Conducted in seminar style, Readings in Liturgical Theology is based around primary texts. While the unit contextualises readings in the corpus of work of their authors, it is focused on intensive engagement with representative texts that mark focal figures’ major contributions to contemporary liturgical theology.

Unit code: DL9400P (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Liturgy

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Map the field of contemporary liturgical studies with reference to its most significant figures


Articulate the shifts in thinking over time, agenda and legacy of towards a dozen liturgical theologians


Articulate the scholarly genealogies, inter-relationships and mutual reception and development of the liturgical theologians’ work


Think critically about liturgical assembly with special reference to the works considered

Unit sequence

This unit, requires as prerequisite the unit Liturgical Theology and Practice, or appropriate foundational alternative.


Seminar, presentation

Indicative Bibliography

  • Berger, Teresa. Gender Dynamics and the Making of Liturgical History. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011.
  • Burns, Stephen, and Bryan Cones, eds. Liturgy with a Difference. London: SCM Press, 2019.
  • Carvalhaes, Claudio. What’s Worship Got to Do With it? Oregon, OR: Cascade, 2018.
  • Cones, Bryan, and Stephen Burns, eds. People Do Liturgy. Chicago, IL: LTP, 2019.
  • Lathrop, Gordon. Holy Things. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1993.
  • Ramshaw, Gail. Treasures Old and New Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2002.
  • Senn, Frank. Embodied Liturgy. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2016.
  • Vogel, Dwight, ed. Primary Sources in Liturgical Theology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2000.
  • Zimmermann, Joyce. Worship With Gladness Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014.

In 2020, the unit will use drafts of Stephen Burns and Jason McFarland, eds, Doing Liturgical Theology.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Literature Survey

Ritual survey, related to literature (3500 words)

3500 20.0
Book Review

Literature review (2500 words)

2500 40.0
Book Review

Literature review (2500 words)

2500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Carolyn Alsen on 20 Jul, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-09 14:48:49 +1000