Inculturating the Easter Feast in Southeast Australia
This essay will investigate the dilemma facing Christians in southeast Australia as they attempt to make sense of the universal ritual mandated for the celebration of Easter, in a climatic pattern that is diametrically opposed to that in which the Easter feast was originally conceived and developed. Various solutions have been proposed to address the dilemma facing Christians in southeast Australia as they try to deal with discrepancies between designated universal rituals and commonsense local knowledge, but these solutions challenge the recently promoted ecclesial principle of liturgical uniformity for the sake of universal unity3. In many ways challenges to the principle of liturgical uniformity tend to become a battleground between proponents of maintaining the "substantial unity of the Roman rite" and those who recognize the need to make legitimate adaptations of the liturgy to the needs and circumstances of local cultures.
What is necessary is a theological revisioning of the major natural symbols of the Easter feast, consonant with the experience of these symbols in the local context of southeast Australia, in order to aid in the process of revivifying and inculturating the liturgy in this context, while maintaining the universal dating of Easter.
Johnson, C. V. (2004). Inculturating the Easter feast in southeast Australia. Worship, 78(2), 98-117.