Liturgical Movements of the Twentieth Century

REL638
Spring 2018
M 1:30 - 3:20pm
Area: 
Area II
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course proposes for scholarly inquiry a set of liturgical renewal movements that swept through many churches during the twentieth century and resulted in far-reaching changes in liturgical practices for Christian communities.  For the most part, these liturgical changes embodied a growing ecumenical consensus about basic, shared liturgical patterns and repertories among previously widely divergent worship practices.  Today, with the twenty-first century well under way, both the liturgical and the ecumenical movements are confronted with new challenges.  This course aims to look back to the twentieth century and read afresh the key texts of the movement, in order to assess not only the legacy of the various strands of the liturgical movement but also the possibility of rendering its vision intelligible and persuasive in the contemporary cultural context.  

Background Expected: 

Foundations of Christian Worship is highly recommended

Course Requirements: 
  • Real Presence” – timely, attentive, and non-multi-tasking – at all class sessions.  Missed attendance will impact the participation grade (unless this is an emergency).    

*      In addition to the regular class sessions, attendance at the Spring Liturgy Symposiums is required.  

Participation in class discussions, on the basis of the assigned readings, which are to be completed in full by class time.  

One 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 questions (between 2-4) for class discussion.  This written review and critique (2-4 pp., double-spaced) is due at class time, in hard-copy.

A final reflection paper (12-15pp., double-spaced), on a subject-matter of your choice related to the seminar’s focus.  The due date for this paper (in both hardcopy & electronic submission) is TBD.  Late work will result in the paper being graded down (unless an extension has been granted) and receiving no written feedback.

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%.  In terms of my understanding of grades, see the detailed “Explanation of Grades” below.