Liturgy, Ritual & the Sacred

Code: IPS/SP510

Dates: September 19, 2019, September 20, 2019, October 17, 2019, October 18, 2019, November 14, 2019, and November 15, 2019

• Thursday Class: 6 - 9pm | Friday Class: 9am - 5pm

An introduction to the theory and practice of ritual, focused on elements shared by multiple traditions. Humans use ceremony to approach the divine, build community, mark important life events, and more. Together, we will explore theological, psychological, sociological, anthropological, and philosophical theories of ceremonial activity. We will apply those theories as we study effective ritual facilitation to increase our own skills. The course is an MDiv/PPL spirituality elective and MAIIS requirement.