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Liturgical Language


J. Barrington Bates
Grace Church Van Vorst
15 Warren Street, #117
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
[email protected]


Mission Statement

The Liturgical Language Seminar attends to issues of the language of worship by examining liturgical texts, considering scholarly essays, and discussing ideas and issues related to liturgical language. We welcome guest presenters and occasional participants, as well as Academy visitors and regular members. We also strive to maintain a seminar group of a manageable size to encourage full and active participation by all.

2018 Academy Meeting Agenda

Friday, January 5 10:30am-noon, 1:30-3pm, 4-5:30pm
· Welcome, introductions, catch-up
· Gail Ramshaw, “Four Principles of Liturgical Language”**
· Rhodora Beaton, “Language, Song and the Senses: Liturgical Living in Light of Chauvet”
· Judith Kubicki, “What’s in a Name? How Do We Name God? How Do We Name Ourselves?”
· David Gambrell, “Liturgical Language in the 2018 Book of Worship—PC(USA)”

Saturday, January 6

· Joint session with the Ecology & Liturgy Seminar and the Eucharistic Prayer & Theology Seminar, to discuss Gail’s recent publication Pray, Praise, and Give Thanks: A Collection of Litanies, Laments, and Thanksgivings at Font and Table (location TBA)* · Background reading:
· Time keeper: Ben Stewart
· Introduction (Charles Pottie) (2m)
· Gail Ramshaw: why the book? (3-5m)
· Prepared reflections from David Gambrell, Liturgical Language seminar rep (3-5m)
· Prepared reflections from Ecology and Liturgy seminar rep (3-5m)
· Prepared reflections from Eucharistic Prayer and Theology seminar rep (3-5m)
· Gail Ramshaw response (3-5m)
· Seminar discussion (chaired by Barrie Bates) (approx 45m)

1:30pm-3pm · New Convener (yes, it’s time!)
· Plans for 2019 (January 2-5, Denver)
Barrie’s “Many Reformations” and “Importance of Liturgical Language Still” projects