Daily Prayer: Liturgical Developments, Theological Principles, Contemporary Practices

Fall 2017
F 1:30-3:20pm
Area II
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This seminar inquires into the rich tradition of rhythms, materials, and practices of daily prayer that have developed and continue to develop in Christian communities.  The course is organized around three main foci: questions of historical development; basic theological convictions and material sources that have shaped practices of daily prayer; and the contemporary cultural context, including digitally-mediated practices as these influence forms of daily prayer.  Learning outcome objectives are as follows: First, I seek to give students a strong sense of the historical development of daily prayer in the Christian tradition.  Second, I wish to provide students with insight into key theological convictions and basic material contours that have shaped practices of daily prayer.  Third, I hope to enable students to engage contemporary forms of daily prayer and the cultural context/s in which these have to be practiced in faithful, imaginative, and creative ways.  

Background Expected: 

The course “Foundations of Christian Worship” – completed or concurrent – is highly desirable.

Course Requirements: 

Attendance and participation in class discussions, on the basis of the assigned readings, to be completed in full by class time.  
A class presentation, by each student, on the assigned reading/s for the week.  As part of this class presentation, a student will submit a written review and critique of the reading/s, together with 2-5 questions for class discussion.  The paper (2-3 pages, double-spaced) will be the basis for the student’s presentation and is due at class time.
a final reflection paper (15pp., double-spaced), on a subject-matter of your choice related to the seminar’s focus on Vatican II.  

Basis of Evaluation: 

Grades for the course will be determined according to the following formula: class participation: 30%; class presentation, with written reflection paper: 30%; final paper: 40%.