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Liturgical Hermeneutics


Sonja Pilz
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Mission Statement

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.

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