Liturgy: Celebration and Proclamation

7 January 2021

Liturgy: Celebration and Proclamation

‘Vieren, voorgaan en verkondigen’ (Liturgy: Celebration and Proclamation) is one of three inspiring courses offered (in Dutch) in ETF’s Summer Colloquium, scheduled August 16–21, 2021. This international study week includes lectures, various workshops and times for meeting and reflection, and is open for any academic scholar.

Registration is open until 1 June 2021.

Celebrations take place in all faith communities. For many evangelical/Protestant churches, Sunday morning is a crucial gathering of the believing congregation around the Word.

In this course, you will work step by step methodically towards the goal of presiding over a Sunday service yourself. We assume that you have basic knowledge of liturgy and homiletics at the bachelor level. In addition, at least once prior to the ETF Summer Colloquium, you will have prepared a complete church service for a Protestant church in the Netherlands or Flanders, where you will have presented either the sermon or the meditation. If possible, you will have held this service “in real life” or have received feedback in a small-scale practice setting. In the period prior to the course week, you will use the liturgy and preaching laboratory further to expand your learning experience.

This learning experience will include reading, watching and listening assignments and exercises, complete with feedback from teachers and fellow students.

Material from the service previously prepared will form the basis for the lecture week, in which you will focus on your own learning questions and produce new practice material, which ultimately will form the basis for evaluation.

In addition to an emphasis on the content of liturgy and preaching, we will also focus on performance and spirituality in leading a faith community. The digital context with which many ministers have recently been confronted will also be addressed in the course. The working language of the course is Dutch in light of the supposed preaching context.

1_PThU_AfkortingStudents who want to follow this course as part of a transition to PThU must previously have completed a course in dogmatics, exegesis and practical theology at the master’s level. Note: The curriculum of the PThU is currently being revised. Thus it is not yet clear what possible exemptions this course may offer.

Dr. Ciska Stark is Director of Education and Associate Professor of Practical Theology at PThU  Amsterdam/Groningen.

Dr. Filip De Cavel is an independent researcher and a former external lecturer in homiletics for the ETF Summer Colloquium (DThM Durham University, UK).

ETF’s Summer Colloquium in August 2021 features three inspiring courses which intersect theology, church and society. The two other courses are:

  • Minor Prophets, Major Theologies” by Prof. Dr. Daniel Timmer (Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI, and Faculté de théologie évangélique in Montreal, Canada)
  • Economy, Ethics and Theology” by Prof. Dr. Michael Northcott (Universitas Gadjah Mada Graduate School in Yogyakarta, Indonesië, and ETF Leuven)

Our Summer Colloquium is compulsory for ETF Open University students and open to all interested people with academic qualifications and can serve as additional in-service training for pastors, teachers, and other ministry professionals.

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