Contributors

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Whose writing will you find on Worship Words?

In alphabetical order…

photo by Hugh Abel

Hugh is an avid photographer.  Many of his photographs appear throughout Worship Words.

Blair-Merryl-124x150Rev Dr Merryl Blair is Senior Lecturer of Old Testament at Stirling Theological College, Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia and Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia.  Merryl writes liturgy primarily arising from her reading of the Old Testament.

 

“I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, moved to Winfield, Kansas for college at Southwestern College, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy in 2009. I began seminary at Phillips Theological Seminary in 2010 and will graduate with my Master of Divinity in May 2016. I live in Lakewood, Colorado with my wife and 2 dogs, cat, and cockatiel. I work as an Independent Life Skills Trainer, helping brain injury survivors regain skills for independent living.”

photo by Hugh Abel

Fiona serves as an Elder at Salisbury United Reformed Church.

Revd Thandiwe Cairn Christian Church

Thandiwe  serves in ministry at Cairn Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Lafayette, Colorado

Many of the photos on Worship Words are through the discerning lens of Thandiwe’s camera.

 

Visit Steve’s blog, Unfolding Light, “a daily reflection rooted in a contemplative, Creation-centered spirituality, often inspired by my daily walk in the woods.”  The items included in Worship Words are re-printed with permission from the author.

Steve describes himself on his blog:  “I’m a United Methodist pastor in Massachusetts. I’ve served churches for 37 years, mostly in Montana and New Hampshire. I’ve also lived in South Dakota, California, Washington and Minnesota. I have a wife, Beth, and three grown sons whom I love dearly. I often lead retreats on prayer, poetry and renewing our language about God. I used to write and perform with the Montana Logging & Ballet Company, a quartet that did music and comedy around the country…”

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Ana baptism 5Writer and minister in the United Reformed Church in Great Britain who cares about words and loves children, worship and baptisms!  Ana established and edits Worship Words.

Ana, with her husband Tod, serves a pastorate of three United Reformed Church congregations in the United Kingdom. From 2010 – 2015 they served St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in London UK.

Their years of service in Global Ministries (Christian Church-Disciples of Christ USA and United Church of Christ USA) have taken them to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia.

Ana’s most recent posts:

Alphabetical listing of Ana’s worship material:

Tod, with his wife, Ana, serves a pastorate of three United Reformed Church congregations in the UK. From 2010 – 2015 they served a URC congregation in southeast London UK.

Their years of service in Global Ministries (Christian Church-Disciples of Christ USA and United Church of Christ USA) have taken them to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia.

I’m a nurse specializing in care of the elderly in an acute hospital setting. I live in Oxford, in the UK, with my wife and two rescue dogs, and am a member and elder at Cumnor URC (a small village church just outside Oxford). I enjoy art, printmaking, writing and walks in fields and forests with our two lovely dogs. I’m also currently going through the candidating process for Ministry of Word and Sacraments in the United Reformed Church.

 

Pastor, husband, father, runner, reader, thinker. I’m a former independent, fundamental Baptist who stumbled into ‘liberal’ Christianity, ordained by the Disciples of Christ and proudly serving a United Church of Christ congregation.

Loren’s statement of faith, ‘What I do and do not believe,’ is included in the Worship Words Longest Night Service resources.

“I am a retired United Methodist clergy person serving half-time at the Lattimer United Methodist Church in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, USA. I have represented my Annual Conference at various ecumenical and interfaith gathering. My wife, Anne, and I live with four cats.”

lynne-robertsLynne, a member of the Churches of Christ in Australia, has been writing prayers and liturgy for many years. Formerly both a primary school teacher and a professional musician, Lynne had to give up work for health reasons.  She now assists theological students with proof-reading, concentrating mainly on students whose first language is not English.  Her passions are reading, music, art, photography and social justice.

‘Chris was born in the rural county of Norfolk, England in 1948, where he has lived and worked for much of his life. Most of his working career has been spent in the agricultural industry. His love of nature, the countryside and the time spent within the agricultural industry is very much reflected in much of his writing.’ His work is also posted on Silent Flight Publications.

George Stuart, AustraliaBorn in Victoria, Australia, George Stuart lives with his wife, Wendy, in Toronto, New South Wales, Australia.  He received his Bachelor of Divinity at Melbourne University’s Ormond College.  His career has been varied, beginning as an Industrial Chemist, then as a Church Youth Worker and as a clergy person in the Presbyterian and Uniting Churches.  Subsequently he worked as a Personnel Officer/Manager, concluding his employment as a Rehabilitation Consultant.  Hea and his wife are blessed with four lovely daughters, their partners and six delightful grandchildren.  He has drunk deeply from life’s love and beauty.

George Stuart has written singable hymns with grounded, authentic and original lyrics set to traditional and familiar tunes. His “Singing a New Song” series includes 4 general volumes of new lyrics and 3 volumes (1 for each year) of new lyrics based on the Gospel readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. Indexes help one easily find tunes, titles, first lines and gospel passages used in 280 of the lyrics (George’s favourites). If you have the time to browse through the electronic versions of the books themselves, there are many more lyrics not listed in the indexes.  The full musical scores are included beside the lyrics except when there are copyright law restrictions.

Thanks to George’s generosity, all of the lyrics published on his website are free of any copyright restrictions and limitations and thus are all available for your use.

George is happy to be contacted directly at george.stuart@exemail.com.au.

Bronwyn’s writing celebrates spirit and faith in postmodern, post-christian life: 21st Century words for evolving understanding. She draws on the Judeo-Christian tradition of her upbringing and her progressive Christian faith communities— real and online.

Bronwyn lives on the Kāpiti Coast in Aotearoa New Zealand, where Christmas comes at summertime: a festive season where pōhutukawa and rata are in bloom, friends gather around barbecues or picnic at the beach on Christmas Day, and many people travel to catch up with family or enjoy school holidays. On this small group of islands in the Southern Hemisphere, the rich culture of indigenous Māori people and the introduced religions of settlers and colonists, along with migrants from the Pacific, Asia and Europe, blend into a unique mix of creative, spiritual art forms: music, writing, paintings, sculpture and other creative work.

Bronwyn identifies as a cultural and evolving christian (lower case) but is part of a vibrant Progressive Christian faith community because she believes change—theological and on issues of social justice and equity—needs to come from within the Church. Bronwyn loves liturgy, “the work of the people”—writing, presenting and being a part of it so long as the theology is inclusive, progressive and contemporary. Her philosophy is, “Living with faith, not belief”.

Bronwyn has written two liturgical books, and is preparing a third for publication. You can buy You who delight me and Something new to say via her website Spirit & Faith or from Philip Garside Publishing.

Consider submitting a prayer, poem, liturgy, song or photo to Worship Words.  Submit your ideas here.

All of us who write for worship are part of ‘the modern liturgical movement” which is usually considered to stretch from 1600 to 2000 particularly in North America and Europe.  Let’s extend that movement into the 21st century and around the globe!

 Accept the invitation to both write and network liturgical and worship resources nestled in your files and tucked away in books.   By sharing what we have written, we can share the power of worship!

If you would like to submit a written item or photo, please click here to read the Submission Guidelines. 

Writing worship words full of authenticity and power? Consider submitting them to Worship Words.


Consider the themes in Worship Words and submit photos we can share to enhance the words on the page/screen.


Writing lyrics that speak from your heart? Consider submitting them…


Consider submitting your words of beauty, struggle and truth.


Consider submitting your prayer words and conversations.

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