Lizette Larson-Miller

Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller
Address2451 Ridge Road
Berkeley, CA 94709

Nancy and Michael Kaehr Professor of Liturgical Leadership, Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Nancy and Michael Kaehr Professor of Liturgical Leadership, Graduate Theological Union

B.A., University of Southern California, 1978
M.A., St. John’s University, 1982
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 1992

“The liturgies that we enter into are both expressive and creative. They outwardly express what we individually and in common hold as faithful beliefs and, at the same time, they create us or form us to be more the body of Christ and more the presence of God in and for the world. Our task in a graduate school of ministry and theology is to understand as best we can the development and meaning of liturgy, historically and contemporarily, and to practice and strive for the best presiding, preaching, gesture, music, art and architecture so that our worship celebrations are truly a fundamental source for Christian living, for ourselves and for those with whom we serve.”
Tentative Course Descriptions for 2007-2009

Liturgy and Architecture Church architecture as a “text” for understanding the ritual, history, and theology of liturgy.

Rites of Sick, Death & Dying Historical and theological development of the rites for the sick and dying and Christian burial rites.

Fundamentals of Worship A workshop for M.Div. students designed to begin their preparation for leadership of liturgical worship.

Liturgical Leadership Designed for students preparing for ordination, with special attention to the role of the presider in liturgical celebrations.

Liturgical Theology A doctoral seminar exploring the range of theologies historical and contemporary, focused primarily on the Eucharist.

Selected Publications

The Sacrament of Anointing Of The Sick (Lex Orandi), Liturgical Press, 2005.

“Holy Ground” Liturgia Condenda, 2005.

“The Altar and the Martyr,” in Worship Traditions in Armenia and the Neighboring Christian East, ed. Roberta R. Ervine, St. Vladamir’s Seminary Press, 2005.

“Anglican, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Funeral Rites” in Death in Contemporary American Society, UCSB, 2005.

“Hierarchy and Liturgical Space” in Postmodern Worship & the Arts, eds. Doug Adams and Michael E. Moynahan. Resource Publications, 2001.

“Remembering Who We Are: Women and Ritual,” The Way Supplement, 1998.

Medieval Liturgy: A Book of Essays, (Editor), Garland Publishing Company, 1997.

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