Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 3:15-4:30 pm

The Forthcoming Revised English Translation of the "Missale Romanum" and Its Implications for Worship
by Rev. Paul Turner, B.A., M.Div., M.A., Th.D. USA.

Paul Turner is a facilitator for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, a past President of the North American Academy of Liturgy, and is currently pastor of St. Munchin parish in Cameron, MO. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from Sant' Anselmo in Rome and is the author of numerous books and resources, including, Celebrating Initiation: A Guide For Priests (World Library Publications, 2008), When Other Christians Become Catholic (Liturgical Press, 2007), Let Us Pray: A Guide to the Rubrics of Sunday Mass (Liturgical Press, 2006), and The Hallelujah Highway: A History of the Catechumenate (LTP, 2000).

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 3:15-4:15 pm

Ravenna’s Baptisteries and their Mosaics
by Claudia Dobrinski, Universität Paderborn, Germany

This paper addresses the building history of the Neonian (Orthodox) Baptistery in Ravenna focusing upon its internal decoration, chiefly mosaics, and incrustations. In this analysis, new dates for the different building phases are put forth. Secondly, this orthodox baptistery will be compared to the Arian one, with particular reference to the mosaic of the Apostles’ at the cupola in both of them and their different interpretations.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 3:15-4:15 pm

Evil Spirits and Queer Psyche. Spiritual Intervention and Spiritual Equilibrium in Conflict 
by Pamela Klassen, Associate Professor, Department and Centre for the Study of Religion, BA, MA, PhD.

Arguing for a robust supernaturalism among liberal Protestants, Pamela Klassen traces a history of ritual experimentation among Anglican, Methodist, and United Church of Canada communities. Focusing particularly on rituals concerned with healing, broadly conceived, Klassen examines how liberal Protestants reconceived themselves and their religious others through experimenting with ritual practices drawn from Christian and non-Christian traditions and technological innovations. Her paper will be based on her forthcoming book, Healing Christians: Liberal Protestants and Pathologies of Modernity. For more information, see