Town Hall Forums
In partnership with the Office of Theology and Worship and the Call To Worship Journal
Each Town Hall Forum has a guest panelist who will present on a particular topic related to worship, music, church life, or a topic of cultural relevance. Many Town Hall panelists have been recent contributors to Call to Worship and will expand upon their written article. Town Halls are a place to be curious, ask questions, and learn something new. Our hope is that they will be a valuable resource for individuals and groups alike.
All Town Hall Forums are free and open to the public.
Upcoming Town Hall Forums
2023 Town Hall Forums
May 4, 2023 1:00-2:00pm (Eastern)
Sally Ann McKinsey and Phillip Morgan
Join Sally Ann McKinsey and Phillip Morgan as they discuss the newest volume of the Call to Worship: Lectionary Aids. New features, highlights, and practical ideas for implementation in any congregation.
Previous Town Hall Forums
Art, Music, and Sacrament
Ann Laird Jones and Meg Flannagan | February 2, 2023
Join us as authors of articles found in the Eucharist Call To Worship 56.3 discuss Art, Music, and Sacrament. The Rev. Dr. Ann Laird Jones' article "Art and the Lord's Supper: Choreography of Grace and Table" joined with the article by Rev. Mary Margaret Flannagan "On Music: Singing Our Way to the Table" will call us towards envisioning a crowded table as through the arts we yearn to feel God's presence with us. Moderated by David Gambrell.
Access the presentation PowerPoint here.
God's Expansive Table: children & youth in the work of the people
Loli Reiter and Karen Ware Jackson | January 5, 2023
Join Loli Reiter and Karen Ware Jackson for this conversation about youth and children's perspective on worship and liturgy. Hosted by Sally Ann McKinsey.
This Creek is the Baptismal River: Baptism as Immersion into Reality
Lisa Dahill | November 3, 2022
Lisa Dahill discusses her articles in the Call To Worship Journal 56.2 "This Creek is the Baptismal River: Baptism as Immersion into Reality." Hosted by David Gambrell.
The Rev. Dr. Lisa E. Dahill is the Miriam Therese Winter Professor of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace, Hartford, Connecticut.
Singing Around the Font
David Bjorlin | October 6, 2022
David Bjorlin expounds on his article in the Call To Worship Journal 56.2 "Singing Around the Font." Hosted by Kaitlin Davros and Phillip Morgan.
David is a teaching fellow in music and worship at North Park University, the pastor of worship and creative arts at Resurrection Covenant Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a hymnwriter.
How Much Paper Does a Congregation Need?
Paul Vasile | February 3, 2022
Paul Vasile discusses his Call To Worship article "How Much Paper Does a Congregation Need?" in a conversation with Michael Waschevski. Read Paul's article in Call To Worship 55.3.
Paul Vasile is a church musician, consultant, composer, and teacher who finds his greatest joy in collaborative and community-centered ministry.
Militant Masculinity in Contemporary Worship Music
TJ Shirley | January 13, 2022
TJ Shirley discusses his Call To Worship article "Militant Masculinity in Contemporary Worship Music" in a conversation with Joshua Taylor. Read TJ's article in Call To Worship 55.3.
TJ Shirley is the Assistant Pastor of Music and Communications at First United Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount, NC.
Why Baptism Matters for the Work of Dismantling Racism
Claudia Aguilar Rubalcava | September 8, 2022
Claudia Aguilar Rubalcava discusses her article in the Call To Worship Journal "Why Baptism Matters for the Work of Dismantling Racism." Hosted by Sally Ann McKinsey, Call To Worship Journal Editor. Read the article in Call To Worship 56.2.
Claudia Aguilar Rubalcava has served in a variety of ministry contexts over the last 20 years.
Confessing Church: Why Do We Keep Doing These Prayers of Confession?
Dr. Martha Moore-Keish | May 12, 2022
Dr. Martha Moore-Keish discusses her article in the Call To Worship Journal "Confessing Church: Why Do We Keep Doing These Prayers of Confession" Hosted by Rev. Dr. David Gambrell. Read the article in Call To Worship 55.4.
