“Liturgical Sense” Forum Celebrates New Book by Professor Louis Weil

Distinguished CDSP professor will read, host discussion

Berkeley, CA (Church Divinity School of the Pacific)– On Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 pm, Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, California, will present “Liturgical Sense: The Logic of Rite,” a reading and discussion with Professor Louis Weil, who is the James F. Hodges and Harold and Rita Haynes Professor Emeritus of Liturgics. The event is free and open to the public.

The forum, which takes its name from Weil’s newest book, will include a reading by Weil, comments by the Rev. Philip Brochard, rector of All Souls Episcopal Church in Berkeley, and the Rev. Michael Hiller, a San Francisco-based blogger, and a discussion.

The book is the first volume in the Weil Series in Liturgics, published by Church Publishing Inc., the Episcopal Church’s official publisher. Nancy Bryan, Church Publishing’s editorial director, will attend and speak about plans for the series.

Guests are also invited to Eucharist at 5:45 pm and to dinner ($12 cost) following. Dinner guests are asked to RSVP to the CDSP Front Office at 510-204-0700.

In Liturgical Sense: The Logic of Rite, Weil looks back on his work shaping the liturgical life of the Episcopal Church through his involvement with the development of The 1979 Book of Common Prayer, and looks forward to the future of the church and its liturgical life. Through his stories and first-person anecdotes, Weil seeks to return the church to “liturgical sense.”

Weil was born in Houston, Texas in 1935, and raised in New Orleans. He holds a B.Mus. from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; an M.A. from Harvard in musicology; a S.T.B. at the General Theological Seminary in NYC; and a Magister Sacrae Liturgiae and S.T.D. from the Catholic University in Paris, France. He has served as a priest in the Diocese of Puerto Rico, a teacher at the Episcopal Seminary of the Caribbean and professor of liturgics at Nashotah House. He joined the faculty of CDSP in 1988 and retired from full time teaching in 2009.

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