LECTURE | When I Survey: The Efficacy of Water in Worship and Other Rituals
April 23, 2019 | 11:10 a.m. | Room 205
The use of water in the ritual of Baptism is recognized as representative of the cleansing that comes with accepting Christ, a preparatory step for those who join the Body of Christ. In many African contexts, libation is a recognized ritual of preparation for many activities in home and community. This lecture looks are the way in both types of ritual are brought together in worship and community rituals in Trinidad.
Rev. Dr. Gennifer Benjamin Brooks is the Director of the Styberg Preaching Institute, the Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Preaching, and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Garrett-Evangelical. She is an ordained elder and full clergy member of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has served local churches in the New York conference in rural, suburban, urban and cross-racial settings. She was the Assistant Dean of New Brunswick Theological Seminary from 1996-2000 and an adjunct professor in the area of Preaching and Worship at New Brunswick Seminary from 2001-2003.
Gennifer holds a Bachelor of Business, cum laude and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University, a Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, and a Doctor of Ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Liturgical Studies from Drew University.
She is the author of Good News Preaching: Offering Good News in Every Sermon (Pilgrim Press, 2009), and Praise the Lord: Litanies, Prayers and Occasional Services (CSS Publications, 1996). She has been a contributor to the following texts: Companion to The Africana Worship Book (Discipleship Resources 2007), Zion Still Sings: For Every Generation (Abingdon Press, 2007), The Africana Worship Book for Year C(Discipleship Resources, 2008),Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection (Judson Press, 2008), Handbook of Methodist Studies (Oxford Press, 2009).
She has also contributed to several publications including Homily Service (The Liturgical Conference), and The African American Pulpit (Generis). She is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, the North American Academy of Liturgy, and the American Academy of Religion.