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    November 12, 2019 ~ Carolyn Matthews

    Singing Through the Church Year
    Spring 2020
    RALS – 1727
    1.5 Units

    Tuesdays, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Class begins: February 4
    American Baptist Seminary of the West
    2606 Dwight Way
    Berkeley, CA

    Students will sing and read through the Christian year from Advent to Pentecost making use of the resources in a variety of recent hymnals and hymn collections. Students will also receive an overview of the hymnody of several Christian faith traditions, and interfaith as well.

    Rev. Dr. Nancy Hall is Faculty Emeritus, Associate Professor of Ministry & Congregational Music, at the American Baptist Seminary of the West. She is also the pastor and musician at First Baptist Church of Berkeley. Nancy previously served as editor of The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song, for The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Her book, The New Manual of Worship, was published in 2018 by Judson Press.

    Rev. Dan Damon, Fellow of the Hymn Society (2016), received his MDiv from the Pacific School of Religion and is a widely published writer of hymn texts and tunes. He currently is serving as pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Point Richmond and is Associate Editor of Hymnody for Hope Publishing Company.


    November 11, 2019 ~ Carolyn Matthews

    Need a Creative Outlet?

    Spring 2020 Course
    Thursdays – 2:10 PM – 5:00 PM
    First Class: February 6, 2020
    BSRA 4200 (Advanced Masters)
    BSRA 5200 (Doctoral)
    Professor: LeAnn Snow Flesher, PhD


    This course will focus on two major methodologies: Reception History of biblical texts and their interpretations and Performance Criticism of the Bible. Historically the Bible has been used to support and promote ideological social agendas. The first part of this course will be focused on research and reading historical interpretations of biblical texts related to race and gender relations in the US. Part II of the semester will be focused on Performance Criticism of the Bible, a relatively new methodology, as defined and developed in the Biblical Performance Criticism series published by Cascade Books. Final assignment(s) will include the creation of a performance related to select biblical texts and their interpretations studied throughout the semester. Performances can include: theater, music, poetry, rap, etc. Creativity required. The course is geared toward advanced Master’s, Min, and PhD students.

  • An Authorized Victory

    October 29, 2019 ~ Church.Online

    Watch as Pastor Lucius Dalton uses our own Lori Spears’ book, An Authorized Victory, alongside Psalm 115 to illustrate how to develop trust in the Lord.

  • Public Theology – New Five Course Program

    September 20, 2019 ~ Carolyn Matthews

    The next cohort of the Public Theology Program begins on February 3, 2020
    See below and in our “Weekly Touch.”