Rev. Russ Peterman, Todd Prickett, Lilly Scholars
Jeanne Duke, Congregational Representative
University Christian Church continues to pursue our congregational project to compile and print a supplement to the Chalice Hymnal in order to expand our congregation’s hymnody and provide fresh opportunities for congregational singing. In that process, we have identified a need to further explore the use of expansive/inclusive language as it relates to hymns and choral anthems.
Language is of utmost importance to UCC as seen in both our vision and mission statements… Vision statement: Living the Good News of Jesus Christ with open minds and loving hearts. Mission statement: "University Christian Church is dedicated to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ through deeply spiritual worship, study, and service. Founded on the campus of Texas Christian University and shaped by our academic heritage, University Christian Church encourages a spirit of openness and freedom of thought. We are called to create a loving and caring community for all people, and work together for justice and peace in our world. Recognizing that our spiritual journeys are all different, we strive to be respectful and inclusive concerning each individual's relationship with God."
To that end, UCC plans to host a Panel Discussion on the topic, “Expansive Language: Theological and Musical Implications for Church Music”. Brite Divinity School has agreed to host the event in Bass Conference Center on Saturday, January 12, 2019, from 10:30am-2:00pm.
We propose to enlist a panel of experts to lend their insights into this complex topic. Dr. Mary Louise Bringle, Professor of Religious Studies at Brevard College, has agreed to be our moderator and the lead panelist. Upon approval of funding from the Lilly Foundation, we plan to extend invitations to three additional panelists:
Dr. Eugene Boring, Professor of New Testament Emeritus – Brite Divinity School, TCU
Timothy Binkley, Archivist at Bridwell Library – Perkins School of Theology, SMU
Michelle Grimm, Resource Library Staff at Church Music Institute
Panelists will be asked to consider fundamental questions prior to the event where they will share their views with each other and the audience. At lunch, the audience will have an opportunity to submit written questions for our panelists to address in the afternoon session.
Recognizing that legal matters often come into play, we plan to invite a copyright attorney to present a “stand alone” breakfast session at the beginning of the morning. We anticipate that many local churches would find it valuable.
Jeanne Duke, our congregational representative, was key in helping to identify areas of our hymnal that seem to be lacking, including specific parts of our worship services (i.e. Lord’s Supper) and liturgical seasons (i.e. Advent) that could benefit from additional hymnody.
Further, we would like to capitalize on Dr. Bringle’s expertise in hymn writing. She has offered to host a hymn writing workshop in the late afternoon to any interested parties.
9:00-10:00 Presentation on Music Copyright Law (Free Continental Breakfast served)
10:30-12:00 Panel Discussion: “Expansive Language: Theological and Musical Implications
for Church Music”
12:00-12:30 Lunch Break (Available for purchase - $10)
12:30-2:00 Panel continues by answering audience questions
3:30-5:00 Hymn Writing Workshop with Mary Louise Bringle