Fall 2020 Late-Start Class
The Divine Liturgy
With the world around us becoming increasingly ‘secular,’ many Christians are tempted either to become ‘secular’ themselves—to take the path of accommodation to ‘the world’—or else to become embittered antagonists of the world, railing against it, or trying to escape from it. However, the Christian Church’s liturgy shows us another way, a way of being ‘not of this world,’ while at the same time radically affirming the goodness of the world as God’s creation. Fr Alexander Schmemann writes, ‘It is this world (and not any “other world”), it is this life (and not some “other life”) that were given to man to be a sacrament of the divine presence.’ In this course we will study the history, shape, and meaning of the Divine Liturgy, that it might become for us more fully just such a sacrament, and that our lives as Christians might more truly reflect God’s own love for the world. Our guiding text will be Schmemann’s For the Life of the World; we will also engage with Patristic commentary upon the Divine Liturgy. The primary focus will be on the Eastern liturgies.
Prerequisites: To get the most out of the class, familiarity with the liturgies of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and with the Bible, is recommended. Basic knowledge of Greek is helpful, but not required.
Instructor: James Latimer, M.Div.
Age Level: 15 years – adult
Minimum Enrollment: 5
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Tuition per Semester: $125
Class Meets: Tuesdays, 8:00 – 9:30 AM Pacific
Class Dates: October 20 to December 8
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Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.
James Latimer, M.Div.
James Latimer’s love of language and learning began as a child when he used to make up his own languages. He received his B.A. from St John’s College, where he double majored in Philosophy and History of Mathematics & Science, and double minored in Comparative Literature and Classical Studies. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and a Precentor and Choir Director’s Certificate from the Synodal School of Liturgical Music in Jordanville, NY. James has served as a choir director in Orthodox Churches for about eight years. He enjoys singing, gardening, baking bread, and swimming in ice cold water. He lives with his wife and children in South Carolina.
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