Ruth Meyers Preaches and Teaches at St. Margaret’s

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers

This Sunday, February 26, the Last Sunday after Pentecost (Transfiguration Sunday), our preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, Dean of Academic Affairs and Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Dr. Meyers taught Liturgics (worship leadership) to our Rector and Associate Rector, an expert in the history of Anglican worship, and a major shaper of the future of our shared worship. She’ll be speaking after the 10 a.m. Eucharist about contemporary and future issues in the worship of the Episcopal Church.

A native of New Jersey, Ruth Meyers earned her undergraduate degree in special education at Syracuse University and taught at the elementary school level for five years. She earned her M.Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and her MA and Ph.D. in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. She began teaching liturgy at CDSP in 2009 after 14 years on the faculty at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois. In 2012 CDSP appointed her dean of academic affairs. Currently an assisting priest at All Souls Episcopal Parish in Berkeley, she has also served as a priest in the Dioceses of Western North Carolina, Western Michigan, and Chicago. She served on the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music from 2008 until 2015 and chaired the commission from 2009-2015.

Why I Teach

My earliest memories of worship are the early-morning midweek Lenten services I attended with my dad and older brother, and Saturdays in the church sacristy with my mother as she prepared for the next day’s liturgies. I am passionate about the power of worship to form and transform communities of faith. I chose liturgy as an academic discipline because I believed that studying worship would give me a window into what individuals and communities in different times and places believed about God. My doctoral work, a study of the development of the rites of baptism and confirmation in the 1979 Prayer Book, gave me an opportunity to explore the history of the Episcopal Church in the twentieth century. My greatest joy in teaching about liturgy is enabling students to see and understand the complex textures of worship. Many tell me at the end of their first course that they will never look at worship in the same way again. Engagement with Christians in the wider church, whether teaching a parish education program, leading a diocesan clergy day, or working with the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, enables me to understand worship ever more deeply.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Worship
  • Liturgics
  • Fundamentals of Worship
  • Liturgical Leadership

Selected Publications:

  • Missional Worship, Worshipful Mission: Gathering As God’s People, Going Out in God’s Name, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies series (Eerdmans, 2014)
  • Continuing the Reformation: Re Visioning Baptism in the Episcopal Church (New York: Church Publishing, Inc., 1997)
  • Worship-Shaped Life: Liturgical Formation and the People of God, Canterbury Studies in Anglicanism (editor and contributor) (Harrisburg: Canterbury Press & Morehouse Publishing, 2010)
  • “The Baptismal Ecclesiology of Holy Women, Holy Men,” (co-author) Anglican Theological Review 94:1 (2012):27-36
  • “Who May Be Invited to the Table?” Anglican Theological Review 94 (Spring 2012): 233-44.
  • “Worship and Mission,” in Alcuin Guide to the Study of Liturgy and Worship, ed. Ben Gordon-Taylor and Juliet Day (SPCK and Liturgical Press, 2013) pp. 202-11.
  • “The Easter Cycle,” in Liturgical Spirituality: Anglican Reflections on the Church’s Prayer (Seabury Books, 2013) pp. 173-89.
  • “Re-Imagining Confirmation,” in Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Theologies of Confirmation for the 21st Century, compiled by Sharon Ely Pearson (Church Publishing, Inc., 2014) 33-52.

Recent Presentations:

  • “The Beauty of Holiness: Weaving a New Tapestry of Liturgy and Mission,” Diocese of Oregon Clergy Conference, April 27-29, 2015.
  • “For the Common Good: Weaving Together Liturgy and Mission,” and “Liturgy That Matters: Celebrating for the Sake of the World,” keynote addresses, “Weaving Strands: Liturgy for Living,” National Worship Conference, Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, July 21-22, 2014.
  • “Mission and Liturgy,” Ming Hua Theological College, Hong Kong, January 23, 2014
  • “Liturgical Customs: Fixity and Flexibility of Liturgical Performance,” Servers Guild, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, January 18, 2014
  • “Liturgy and Mission,” provincial clergy meeting, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, January 16, 2014
  • “Baptism in Anglican Tradition,” Ming Hua Theological College, Hong Kong, January 16, 2014
  • “An American Experience of Developing the 1979 BCP and the Recent Development of the BCP in the Episcopal Church,” Liturgical Commission, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, January 14, 2014

How Can We Stabilize Christian Communities in Our Holy Land?

Much has been written recently about an increasing sense of intolerance in the Middle East.  Some fear there could be no Christian presence at all in our Holy Land if we can’t stem the emigration and violence.  How can we, in the U.S., help stabilize these communities?  Some who view the region purely through a political lens have become frustrated with the tools that are available to make change.  Are there other ways?  Find out how the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem is building peace from the ground up – and how you as an individual and a congregation can participate in this effort.  You can change lives, and you can do it now.

Join us Sunday, February 12, 2017 in the church, just after the 10 a.m. Eucharist for a conversation with Anne Lynn, President of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, and learn about the humanitarian work that’s bringing a glimmer or hope to a volatile region. Continue reading →