LWF Nairobi Statement

  • Prepared by a team of Lutherans from around the world and assisted by worship scholars Gordon Lathrop and Anscar Chapungco, the ¬†Lutheran World Federation Nairobi Statement (1996)¬†explores some of the challenges and opportunities for worship in our time and provides a framework for discussions about worship and culture.

    Christian worship relates dynamically to culture in at least four ways. First, it is transcultural,

    the same substance for everyone everywhere, beyond culture. Second, it is contextual, varying

    according to the local situation (both nature and culture). Third, it is counter-cultural, challenging

    what is contrary to the Gospel in a given culture. Fourth, it is cross-cultural, making possible

    sharing between different local cultures. In all four dynamics, there are helpful principles which

    can be identified.

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