Elizabeth Drescher

Dr. Elizabeth Drescher

Address2451 Ridge Road
Berkeley, CA 94709

Assistant Professor of Christian Spiritualities Director, Church Divinity School of the Pacific

B.A., University of Pittsburgh,
M.A., Duquesne University,
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union,

Interest in Christian spiritualities in the past twenty years has focused on professional religious in the Middle Ages, nuns, anchorites and anchoresses, monks, priests, and mystics. Attention to such figures has tended to emphasize practices of enclosure, solitude, detachment, and affective piety focused on the suffering of Christ as the defining character of “medieval spirituality,and that has inflected understanding of Christian spiritualities today. Yet, it was no more the case in the Middle Ages than it is now that most believers were clergy, vowed religious, mystics, or members of the social or ecclesial elite. The study of Christian spiritualities, at its best, highlights the role of faith in everyday life as this may be seen in practices of prayer, contemplation, and worship, and at least as much in ordinary practices of Christian charity, compassion, and social justice, enriched by study of the past, but defined by the lives of believers today.

Tentative Course Descriptions

Anglican Spiritual Practices – The living out of faith in the in Anglican tradition is sustained by diverse spiritual resources drawn from scripture, early church prayer and liturgy, medieval spiritualities, the Book of Common Prayer, and contemporary adaptations of spiritual practices from throughout the global Anglican Communion and beyond. This course explores a range of such practices as they have developed historically, as they function as embodied theologies, and as they may function in Anglican communities today.

Areas of Interest

Logos Almanac of the Christian World

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