The institute explores themes of music and worship from July 30–31.

Clergy and lay leaders are invited to a two-day Summer Music Institute at Drew University that explores new ways of integrating music and liturgy in worship.

The institute, which takes place July 30–31, is designed for pastors, worship leaders, congregation members and musicians. It includes workshops led by members of the Drew Theological School, visiting theologians and other experts in worship and music leadership.

Topics include the spoken word, technology in worship, worshipping with people who have disabilities, liturgical dance and music from Latin America. Participants will also be treated to a musical mini-recital.

“Our vision is that, by energizing worship leaders with new insights, creative possibilities and inspiring experience, we will invite the revitalization of the worship life of our houses of God,” said the Rev. Dr. Tanya Linn Bennett, university chaplain, who is leading the institute with Mark Andrew Miller, associate professor of church music and Drew’s composer-in-residence. View a video of Miller and the Craig Chapel Choir performing “Draw the Circle Wide.”

Catherine Jordan-Latham C’11, a ministry intern at Park Avenue United Methodist Church in New York City attended the institute previously and said, “The music I have learned from Mark and the worship elements shared by Tanya have helped shape my own theological voice. I want to keep coming back to [the institute] because I leave renewed and excited. I want to keep coming back because I love being challenged to think about things differently.”

Now in its 10th year, this year’s institute will, “focus integrating spoken word, music, ritual and sacred text in ways that reach across lines of race, class, gender, language, generation and sexual identity to create worship that inspires us to justice, mercy and love.”

Each day begins at 9 a.m. and ends with a 7 p.m. evening program.

For more information and to register, visit the Summer Music Institute website.