This course is designed for MDiv students and worship leaders who prepare weekly services. With a combination of lectures, in class exercises, field trips and guest presenters, participants will develop a liturgical calendar filled with songs and stories drawn from folklore, sacred text, life experience and creative collaborations. Musical experimentation and vocalization exercises each day will include creating songs, instruments and deepening an understanding of the role of music in creating mood, flow and resonance for spiritual growth. Readings will explore multi vocal worship leadership in Unitarian Universalist congregational settings. Sessions will include tools and techniques for religious leaders and lay led teams working with or without professional staff. The course will emphasize appropriate use of historic and contemporary resources in faith formation in changing times with a review of generational theory. No experience necessary however a willingness to take risks, engage with creative practices and experimentation will be expected. In class presentations and a final project (in congregation or school setting) will be determined in conversation with the instructor.
Relates to Thresholds: 8, 7, 1 Relates to MFC competency 1, 3, 7