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

October 27, 2019 - October 28, 2019

Snell Lectures 2019: Theology, Liturgy and Prayer in 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 us 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 at 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.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Attendees are asked to register on Eventbrite.


Sunday October 27, 2019
4:30pm: Choral Evensong (St. James Cathedral, 106 King St. East)
5:30 – 6:30pm: Supper and Refreshment (Cathedral Centre, 65 Church St.)
7:00pm: Public Lecture:  “Our Hope is in Christ: Responding to Disasters – Local and Beyond” (Cathedral Centre, 65 Church St.)

Monday October 28, 2019
10:00am  Public Lecture:  “Liturgy on Behalf of the World: Go Forth and Do Religion” (Cathedral Centre, 65 Church St.)

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.

Thanks to the Anglican Foundation of Canada for their support of the Snell Lectures.

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