Faith in the World 2017
The Eucharist and Human Flourishing
Sunday, October 1st and Monday, October 2nd
James Farwell is Professor of Theology and Liturgy at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. His work is in liturgical and sacramental theology, theories of ritual and religion, comparative theology, and the theology of religions. He holds degrees from The Catholic University of America, The General Theological Seminary, and Emory University.
Dr. Farwell has long been interested in liturgy as the ritual performance of identity and worldview – a notion central to his books on Holy Week (This Is the Night, T&T Clark 2005) and the shape of the Eucharist (The Liturgy Explained, Morehouse 2013). The same notion informs his Inaugural Address at Virginia Seminary and a recent essay published in the journal Liturgy, in which he calls for Eucharistic prayers to refer more explicitly to the ministry of the human Jesus, linking the Incarnation and Redemption together in the liturgical assembly’s imagination of its own life in Christ.
In “The Eucharist and Human Flourishing,” Dr. Farwell will share his reflections on how liturgy imagines-in-performance the identity of the church; about the church’s liturgical consent to participation in the mission of God; and about the implications of all this for the future of the Eucharistic prayer, the manner in which the Eucharist is celebrated, and the possible revision of the Book of Common Prayer.