L. Edward Phillips

Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology; Coordinator of the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology
L. Edward Phillips
Phone: 404.727.1257
    • PhD, University of Notre Dame, 1992
    • MDiv, Emory University, 1979
    • BS, University of Tennessee at Martin, 1976

    The Rev. Dr. L. Edward Phillips serves as Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, as well as Coordinator of the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology at Candler. Prior to his arrival in 2008, he taught at Duke Divinity School, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Union College.

    His research interests include the practical and pastoral aspects of the historical church—how the church conducted worship, initiated Christians, and organized ministries—as a way to understand the development of Christian theology and practice for the present. The author of numerous articles, book reviews and books, Phillips is currently working on a book on the development of contemporary patterns of worship in the United States. He serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Liturgy.

    From 2001-2004, Phillips served as chair of the Holy Communion Study Committee for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. In his role as chair, Phillips traveled extensively, meeting with Methodists throughout the United States, Europe,and Africa. In 2009, Dr. Phillips was invited to participate in the Roman Catholic-United Methodist dialogue on the Eucharist, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and The United Methodist Church. 

    A sought-after lecturer, Phillips is a member of several academic associations, including the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature.

    His work has been supported by grants from the Mellon Foundation, the James Still Fellowship, and the Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers. 

    Phillips is an ordained elder in the Memphis Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

    Selected publications

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    Co-author,Baptism: Understanding God's Gift. Discipleship Resources,2013

    Co-editor,Courage to Bear Witness: Essays in Honor of Gene Davenport. Wipf and Stock Publishers,2009

    "Prayer in the Church from 100 to 400 C.E.," in A History of Prayer: From the Early Church to the Reformation. Brill,2008

    Co-author,In Spirit and Truth: United Methodist Worship for the Emerging Church, Second Edition. OSL Publications,2006

    Co-editor,Studia Liturgica Diversa: Studies in Honor of Paul Bradshaw. Pastoral Press,2004

    Co-author,The Apostolic Tradition: A Commentary, in the Hermeneia Commentary Series. Augsburg Fortress,2002

    "Homosexual Unions and the Social Principles: Blessing the Incompatible?" in The Loyal Opposition: Resisting the Church on Homosexuality. Abingdon Press,2000

    "Whose Worship is it Anyway?" in Worship Matters, vol. 1. Discipleship Resources,1999

    The Ritual Kiss in Early Christian Worship. Grove Books Limited,1996

    Co-author,Your Ministry of Leading Prayer. Discipleship Resources,1992

    Selected awards

    Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers, 2011-2012.

    Seminar in Christian Scholarship, "From Worldview to Worship: The Liturgical Turn in Cultural Theory," Calvin College, 2011.

    Mellon Fellowship for a research project titled "A Commentary on the Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus," Duke University, 1995.

    James Still Fellowship for a research project involving the translation of the Sahidic Coptic version of the Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus, University of Kentucky, 1994.

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, September 20, 2016

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, November 4, 2014

    "The Eucharist and Cosmic Powers in Early Christian Worship" - Wheaton College, October 20, 2011

    Hear Phillips preaching in Cannon Chapel via iTunes University (2010, 2009)

    Selected courses

    Christian Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Renewal

    Contemporary Christian Worship: Origins, Theory, Practice

    Early Christian Worship

    Public Worship