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

September 8, 2022

"Why Baptism Matters for the Work of Dismantling Racism"

Claudia Aguilar Rubalcava

October 6, 2022

David Bjorlin

"Singing Around the Font"

November 3, 2022

Lisa Dahill

"Baptism, Clean Water, Equal Access"

2022 Town Hall Forums

Previous Town Hall Forums

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Confessing Church: Why Do We Keep Doing These Prayers of Confession?
Dr. Martha Moore-Keish | May 12, 2022

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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.

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.

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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.