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Liturgy and Culture


Nathaniel Marx, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sacramental and Liturgical Theology
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577
(812) 357-6839
[email protected]

Mission Statement

The Liturgy and Culture Seminar probes both the cultural context of North American worship practices and the relationship of worship and culture in a variety of cultures outside of North America, drawing on works in liturgical theology, history, cultural theory, music and the arts, and several related disciplines.

2020 Academy Meeting Agenda

Friday, January 3

8:30 AM          Seminar session [Room for all seminar sessions: Georgia 10]
Introductions, current projects, and interests

Jennifer Ackerman      Dissertation chapter: “Sacramental Silence: Howard Thurman and the Convergence of Worship, Preaching, and Justice”

Ricky Manalo              Book in preparation: A Treasured Presence: Filipino American Catholics

10:15 AM        Available field trip to MLK Historical Park and neighborhood

2:15 PM          Joint session with History of Modern Worship Seminar
Guest Presenter          Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, Atlanta, GA

4:15 PM          Joint session with History of Modern Worship Seminar

                        Presentations on congregational studies:

                        Ruth Meyers (Liturgy & Culture)

                        Kent Burreson and Rhoda Schuler (Modern Worship)

Saturday, January 4

8:30 AM          Joint session with Word in Worship Seminar
Eunjoo Kim                 Paper: “Sacramental Preaching in the Culture of Ableism”
[Possible presentations from Word in Worship participants]

11:00 AM        Seminar session
                        Don LaSalle                Uses and abuses of lament
                        Martin MarklinPresentation: “Lessons from the Hive”

2:00 PM          Seminar session
                       Hans-Jürgen Feulner            
                           New research project: “Religious Rituals in Film”

                       Pierre Hegy                
                           Paper: “Ritual Interaction Analysis: The Example of San Rocco”

Planning for NAAL 2021 (Seattle, WA) and election of a seminar convener for a three-year term

2019 Academy Meeting Agenda

Friday, January 4
9:45 AM         
Introductions, current projects, and interests

Ruth Meyers:             
Research strategy for a congregational studies project in multicultural worship

Jennifer Ackerman:  
Dissertation chapter: “Congregational studies in the convergence of worship, preaching, and mission”

1:45 PM          No session plans at present.           

4:15 PM          Joint session with Liturgy and Ecology Seminar
Benjamin Stewart:
“Wisdom’s Buried Treasure: Ecological Cosmology in Funeral Rites”

Lisa Dahill:
“Lament, Lent, and the River: Interfaith Ritual in the Ashes of the Thomas Fire”

Melanie Karnopp:
“Buddhist Funeral Rites”

Saturday, January 5
8:45 AM         
Don LaSalle:              
Book summary and discussion: Accompanying the Dying

Bill Burke                   
Presentation: Changing funeral and burial practices among North American Catholics

Planning for 2020 annual meeting

1:30 PM          Joint session with Liturgy and Ecology Seminar
Conversation with Tink Tinker, with formal responses to his plenary address from Ecology and Liturgy Seminar and Liturgy and Culture Seminar

2018 Seminar Agenda

Friday, January 5
10:30 AM
Bill Burke   Ministry Among the Native Peoples of Canada

1:30 PM
Hyuk Seonwoo   Whose Christmas Is Coming?: Christmas Cycle and White Privilege

4:00 PM
Mark Francis   Toward a Symphonic Roman Rite

Saturday, January 6
9:30 AM
Discussion of Eunjoo Kim’s Christian Preaching and Worship in Multicultural Contexts: A Practical Theological Approach (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017).
11:00 AM
Nathaniel Marx   The World Day of the Poor and a “Culture of Encounter”

1:30 PM
Sharing participants’ current works in progress and discussion of seminar plans for next year’s meeting.