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William Johnston presented a paper on the heavenly liturgy and the ways in which one can understand liturgy on earth participating in and reflecting that liturgy. Members discussed the importance of the eschatological element in liturgy and also discussed the importance of the “hereness” of earthly liturgy, that is, the fact that earthly liturgy is situated among people who have cause to lament their suffering (illness, poverty, political repression, etc.) Members also discussed two books read in common: T. M. Luhrmann, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God (New York: Vintage, 2012), and Massimo Faggioli, True Reform: Liturgy and Ecclesiology in Sacrosanctum Concilium (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012). Melanie Ross and Todd Johnson framed the discussion of Luhrmann, while Ann Riggs and Thomas Scirghi posed initial points of discussion for Faggioli. Members expressed appreciation for the way in which Luhrmann described the role of the imagination in prayer lives of persons belonging to Vineyard congregations and the ways in which imagination also functions in the liturgical and sacramental thinking of more high church communities. Members of the seminar likewise appreciated Faggioli’s grounding of ecclesiology in the liturgy constitution. Specifically the seminar discussed the idea of a church that is a sacrament and also has sacraments and the idea that the primary instantiation of the church is precisely the church at worship (as opposed to being a perfect society as in the thought of Robert Bellarmine). Members wondered whether Faggioli’s characterizations of those who support and those who oppose the liturgical reforms of Vatican II are sufficiently nuanced.

Other Work and Plans for the Future In 2015, the seminar plans again to discuss two books. They are Maxwell Johnson, Praying and Believing in Early Christianity (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013), and Melanie Ross, Evangelical versus Liturgical?: Defying a Dichotomy (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014). Arrangements for the presentation of papers is still pending, but we plan to have at least three papers for discussion.

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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...