Worship That Changes Lives
In the context of secularization, postmodernity, and new approaches to understanding the world and reality, many churches have begun to consider alternative ways of expressing and enacting the mystery and wonder of worship. This volume, the second in the Engaging...
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In the context of secularization, postmodernity, and new approaches to understanding the world and reality, many churches have begun to consider alternative ways of expressing and enacting the mystery and wonder of worship. This volume, the second in the Engaging Worship series (from the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary), provides thoughtful reflections on these developments.
The contributors bring a wide range of cultural, theological, and psychological perspectives to the subject, focusing particularly on the often-overlooked relationship between worship and spiritual transformation. The first section of the book considers historical and theological perspectives on worship and spiritual growth, while the second examines the role of the arts in facilitating that development. The chapters of the final section consider, from several perspectives, the results of studies of spiritual experience in worship (crossing both cultural and denominational boundaries).
This volume makes a unique contribution, at once practical and academic, to the contemporary discussion. The authors offer multifaceted perspectives on the importance of developing worship that encourages spiritual transformation in the community of faith.
Recent years have seen widespread changes in worship, and numerous studies have considered the importance of those changes for the church. This volume offers a balanced and wide-ranging approach that focuses particularly on the relationship between worship and spiritual transformation. This book, the second in the new Engaging Worship series, is divided into three sections. The first considers the connections between worship and spiritual development, the second looks at the role of the arts in the church, and the third examines the results of multidenominational studies of spiritual experience in worship. The contributors offer a unique collection of perspectives, both practical and academic, on contemporary changes in the worship of the church. Professional and academic readers will find this an engaging and enlightening work.
This volume makes a contribution, at once practical and academic, to the contemporary discussion. It offers multifaceted perspectives on the importance of developing worship that encourages spiritual transformation in the community of faith.
Dr. Alexis Abernethy (PhD, University of California at Berkeley) is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. She served on the faculty in the Psychology Division in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center for 12 years.
She recently received a NCI R21 award for the grant, Cultural Factors in Cancer Screening. This study involves a two phased exploration into the cultural factors among African American men that facilitate and impede colorectal and prostate cancer screening. She also received funding from the Templeton Foundation for the project, A Scientific Study of Worship.
She is the editor of a special edition of the journal, Group (2004), on spirituality in group therapy. She is also editor of the book, Worship that Changes Lives, scheduled for publication by Baker Academic.
- Introduction: Spiritual Experience, Worship, And Transformation--alexis D. Abernethy <br>part 1: Theology Of Worship<br>1. Worship As A Locus For Transformation--clayton J. Schmit <br>2. The Cumulative Power Of Transformation In Public Worship: Cultivating Gratitude And Expectancy For The Holy Spirit's Work--john D. Witvliet<br>part 2: Worship And The Arts<br>3. Worship, Dramatic Arts, And The Agogic Moment--todd Farley<br>4. Dance And Transformation: Praising Through Brokenness To Holiness In Worship--asha Ragin, Todd Farley, And Jo-ann Hoye<br>5. Transformation And The Visual Arts: A (protestant) Methodological Inquiry Into Imagery And Worship--william Dyrness<br>6. Rated "r" For Mystery: Worship Lessons Learned From The Movies--robert Johnston<br>7. The Trinity Encounter And All That Jazz: Can Jazz Transform Us Spiritually?--tyson Chung And Charsie Sawyer<br>8. Under The Mango Tree: Worship, Song, And Spiritual Transformation In Africa--roberta R. King<br>part 3: Worship Narratives And Transformation<br>9. Contemporary Perspectives On Worship: Emerging Forms Of Worship In The United States And United Kingdom--ryan K. Bolger<br>10. Transformational Worship In The Life Of A Church--kenneth C. Ulmer<br>11. A Study Of Transformation In Worship: Psychological, Cultural, And Psychophysiological Perspectives--alexis D. Abernethy And Charlotte Van Oyen Witvliet<br>12. The Voice Of The Congregation: Stories Revealing The Process Of Transformation--alexis D. Abernethy<br>13. Worship As Transformed Lives--alvin Dueck<br>14. Call And Response: Authors' Commentary On Lessons Learned From The Congregation--alexis D. Abernethy<br>15. Implications For Theology, Research, And Worship Practice--alexis D. Abernethy<br>index