Liturgical Theology

This seminar explores a wide range of topics and issues in the field of liturgical theology, with attention to theology of liturgy (theological reflection on particular worship practices), theology informed by liturgy (liturgy as a source for theological reflection), and doxological theology (theology oriented toward worship). Our sessions include discussion of papers and discussion of a book read in common.

Convener

Melanie Ross
Melanie.Ross@yale.edu

Seminar Report 2020

 

Convener

Melanie Ross, Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies, Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music

Members in Attendance

Fred Ball, Lorraine Brugh, Hans Christoffersen, Bruce Cinquegrani, Cory Dixon, Doris Donnelly, Peter Fink, Joris Geldhof, Brenda Grauer, Christopher Grundy, Ching-Yu Huang, Martin Jean, Nathan Jennings, Todd Johnson, Hyung Rak Kim, Sangwoo Kim, Melanie Ross, Rhoda Schuler, Thomas Scirghi, Frank Senn, Tom Trinidad, Mark Wedig, Andrew Wright

Visitors in Attendance

Nathan Myrick, Jonathan Ottaway, Daniel Schlorff, Laura Steiner, David Williams

Description of Work

Our seminar discussed two books: Spirituals and the Blues (James Cone) and Liturgy and Secularism (Joris Geldhof). We also discussed three papers by seminar members: “Sacramentum Tantum: Liturgical signification in the thought of Louis Marie Chauvet” (Bruce Cinquegrani), “This is the World I Want to Live in: Toward a Theology of Practical Sacramentality” (Christopher Grundy), and “Worship, Liturgy, and the Brain” (Tom Trinidad).

Other Work and Plans for the Future

Looking ahead to the 2021 meeting, we decided to continue our pattern of reading two books (one “classic”, one “con- temporary”) as well as discussing group members’ works-in-progress. So far, two  members (Tom Trinidad and Hyung Rak Kim) have expressed interest in offering   papers in 2021.

Our classic author for 2021 will be Evelyn Underhill. The group decided that we will read the following parts of her writings:

  • Worship (first published in 1937). We will be reading Part I of this book (chapters 1-9)
  • The Mystery of Sacrifice (published in 1938). This book—a collection of Underhill’s retreat addresses—is out of print; however, copies are available online and in libraries.

Our contemporary author for 2021 will be seminar member Thomas Scirghi:

  • Longing to See Your Face: Preaching in a Secular Age (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2017).

Finally, the group was eager to read and discuss Joris Geldhof’s forthcoming book, Liturgical Theology as a Research Program (coming out in April 2020); however, we worried that the price (currently listed as $84) was prohibitive. As a work-around, Joris has kindly agreed to send us his chapter on methodology as a PDF, and I will plan a generous chunk of time for discussion: less than we would spend on a full book, but more than we spend on a work-in-progress paper.

Seminar Report 2019

 

Convener

Melanie Ross, Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies, Yale Divinity School & Institute of Sacred Music

Members in Attendance

Fred Ball, Tim Brunk, Hans Christoffersen, Bruce Cinquegrani, Cory Dixon, Doris Donnelly, Tim Gabrielli, Joris Geldhof, Christopher Grundy, Nathan Jennings, Todd Johnson, John Kruegger, Marit Rong, Melanie Ross, Rhoda Schuler, Porter Taylor, Tom Trinidad, David Williams, John Witvliet, David Wood

Description of Work

  • Discussion of two books: Introduction to Liturgical Theology (Schmemann), and Divine Worship and Human Healing (Morrill)
  • Discussion of papers by Timothy Brunk, Nathan Jennings, Cory Dixon, and Todd Johnson

Other Work and Plans

  • 2020 plans: discussion of two books: Spirituals and the Blues (Cone), and Liturgy and Secularism (Geldhof); 4 proposed papers by seminar members