Introducing Five New Pray Tell Contributors

Pray Tell is happy to introduce five new contributors. They will bring breadth and depth to our conversations here. Welcome to the table, Kim, James,  Matthew, Jakob, and Karen!

Kimberly Bracken Long is editor of the quarterly journal Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching, & the Arts and co-editor of the revised Book of Common Worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her books include From This Day Forward: Rethinking the Christian Wedding and The Worshiping Body: The Art of Leading Worship. A Presbyterian minister, she serves two small Methodist churches in Cambridge, Maryland.

James Hadley teaches Liturgical Art and Architecture for the Catholic University of America, and Culture and Faith for the Australian Catholic University in Rome, Italy. He has an STL in Liturgical Studies / Sacramental Theology from Catholic University of America, has studied art history at the Institut Catholique de Paris, has a PhD in Sacred Art and Architecture from Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland, and has done postdoctoral work in Church Heritage (Beni Culturali) at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is a member of the Church of England, and a tutor for Saint John’s School of Mission, Nottingham, UK.

Matthew S. C. Olver is Assistant Professor of Liturgics and Pastoral Theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary and a doctoral candidate at Marquette University. He was for seven years the Assistant Rector at Church of the Incarnation, Dallas (Episcopal) and undertook his previous studies at Wheaton College and Duke Divinity School. He has published in The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, the Anglican Theological Review, Nova et Vetera, and Antiphon. He is a regular contributor to the blog Covenant and was a member of the last round of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the U.S. (ARCUSA), which produced Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment. A priest in The Episcopal Church, he is married to Kristen and they have two elementary-aged children, Claire and Isaac.

Jakob Karl Rinderknecht is the Director of the Pastoral Institute at the University of the Incarnate Word. His research centers on the implications of embodiment for theology, especially relating to sacramental and linguistic mediation.  Some of this work was recently published as Mapping the Differentiated Consensus of the Joint Declaration, and he is currently editing a collection of essays on the uses of cognitive linguistic theory in theology. He is in the initial stages of a new project investigating understandings of sacramental validity and their implications for ecumenism.

Karen Westerfield Tucker has a doctorate in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame and is on the faculty at Boston University. She is author of American Methodist Worship and co-editor of The Oxford History of Christian Worship. She is past president of Societas Liturgica and served as editor in chief of its journal Studia Liturgica. She is a United Methodist elder (presbyter) and serves on the Executive Committee of the World Methodist Council. She is also co-secretary of the international dialogue between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church.




  1. What an enrichment! As a regular reader of this blog, I look forward to the contributions (or in at least one or two cases, continued contributions!) from these distinguished and varied voices.

  2. What an exciting new day for Pray Tell. I am delighted to see Kim, Karen, and James, whom I know from other contexts. They will be wonderful additions to our regular contributors’ list. It will also be a pleasure to hear from Matthew and Jakob, whose initial posts have been excellent. Welcome, one and all!

  3. Welcome to the friendships, the occasional frenzy, and the frequent fray that makes Pray Tell such an interesting blog!

  4. wonderful to have all five of you on board – the growing diversity of voices across PrayTell is very exciting, and such a great opportunity for all of us to learn to see and hear in new ways!

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