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Jorge Lockward to lead two-day event on “Worshiping God in a Seminary”

Nov 08, 2008
United Methodist minister Jorge Lockward will be a guest preacher and speaker at a Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary event that is exploring the relationship between worship and various issues in the world today. Lockward, a nationally recognized worship leader, will focus on the topic of "Worshiping God in a Seminary,” November 13 and 14 on the Seminary campus.

“With this event we hope to continue our effort to reflect, learn, and expand our international and inter-racial possibilities to worship God in an ecumenical community,” said Dr. Claudio Carvalhaes, who is coordinating the conference, which has been funded by a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

Carvalhaes, who also serves as Assistant Professor of Worship and Preaching, says the conference, which is being held in conjunction with a sermon series extended over two academic semesters, is intended to help seminarians explore the educational, liturgical, and theological dimensions of the Christian faith through an enhanced worship life on campus.

“Our desire is to explore how we–students, faculty, and staff—can learn how to worship God better and in more diverse ways,” said Carvalhaes.

Jorge Lockward was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. He currently lives in New York City, where he works as Coordinator of the Global Praise Program of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church and lectures on worship at Union Theological Seminary. Lockward served on the committee that coordinated the Spanish United Methodist Hymnal, Mil Voces para Celebrar, and he has served as consultant for other denominational hymnals. He is the editor of Regocíjate y Canta (1995), a collection of Latino worship choruses, and Tenemos Esperanza (2001) a trilingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English) songbook and recording; assistant editor of Global Praise 3: More Songs for Worship and Witness (2004); and co-editor of For Everyone Born: Global Songs for an Emerging Church (2008).

Lockward has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, (1999-2002), the Consulting Board for Reformed Worship Magazine & Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (1999-2002), and the Board of Directors of Choristers Guild (1999-2002). As a song leader and workshop leader, he models a passion is for the ways in which congregational song both reflects and shapes the theology and praxis of the assembled community. Presently, he is the Minister of Worship for a new United Methodist Church development in Northwest Bronx and leads the New York-based ecumenical chorale, Cántico Nuevo.

The Seminary event, "Worshiping God in a Seminary," will be held at Louisville Seminary, November 13-14, 2008, free of charge. Lunch on Friday may be purchased in the cafeteria.

Thursday, November 13, 10:10 a.m. - Worship, Caldwell Chapel
Thursday, November 13, 7-8 p.m. - Community Sing Along, Caldwell Chapel
Friday, November 14, 10 a.m. - Worship, Caldwell Chapel
Friday, November 14, 12:30 p.m. - Lunch Discussion, Winn Center McAtee A&B

For more information about this sermon series program, please contact Josh Robinson (chapel@lpts.edu) 502.992.9337.

Louisville Seminary was awarded a $20,000 Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc., to help the Seminary renew its commitment to worship and utilize Caldwell Chapel in more expanded and diverse ways. Claudio Carvalhaes is directing the grant project, working with a student chapel coordinator and several students, who serve as part of the Chapel Ministers’ Team.

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