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Sounds of Heaven and Earth

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We invite you to join London School of Theology at our one day conference for a timely and exciting opportunity to engage with scholars focusing on "Sounds of Heaven and Earth: Divine and Human Action in Christian Musical Worship".

The programme will feature scholarly presentations viewing worship through diverse disciplines including liturgical history, biblical studies, theology, ethnography and musicology.

Our plenary session will feature Dr. John Witvliet (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) who is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and Professor of Worship, Theology, & Congregational and Ministry Studies at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources, Worship Seeking Understanding: Windows into Christian Practice, co-author of Proclaiming the Christmas Gospel: Ancient Sermons and Hymns for Contemporary Christian Inspiration, and co-editor of The Worship Sourcebook and Worship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Change and Continuity in Religious Practice. He has also been a collaborator on several children's books, songbooks, and worship resource collections.

Tickets cost £20, and £12 for student /unwaged/ LST Staff. Lunch is also included. Please inform us of any food allergies or restrictions when booking. Contact James Beattie at: music@lst.ac.uk, or 01923456220 for more information.

Here is the provisional schedule for the day. The final schedule will be distributed the morning of the conference.

9:00-9:30: Registration & Coffee

9:30: Welcome in Chapel

9:35-10:15: Plenary 1 in Chapel

“’And They Sang a New Song’: The ‘New Song’ in Revelation 5:9 and 14:3 and Some Implications for the Contemporary Church’s Songs of Praise.”

Dr. John Dennis - London School of Theology

Including Panel Discussion with Richard Hubbard, Geraldine Luce and Rev. Dr. Jeremy Perigo

10:30-12:15 Parallel Sessions A & B

Session A in Chapel

Theme: Contemporary Worship Music

“Enthroned Upon Praise: Biblical Translation and Aural Imagination in the History of Contemporary Praise and Worship Music”

Adam Perez - Duke Divinity School

“Sounds of Heaven and Earth: Divine and Human Action in Christian Musical Worship”

Rev. Dr. Daniel Thornton - Alphacrucis College

“Feeling the Message: Aesthetic Judgements about Music in Contemporary Worship”

Jonathan Ottoway - Duke Divinity School

Session B in Peacock Room

Theme: African Worship Practices in Context

“Christian Music in Worship: Giving Praise and Thanks in the Public Worship of Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa”

Dr. William Obaga - University of Applied Science for Intercultural Theology, World Mission Prayer League

“Sacred Dance and Spiritual Efficacy in Yoruba Christian Migration”

Dr. Rebecca Uberoi - London School of Theology

“The Moravian Funeral and Music: A South African Perspective”

Dr. Devandre’ Boozaaier - University of Fort Hare

12:15-13:15: Lunch

13:15-15:00: Parallel Sessions C, D & E

Session C in M1

Theme: Theological Aesthetics & Liturgical Studies

“Ontology, Immanence and Mystery: Sacred Music and the Failure of Hermeneutics”

Alexander Douglas - FRSA, NHS R&D NW (Associate)

“Heart and Mind Worship: the Balanced Role of Spiritual Imagination in Musical Worship”

Dr. Beth Argot - Dallas International University

“Heaven on Earth?: Women’s Worship in Sixth Century Constantinople’s Hagia Sophia”

Rev. Angela Perigo - Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Session D in Chapel

Theme: Liturgical Music in Context

“Hymnody and Divine Interaction: The Passions in the Hymns of Isaac Watts”

Daniel Johnson - Nexus Institute of Creative Arts

“‘Sounds of Heaven and Earth’ in Wartime: a Hymnological Approach to Hymnals in Wartime with an Emphasis on Japanese Hymnals during WWII.”

Magdalena Mai Kawase - Rikkyo University

“Liturgy and Mediation: The Collision of Faith and Politics in the Music of James MacMillan”

Benjamin Ewert - University of Alberta/ St. Peter's Chalfont

Session E in Peacock Room

Theme: Worship Praxis

“A Sacrifice of Praise: The Cost of Worship in a Consumerist Culture”

Chris Jack - Moorlands College

“Harmony: How the Earth Accompanies the Heavens”

Matt Donald - Nexus Institute of Creative Arts

“Sounds of Heaven on Earth: How Awareness of Multilingualism (and Our Attitudes Towards It) Could Impact Congregational Worship in the UK church”

Peter Brassington - Redcliffe College

15:00-15:15: Coffee & Tea

15:15-16:15: Plenary 2 in Chapel

“The Interplay of Divine Action and Human Action in Christian Worship: Beyond a God of the Gaps”

Rev. Dr. John Witvliet

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

16:15-16:45: Plenary 3 in Chapel

Conversation with Dr. John Witvliet

16:45-17:00: Closing Remarks in Chapel

London School of Theology (LST) is an interdenominational, evangelical learning community with nearly 700 students in total, including students on four undergraduate BA programmes, a wide range of taught and research postgraduate programmes, and distance-learning programmes.

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