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Theological Reflection And Critical Dialogue On The Practice Of Worship In The 21st Century

Saturday, November 16, 2013

9:00 AM


The Black Church Music Ministry Project (BCMMP), in conjunction with presenting sponsor, Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS),  invites greater Boston area pastors, ministers, scholars, seminarians, music ministry leaders, musicians, choir directors, vocalists and laypersons to engage in THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION AND CRITICAL DIALOGUE ON THE PRACTICE OF WORSHIP IN THE 21st CENTURY.  The half-day symposium will take place on the campus of Andover Newton Theological School (210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, Mass. 02459) on Saturday,  Nov. 16, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Admission for this event is $25 and group rates are available.  A special rate for current Andover Newton students is also available and the BCMMP has created special scholarships for students whose current financial strain would prohibit their attendance. For more info on ANTS rates and scholarships, please contact Adam Hearlson,  Director of Wilson Chapel:

With ANTS, BCMMP is convening the symposium both as part of its commitment to serving, nurturing and developing spiritual leaders within music ministry and to aid as a catalyst for worship renewal in our local and area churches. Participants are invited to register online here.

"It is time for us to have open and honest conversation about the current state of worship in our churches.  It is time to reflect on what has worked, to share what is working and to assure that the theology that is presented through expressive arts ministries is in alignment to the theology that is preached," explained BCMMP president and founder Rev. Emmett G. Price III, Ph.D. and Associate Professor of Music, Northeastern University.

"Andover Newton Theological School has long been committed to forming imaginative and able worship leaders," added Rev. Dr. Adam Hearlson, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Director of Wilson Chapel. "It is our pleasure to partner with BCMMP and support their valuable mission of training worship leaders in the greater Boston area."

The confirmed keynote for the session is visionary Dr. Ouida Harding, an ordained "Minister of Music for Worship" and founder of Ouida W. Harding Ministries, "a training consortium for persons who dare to rethink the possible by setting standards in music ministry leadership for the 21st century and beyond." 

Following the keynote, Critical Dialogue sessions will be facilitated by Rev. James E. Dove (Pastor, Congdon Street Baptist Church, Providence); Dr. Dennis Slaughter (Founder & Artistic Director, Boston Community Choir and Artistic Director, Boston Pops Gospel Choir); and Sis. Patricia Dance (Director of Liturgical Arts, St. Paul AME Church, Cambridge).  Each will challenge participants to examine, ponder and discuss how we do what we do with the sole goal of initiating conversations that can be taken back to local congregations to aid in worship renewal. 

This symposium is one of two slated for the 2013-2014 season.  The second, to be held in the spring, will focus on "best practice trainings" in a number of areas relative to music ministry.

For event updates and additional details, please visit:

About the Black Church Music Ministry Project:BCMMP is an ecumenical, intergenerational organization founded on Biblical principles for the purpose of serving, nurturing and developing spiritual leaders within music ministry through research, the publication of resources, and hosting leadership training via forums, workshops and conferences.

imageAbout Rev. Emmett G. Price, Ph.D.:
Emmett G. Price III is an associate professor of music at Northeastern University where he also served as chair of the Department of African American Studies from 2008-2012. During Spring 2013, he was a visiting professor of Africana Studies/Music and Society at Berklee College of Music. An ordained minister, Dr. Price serves as Founding Pastor of Community of Love Christian Fellowship (Allston, MA). A nationally recognized expert on the music of the Black Church, Christian Worship and leadership in music ministry, he is the president and founder of the Black Church Music Ministry Project (BCMMP), an organization launched in 2006 to "serve, nurture and develop spiritual leaders in music ministry." He is also the editor of The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide (Scarecrow Press, 2012). Visit his website at

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