Subject Area

Music, Religion


This thesis examines the foundational call to Christian unity, communal prayer for unity, and the practice of ecumenism through pastoral musicking and performing unity through the lens of performance studies. It asks the question: Can we sing and perform Christian unity? The ecumenical call is considered from ecumenical documents of both the Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions since the Second Vatican Council. Ecumenical worship is considered a performance of unity viewed through the lens of performance studies with scholarship from ritual, liturgical, and church music studies. Two distinct services of ecumenical prayer are considered as “performances of unity.” One service is adapted from the daily prayer of the Taizé Community in France and the other is a newly created ecumenical liturgical service of healing and anointing. “Performing unity” is realized through creating, performing, and nurturing ecumenical Christian worship through embodied prayer practices, both old and new, and communal singing, all pointing to the living out and embracing God’s unifying mission in the world.

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Perkins School of Theology


Dr. Marcell Silva Steuernagel

Second Advisor

Dr. C. Michael Hawn

Third Advisor

Victoria Tufano

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