Summer Music Institute

Summer Music Institute

July 30-31, 2015

T.R.A.N.S.
{Trans:  a Latin noun or prefix, meaning}
“across”, “beyond” or “on the opposite side”

When worship moves beyond our comfortable boundaries
When worship reaches to the opposite side to find whoever is pushed outside
When worship spans across lines of culture, generation and difference of all kinds
That is worship that can bring the lifegiving, lifesaving message of the love of God and hope of Christ to all of us who most need to hear, feel and know it.

Schedule

Thursday, July 30, 2015

9:00 am – Registration & Continental Breakfast (Seminary Hall Atrium)

10:00 am – Opening Worship (Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall)

11:00 am – Opening Keynote – Mark Miller & Tanya Linn Bennett (Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall)
Watch our live stream of the event.

12:30 pm – Lunch (Seminary Hall Atrium)

2:00 pm – Workshop Session I

  • “Oh Henry!” Henry Appenzeller Musical Rehearsal  – Mark Miller & Tanya Linn Bennett
  • Moving in the Spirit – Micah Gary
  • Cantando por el Camino/Singing in the Journey – Lydia Muñoz
  • Access to God: Worship and People with Disabilities – Jim McIntire

3:30 pm – Break

3:45 pm – Workshop Session 2

  • “Oh Henry!” Henry Appenzeller Musical Rehearsal  – Mark Miller & Tanya Linn Bennett
  • Moving in the Spirit – Micah Gary
  • Cantando por el Camino/Singing in the Journey – Lydia Muñoz
  • Access to God: Worship and People with Disabilities – Jim McIntire

5:30 pm – Dinner

7:00 pm – Evening Program

Friday, July 31, 2015

8:30 am – Continental Breakfast (Seminary Hall Atrium)

9:00 am – Morning prayer (Craig Chapel, seminary Hall)

9:45 am – Plenary Session – Mark Miller & Tanya Linn Bennett (Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall)
Watch our live stream of the event.

11:00 am – Workshop 1

  • “Oh Henry!” Henry Appenzeller Musical Rehearsal – Mark Miller & Tanya Linn Bennett
  • Social Networks and Emerging Technology in Worship and Ministry – Rev. Chris Heckert
  • The Medium and the Christian Message: Speaking the Language of Art and Faith – Eric Valosin
  • Spoken Word  – Teresita Matos-Post

12:30 pm – Lunch – Seminary Hall Atrium

2:00 pm – Workshop 2

  • “Oh Henry!” Henry Appenzeller Musical Rehearsal – Mark Miller & Tanya Linn Bennett
  • Social Networks and Emerging Technology in Worship and Ministry – Rev. Chris Heckert
  • The Medium and the Christian Message: Speaking the Language of Art and Faith – Eric Valosin
  • Spoken Word  – Teresita Matos-Post

3:30 pm – Break

4:00 pm – Liturgy Slam: Come with liturgy, music, poetry, song to share, or share what you have learned or created during SMI

5:30 pm – Dinner

7:00 pm – Oh Henry! Musical Performance

Workshop Descriptions

“Oh Henry!” Henry Appenzeller Musical Rehearsal

Mark Miller & Tanya Linn Bennett
During these workshops, participants will learn a 45 minutes musical describing the life and ministry of Henry Appenzeller, a Drew alumnus and the first Methodist missionary to Korea.  This musical will be performed during the Tipple-Vosburgh Lectures and Alumni Reunion at a celebration of Appenzeller’s work and the 120 year relationship between Korea and Drew resulting from his mission work.

Moving In the Spirit

Micah Gary
This workshop will exploring dance ministry with the exegesis of movement within scripture and biblical characters in selected text.  Using the concepts of embodiment, improvisation and choreographic crafting, participants will utilize the African American traditions of culture and Dance Theater to find ones voice and body within praise dancing and liturgical movement. All levels and abilities are welcomed

Cantando por el Camino/Singing in the Journey

Rev. Lydia Muñoz
This workshop will explore music from base communities throughout Latin America that were formed out of a liberation theology framework in the 70’s through today in many different forms.  We will explore the rhythms and styles that once found themselves outside of the institutional church but through a committed and passionate call for a greater understanding of the incarnational Christ, these songs have helped the Church walk alongside the struggles and realities of the sojourner on the road to freedom.

Access to God: Worship and People with Disabilities

The Reverend James F. McIntire, MDiv, JD
This workshop will be centered on a theology of disability and inclusion, explore the gifts of people with disabilities, and focus on the physicality, language, and intentionality of inclusive worship.  It’s not just about ramps and large print bulletins so all ministry settings can be expanded to welcome the gifts and needs of people with disabilities in our congregations. We will explore together what others are creating and what might open us all to God’s presence in new ways.

