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THE WORK of liturgy is to “re-point the person praying, taking him somewhere else,” says Lauren Winner. I like that way of putting it.  The Anglican Church of Canada recently distributed a “Trial Pastoral Liturgy for Journeys of Gender Transition and Affirmation.” Both the title and a close reading suggest that the goal here is to offer care and affirmation.  But good liturgy isn’t primarily pastoral care, and it is not oriented toward affirming our particular journeys. Rather, liturgy is meant to draw us into the life of Christ, and the ancient wisdom and ways of the apostolic faith….

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