Bruce Morrill, S.J., holds the Edward A. Malloy Chair of Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt University, where he is professor of Theological Studies in the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion. He provides liturgical, pastoral, and educative ministries regularly at two Nashville parishes, as well as at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison. His latest book is The Essential Writings of Bernard Cooke: A Narrative Theology of Church, Sacrament, and Ministry (2016), while earlier monographs include Encountering Christ in the Eucharist (2012), Divine Worship and Human Healing (2009), and Anamnesis as Dangerous Memory (2000).

Baptism, Eucharist, and Artistic Tokens of New Heavens and a New Earth

Now in its second decade on the stages of Nashville’s storied Ryman Auditorium and Lipscomb University, the Tokens Show presents lively entertainment as an ongoing “cultural experiment” pulling together Americana, folk, and contemporary music wherein music-making, song-singing, and conversations help imagine a world of beauty and wonder, justice and mercy, peace and graciousness.

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Reading Toward Writing Liturgical Theology

My pastoral-theological wager is that an as yet fully developed contemporary theology of the Easter Season, through examination of lectionary texts and the sacramental rites germane to Easter faith, can help form and invigorate believers’ self-appropriation as mutually responsible members of the body of Christ, priestly people with baptismal missions attuned to their particular life stages and conditions in this world.

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