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Constructing an African American Catholic Liturgical Aesthetic

Ronald D. Harbor

in Let It Shine!

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229918
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236633 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229918.003.0003
Constructing an African American Catholic Liturgical               Aesthetic

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This chapter identifies the characteristic features of an African American Catholic liturgical aesthetic—that is, understandings of what is beautiful, sacred, praiseworthy, profoundly expressive, and life-giving—that might guide the lived practice of worshiping communities now and into the future. This liturgical aesthetic, mediated through a lexicon of performative values, draws on the pastoral and theological ferment of Black scholarship over the past several decades, and most particularly the generative work of the first Black Catholic Theological Symposium in 1978.

Keywords: Black Catholics; African American Catholic; Catholic worship; Black Catholic Theological Symposium

Chapter.  13967 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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