General Seminary Offers Multi-Cultural Liturgy Class in July
"Liturgy for a New Day" -- July 9-11, 2007 (3 CEU's) Cost: $375
Aware that symbols, myths, and rituals are foundational to human life and community, discover how race, ethnicity and culture develop and enhance faithful, unifying, pluralistic liturgies. John Westerhoff leads this seminar as we discuss modern liturgical movements and how our liturgies reflect our diverse American culture. We review cutting-edge alternatives, such as the HipHopE Mass, as well as Filipino/Asian, Latino/a and African-American liturgies with a number of expert guests.
John Westerhoff was Professor of Theology and Christian Nurture at Duke University Divinity School. John is a graduate of Ursinus College (BS), Harvard Divinity School (STB) and Columbia University (Ed.D). He is author of many books including "Will Our Children Have Faith?", "A Pilgrim People", "A People Called Episcopalian", and "Holy Baptism."
Errol Harvey has served as Rector of St. Augustine's Church on the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1983. He was educated at Aquinas College (BA), Seabury-Western (BD) and New York University (MPA). He has been extremely active in various peace and justice ministries, including serving as Vice-Chair of Housing Works, an AIDS service agency and was convener of both the Black Caucus of the Diocese of New York and the Downtown Community Council. During his tenure at St. Augustine's, Fr. Harvey has instituted many innovations in worship, including the use of multi-media technology, liturgical dance and an evocative combination of modern praise & traditional African-American music.
Timothy Holder is currently Rector of the Church of the Ascension, Atlantic City and formerly had been Rector of Trinity Church Morrisania in the Bronx. He is also the founding priest and pastor of the HipHopEMass. He was educated at the University of the South (BA) and at Harvard University (MDiv). In his own words, the HipHopE Mass is "building 'church' anew"; it reaches out to generations across church and society worldwide and is a powerful life-giving ministry for new days, and new ways. Tim was also the recipient of the First Decade Award Harvard Divinity School (2005) and the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award Southern Christian Leadership Conference (2005).
Jose Martinez is curate of the Church of the Good Shepard/El Buen Pastor in Hartford, CT. Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, Jose has been a Church Planter and Lay Pastor over the past 13 years both on the East and West coasts. He received a Baccalaureate degree from Carlos Martinez Duran College in Guatemala and has degrees from the State University of New York (BS) and General Theological Seminary (MDiv). Drawing from his own native Guatemalan and Mayan culture, he has been instrumental in developing new liturgical materials for Spanish language ministry.
"Fred" Vergara is the Director of Ethnic Congregational Development for the Episcopal Church. Educated at Trinity College, Philippines (BA), University of the Philippines (MPA), St. Andrew's Seminary, Philippines (MDiv), Southeast Asia Graduate School of Theology (STM) and San Francisco Theological Seminary (DMin) he is the author of several books, including "Mainstreaming: Asian Americans in the Episcopal Church" and "Contemporary Filipino American Worship." He has taught widely on church planting and church growth as well as ecumenical theology. He has also been instrumental in several international and ecumenical events, such as Asia-America Theological Exchange Forum and the Condordat of Full Communion between the Episcopal Church and the Iglesia Filipina Independiente.
The General Theological Seminary is located at 175 Ninth Avenue, between West 20th and West 21st Streets in New York City and occupies the full block between 9th and 10th Avenues. You are welcome to attend any of the classes above and to visit us at our beautiful, park-like campus in the center of historic Chelsea.