Faith In The World
Faith in the World 2017
“The Eucharist and Human Flourishing”
Sunday, October 1st
Choral Evensong for Michaelmas at 4:00pm
Followed by lecture and Q&A
Monday, October 2nd
Workshop: 9:30am – Noon
Clergy Luncheon and Bishop’s Time: Noon – 2:00pm
The Reverend James Farwell is Professor of Theology and Liturgy at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. His work is in liturgical and sacramental theology, theories of ritual and religion, comparative theology, and the theology of religions. He holds degrees from The Catholic University of America, The General Theological Seminary, and Emory University.
Dr. Farwell has long been interested in liturgy as the ritual performance of identity and worldview – a notion central to his books on Holy Week (This Is the Night, T&T Clark 2005) and the shape of the Eucharist (The Liturgy Explained, Morehouse 2013). The same notion informs his Inaugural Address at Virginia Seminary and a recent essay published in the journal Liturgy, in which he calls for Eucharistic prayers to refer more explicitly to the ministry of the human Jesus, linking the Incarnation and Redemption together in the liturgical assembly’s imagination of its own life in Christ. His most recent publications turn his preoccupation with liturgy as the performance of identity to the case of inter-religious practice. His own autobiographical reflection on “Whether Christians Should Participate in Buddhist Practice” will appear in the November 2017 issue of the Journal of Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology.
In “The Eucharist and Human Flourishing,” Dr. Farwell will share his reflections on how liturgy imagines-in-performance the identity of the church; about the church’s liturgical consent to participation in the mission of God; and about the implications of all this for the future of the Eucharistic prayer, the manner in which the Eucharist is celebrated, and the possible revision of the Book of Common Prayer.
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