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Grammy Award Nominee to Lead Two Summer Workshops

EVANSTON, Ill., July 2009 -- Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary's Church and the Black Experience (CBE) offers two workshops in Chicago and Evanston this summer focusing on reviving vital worship in the 21st century church through music and sacred movement.

cynthia-wilsonThe two-part 2009 Summer Music and Worship Seminar is designed for pastors, church musicians, choirs and dancers.

The first workshop will be in Chicago on Saturday, July 25 from 8:30 to 4:30 at Maple Park United Methodist Church, 11705 S. Elizabeth. It will be followed on Aug. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, 1717 Benson Ave., Evanston.

Both workshops will offer three courses: 1) Biblical and Theological Foundations for Choir, Dance, Instrumental Worship Leadership; 2) Community Building within Ministry Units; and 3) Passionate Worship: Performance or Praise?

The workshops will be coordinated by Rev. Cynthia Wilson, preacher, teacher, conductor, Grammy Award nominee and Ph.D. student in liturgical studies at Garrett-Evangelical. Wilson co-directed music and worship at The United Methodist Church 1996 General Conference and directed music and worship at the 2000 General Conference.

Joining Wilson as workshop leaders are LaShawn Gary, a member of the music staff at St. John AME Church in Aurora, Ill.; and Kina Nicholas, who directs dance ministries at Valley Kingdom Ministries International in Holland, Mich.

For more information or to register, please call 847-866-3964 or email

Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology of The United Methodist Church founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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