This collection of essays explores the rich and diverse intersections between the world of liturgy and the worlds of creation and the cosmos. The intersections highlighted here include biblical, historical, visual, and musical materials as well as contemporary theological and pastoral challenges for worship today. The essays gathered in this volume were first presented at the 2018 Yale Institute of Sacred Music Liturgy Conference and are here made available to a wider audience. These essays are responses to the unprecedented attention to ecological and cosmological concerns, which call for sustained engagement by scholars and practitioners of liturgy.
Teresa Berger is professor of liturgical studies at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and at Yale Divinity School where she also holds an appointment as the Thomas E. Golden Jr. Professor of Catholic Theology. She is the author, most recently, of @ Worship: Liturgical Practices in Digital Worlds (Routledge, 2018) and editor or co-editor of three previous volumes from the Yale ISM Liturgy Conferences from Liturgical Press.
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"Once again, the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale and Liturgical Press have provided us with a rich ecumenical collection of essays drawn from an important colloquium, this one about the manifold ways Christian liturgy locates us on our wounded planet and shapes our understanding of the cosmos. Many of the essays here will become classics, worthy of repeated reference—those on Daniel 3, on bread, on Laudato Sií, on environmental care in Eastern Orthodoxy, and on `dust wisdom,' among many other examples. But the magisterial introduction by Teresa Berger, outlining the roots and the sweep of this urgent topic, is itself an important reason to read the book."
Gordon W. Lathrop, Author of Holy Ground: A Liturgical Cosmology, Past-President, Societas Liturgica
"With world-class liturgical scholars offering creative, tradition-steeped essays on the ecological imaginaries made and possible in practices of worship, this is a milestone volume."
Willis Jenkins, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia