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Worship and arts expert Troy Messenger to lead Seminary worship services

Apr 13, 2009
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will welcome Dr. Troy Messenger, Director and Visiting Assistant Professor of Worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York, who will lead two special services this week in the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel, April 16 and 17. Both services will be held at 10 a.m. on the Seminary campus, and the public is invited to attend.

Exploring the topic of “Worshiping God in a Seminary Community,” Messenger has been invited to lead worship as a part of Louisville Seminary’s chapel revitalization project, funded in part by a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Grand Rapids, Mich., with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant, under the leadership of Louisville Seminary Professor Claudio Carvalhaes, is helping the Seminary renew its commitment to worship and utilize its chapel in more expanded and diverse ways.

Messenger has worked with communities of faith for over three decades to explore the dimensions of sound, word, movement, and image in worship. Ordained as a Baptist, he has intentionally worked across denominational boundaries with a variety of Christian and Jewish congregations. His work on large ecumenical services has included the Christian Peace Witness at the National Cathedral and the Dalai Lama's Peace Council at New York’s Riverside Church.

Since joining the Union Seminary faculty in 1995, Messenger has overseen a daily chapel program that spans the full diversity of Union Seminary’s students and addresses some of the most pressing needs of the world. He earned degrees at the University of Miami (BM oboe performance); Yale Divinity School's Institute of Sacred Music (MAR and M.Div.); and New York University (Ph.D. in Performance Studies). His interests include emerging rituals and liturgical media, and as an accomplished oboist, he performs regularly with a variety of chamber groups throughout the metropolitan New York City area.

Messenger is the author of Holy Leisure: Recreation and Religion in God's Square Mile (University of Minnesota Press, 1999; Temple University Press, 2001); "These Stones Shall Be God's House: Tools for Earth Liturgy," in Earth Habitat (Fortress, 2001); "Ritual and Tourism," in the Encyclopedia of Religion and American Cultures (ABC CLIO, 2003); "Shrove Tuesday Transfiguration DJ Chapel," in Liturgy (January 2008); and "Performing Media" in Liturgy (May 2008). He also is a contributor to "Lesson and the Arts" for Lectionary Homiletics.

To learn more about the Worship Resource Center at Louisville Seminary, email chapel@lpts.edu.

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