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Time for Solidarity: Liturgical Time in Disaster Capitalism

Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511, USA
Academic Editor: Edward Foley
Religions 2021, 12(5), 332; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050332
Received: 24 April 2021 / Revised: 3 May 2021 / Accepted: 5 May 2021 / Published: 11 May 2021
This article identifies the upheaval of many people’s experience of time during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a larger phenomenon of the 24/7 temporality that can be seen to contribute to the environmental destruction and social fragmentation typical of disaster capitalism. It then proposes liturgical temporality as an alternative to 24/7 temporality, framing it as a fitting context for the cultivation of solidarity between human beings and between human beings and the natural world. It argues that modern Jewish and Christian theologies of Sabbath-keeping as a mode of liturgical and ethical praxis have articulated a liberative vision for shared liturgical temporality but have not paid sufficient attention to concrete, collective modes of liturgical time keeping that could contend with the all-encompassing reality of 24/7 life. It concludes by discussing three ways that a more robust spirituality and praxis of liturgical time could support the cultivation of solidarity: a sense of the present that is mindful of the past and future, the invitation of practitioners into a shared story, and meaningful repetition toward the appropriation of a vision of redemption and liberation for human and non-human life. View Full-Text
Keywords: liturgy; worship; pandemic; time; capitalism; ritual; liberation theology; Sabbath; COVID-19; ethics liturgy; worship; pandemic; time; capitalism; ritual; liberation theology; Sabbath; COVID-19; ethics
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Roosien, M. Time for Solidarity: Liturgical Time in Disaster Capitalism. Religions 2021, 12, 332. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050332

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Roosien M. Time for Solidarity: Liturgical Time in Disaster Capitalism. Religions. 2021; 12(5):332. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050332

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Roosien, Mark. 2021. "Time for Solidarity: Liturgical Time in Disaster Capitalism" Religions 12, no. 5: 332. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050332

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