Love Those Classics

Love Those Classics

Every once in a while, at my former church, we’d break out the old (and I mean old) hymnbooks for a Wednesday evening hymn sing.

People would call out the numbers of their favorite hymns to the song leader and…

Columbia Seminary Partners with Spelman College to Host Atlanta Stop of Beyoncé Mass

February 19, 2020—Spelman College, in partnership with Columbia Theological Seminary, will host the Beyoncé Mass 7:00 pm, March 2, in Sisters Chapel, 440 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta.

Created and curated by Rev. Yolanda Norton, H. Eugene Farlough Chair of Black…

Why Do We Worship God Together?

Why do we worship God together? This question, with which I begin every introductory worship class that I teach, presses my students and me not only to consider the God who is worthy of prayer and praise but also the…

Dr. Rebecca Spurrier Awarded Vital Worship Grant for 2020 by Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) announced that it will fund 15 grants to Teacher-Scholars for 2020-2021 as part of its Vital Worship Grants Program. Among them is Columbia Theological Seminary’s Dr. Rebecca Spurrier, Associate Dean for Worship Life…

Just Worship: The Symbolism Behind Worship for All

This post describes the backstory behind the Just Worship imagery by it’s logo creator, Lauren Wright Pittman.

 

 

 

For me, the heart of Just Worship, a conference catered towards a faithful and vibrant future of worship, is a…

What’s Next for Worship? Worship that Equips Us for Justice

Fans of the West Wing may recall that (fictional) President Jed Bartlett could always be counted on to ask this question: “What’s next?” 

Whether at the end of a meeting, after a goal was met, or to break a stalemate,…

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…

Lisa Weaver Named Assistant Professor of Worship

April 10, 2018—The Board of Trustees for Columbia Theological Seminary voted unanimously today to appoint Ms. Lisa M. Weaver as Assistant Professor of Worship. Ms. Weaver, a Ph.D. candidate in Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology at The Catholic University of America, will…

An Aesthetic Distinctly Religious

December 11, 2017—I’m often intrigued by what church leaders, anxious about numbers and attendance, assume about non-church-goers. A lot interesting ideas get foisted on “prospects” in an effort to entice them into the church front doors—especially the elusive 20-somethings and…

Moving Prayer

July 20, 2017—Praying through bodily movement is an ancient form of communication with God and is practiced by people of every faith expression in the world. Indeed, prayer offered through bodily movement or embodied prayer nurtures deep listening and locates…

The Useful and the Beautiful

July 17, 2017—One of the courses I most enjoy teaching is on educational philosophy. It’s a course that is always interesting and one I think, when it connects with students, yields enduring understanding. Recently a former student wrote me to…

Beth Waltemath

Keeping Sabbath With My Confirmation Class

We are learning about the Ten Commandments in our Confirmation class this fall, and most recently the Third Commandment: “Remember the Sabbath and Keep It Holy” and Martin Luther’s explanation of it in the Small Catechism, “We are to fear and…

Saturday Night Service and Sunday Sabbath

May 19, 2016—A few years ago, our congregation changed our monthly worship “rhythm.” Once a month, we worship Saturday at 5 pm and then take the next Sunday as an intentional day of Sabbath rest.

On the Sunday when we…

Same Old Tune, Same New Song

December 17, 2015—The word “liturgy” means “the work of the people.” One of the most important works that we do in our worship is join together in song to give glory to God. However, many congregations struggle with finding their…

Breaking Boundaries

The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,     the spirit of wisdom and understanding,     the spirit of counsel and might,     the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2 (NRSV)

November 18, 2015—Through August and September, I was able…

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