Social Networks and Emerging Technology in Worship and Ministry

Rev. Chris Heckert
This workshop explores how social networks and emerging technology can enhance the reach and experience of worship and ministry.  Come and join this interactive experience to share and gain working knowledge of digital tools, best practices and techniques to best engage people within and outside of our churches in vital ministry.

The Medium and The Christian Message: Speaking the Language of Art and Faith

Eric Valosin
“Methods always change but the message stays the same,” winks writer Shane Hipps, so “it’s commonly assumed that as long as we protect the unchanging message of the Gospel, the method doesn’t much matter,” right? But far from being a neutral container for Christian content, the medium itself is a powerful determinant of meaning. With the eyes of an artist, we will discern how meaning is created not through subject matter alone, but through techniques and materials themselves. A class to bolster artists and non artists alike, come learn the syntax of Art to speak the Christian message in new ways.

Spoken Word and Poetry in the Worship Setting

Teresita Matos-Post
In an era when Millenials communicate in 140 characters or less; How are preachers to capture their imaginations and provoke questions that ensure follow up conversations about God, Jesus, and spirituality? This session will invite participants to explore “drawing pictures” with poetic verse to foster engaging worship experiences in their faith communities.

Biographies of Leaders

Tanya Bennett Drew Univ Theo deptRev. Tanya Linn Bennett, Ph.D.

An ordained elder in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, Dr. Linn Bennett serves as University Chaplain/Director of the Chapel & Religious Life at Drew University.  Tanya is also Associate Professor of Christian Practice at Drew Theological School, and teaches in the areas of emerging worship, educational ministries, and church and society, with particular interest in youth and urban ministries. Her Ph.D. from Drew is in Sociology of Religion; her research work focused on the Millennial Generation and Christian Church. Tanya served on the worship team for the UM General Conference 2008, and will be a delegate in 2012. She has designed worship for the NEJ 2011 Jurisdictional Conference, the Reconciling Ministry Network 2012 Convocation, the Love Your Neighbor General Conference gathering 2012, and the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference.  She leads worship and workshops for various national and global United Methodist events, and has led retreats and seminars throughout the Northeast Jurisdiction.

CHeckertRev. Chris Heckert

Rev. Chris Heckert is serving as Sr. Pastor of Haddonfield UMC and most recently served as the Sr. Pastor at Morrow Memorial UMC in Maplewood, NJ, where he helped the church launch an App for its ministries and enhance its use of social networks for ministry.  An elder in the Greater New Jersey annual conference of the United Methodist Church, Chris brings a passion for communication and digital technology to ministry to engage people into the life of communities of faith.  He previously served as the Associate General Secretary and director of communications at the General Board of Global Ministries, the mission agency of the UMC and has recently served as the United Methodist Liaison at Drew University.  Rev. Heckert also currently serves as the chair of the Communication Commission for the Greater New Jersey conference.

Teresita MatosTeresita Matos-Post

Teresita is a spoken word artist, writer, preacher, and teacher.  Poetry allowed her to find her voice and the ability to share her world-view. In, 2006 she first preached using Spoken Word at her local church, Christ Hispanic United Methodist Church in Orlando, FL, which provoked great questions and fostered fruitful conversations days after the service. Having used this form in other settings, she believes that Spoken Word in an intergenerational language that has the appealing power to engage the senses in worship.  Most recently, she served as Poet-in-Residence at Drew Theological School, writing pieces for special chapel worship services and other campus events.  She recently earned her M.Div from Drew Theological School and has been appointed to pastor Mount Horeb UMC and Martinsville UMC in New Jersey.

LD_042413_Mark Miller_0850Mark Andrew Miller

Mark Miller believes passionately that music can change the world. He also believes in Cornell West’s quote that “Justice is what love looks like in public.” His dream is that the music he composes, performs, teaches, and leads will inspire and empower people to create the beloved community.

Mark serves is Assistant Professor of Church Music at Drew Theological School and is a Lecturer in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University. He also is the Minister of Music of Christ Church in Summit, New Jersey.  Since 1999 Mark has led music for United Methodists around the country, including directing music for the 2008 General Conference. His choral anthems are best sellers for Abingdon Press and his hymns are published in “Worship & Song”, “Sing! Prayer and Praise”, “Zion Still Sings”, “Amazing Abundance”, “The Faith We Sing”, and others.

Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale University and his Master of Music in Organ Performance from Juilliard.

LMuñozRev. Lydia Muñoz

Lydia E. Muñoz is the new church start pastor of PlumbLine Community Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.  She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and will be for ordained as a provisional Elder this year in her annual conference.  She is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry at Drew Theological School focusing on Worship, Preaching and Spirituality.    Lydia also serves as Director of ETEL (Escuela Teologica Evangelica Latina) an alternative training school for Latino candidates for ministry.

