Workshops

Worship Workshop: To a More Profound Alleluia – What is worship? Why do we do it? How can we do it with more intentionality and skill? In this 2 to 3 hour workshop we cover basic worship/liturgical theory, connecting worship to mission, shaping ritual and the liturgical year, and the role of music in worship. Highly interactive session intended for clergy and lay leaders, as well as worship committees or liturgical teams.

Review from the 2011 workshop in San Diego:
The Rev. Jason Shelton led members of the First UU Church of SanDiego in an excellent and inspiring series of events the weekend of Feb. 5-6, 2011. His worship workshop “Towards a More Profound Alleluia” both engaged and stimulated us to think more deeply about UU Worship and to see how our mission and values take life in the way we construct and live out worship. I heartily recommend Jason as a workshop leader/clinician/resident guru and suggest inviting him for a residency in your congregation or cluster. (Ken Herman, Director of Music/Organist, First UU San Diego)

Choir Workshop: What We Sing is Who We Are – Totally adaptable format in terms of length and topics, depending on your choir’s needs. I’m available for anything from a single rehearsal to a weekend retreat. We can sing my music or anything else you’d like to work on. Most of the time I’m asked to help choirs work on adapting to different musical styles, rhythms and cultural contexts. I can work with your church choir alone, or choirs from local church clusters or even district/regional gatherings.

Collaborative Worship Ministry: Growing the Minister/Musician Relationship – We often speak of the need for greater collaboration between ministers and musicians, but how might such a relationship actually work? In this workshop we’ll explore the roles of the parish minister and musician, looking honestly at areas of potential conflict between the two as well as celebrating the rich, rewarding partnership that is possible when they engage in a truly shared ministry. Topics covered include: ego and worship leadership; full integration of music into the worship planning process; theological development for church musicians (and the minister’s role in making it happen); and music, worship and anti-racist, multicultural identity. UUMA Chapters are encouraged to invite musicians to attend and participate.

The Civil Rights Era: A Movement with a Soundtrack – This workshop was designed to kickoff the UU Civil Rights Legacy tours of the American South by grounding participants in the songs and sounds of the movement. Through recordings and group singing, participants will engage in deepening their understanding of the cultural, theological and social elements which combined in music that has changed  – and continues to change – the world.