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Ritual Theory for Liturgical Studies
This course is an introduction to the study of ritual as a universal phenomenon and a critical element of Christian worship and celebration. We will read foundational thinkers in ritual theory (including Victor Turner, Ron Grimes, and Catherine Bell) with an eye toward pastoral application and practice. Students will engage in site visits in order to analyze ritual components of faith communities as well as learn to examine the practices of their own congregations.
Foundations of Christian Worship
Close reading of the assigned texts and preparation of short reading responses; active seminar participation, including leading one discussion; oral presentation; final research paper.
· Discussion leadership, reader responses, and overall class participation (40%)
· Oral presentation of research in class (20%)
· Final paper, 12-15 pages (40%)