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Designing and Curating Worship
The purpose of this course is to provide training in the practice of planning, curating and leading Christian worship in parish or congregational settings, and also in broader contexts. The course will review all the major elements of liturgical/worship planning, including attention to the use of space and light, architectural detailing, the relationship between bodies and space, the inclusion of the congregation in worship design, and how context guides worship planning. Class sessions will be devoted to discussion of how all these elements are put into practice in various different denominational settings, as well as in new settings (e.g., emergent, postmodern, alt*worship, para-church, etc.). The course will also draw extensively from the world of the arts, including insights from dramaturgy, interior design, theater and music, to understand worship as an event in space and time, not a lifeless script.
There is no prior requirement for this course.
Attendance and active participation at all class sessions; completion of required reading
mid-term submission: one service script with explanatory notes, b) journal record of field trip, c) assessment of performance.
final portfolio: a) one service script with explanatory notes, b) short review notes on 4 of the required readings c) one exercise in writing short pedagogical notes on liturgy, suitable for publication in a parish letter or bulletin, d) journal record of field trip, e) assessment of performance.
Evidence of understanding the concepts and progress in practical skills.