Associate Professor of Liturgy, Arts, and Communication
MA, University of Notre Dame
PhD, MPhil, Union Theological Seminary
Professor Crowley’s research interests center around the appropriate and integral use of media arts in worship, Catholic and Protestant, and future possibilities for communities to create their own liturgical media art through Communal Co-creation. Given the ubiquity of media-making devices in smartphones, photography and video are easy entry points for people of almost any age, not only to engage in developing media art that might possibly contribute to their liturgies as media of meditation but also as liturgical environment. Photography, especially, can become a spiritual practice for small groups. Most recently, Professor Crowley has been exploring and lecturing on the topic of media storytelling as ministry and has developed a website to share this research. She is particularly interested in the use of participatory group photography projects for empowering marginalized and vulnerable children, teens and adults. Other areas of interest include: liturgical inculturation, intercultural communications, Christian Initiation, lay leadership of prayer and preaching, and shaping places for worship.
A Moving Word: Media Art in Worship (Augsburg, 2006)
Liturgical Art for a Media Culture (Liturgical Press, 2007)
“Liturgical Media Art: Past, Present, and Future” Worship (forthcoming 2018).
Essays in George Thomas and Mark A. Lamport, ed., Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States (Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield, 2016): “Liturgical Conference, The,” 1356-1358; “Liturgical Media Art,”1359-1360; “Seaver, Robert E.,” 2055-2056; “Technology in Worship,” 2268-2269; “Union Theological Seminary,” 2354-2355.
“The Symbolic Way: How Media Arts Can Spark Vocational Reflections,” Teaching
Theology and Religion 18, no 4 (October 2015): 393-396.
“The Role of Participatory Culture in Faith Formation,” New Theology Review 28, no. 1 (September 2015): 89-92.
“A Worship Space that Embraces: Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community, Albuquerque NM,” Worship 88, no 5 (September 2014): 386-404.
“‘Using New Eyes: Photography as a Spiritual Practice for Faith Formation and Worship,” Dialog: Journal of Theology 41, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 30-40.
“Penitential Services: An Invitation to Conversion, A Celebration of Resurrection, A Call to Action,” Worship 87, no 2 (March 2013): 11-129.
“Participatory Cultures and Implications for Theological Education,” Theological Librarianship 6, no. 1 (January 2013): 60-68.
Professional website: www.eileendcrowley.com
Photography as a Spiritual Practice: www.photogsp.weebly.com
Resources for Christians reflecting on their callings in life: www.OurCallingsintheWorld.net
Portfolio of Lilly-funded research projects: www.christianscallingsintheworld.weebly.com
Storytelling as Ministry: http://storytellingasministry.weebly.com