The second half of the twentieth century brought a marked shift in how we get from one place to another. Whereas traveling on foot used to be fairly normative, during the postwar era the automobile became the dominant mode of transportation. This shift has had a profound effect on both public life and liturgical practices. Public life continues to exist in some form, but it does so with markedly less coherence. Public life thus can be described as a body that is lacking a story. Liturgical practices have maintained a certain level of coherence but have become disconnected from the world outside of the church. Postwar church life, then, can be described as a story that is lacking a body--in that it is not connected to the rest of the body of society. This thesis argues that both of these problems can be helpfully addressed by paying attention to churches that are embedded in traditional neighborhoods as well as by recovering certain liturgical practices that are keyed to such advantageous locations. Liturgical practices that are accessible to those outside of the church then become a kind of public theology that may help move public life toward greater coherence. Such practices also open up the church to learn from the wider society how to more faithfully embody its own narrative in its buildings and practices.