2019 Snell Lectures: Theology, Liturgy, and the Public Square

October 27, 2019 - October 28, 2019


 The 2019 Snell Lectures at St. James Cathedral


Dates: Sunday, October 27 & Monday, October 28 2019

Offered by St. James Cathedral, Toronto

Toronto, ON

Snell Lectures 2019: Theology, Liturgy and Prayer in the Public Square


 The 2019 Snell Lectures: Theology, Liturgy, and the Public Square

How does faith engage and speak to the community beyond the doors of the church? How does the public square provide the faith community with a perspective of God?


Join St. James Cathedral and the Snell Foundation for the 2019 Snell Lecture Series, as we explore how worship, ritual, prayer, and our understanding of God finds meaning and shape in the public square. Two public lectures with The Rev’d Canon Lizette Larson-Miller, PhD, will look specifically how we respond to community disasters through ritual and prayer; and how liturgy and prayer are tools to engage the community in religious curiosity, theological reflection and faith development.


Sunday October 27, 2019
4:30pm: Choral Evensong (St. James Cathedral) Note: tickets are not required for Evensong.
5:30 – 6:30pm: Supper and Refreshment (Cathedral Centre)
7:00pm: Public Lecture: “Our Hope is in Christ: Responding to Disasters – Local and Beyond” (Cathedral Centre)

Monday October 28, 2019
10:00am Public Lecture: “Liturgy on Behalf of the World: Go Forth and Do Religion” (Cathedral Centre)


St. James Cathedral – 106 King St. East, Toronto
Cathedral Centre – 65 Church St. Toronto

About The Lecturer:

The Rev’d Canon Lizette Larson-Miller PhD, is an Anglican priest and the Huron Lawson Professor at Huron University College (University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario). Her degrees, in music, liturgical studies and sacramental theology, are from the University of Southern California, St. John’s University in Minnesota, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

She is particularly interested in liturgies and rituals with the sick, the dying, and the dead, early church/late antique liturgical history, as well as contemporary questions of culture and worship. She has published in these interests, including The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, “The Liturgical inheritance of the Late Empire in the Middle Ages” in A Companion to the Eucharist in the Middle Ages, Drenched in Grace: Essays in Baptismal Ecclesiology (ed), and her most recent book Sacramentality Renewed: Contemporary Conversations in Sacramental Theology. Her interest in liturgies in times of crises began with work on roadside memorials, and after receiving a Henry Luce Fellowship to study why people create and maintain the memorials, she continued to work with memorials to untimely deaths and broader disaster rituals in the Netherlands, publishing several times in the Liturgia Condenda series with a group of Dutch, US, and German colleagues. In addition to teaching and researching, she is the immediate past-president of Societas Liturgica, chair of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation, member of the editorial board for several journals, frequent consultant on liturgy for several dioceses, and co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Liturgical Studies.

About the Snell Lectures:

The Snell Lectures at St. James Cathedral honor The Rt. Rev’d George Snell, Eighth Bishop of Toronto and are intended to further his desire for deepening the church’s teaching and preaching ministry for both the laity and the clergy.


St. James Cathedral Toronto

Organizer of Snell Lectures 2019: Theology, Liturgy and Prayer in the Public Square

St. James Cathedral is home to a diverse, vibrant congregation from around the St. Lawrence neighbourhood and across the city. The Cathedral is not only a place of prayer, but a place of care and community, expressed through volunteer-run services such as the weekly Drop-In, the Refugee Response Committee, and the Lay Pastoral visitors. The Cathedral seeks to live out God’s love by engaging the ministry of the baptized, forming leaders, acting with justice and serving the needs of the most vulnerable in society.


The Cathedral Church of St. James

106 King Street East

Toronto, ON M5C 2E9

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