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ISM Great Hall
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Liturgy Disrupts Society: Retrieving Communal Prayer
Dirk G. Lange
Associate Professor of Worship, Luther Seminary
Dirk G. Lange came to Luther Seminary from the Lutheran seminary in Philadelphia where he taught liturgy and homiletics. Dirk's ministerial experience has covered a wide spectrum of activities, but all under one umbrella: liturgy in the lives of people. During the 1980s, as a brother of Taizé, he worked with church leaders and many lay people involved with the prayer groups in the Eastern European underground. During the early 1990s, he was engaged with the prayer and songs of Taizé. After leaving Taizé, he came to LTSP to study under Gordon Lathrop and then went on to do doctoral work under Don Saliers and Mark Jordan at Emory. He is editor and contributor of "Ordo: Bath, Word, Prayer, Table" (OSL, 2006), an introduction to liturgical theology and festschrift in honor of Dr. Lathrop. With Luther and Derrida as dialogue partners, Dr. Lange queries theology, its disruption and its rewriting, through the lens of the liturgy. He has been involved with the Renewing Worship project of the ELCA, serving on the editorial board for Daily Prayer as well as participating on the development panels for Holy Communion. He has published several articles in the liturgical journal Worship as well as in several other scholarly journals. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) and founder and convener of the seminar group on Liturgy and Postmodern Questions. He is also a member of American Academy of Religion (AAR), Societas Liturgica and the Academy of Homiletics. He has also served parishes in Atlanta and Philadelphia.
Divine Worship and Human Healing
Associate Professor of Theology, Boston College
In Divine Worship and Human Healing Morrill turns to the rites serving the sick, dying, deceased, and grieving to show why sacramental liturgy is so fundamental to the life of faith. Readers will appreciate both his compelling narratives from actual pastoral experience and his engagement with biblical, theological, historical, and social-scientific resources. Morrill invites readers to discover how the liturgical ministry of healing discloses God's merciful love amid communities of faith.
Ritual Possession: Private Eucharistic Rites in Late Antiquity
Associate Professor of Classics, University of Pennsylvania
Kimberly Bowes received her doctorate from Princeton University in 2002 and held a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University from 2002-4. She has held assistant professorships at Fordham University and Cornell University before becoming associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Her specialty is later Roman material culture and social history, with a special focus on late antique religions, domestic architecture, and later Roman economics. Her first book, Private Worship, Public Values and Religious Change in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press), addressed the problem of house-based religion for the advent of public Christianity, while her second, Houses and Society in the Later Roman Empire (Duckworth) offers an overview of late Roman houses and their historiography. Kim is the co-director of two archaeological field projects, The Roman Peasant Project, excavating peasant farmsteads in Tuscany, and the Philosophiana Project, investigating the landscape around the villa of Piazza Armerina in Sicily.