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Let It Shine!The Emergence of African American Catholic Worship$
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Mary E. McGann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229918

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229918.001.0001

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Constructing an African American Catholic Liturgical Aesthetic

Constructing an African American Catholic Liturgical Aesthetic

(p.87) Constructing an African American Catholic Liturgical Aesthetic
Let It Shine!

Ronald D. Harbor

Fordham University Press

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

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