Seminar: "Liquid Sacramentality: Expanding our Religious Imaginations" with Rev. Edward Foley


The Center for Religion and Spirituality invite you to this summer seminar with liturgist and scholar Edward Foley, Capuchin, Ph.D. Participar en español.

Roman Catholics most commonly believe that there are seven sacraments: no more, no less. It may be surprising to discover that in our history the number of sacraments was much more elastic. Furthermore, sacramentality is a rich teaching and belief that extends across the whole created universe. The “sacramental principle” holds that virtually anything in the created world has the potential for mediating God’s presence.

Contemporary social commentators suggest that we are living in a “liquid age,” in which there are few remaining institutional solids in a period of rapid and sudden change. Similarly, some theologians hold that we are living in a period of liquid ritualizing and liquid sacramentality, in which believers are ritualizing in sometimes unofficial yet strikingly important ways.

This presentation will ponder these ideas and explore the potential, even importance of liquid sacramentality. We will begin with reflections on “eucharist” in the New Testament, and examine the multiple and diverse “Eucharistic practices” that contributed to the emergence of Christian Eucharist. We will next examine the elastic nature of sacraments and sacramentality in the early church, providing historical and theological grounding for a broad understanding of sacramentality today. Finally we will consider some of the ways that people are freshly ritualizing and sacramentalizing in their own lives. We will give particular attention to the sacrament of Marriage in this regard.

To Attend
Online registration is open (click Buy Tickets button). In the event the seminar is canceled, participants will be notified by Wednesday, the week of the seminar. Registration fees are refunded only if the seminar is canceled; no refund for partial attendance or no-show.

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About Rev. Foley
Rev. Edward Foley, Capuchin, Ph.D. is Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality and Professor of Liturgy and Music at Catholic Theological Union. A member of the faculty since 1985, Edward Foley’s interests include practical theology, the interplay of worship and the arts (especially music), ritual performance, and medieval Christianity. He studies the history of worship especially from the viewpoint of the action of the assembly. He is co-author, with Rev. Herbert Anderson of Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals: The Intersection of Worship and Pastoral Care and author of From Age to Age: How Christians Celebrated the Eucharist.

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

St. Robert's Hall, Auditorium
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Event Type

Speakers and Seminars


LMU Extension, Center for Religion and Spirituality


Extension Ministry Studies


$75 per person (register by June 21 and receive a $20 discount)




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