Cultural Liturgies and Christian Liturgy


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James Ka Smith

The Mathis Liturgical Leadership Program is delighted to welcome James K.A. Smith to campus for a lecture on Monday, July 11th entitled "Cultural Liturgies and Christian Liturgy."

James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin University and serves as editor in chief of Image journal, a quarterly publication devoted to “art, mystery, and faith.” Trained as a philosopher with a focus on contemporary French thought, he has expanded on that scholarly platform to become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and widely-traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society, and the church.

He is author of a number of books, including Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? (2006), Desiring the Kingdom (2009), Imagining the Kingdom (2013), How (Not) to be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014), You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (2016), Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (2017), On the Road with Saint Augustine (2019), and, most recently, The Nicene Option: An Incarnational Phenomenology (2021). His next book, to be published in 2022, is How to Inhabit Time: Understanding the Past, Facing the Future, Living Faithfully Now.

Jamie and his wife, Deanna, have four adult children, and live in the Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids, where they attend Sherman Street Christian Reformed Church.

This event is free and open to the public.