North American Academy of Liturgy in Vancouver

The North American Academy of Liturgy, an ecumenical organization committed to liturgical renewal, is meeting in Vancouver, Canada this week. All day Thursday is open for denominational meetings (Catholic [Catholic Academy of Liturgy], Lutheran, United Methodist, Episcopal/Anglican, Reformed, Baptist) before things kick off with evening worship.

  • There are a few plenum sessions, but most of the work of the Academy takes place in the seminars. In a series of posts, Pray Tell will tell you what the seminars are working on this year. Today’s post covers six seminars.

The Advent Project

  • Elise Feyerhern, “Alpha and Omega: Reclaiming the Book of Revelation for Advent Worship and Beyond”
  • Deborah Appler, “God’s Judgment or Justice? The Concept of Mishpat in Hebrew Scriptures”
  • William Petersen: report on the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation, Societas Liturgica, and English Language Liturgical Consultation
  • Review of William Petersen, What Are We Waiting For? Re-Imagining Advent for Time to Come

Christian Initiation

  • Vicky Tufano, update on the Christian Initiation Seminar held in Chicago, Summer 2017
  • Paul Turner, book presentation, Guide for Celebrating® Christian Initiation with Adults by Victoria Tufano, Paul Terner, Todd Williamson
  • David Batchelder, book presentation, Pathways to Inner Grace
  • Timothy Gabrielli, book presentation, Confirmation: How a Sacrament of God’s Grace Became All about Us
  • Paul Turner, persentation on Amen Corner (Worship journal), “Conditional Baptism”
  • Christine Condyles, dissertation chapter presentation, “‘Rights’ of Christian Initiation: Manifesting Sacramental Grace in Daily Life through a Divinized Nature”
  • Steve Wilbricht, book chapter presentation, “What is ‘Baptismal Ecclesiology’?”, Baptismal Ecclesiology and the Order of Christian Funerals (forthcoming)
  • Daniel Benedict, presentation, “Becoming the Story We Tell: Talk Outlines for Catechumenal Training Events”

Critical Theories and Liturgical Studies

  • David Turnbloom, moderated discussion of Andrew Prevot, Thinking Prayer: Theology and Spirituality amid the Crises of Modernity
  • Rebecca Spurrer, “Naming Aesthetics of Healing and Claiming”; respondent: Layla Karst
  • Sarah Johnson, “Ritual Responses to Gun Violence in American Schools”
  • Jason Smith, “Eucharist as the Gift of Political Language”; respondent: Gerald Liu

Ecology and Liturgy

  • Presentation, Deacon Ron Berezan, founder of The Urban Farmer
  • Samuel Torvend, book chapter TBA
  • Benjamin Stewart, “Wisdom Motifs in Funeral Rites”
  • Discussion of Gail Ramshaw, “Pray, Praise, and Give Thanks: A Collection of Litanies, Laments, and Thanksgivings at Font and Table (joint with Eucharistic Prayer and Theology and Liturgical Language seminar)
  • Paul Galbreath, “Ecological Revisions in the Book of Common Worship”

Environment and Art 

  • Tour of Khalsa Diwan Gurdwara Ross Street Temple and Museum
  • Tour of Christ Anglican Cathedral and/or St. James Anglican Church
  • Julia Upton, “Repurposed Church Architecture”
  • Suzanne Herold, TBA
  • Richard Vosko, “The Theology of the Pecking Order: A Barn Yard Perspective on Places of Worship”

Eucharistic Prayer and Theology

  • Bob Daly, reflections on ecological euchology and his eucharistic prayer
  • Discussion of new eucharistic prayer of John Rempel
  • Brent Peterson, on Luther and sacrifice; new eucharistic prayer of his
  • Discussion of Gail Ramshaw, “Pray, Praise, and Give Thanks: A Collection of Litanies, Laments, and Thanksgivings at Font and Table (joint with Ecology and Liturgy and Liturgical Language seminars)
  • Catherine Vincie, discussion of her eucharistic prayer in Worship and the New Cosmology


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