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Studying Worship on Seminary Campuses: Church at School and School at Church

Nearly every seminary in North America worships together during the week. These services are central to a seminary’s communal life and work, for worship is deeply formative – spiritually, educationally, and institutionally. Yet there is significant variety in the ways in which seminary communities plan for, lead, and learn about worship.

Nearly every seminary in North America worships together during the week. These services are central to a seminary’s communal life and work, for worship is deeply formative – spiritually, educationally, and institutionally. Yet there is significant variety in the ways in which seminary communities plan for, lead, and learn about worship.

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, in partnership with the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology & the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, convened a gathering of scholars and seminary professionals in June of 2007 to begin a program of resource gathering, supportive networking, and theoretical exploration of issues surrounding worship on seminary campuses. These webpages are the first-fruits of that gathering. The information is organized according to these three distinct but overlapping areas. 

While seminarians and those responsible for seminary worship may find the materials here helpful (both to peruse and perhaps to participate more deeply in ongoing research), those at work in congregational contexts may also benefit from studying how worship is taught and practiced by those who will lead the next generation of worship in our churches.

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