Conference | Sacred Arts in North American Contexts

Event time: 
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 9:30am to Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00am
Sterling Divinity Quadrangle (SDQ), ISM Great Hall See map
409 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Event description: 

The myriad arrays of religious traditions in North America have given rise to an equally diverse range of artistic expressions. These are informed by practices shaped by individuals and communities past and present, often calling notions of normatively, canon, and authority into question.

This Yale session of our symposium lays out a series of case studies that demonstrate a range of these practices, both within and without specific liturgical contexts. We set these in close conversation with the work done by our colleagues in Paris, Strasbourg, and Florence, and look forward to a lively exchange of ideas.


Part of The Arts and Ecumenism: What Theology Risks in Artistic Creation, a 5-part symposium hosted by the Institut Catholique, Paris; Faculté de Théologie Protestante, Université de Strasbourg; Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Centrale e Opera de Santa Maria del Fiore, Firenze; the ISM; and the Community of Jesus, Orleans, Massachusetts.

Friday afternoon, October 20, 2017

Aesthetics and Risk

1:30 pm | Welcome

Report on the Paris, Strasbourg, and Florence Sessions

1:45 pm

Mons. Timothy Verdon (Stanford in Florence, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo)
Prof. Jérôme Cottin (University of Strasbourg)
Prof. Denis Hétier (Institut Catholique, Paris)

Modern Poetry and the Language of Faith

2:15 pm
Prof. Christian Wiman (Yale University)

2:45 pm | Break

The Aesthetic Formation of Interfaith Identities: The Case of Zapatista Women

3:15 pm
Prof. William Dyrness (Fuller Theological Seminary)

The Tutiorism of Risk and the Aesthetics of Worship: Theological Risk-Taking in Ecumenical Worship

3:45 pm
Prof. Maggi Dawn (Yale University)

Enchantment and Contemporary Art

4:15 pm
Prof. Jeffrey Kosky, theologian (Washington and Lee University)

4:45 pm | Discussion*

5:30 | End of Session

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Saturday morning, October 21, 2017

Twentieth- and Twenty-first-century Situations

8:45 | Coffee and greeting

The English Protestant Imagination – Part Two (20th-21st centuries)

9:00 am
Prof. Ben Quash (King’s College, London)

The Advent of Urban Praise and Worship

9:30 am
Prof. Josef Sorett (Columbia University)

How a Quaker Metropolis Became an Orthodox Village: Material Christianity in Philadelphia’s Greektown, 1900-1930

10:00 am
Prof. Kostis Kourelis (Franklin and Marshall College)

10:30 am | Break

Material Establishment and the Politics of Sacred Space in Hawaii

11:00 am
Prof. Sally M. Promey (Yale University)

Ecumenical Collaboration and Making Art Today

11:30 am
Susan Kanaga, CJ (artist, Community of Jesus)
Filippo Rossi (artist, Archdiocese of Florence, Stanford University [Florence], and Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality, Barga)

12:00 pm | Closing discussion*

12:45 pm | Conference ends


*General interlocutors/respondents from Yale faculty: Professors John Hare,  Peter Hawkins, Vasileios Marinis, David Mahan



Open to: 
General Public