Re-imagining Christian Worship with Guest Scholar

Written by Kristina Alvarado
February 19, 2015

Faculty and students at Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry are committed to learning together. At times that mutual learning happens concurrently around important issues that are facing our time in history. As a part of an important grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the school has been working for three years now on reimagining what it looks like for Christians to worship together in our changing world. Programs and projects have been taking shape?for the next generation of church leaders. The effort centers on the core questions:

  • What does worship look like in the 21st century?
  • How can individuals of varied faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds gather in the same worship space, while retaining authenticity with one's own tradition??
  • What does it mean to deepen in one's own faith tradition of worship and liturgy? ?

As a part of this reimagining effort, the Rev. Dr. Gl?ucia Vasconcelos Wilkey be coming to the school to host conversations on the topic of how worship and culture intersect in our communities and churches. Dr. Vasconcelos Wilkey is well known globally for her work, discovering what it means to worship within cultural contexts, as well as across ethnic, social, and economic divides. Dr. Vasconcelos Wilkey is no stranger to the school, as she taught worship and liturgy from 1999 through 2007?serving as the school?s very first Coordinator of Ecumenical Liturgies. Not only does she bring extensive expertise to the table, but also has direct experience with the unique mission and vision of Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry and its passion to prepare leaders of inclusion and relevance for all people groups and cultures. Eerdmans Publishing has released a newly edited work from Dr. Vasconcelos Wilkey entitled Worship and Culture: Foreign Country or Homeland?. The book features essays, prayers, and hymns by 18 contributors from around the world?all responding to the question of how the life of the church should look in today?s hybrid, multicultural world. She will host special conversations on the topic with faculty, staff, students, church partners, and friends of the school. Current students will also worship with her as special guest and speaker for the school?s regularly scheduled afternoon worship, with a reception following.

Join us for three special events, detailed below.

More About Dr. Gl?ucia Vasconcelos Wilkey
Rev. Dr. Gl?ucia Vasconcelos Wilkey is a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who lives in Georgetown, Texas. A native from Brazil, she is currently a member of Mission Presbytery. She taught at theological schools both in Brazil and the United States, including here at Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry. Dr. Vasconcelos-Wilkey has countless essays and articles published in various journals and volumes on liturgy, e.g., Call to Worship: ?Liturgy, Music, Preaching, and the Arts, (formerly Reformed Liturgy & Music); ?Ordo: Bath, Word and Table: a Festschrift for Gordon Lathrop; an essay in Spanish, for the website of CLAI, on liturgy in Latin-American context; in Portuguese for the Brazilian Journal of the Lutheran Church in Brazil, ?TEAR,? a journal of Worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil, and so on. ?Her doctoral research had to do with the role that hymns play in faith formation and in a congregation?s theological identity. (Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary). Currently Gl?ucia is a member of the editorial board of Studia Liturgica, the journal of Societas Liturgica, an international and ecumenical academy of liturgical theologians; of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL); a founding member of the Association for Reformed & Liturgical Worship, and is a contributing member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, in its journal, ?Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching, and the Arts. She is part of CLAI/CETELA, a Latin-American association of theologians. An expert in her field, Dr. Vasconcelos Wilkey has graduate degrees in Theology (Brazil and USA), Education (Brazil), Music (Brazil and USA), and is published in three countries.

Please RSVP to Dr. Mark Taylor via

Presentation, Discussion, and Lunch
Thursday, February 26, 2015 ?| ?12:00-1:20pm
Hunthausen Hall 100

Afternoon Worship planned and led by the school?s Presbyterian students and their liturgical chaplain Rev. Julie Kae Sigars, with The Rev. Dr. Vasconcelos Wilkey preaching

Thursday, February 26, 2015 ?| ?4:45-5:30pm
Ecumenical Chapel at Campion Hall
*followed by a Reception and Conversation in Chardin Hall 142 from 5:30-7:00pm.

Workshop and Lunch
Friday, February 27, 2015 ?| ?12:00-3:00pm
Casey Commons, fifth floor of the Casey Building.

About the Worship & Liturgy Initiative, funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
In 2012, Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry received a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, one of the most selective foundations in the nation. The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are focused on institutional excellence--evaluating schools in terms of the quality of their educational process, particularly how they are preparing their students for ministry. Worship and liturgy was chosen as the main focal point of the grant with the understanding that in a place like the School of Theology and Ministry, liturgy is more complex?particularly more than in a denominational seminary?because there are not only different styles of worship but different theology. Dr. Mark Lloyd Taylor, the school?s director of Worship and Liturgy and professor, is the grant?s project manager.?


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