Yale ISM Liturgy Conference 2023: Registration Now Open!

Please consider joining us for the 6th Yale ISM Liturgy Conference, held in-person at Yale University, in New Haven, CT, from June 12-15. The overarching topic is “Liturgy, Materiality and Economics.” More information on the topic and the featured speakers is available here: https://ism.yale.edu/event/2023-liturgy-conference-earth-heaven-liturgy-materiality-economics

Registration for the conference is open and can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/3M5jbqK

Do join us as we explore the manifold ways in which material economies have underlain past liturgical practices and continue to underlie worship today.

New Open-Access, Ecumenical Journal Powered by the University of Vienna

Ex Fonte: Journal of Ecumenical Studies in Liturgy promises international scholarship across liturgical disciplines and traditions.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: In June of 2022, the University of Vienna announced the launch of a new, open-access, continuously published, peer-reviewed journal: Ex Fonte: Journal of Ecumenical Studies in Liturgy. Executive Editorial Board members Florian Wegscheider and Elias Haslwante write,

We see Ex Fonte as an open and internationally oriented platform for scholarly discourse in Liturgical Studies, which may bring new inspiration to ecumenical dialogue. Ex Fonte contributes to bringing worldwide liturgical scholarship closer together and to inspiring mutual enrichment. We see this as a contribution and commitment to ecumenism. We hope that through Ex Fonte and the contributions published therein, ecumenism will also benefit from new impulses from a liturgical perspective to strengthen and foster the dialogue between Eastern and Western traditions, and can be expanded to include interreligious contributions as well, for example from Judaism and Islam. Even if not every single contribution needs to address explicitly ecumenical Liturgical Theology, the authors from different denominations and their submitted contributions commit themselves to a basic ecumenical approach.

In a nod to the increasing need for timely publication and the evolving nature of academic publishing, Ex Fonte does not publish on a fixed schedule. “Articles are reviewed, edited, and published as soon as possible after submission. This makes it possible to discuss and react to current and topical issues or challenges in a quick and uncomplicated manner,” Wegscheider and Haslwante write. “By publishing the articles in Open Access, research in Liturgical Studies will not only be permanently accessible 24/7 to everyone and everywhere, in a simple and straightforward way, but they also comply with the standards and requirements of contemporary academic scholarship. The excellent quality of the published articles is ensured by a double-blind peer-review process.”

This type of publishing heralds good news both for established and up-and-coming scholars seeking to engage their work on a global stage and in a timely manner. Pray Tell will publish new Ex Fonte abstracts regularly in our recurring In This Issue feature. Early articles examine ecumenical perspectives of Vatican II (Pietro Ventura), the ḥūḏrā in the Liturgy of the Assyrian Church of the East (Mar Awa III), and the stole practices of Carthusian nuns (Daniel Tibi), to name a few. The journal’s timely publication schedule has even allowed for an analysis of the rites and rituals surrounding the death of the late Queen Elizabeth II (Daniel Lloyd).

The editors invite submissions at any time; guidelines are available here. The journal has published thus far in German, English, and Italian; submissions in French are also welcome. Visit exfonte.org for full details and to read the latest.

Calvin Institute Rebrands Preaching and Worship Database

Calvin Institute Rebrands
Preaching and Worship Database

Lilly grant funds collaboration between Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, the Christian Classics Ethereal Library, and Hymnary.org

GRAND RAPIDS, MI: Earlier this month, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship announced a major rebranding of its popular Worship resource site PreachingandWorship.org as Zeteosearch.org. From the Greek ζητέω (zeteo), meaning “to seek in-order-to find, by thinking, meditating, or reasoning; to seek after or desire; or to worship,” this relaunch is far more than a cosmetic overhaul. The Lilly Endowment, Inc.,-funded database brings together the extensive resources of Calvin Institute, the Christian Classics Ethereal Library, and Hymnary.org. Preachers, liturgists, musicians, and enthusiasts alike can sign up for a free membership to delve into a world of curated, compelling, and thought-provoking resources for every Sunday and Solemnity of the year.

Visit Zeteosearch.org today to get started!

Liturgy in a Time of War – SLS Online Symposium 2022

Call for papers…

The Society for Liturgical Study is delighted to host a one-day online symposium on Saturday, 17 September 2022.  The Very Revd Mark Morozowich, Dean and Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology at the Catholic University of America will deliver the key note address on Liturgy in a Time of War.

The symposium will also include a Recent Research Panel; please send proposals for this
panel to papers@studyliturgy.org.uk by 1 August 2022. Proposals should include an abstract
of approx. 150 words, together with your name, title and institution. Papers will be 20mins
followed by 10min discussion.

We would be particularly interested to receive submissions on the theme of Liturgy in a Time
of War, but papers on any topic reflecting recent research will be considered.

Further information about paper proposals and how to register can be found here:


Webinar at Yale ISM: Religion and the War in Ukraine

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music will be holding a virtual webinar this Friday, March 11, at 2:30PM Eastern Time, titled “Unorthodox War: Religion and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine.”

I will interview someone well known to readers of Pray Tell, and an expert on the subject: Dr. Nicholas Denysenko. Registration is required, but free. Please click here to register: https://ism.yale.edu/ukraine

Further information about the virtual event:

Many of those fighting against each other in the war in Ukraine share the same religious views and commitments. Yet religion lies at the heart of the present conflict, one that stretches back decades. In this webinar interview, the Rev. Dr. Nicholas E. Denysenko, author of The Orthodox Church in Ukraine: A Century of Separation, will discuss the religious aspects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

We hope to see you Friday!

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Rev. Dr. Mark Roosien is Lecturer in Liturgical Studies at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School.