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Bodies at Worship

A surviving mosaic of an ancient Roman catacomb portrays worshipers standing with arms outstretched, palms upturned in an ancient posture of prayer.  We ask today: does it make a difference if we raise our arms or bow our heads for prayer? Does it make a difference if we sit or stand or kneel for worship?  Or if worship is stational, requiring choreography and movement? How do our postures, gestures and movements participate in meaning-making for worship? Through reflection, presentation, discussion and practice we explore different bodily approaches to worship so that we can be intentional about our embodied leadership and participation.

Presenter: Professor Jennifer Lord

Date: November 7, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center,
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Cost:  $60 (lunch included) 

Recommended for: clergy and worship leaders who want to be intentional about the body's role in worship

About the Presenter

The Reverend Dr. Jennifer Lord is The Dorothy B. Vickery Professor of Homiletics and Liturgical Studies at Austin Seminary. Her book Finding Language and Imagery: Words for Holy Speech (Fortress Press, Elements of Preaching Series) was published in 2009 and has since been translated into Madarin and Indonesian (2015, 2018). She was a contributing author for New Proclamation on Feasts, Holy Days and Other Celebrations (Augsburg Fortress, 2007). 

She writes for various lectionary-based preaching resources including Sundays and Seasons: Preaching 2015, (Abingdon, 2014),  New Interpreters Theological Companion to the Lectionary (Abingdon, 2012), Preaching Social Justice and Transformation: A Lectionary Commentary (Abingdon, 2011), and Feasting on the Word (Westminster John Knox, 2009). Currently she is an Editorial Board Member for the new Westminster John Knox Revised Common Lectionary Commentary Series, Connections

She also served as an Editorial Advisory Board member and Consultant for the revision of the PC(USA) Book of Common Worship.