You may download PDFs of the Christmas service, within which communion service takes place. I scratched my head in a couple of places. First, I’m prone to worry when someone takes the Universalist ministerial fraternity, the Humilitati, as a liturgical model. Perhaps I’ll go into length about that some time. Next, the idea of Other-powered-ness he incorporates from the Kyoto School has so many parallels to kenotic Christianity that I wondered what makes it more suitable for is still recognizably a Christian service. Such is found in texts like Philippians 2:3-7, which Unitarians historically turned to for evidence of Christ’s subordination. So Coals to Newcastle, I think.
Yet the greatest impediment for me is the dual reference, with the parallel dignity of capitalization, of God and Nature, whose children we are and to whom, like others have faithfully served them, “we offer up our own lives.” It looks like ditheism, but still more what of the meaning of Nature? Is this “the created order” or more colloquially “the environment” or — thinking Nature as a translation of physis — to indicate our natural bent? If given the choice to sacrifice to Gaia or Character, I’ll take None of the Above.
Still, I’m thankful that Andrew Brown — whose blog is terribly interesting and thoughtful — constructed the service and published it. I’d rather wrestle with these matters than wallow in the sentimental or trite, and those are more common options.
Also, be sure to download the services to see their design and typography. Lovely works. I peeked under the hood of the PDF to see the typeface he (or his designer) used to create the circular church logo. It’s Dieter Steffmann’s — a remarkable and favorite typographer — Weiss Initialen. (download)