Pastor Craig Mueller comes to Gloria Dei for a book reading and signing event, introducing us to his new book, Any Body There? Worship and Being Human in a Digital Age, Tuesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.
Any body there? we may wonder as we watch people engage with their smart phones while being oblivious to what is going on around them. Anybody there? is the question facing the church as it wrestles with declining religious affiliation. Pastor Craig Mueller considers this contemporary context, and offers a response based in an incarnational spirituality accentuating the body and finding expression in corporate, multi-sensory liturgy.
Mueller creatively weaves together topics from our digital lives with personal and congregational stories and theological, liturgical, and spiritual reflections. Concepts such as virtuality, the analog, 24/7 connectivity, access, design, and GPS are juxtaposed with themes of embodiment, mortality, sabbath, mystery, beauty, and vocation.
Drawing on his experience as a pastor to Millennials, his studies in liturgical theology, and his work on the effects of technology on daily life, Mueller proposes that corporate worship is an antidote to the distraction, fragmentation, and spiritual hunger in society today. As humans continue to merge with machines, participation in the Sunday liturgy reminds us of what it means to be human: a deeper connection to our bodies and the earth and a clear sense of purpose and mission for our everyday lives.
Copies of the book, Any Body There? Worship and Being Human in a Digital Age, will be available for sale for $10.00 each, half the list price, and there will be time for you to greet the author and have him sign your copy.
Pastor Craig is the Lead Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. He served as Associate Pastor at Gloria Dei in the 1990s. See more information at his website by clicking here.