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Feminist Studies in Liturgy

Convener: Deborah Sokolove (director, Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC) Seminar Participants: Jill Crainshaw, Barbara Thorington Green, Martha Ann Kirk, Marcia McFee, Carol Cook Moore, Elizabeth Sue Moore, Susan Roll, Deborah Sokolove, Sylvia Sweeney, Janet Walton Visitor: Kit-Ying Law

Description of Work Elizabeth Sue Moore opened with a ritual that invited each person to weave a ribbon into a wreath while reflecting on the past year, followed by an Epiphany meditation, “Angel of Our Bitter Better Nature,” sent by Heather Murray Elkins. Carol Cook Moore led a closing ritual; and we met jointly with the Liturgy and Spirituality Seminar for a presentation by Khalia Jelks Williams titled “Embodying Grace: A Womanist Understanding of Liturgy, Spirituality, and the Body.” Other papers and presentations are detailed below.

Papers and Presentations Susan Roll, “Sacraments as Energy: A Search for a New Paradigm.” This article seeks to overcome some of the greatest difficulties in generating a feminist-friendly approach to sacraments by proposing a new paradigm: sacraments as a form of energy. A sacramentality of energy can be articulated from three different angles: first, in terms of the action of the Holy Spirit; second, from scientific advances in quantum thinking; and the third from a new spirituality. Deborah Sokolove, “The Problem of Art” from Sanctifying Art. Both the church and society at large tend to misunderstand and misuse the arts in five general ways. We either instrumentalize art, reducing it to a single meaning; commercialize it, turning it into a commodity rather than an experience; demonize it, seeing its

North American Academy of Liturgy Proceedings 2014  

The North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) (http://www.naal-liturgy.org/) is an ecumenical and interreligious association of liturgical sc...

North American Academy of Liturgy Proceedings 2014  

The North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) (http://www.naal-liturgy.org/) is an ecumenical and interreligious association of liturgical sc...