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Ecology and Liturgy


Lisa Dahill
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Mission Statement

This seminar explores the ways in which ecological consciousness/pratices and liturgical consciousness/practices intersect and contextualize each other, and develops articles/resources on this topic for the use by scholars and practitioners of worship.


2020 Academy Meeting Agenda

Friday, January 3

8:30-9:30         Introductions and descriptions of current projects

9:30-10:15       Joe Bush, “Turning to the Children: Ecological Threat and Hope in Advent,” chapter from Worshiping in Season, Rowman & Littlefield, under contract (with the Advent Project Seminar)


Ben Stewart: “Silence at the Sanctus: The Liturgical Guild and the Ecological Crisis.”

Paul Galbreath: “In Praise of Living Water: Ritual Experimentation in Times of Ecological Crisis”


New Ecological Prayers and Liturgies: Bring your best, favorite, or edgiest new liturgical experiments, and be prepared to lead us in (portions of) them, for feedback and discussion

Further discussion of earlier papers

Saturday, January 4

Mary McGann, Chapters 8 and 9, The Meal that Reconnects (forthcoming, Liturgical Press)

Lisa Dahill, “Eating and Being Eaten: Interspecies Vulnerability as Eucharist”

11:00-12:30     John West, “Moving to Reunite Our Hearts with Mother Earth” (Experiential session: wear loose, comfortable clothing for movement.  Location TBA)

2:00-2:45         Samuel Torvend, “Early Medieval Monastic Commitments to Environmental Conservation”

2:45-3:45         Wrap-Up, Discussion Threads Across the Sessions, and Ideas toward Next Year

2019 Academy Meeting Agenda

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

  • (re)introductions: current projects, interests
  • Selection of new convener pt. 1
  • paper: Mary McGann, “Troubled Waters, Troubled Initiation Rites”
  • paper: Joseph Bush, excerpt from Ecology, Christology and Worshiping in Season


  • Study book discussion (book title tba)
  • paper: Kate Allen, Thean Psalter: Prayer, Mystagogy, and Ecological Consciousness

4:15 - 6:15p

  • Joint session with Liturgy and Culture Seminar 
    • paper: “Stewart, Wisdom’s Buried Treasure: Ecological Cosmology in Funeral Rites”
    • paper: Dahill, “Lament, Lent, and the River: Interfaith Ritual in the Ashes of the Thomas Fire”
    • guests from Iliff School of Theology on Buddhist funeral practices

Saturday, January 5
8:45 - 10:45a

  • paper: Torvend, excerpt from Gestures of Justice and Peace
  • paper tba or panel on emerging threads from the seminar
  • selection of new convener 
  • wrap-up/review session

1:30 - 3:00p

  • Joint session with Liturgy and Culture Seminar
  • conversation with Tink Tinker, with formal responses to his plenary address from Ecology and Liturgy Seminar and Liturgy and Culture Seminar designees

2018 Seminar Agenda

Friday, January 5
10:30 AM Introductions, updates on current research, agenda clarifications and adjustments; presentation from Deacon Ron Berezan, founder of The Urban Farmer, Powell River, BC

1:30 PM Samuel Torvend, book chapter tba

4:00 PM Benjamin Stewart, Wisdom Motifs in Funeral Rites

Saturday, January 6
9:30 AM Joint seminar with Eucharistic Prayer and Theology Seminar and Liturgical Language Seminar. Discussion of Gail Ramshaw, Pray, Praise, and Give Thanks: A Collection of Litanies, Laments, and Thanksgivings at Font and Table. Augsburg Fortress, 2017.

Paul Galbreath, Ecological Revisions in the Book of Common Worship

1:30 PM Discussion: future directions for Ecology & Liturgy for the seminar and the field