresholds: 8, 7, 1. Relates to MFC comps: 1, 3, 7.