Worship Arts and Ritual
The core of any religious community is worship – shared experience and expression of the Divine Mystery that moves us all. Through the intentional use of story, song, and silence; with rhythm and flow; corporeally and ethereally; inter- and multi-generationally, we come together as individuals into sacred time and space to be one, if only for a moment.
My musical training provides me with the ability to compose worship services with attention to rhythm and tone, playing with the spaces between sound and silence. My recent ministry as a chaplain with a largely Lutheran and Catholic population has given me the opportunity to re-integrate my Catholic heritage into my own personal spiritual life and into the worship I create. My musical background and these historical traditions serve to ground me in languages that speak to both our non-verbal selves and to the memories of our ancestors that reside within our stories. My twenty-year study of world religions and spiritual traditions has provided me with new ways of thinking about and experiencing the sacred. I have learned to integrate, with respect and acknowledgment, these experiences into the traditional structure of Protestant worship.