Worship leadership seminar to focus on West Africa

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University’s worship leadership program will offer a free seminar titled “Worship in cross-cultural contexts: Learning from a few West African moments” at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 in room 150 of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Doug Anthony, ethnomusicologist worship pastor, will present.

The negotiation of meaning and values is an ongoing process in every cultural group. Participants will discover tools for creating a cultural analysis or ethnology of their own ministry setting as Doug Anthony examines some musical expressions and experiences among West African churches. Material will include audio, video and anecdotal examples from studies and teaching in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Doug Anthony uses his gifts of leadership and musicianship to help the people of Shawnee Alliance Church in Lima, Ohio, use the arts to create an environment where people will experience God and express their faith and love for God and each other. His ministry is largely carried out through capable lay leaders. Equipping and nurturing leaders are some of his greatest priorities. Anthony’s ministry has extended beyond Shawnee Alliance to include leadership in several events involving many of the churches in the Lima area. He also trains leaders both locally and in other countries how to facilitate worship and to better understand the music and worship languages of their people.

Anthony received his bachelor’s degree in music from Nyack College in Nyack, N.Y. He is an alumnus of Alliance Theological Seminary (also Nyack, N.Y.), an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and holds a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University to better prepare him for equipping worship leaders in other parts of the world.

Anthony has been blessed with an extraordinary family who have traveled and taught with him on occasion. He receives great assistance from his wife Mary Lu (also holds a Bachelor of Arts in music) and great enjoyment from his three sons, Taylor (16), Kyle (13) and Eric (9).

For more information about worship leadership seminars, contact Bob Meyers, assistant professor of worship leadership, at (260) 359-4319 or bmyers@huntington.edu. These seminars are open to the university community and the general public. They are intended to enhance the worship leadership curriculum and offer practical service to local churches. For a complete schedule of the 2006-2007 seminars, log on to www.huntington.edu/worship/seminars.htm.
 Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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