Multi-seminary Sponsored Conference Explores Crossroads of Worship and Theological Justice

Multi-seminary Sponsored Conference Explores Crossroads of Worship and Theological Justice

July 24, 2018—Paying close attention to how worship shapes us for justice, the new conference Just Worship: Toward a Faithful and Vibrant Future will examine the way churches approach worship planning, leadership, and participation so that they may fully be the Church living into Christ’s command to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Martha Moore-Keish, J.B. Green Associate Professor of Theology at the seminary, chairs the planning group. “A group of colleagues interested in worship and theology have been pondering the concept of ‘just worship’ for a while,” she explained. “We wondered what worship looks like when our feet rest on the ground of Christian traditions, with head uplifted to see one another clearly, and arms spread wide to embrace the whole world that God so loves. Our ideas led to this conference.  We invite everyone to join the conversation as we explore together what it means to ‘just worship!’”

Plenary sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the three-day conference will seek to answer the following questions:

  1. Where might God be leading us in the present and future of worship?
  2. How does worship call and shape us to act justly, resisting evil and seeking peace?
  3. How does God call us through worship to be holy and whole?

Workshops and plenary sessions include:

Conference sponsors are Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, Johnson C. Smith Seminary, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Theology and Worship, and will be on the Columbia Seminary campus September 13-15, 2019.

Click HERE to review the schedule and register for Just Worship: Toward a Faithful and Vibrant Future.

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Columbia Theological Seminary is “Cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.”  As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers six graduate degree programs and up to 60 courses and events each year as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). The Center for Lifelong Learning offers three other certificate programs including training spiritual directors, two scholars programs, and a post-graduate Pastoral Excellence Program that is focused on clergy leadership development. Over 800 persons attended CLL’s programs last year. For more information, please visit

2 thoughts on “Multi-seminary Sponsored Conference Explores Crossroads of Worship and Theological Justice”

  1. Please let me know if video recordings of the event were made and are accessible AND if another such gathering will take place next year. I would definitely be interested.

    Many thanks,

    Pastor Miriam Mauritzen
    Serious JuJu Skateboard Ministry & FPC Kalispell, Montana

    1. There will be an episode of aijcast which will review some highlights of the event. We will let you know when they air at

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