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jann cather weaver
Associate Professor Emerita of Worship, and Theology and the Arts
Ordained minister in the United Church of Christ
Appointed 2001

Education

B.S. University of Wisconsin
M.Div. Eden Theological Seminary
Ph.D. The Graduate Theological Union

Teaching and Research


practice of parish ministry
Ancient-Future Church and worship
liturgical theology, aesthetics and practice (interdenominational and interfaith); Jewish liturgical history and practice
ritual studies and liturgy
cross-cultural Jewish and Christian art and iconography
film as theological text
theological literacy in communication media and popular culture
postmodern theology applied to biblical interpretation and worship
qualities of vocation and call
 
Courses Offered
TR271   Theological Interpretation of the Arts
TR650   Theology in Contemporary Film

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Publications

Books



Imaging the Word: Arts and Lectionary Resource
Vol. I Co-edited by Ken Lawrence and Sid Fowler
Cleveland: United Church Press, 1994

Articles and Essays (since 2000)

“Gary Seal and Outsider Art,” in The Challenge of the Modern: Contemporary Visual Art.” Kimberly Vrudny and Robin Jensen, ed. Collegeville, MN. Liturgical Press, 2008.

“Beyond Entertainment: Film as Religious Art for Congregational Renewal,” for the National Consultation of Religion and the Arts, June 2007, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

“Mirror: A Mirror on Andrei Tarkovsky.” ARTS 18, no. 2 (2006).

“Engaging Eucharistic Images in Film: Ecclesiological and Liturgical Meanings.” In Arts, Theology, & the Church, edited by Kimberly Vrudny and Wilson Yates. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2005.

“Mirror: A Mirror on Andrei Tarkovsky.” Art and Christianity: The Quarterly Bulletin of Art and Christianity Enquiry (ACE) no. 36 (October 2003): 4-6.

“Worshipping in the United Church of Christ: Liturgical Theology and a Paradigm of Dialectics.” Prism: A Theological Forum for the United Church of Christ 17, no. 2 (Fall 2002): 3-10.

“Worship in the Reformed Tradition.” American Theological Library Association Summary of Proceedings 56 (2002): 277-281.

“Movie Reinforces ‘Euro-Jesus’ Stereotype.” In New Haven Register Forum (May 28, 2000).

“Violence in the Bible.” In To the Point: Confronting Youth Issues, Vol. 2, edited by Diana L. Hynson. Nashville: United Methodist Publishing, 1994.

Editor. “The Religious Art of Women from Diverse Traditions: Toward a Feminist Theological Aesthetic.” In Journal of The Center for Women and Religion. Berkeley, California: Winter 1992.

I enjoy literature from diverse ethnic and cultural traditions. The continual study of Latin-American Spanish is a (frustrating) hobby, and I long to return to Latin America and Cuba in the future. Once a practicing musician, music remains a true love, from the Beatles to Bach to U2 to Andrea Bocelli. I am a published art photographer, having exhibited in Madison (Wisconsin), Berkeley (California), and at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. I scuba dive and in-line skate, when weather permits.

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God’s call is to exude compassion, lavish generosity, forgive and be forgiven, and love God’s people.


 


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