Announcing our Sixty-sixth Session

April 28-30, 2014
The Word in Time: Lectionary, Proclamation, and Church Year  

Plenary Speakers:  Jennifer Baker-Trinity, David Lose, Martin Marty, & Gail Ramshaw

Keeping time, marking time, taking time, telling time.  Christians understand time as both a way to order our chronological lives and as a way to anticipate God's eternal time.  Gordon Lathrop describes the way time 'thickens' in Christian liturgy.  "One time may not be better than another, but the use of scheduled festival days, related to the cycles of sun and moon, in rhythmic relationship to ordinary days, suggests that the widespread personal human experience of 'thicker time, or opportunities, of intense time, is true of the community and of the  cosmos itself."  (Gordon Lathrop, Holy Things.) 

When we proclaim the word of God in worship, we are opening the scriptures and experiencing them in our own time.  Time thickens as the biblical writer's time and our own converge, allowing a glimpse of God's promise and love through all times.  Many Christians order those readings annually, seasonally, weekly, daily, and even hourly.  The multiple layers deepen as we join in hearing these readings with all who have heard them before, and share in God's promises and their fulfillment in God's time.

This year's Institute will live into the juxtaposition of the word of God with time.  How do we mark time as a measure of Jesus' life?  What kinds of time inform our gatherings?  What are the gifts of a shared calendar of biblical readings of our common worship?  What does time mean in our contemporary 24/7 culture?  The Institute of Liturgical Studies begins here to see how time, infused with the word permeates all of our gatherings, all of our liturgies, all of our journeys. 

In a society that besieges us with constraints and demands on our time, this Institute pauses for a space of days to engage questions about what it means to live in time by the word of God.  Our liturgies will offer eucharistic and other prayer offices that leads us to reflect on God's word in time.  Through plenary talks, seminars, and workshops, we hope to engage in important questions about time in our own time.

We invite you to join us for these days of worship, conversation, engagement, and renewal: The Word in time.


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