Dr. Martha Moore-Keish is the J.B. Green Professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Her research interests include Reformed theology, liturgical theology (esp. the theology and practice of the sacraments), and feminist theology.
Reconciliation and Song: Being God's Message to the World
Dr. Lim Swee Hong | March 3, 2022
Lim Swee Hong discusses his article in the Call To Worship Journal "Reconciliation and Song: Being God's Message to the World." Hosted by Kimberly Bracken Long. Read Swee Hong's article in Call To Worship 55.4.
Dr. Lim Swee Hong is the Deer Park Associate Professor of Sacred Music and the Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto.
Dismantling Racism Begins With Worship
Phillip Morgan | November 11, 2021
Phillip Morgan expands on his Call To Worship article "Dismantling Racism Begins with Worship" in a conversation with Call To Worship editor, Kimberly Bracken Long. Read Phillip's article in Call To Worship 55.2.
Phillip Morgan is the Director of Music at Central Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY.
Introducing the 55.1 Call To Worship Lectionary Aids for Year C
Rev. Dr. Kimberly Bracken Long & Rev. Kimber-lee Adams | June 3, 2021
Rev. Dr. Long and Rev. Adams introduce the 55.1 Call To Worship Lectionary Aids and Journal, including new features!
Rev. Dr. Kimberly Bracken Long is the Editor of the Call To Worship Journal. Rev. Kimber-lee Adams is the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso, IN.
Links to Resources
Beyond Worship: Musical Resources for the Matthew 25 Congregation
Reclaiming Daily Prayer as Part of Faith Formation
Singing the Faith to Our Children
Using Music as the Basis of Faith Formation
Why Do Worship Education With Your Congregation?
Incorporating Hymns, Psalms, and Song Paraphrases in Adult Faith Formation
From PAM: Considerations for Hybrid Worship
Created by PAM's First Call Pastors' Community
Announcement from ONELicense about their podcast/streaming license.
How to report Choral/Instrumental titles on your Podcast Streaming License
From JDSUPRA: Copyright Issues with Livestreaming Worship Services
Information on using the Glory to God Hymnal and the 1990 "Blue Hymnal" during digital worship services can be found here.
Updated Advisory Opinion from the PC(USA) related to celebration of Communion
Information from Handbell Industry Council
Hymns and Songs from the Heart of the Black Church
Rev. Carlton D. Johnson | October 7, 2021
Rev. Carlton D. Johnson speaks about hymns and songs of the Black church in a conversation with Mark Kemp, PAM President-Elect. Read Rev. Johnson's article "Stretching Out: Hymn Interpretation in the Black Church" in Call To Worship 55.2.
Rev. Carlton D. Johnson is the Coordinator for Vital Congregations at the Presbyterian Mission Agency in Louisville, KY.
Gathering and Sending: Perspectives on Disjointed Worship During a Pandemic
Rev. Kendra Buckwalter Smith & Rev. Allie Utley | April 8, 2021
Rev. Buckwalter Smith & Rev. Utley discuss the challenges and triumphs of worship during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read "On Liturgy: Communal Suffering and Words for a Border Crossing" by Rev. Kendra Buckwalter Smith and "Worship in a Pandemic" by Rev. Allie Utley in Call To Worship 54.4.
Rev. Kendra Buckwalter Smith is the Director of the Worship Program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Rev. Allie Utley is Interim Chaplain at the Graduate School of Theology at the University of the Redlands in San Francisco, CA.
Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Place of the Black National Anthem in the Church
Dr. Tony McNeill | September 2, 2021
Dr. Tony McNeill speaks about "Lift Every Voice and Sing" in a conversation with PAM Board Member Karrie Rushing. Read Dr. McNeill's article "Lift Every Voice and Sing: Forming Congregations for Justice" in Call To Worship 55.2.
Dr. Tony McNeill is the Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Clinton College in Fort Hill, SC.