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Liturgical Hermeneutics


Sonja Pilz
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Mission Statement

p>The intent of this group is to engage in critical exploration of how we know what liturgical celebrations mean, with a view to learning how liturgy might better work to build a spiritually renewed community. Toward that end, the group will review current understandings of how liturgy means, with attention to pertinent pastoral projects.

2020 Academy Meeting Agenda: "Liturgy and Pain"

Friday, January 3
8:30-9:15 Welcome back, catching up, and introductions

9:25-10:15 Allie Utley, dissertation

2:15-2:55 Michelle Baker-Wright, dissertation

Dirk Ellis, “Addressing Applause in Worship”

4:30-5:10 Michelle Whitlock, dissertation

Lauren Winner, The Dangers of Christian Practice (in the presence of the author). Ron Anderson (moderation)

Saturday, January 4
8:30-10:15 Joint session on Liturgy and Pain with Critical Theories: The Body in Pain (Chapter 4), Trauma and Transcendence (Intro, Chapter 2 and 3), Kimberly Belcher and Sonja Pilz (moderation)

11-11:40 Jennifer Lord, “Liturgy and Pain: Learning from Critical, Palliative, and Hospice Care Nurses’ Encounters with Patients’ Pain”

11:50-11:30 Hwarang Moon, "Funeral liturgy for suicide? A Korean Presbyterian Perspective" 

2-2:45 Ed Foley, “Decolonization or Decolonialization”

2:55-3:45 Summative discussion of Liturgy and Pain, with possibilities for follow up in future years; evaluation of 2020 seminar; planning for 2021

All readings/papers can be found on our shared google drive:
Or you may click on the link in the email.

2019 Academy Meeting Agenda

Friday, January 4
9:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Seminars

9:45 -10:15 Group introductions
10:15-12:15 David Hogue and Don Saliers, “Human Trauma and Lament Psalms: Texts and the ‘Wordless’”

12:15-1:45 p.m.    Lunch

1:45-3:15 p.m.     Seminars

1:45-3:15 Ed Foley, “Is decolonialized liturgy possible?”

3:15-4:15 p.m.      Break

4:15-6:15 p.m.     Seminars

4:15-5:10 Michelle Whitlock, “The Liturgy: Practicing Relational Narrative”
5:20-6:15 Hwarang Moon, “The Influence of Liturgy on Human Memory”

Saturday, January 5
8:45-10:45 a.m.   Seminars

8:45-9:45 Michelle Baker-Wright, “Sacramental Events as Kinetic Loci of Divine and Human Expression”
9:55-10:45 Anderson “Communities of Musical Practice”

11 a.m. - Noon     (Possible Plenary Speaker, TBA)

Noon - 1:30 p.m.   Lunch

1:30-3:00 p.m.     Seminars

1:30-2:15 Continuing conversation around Communities of Musical Practice
2:15-3:00 Review of session and Planning for 2020

2018 Seminar Agenda
Friday, January 5

Discussion of Mark Johnson, The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008), discussion led by David Hogue

Bruce Hiebert, “The Christian Community: Enacted between memory and hope”

Michelle Whitlock, “One performance, infinite rehearsals: Redefining the Performance of Liturgy”

Michelle Baker-Wright, "Music, Ritual, Immediacy, and Memory: Exploring the Intersections"

Saturday, January 6
Sonja Pilz, “Praying in strange spaces - hybrid Jewish sacred spaces in New York City."

Marit Rong, “Pilgrimage as Individual and Communal Worship”

Allie Utley “Affect Theory and the Study of Liturgy”

Planning for 2019