Features a musical by Mark Miller and Laurie Zelman.

August 2017 – Drew Theological School alumni, faculty and students led more than 95 men and women through two days of worship-based song, fellowship and dance at the school’s annual Summer Music Institute.

The conference, which was led by Associate Dean Tanya Linn Bennett and Composer-in-Residence Mark Miller, explored new ways of integrating music, liturgy and social activism into worship.

Highlights included:

  • “Embodying Activism,” a dance by Eyesha Marable T’16 with Simone Baitey T’15, Micah Gary T’15 and master of divinity student Janelle Ince
  • “Speaking Words of Wisdom,” a talk by Associate Dean Tanya Linn Bennett T’00, T’05 and Laurie Zelman T’00
  • “Composing with Confirmation,” a talk by Professor of Music Trevor Weston
  • “Liberty! The Gospel Experiences of Richard Allen,” a musical—with music by Miller and words by Zelman—about a schism in the Methodist church around racist practices.

Here’s a closer look at the 12th annual conference: