Symposium on Global Worship in Scholarship and Practice

Worship and the Arts in Global Engagement

Join us as we explore the various expressions of worship in the arts at Liberty University's School of Music. All are welcome to attend this free symposium.

We will be studying the various expressions of the arts in worship within different contexts all around the world by bringing together scholarly and practical perspectives from: 

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Global studies
  • Worship studies
  • Music theory
  • Music education
  • Songwriting
  • Performance
  • Studio and digital art
  • Cinema arts and film scoring
  • Dance
  • Theater
  • Communications
  • Languages
  • Literatures

Why Global Worship?

Nothing is more globally central to the Christian lifestyle than worship. Worship is a mindset, a calling, and a practice. The worship arts express our hearts to God but also play a vital role in Christian contexts to inspire, to teach, to disciple, to negotiate social identity, and to reach out to unbelievers. Though worship is embodied differently in Christian communities throughout the world it also acts as a common denominator, unifying believers in a shared focus and missional purpose.


About the Conference

Our theme is Worship and the Arts in Global EngagementGlobal engagement is inclusive of studies from all areas of the world, including domestic, diasporic, or multi-cultural contexts. Admission is free for the Liberty Symposium on Global Worship in Scholarship and Practice. Please complete our Registration Form to RSVP. All of the events will take place in the new Liberty School of Music Concert Hall as we worship together, talk together, and explore the skills and ideas behind cross-cultural worship contextualization and missional living as people who love the arts.


Plenary Speakers

Dr. Katherine Morehouse

Dr. Katherine Morehouse
Professor of Ethnomusicology and Chair of Multi-Ethnic Music Studies, Liberty University School of Music

Dr. Vernon Whaley

Dr. Vernon Whaley
Dean and Professor of Music & Worship, Liberty University School of Music

Dr. John Benham

Dr. John Benham
Online Professor of Ethnomusicology, Liberty University School of Music and Founder of Music in World Cultures

Dr. Roberta King

Dr. Roberta King
Associate Professor of Communication and Ethnomusicology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Dr. George McDow

Dr. George McDow
Vice-President, GCoMM Executive Board and Adjunct Professor of Ethnomusicology, Liberty University

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