The Rev. Canon Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller is currently the Huron Lawson Professor of Liturgy at Huron University College (a college of the University of Western Ontario) in London, Ontario, Canada. She is also the Canon Precentor of the Anglican Diocese of Huron, and past president of Societas Liturgica and the IALC (International Anglican Liturgical Consultation). Her particular interests (manifested in her publishing) span liturgical history (especially late antiquity and early medieval liturgical developments), rites and rituals with the sick, the dying, and the dead, and contemporary sacramental theology and sacramentality. She holds two degrees in music, an MA in liturgical studies from St. John's University (Collegeville), and a PhD in liturgical studies from
the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Her most recent book was Sacramentality Renewed: Contemporary Conversations in Sacramental Theology Liturgical Press, 2016).
The practice of ad orientem presiding may look similar (and is similar) in different ecclesial communities, but the impetus and advocacy shape the conversation for and against in very different ways.
The dreaded opening sentence: “The theme of today’s liturgy is…”
May we find in all our ministries ways of comprehension for the sake of truth, rather than compromise for the sake of peace!
The ideal image of clergy as those who draw others in and then get out of the way, pointing to the living God, not themselves… Our North American culture is so pathologically about a reality that is only ‘me’, particularly the ‘me’ who consumes, controls, and manages, that I experienced a moment of hopelessness that any of this made sense in 2017.