Gathering as a community for worship is a priority, and students, faculty, and staff share the planning for worship and serve in a variety of liturgical roles. In our liturgies we use the Book of Common Prayer, Enriching Our Worship, and several other sources. We use language about God that is expansive and drawn from the rich imagery of the Christian tradition, and our language about humanity strives to be inclusive in terms of the multitude of human identities.
Music from the Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing, Wonder Love and Praise, Voices Found, hymnals from other denominations, and music from other parts of the worldwide church is integral to our liturgical expressions. Our worship life and community formation are enhanced by individual contributions of dance, art, and music, as well as by the participation of the EDS Singers and the EDS Drummers. We continue to explore ways to merge the heritage of Anglican worship with contemporary models.
Worship is scheduled each weekday during the academic year. Community Eucharist is celebrated on Mondays from 12:15-1:15pm and usually features a student preacher and intercessions written by students. On the third Monday of each month there is a Healing Eucharist. Community Worship is held on Thursdays from 12:15-1:15pm and and usually features a faculty member preacher and is often a collaborative ecumenical or interfaith service.
Morning Prayer is offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:30am. On Tuesdays from 8:30am there is a free prayer service planned and led by members of the EDS community. Because we consider the development of the spirit and heart as important as the development of the intellect, we encourage students to sample the extraordinary wealth of worship experiences nearby, at the monastery of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist and in faith communities throughout the area. We affirm the many ways in which community members seek to explore and deepen the life of the Spirit, and schedule a campus-wide Quiet Day each semester.
Click here to view the weekly Rota, the schedule of preachers and presiders for the week at Morning Prayer, Community Eucharist, and Community Worship.