Eucharist Presence Mediality part 2

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When government restrictions following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic shut down public religious services in Denmark and in the rest of the world, the use of digital and analogue media (live stream, zoom, traditional TV and radio) in order to transmit religious services increased rapidly on every continent. In the context of the Danish Lutheran Church, the important question arose, whether the Lord s Supper can be legitimately celebrated online, in the sense that people consume bread and wine at home, which has been consecrated in an electronically mediated way. The question is not new, but has sporadically been discussed in relation to services broadcasted on TV and radio. During the spring 2020 lockdown, however, this important theological and
pastoral question gained a pressing actuality, and especially Protestant denominations worldwide are discussing the issue. A range of important dogmatic topics are related to the question: What is a sacrament? What does the materiality of the sacrament mean? What is the importance of the physically gathered community as the context for the celebration of the Eucharist? Is it possible and to which degree to mediate materiality and community electronically? This is the second (but independent) part of the PhD course, which will address the questions raised above. It consists in an international workshop (day one) and a subsequent exclusive PhD reading class (day two). The first part (December 2020) is in Danish and addresses the question in a Scandinavian Lutheran context. This second part is in English and will take an international ecumenical approach. Both workshops and PhD reading classes are arranged by a project group under LUMEN: Center for the Study of Lutheran Theology and Confessional Societies and associate professor Jakob Egeris Thorsen, who will address the dogmatic, liturgical and media-theoretical questions that a digital Eucharist raises from both a Scandinavian
Lutheran and an international ecumenical perspective.


The participants will increase their knowledge about sacramental and liturgical theology in both the Evangelical-Lutheran, Reformed and Roman Catholic traditions and increase their ability to relate these traditions to contemporary questions and contexts. They will gain insight in sociology and media theory and be able to relate these theories to questions within systematic and practical theology.


350 pages, authors and titles to be announced no later than January 24th 2021.

Target group:

PhD students within the field of systematic and practical theology.




Workshop, lectures, short student presentations and discussion.


1,5 ECTS


Alexander Deeg, Bo Kristian Holm, Jette Bendixen Rønkilde, Jakob Egeris Thorsen

Dates and time:

24-25 March 2021


Online event.

Application deadline:

Please apply on this link  no later than 24 February 2021.

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