Winter Eliot 2018-2019: "What We Sing is Who We Are" with Rev. Jason Shelton

Friday, December 28, 2018 at 02:30 PM
Tuesday, January 01, 2019 at 12:00 PM

What We Sing is Who We Are

Vibrant congregational singing is a sure sign of a healthy, thriving church. Why? Because congregations that sing with vitality are congregations that know who and why they are. Revitalizing congregational singing is one of the best growth strategies available, and it’s easier to do than you might think! In this workshop we’ll:

  • reflect on the impact music has had on our lives and on our faith formation
  • explore the rich and varied songs in our Living Tradition, flesh out their historical and theological context
  • consider ways to add “spice and flavor” to the congregational music experience through instrumentation and rhythmic variation
  • engage in questions of diversity, authenticity, and mission
  • find new courage and fresh vision to make the tried and true come alive in unexpected ways
  • discover resources for singing the joyful resistance to our troubled times

The Rev. Jason Shelton served as Associate Minister for Music at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville from 1998-2017, and is now pursuing a freelance UU music ministry in the broader world. In addition to his work as a composer, he is an active choral conductor and worship leader, and an advocate for using music as a means of creating community in multi-faith, multi-cultural environments. Formerly a Franciscan brother, Jason received an MDiv from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2003 and was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2004.