Lydia has been involved in leading worship for 20 years in varied and diverse settings, both locally and nationally and has a passion for following the Spirit’s lead in the creation of sacred moments and spaces for emergent communities, where together as a community we can experience the transformative power of God.  Her general rules for worship is that the Church needs to sing what we live and live what we sing!  This is how we learn how to be incarnational in our worship and in our mission and how we become authentic and relevant for a world that wants so desperately to learn a new song.

Lydia lives with her husband the Rev. James McIntire, Esq. and her son William Gabriel Caraballo Muñoz, Lacey McIntire and their two dogs Benny and Ella.

Valosin_headshotEric Valosin

Eric Valosin is a New Jersey based artist and seeker of the techno-sublime. Using light and projection with drawing, painting, and new media, he explores the potentials of mystical experience since postmodernism, in a world whose space is more often cyber than sacred and whose world-views have begun to transcend conventional transcendence.  Straddling the realms of traditional mysticism and postmodern phenomenology, he aims to challenge perceptual expectations and open new territories for contemporary mystical experience.

Valosin holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Drew University and an M.F.A. from Montclair State University.  Hs work has been exhibited throughout the greater New York area and in Europe, including recent shows at Magnan Metz Gallery (NY), The Attleboro Arts Museum (MA), Gallery Aferro (NJ), Howard Gardens Gallery (Wales, UK), FUSE Art Infrastructures (PA), and Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery (NJ).  His work has received various accolades such as an international ArtSlant Showcase award in the category of Installation. Valosin is the author of a recently published monograph entitled “Unknowing the Unknowable: Visual Apophasis and the Techno Sublime.” He teaches at  the Collective Art Tank in Asbury Park, NJ, and has also lectured and taught at Drew University (NJ) and Andover Newton Theological School (MA). He also serves as the Coordinator of Fine Art Education for Gravity Inc., a non-profit which uses art and innovation as a catalyst for community revitalization.

James McintireThe Reverend James F. McIntire, MDiv, JD

The Reverend James F. McIntire is a United Methodist elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with an energy and passion for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the life of worshipping congregations.  For nearly 30 years, he has worked personally and professionally to create inclusive spaces and hearts so that no one is left out of our communities.  Much of the motivation for his ministry dedicated to disability rights and inclusion is a result of having been raised by a father, John, who lost of a leg during WWII and was overwhelmed by the PTSD which followed as well as his daughter, Lindsay’s (age 27), congenital intellectual and physical disabilities.  McIntire who is currently serving Hope UMC in Havertown, PA, near Philadelphia, received his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary (1989) and a JD from Widener University School of Law (1984).  He has three adult children, a teenage stepson, and is married to The Reverend Lydia E. Muñoz.

Cost

  • $150 for the two-day conference
  • Church group registration: $40 per person
  • $35 for one Continuing Education Unit
  • Free for Current Drew Students

Summer Music Institute will also be offered as a credit-bearing class, which includes additional instruction before and after the July 30-31 conference. This is open to non-degree students (Community Fellows) at a reduced tuition rate ($100/credit hour, or $300 for the 3-credit class). If you are not already a Community Fellows student, you can apply here.

Course Details

PSTH 557 – Topics in Church Music: Trans: Worship Across Borders (3 credits)

This course is designed as a practical theology, music & liturgy course focusing on emerging trends in the development of worship. The primary instruction will occur during the two-day Summer Music and Worship Institute, “Trans.” Students will attend all sessions (workshop, plenary, and concerts) of the worship institute, as well as participate in two musical rehearsals on July 29 from 10 am – 2 pm, and August 1, from 10 am – 2 pm. During these rehearsals, students will learn a 45-minute musical describing the life and ministry of Henry Appenzeller, a Drew alumnus and the first Methodist missionary to Korea. This musical will be performed on October 13 during the Tipple-Vosburgh Lectures and Alumni Reunion at a celebration of Appenzeller’s work and the 120 year relationship between Korea and Drew resulting from his mission work. Students are asked to come prepared to offer a brief (2-3 minutes) presentation at the August 1 session, reflecting on their SMI experience.

Course dates/times: July 29 – August 1, 2015

Wednesday, July 29:10 AM – 2 PM; Thursday, July 30: 9 AM – 9 PM; Friday; July 31: 9 AM – 9 PM; Saturday, August 1: 10 AM – 2 PM

*This course is open to non-matriculating (Community Fellows) students.

Accommodations

The Madison Hotel
1 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
1-800-526-0729
$164 for July 29 and July 30
$99 for July 31
Mention “Summer Music Institute”

Best Western Morristown
270 South St.
Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 540-1700
$149 for July 29 and 30
$109 for July 31
Includes complimentary hot and cold breakfast buffet and wireless Internet
Mention “Summer Music Institute”

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