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This seminar proposes for scholarly inquiry key texts and themes in theological reflections on Christian worship. We will probe some of the voices that initially defined the field in the twentieth century, asking:
What is “theological” about this reflection on worship? How is the relationship between Christian faith and cultural context understood? What has been occluded in most traditional definitions of “liturgical theology”? Who is absent, and who cannot be rendered visible within the traditional framework? We will also, throughout the seminar, keep our eyes open to theologies of worship embedded in actual, local congregational practices. These practices will be integrated into the work of the seminar through visits to distinctly different worshipping communities during the course of the semester.
Attendance, readings, class presentation, two visits to worshipping communities, final reflection paper
Class participation: 20%; class presentation & written reflection paper: 25%; worship visits: 15%; final paper: 40%.