Principles of Ethno-doxology – WRSP 811

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 10/26/2022

Course Description

An examination of how different cultures practice worship. Students investigate how worship both influences and is influenced by life as lived within a cultural community or specific ethnic group. Application is made to the role of various art forms (i.e. music, dance, drama, video, visuals, storytelling) have in the proclamation of the gospel and celebration of the Eucharist event.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


In increasingly complex cultures, there is a need to understand how people experience worship differently depending on social context. This course moves the student to a global focus exploring multi-cultural issues that students will encounter when engaging with cross-cultural populations globally, equipping them with tools that they will need to engage with music and worship in global contexts. It would also be appropriate for anyone who plans to work in a cross-cultural environment where he/she will encounter local arts.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (5)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 5 Discussions in this course. The student will post one initial thread of at least 250 words. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 150 words. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Heart Song Autobiography Assignment

The student will write a 3-page autobiography in current Turabian format, answering questions about his/her heart music. (MLO: A)

Reading Response Assignments (4)

For each assignment, the student will write a 500-750 word paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the provided topics. Each paper must include at least 4 citations that can include the course textbooks and the Bible. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Pedagogy Project Assignment

The student will develop 2 modules of curriculum for teaching worship cross-culturally. There is no specific word count requirement for this assignment. However, the assignment must contain substantial content to effectively teach a 2-week program. (CLO: A, C, E).

Arts & Scripture Project Assignment

The student will create an art form from a scripture verse connected to his/her personal decision to accept Christ. He/she will then present their creation in a 10-15-minute video along with a critique and brief discussion of their creative process and how they will use it in future ministry opportunities. (CLO: B)

Final Project Assignment

The student will write a plan of engagement for a non-U.S. people group. The paper must be 10-12 pages and include 10-12 citations. (CLO: B, C, D, E).