Being a Eucharistic People in Digital Space: Liturgy in the Time of COVID

March 31, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

The global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021 has had major ramifications for how human beings gather for worship throughout the world. The impact has been especially pronounced among sacramental communions for whom the Eucharist is the central act of worship. How are churches and communions responding, what ecclesiological insights undergird these responses, and what are some of the grassroots implications for these various traditions?

This webinar featured ecclesiologists from Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian traditions who reflected upon practicing the Eucharist and worship in the context of the pandemic. First, theological considerations were framed around the essential question: what constitutes a Eucharistic assembly? Participants then addressed practical considerations, including grassroots and liturgical initiatives. Finally, Aaron Hollander, associate editor of Ecumenical Trends, considered where we go from here and what the future of Eucharist and worship more broadly might be.

The event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and its Department of Theology and Religious Studies with Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network and the North American Academy of Ecumenists.

Schedule

2:00 - 2:05 p.m. EST | Introduction: Welcome and Acknowledgements

Jason Welle, OFM, The Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies

2:05 - 2:15 p.m. EST | Setting the Context: The Liturgy, Worship, and the Global Pandemic

Peter C. Phan, Georgetown University

2:15 - 3:05 p.m. EST | Theological Considerations: What Constitutes a Eucharistic Assembly?

Emilio Alvarez, The Union of Charismatic Orthodox Churches/Asbury Theological Seminary

Elizabeth Anderson, College of Saint Scholastica

3:10 - 3:40 p.m. EST | Practical Considerations I: Grassroots Initiatives

Cristina Lledo Gomez, BBI-The Australian Institute for Theological Education

Paul M. Zulehner, University of Vienna

3:40 - 4:10 p.m. EST | Practical Considerations II: Liturgical Initiatives

Fred Anderson (retired), Madison Ave. Presbyterian Church

Fr. Constantine Lazarakis, Kimisis Tis Theotokou Church/Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox

4:10 - 4:25 p.m. EST | Where Do We Go from Here?

Aaron Hollander, Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute

4:25 - 4:30 p.m. EST | Closing Thanks

Jason Welle, OFM, The Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies

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