African American Christian Worship

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In this update to her 1993 classic, African American Christian Worship, Melva Wilson Costen, again delights her reader with a lively history and theology of the African American worship experience. Drawing upon careful scholarship and engaging stories, Dr. Costen details the global impact on African American worship by media, technology, and new musical styles. She expands her discussion of ritual practices in African communities and clarifies some of the ritual ...

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African American Christian Worship: 2nd Edition

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In this update to her 1993 classic, African American Christian Worship, Melva Wilson Costen, again delights her reader with a lively history and theology of the African American worship experience. Drawing upon careful scholarship and engaging stories, Dr. Costen details the global impact on African American worship by media, technology, and new musical styles. She expands her discussion of ritual practices in African communities and clarifies some of the ritual use of music in worship. In keeping with recent congregational practices, Dr. Costen will also provide general orders of worship suitable for a variety of denominational settings.

Pastors and congregations are seeking "liturgical renewal"--ways to enourage wholeness, freedom, and spontaneity in worship while remaining faithful to the gospel. In this book, Melva Wilson Costen demonstrates how the characteristics of traditional African American worship can enrich the worship experience.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780687009312
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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Melva W. Costen, a native of South Carolina, retired as Helmar Emil Nielsen Professor of Worship and Music, choral director, and chair of the church music degree program at Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She subsequently became the Visiting Professor of Liturgical Studies at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. She remains active in the Civil Rights Movement and as a teacher and consultant in area of church music, liturgy, and curriculum development.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Preface: A Call to Worship 11
Ch. 1 A Theology of African American Worship 13
Ch. 2 The African Religious Heritage 25
Ch. 3 Worship in the Invisible Institution 36
Ch. 4 Praise House Worship 50
Ch. 5 Rituals, Sacraments, and Ordinances 56
Ch. 6 Origins and Practices of African American Denominations and Congregations 77
Ch. 7 How Music, Preaching, and Prayer Shape Contemporary African American Worship 91
Ch. 8 Worship as Empowerment 118
Appendix 142
Notes 144
Index 159
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