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Kim Harris, Pat Reif Lecturer

Liturgical Justice Through Sacred Song Lecture on Oct. 28

October 24, 2019

Dr. Kim Harris
Dr. Kim Harris

Dr. Kim Harris will present and perform Liturgical Justice Through Sacred Song during the 17th Annual Pat Reif Memorial Lecture on Monday, October 28. The featured lecture will take place from 7 pm to 9 pm at Rose Hills Auditorium on Mount Saint Mary’s Doheny Campus. The event is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Kim R. Harris serves as the Assistant Professor of African American Thought and Practice in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Harris earned a PhD in Worship and the Arts from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She is a member of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and the North American Academy of Liturgy, and she is a clinician for GIA Publications Inc.

While pursuing her PhD, Dr. Harris composed Welcome Table: A Mass of Spirituals. Welcome Table is a featured Mass setting in the second edition of the Black Catholic hymnal, Lead Me Guide Me (GIA Publications Inc.).

Dr. Harris’ current research concerns the transnational history of Black Catholic liturgy. Her next musical composition will address the need to expand the available liturgical resources for Black Catholic inspired worship.

About the Pat Reif Memorial Lectureship

The annual Pat Reif Memorial Lectureship was created in 2002 in honor of Patricia A. Reif, Immaculate Heart of Mary, PhD. A scholar, educator and activist, Dr. Reif taught philosophy and chaired the graduate department in religious studies at Immaculate Heart College. In 1984, she founded the MA program in feminist spirituality at Immaculate Heart College Center. Active in many social justice issues, including domestic abuse, poverty, immigration, welfare rights, and the anti-nuclear movement, Reif co-founded the Interfaith Hunger Coalition and the Southern California Interfaith Task Force on Central America.

The funding of the Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture Fund is a joint effort of Claremont Graduate University, the Immaculate Heart Community, the Immaculate Heart College Alumnae Board, the Immaculate Heart College Center, the MSMC Religious Studies Department, and the MSMC Office of the Graduate Dean. The lecture fund is dedicated to advancing the ideals that she represented.