Local Church to Participate in Yale ISM Congregations Project


Druid Hills UMC's bulletin from its Passion Week presentation. Artwork by Steve Spetseris.

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music is pleased to announce that Druid Hills United Methodist Church is among seven congregations from all over North America selected to attend the ISM Congregations Project Summer Seminar in June, 2015. Each congregation is working on a project related to the theme From Generation to Generation.

For the seminar, leadership teams from the congregations gather with ISM and guest faculty on the Yale campus for five days to form a diverse ecumenical community of ministers, musicians, scholars, and other church leaders. The curriculum is shaped by the theme and designed to support the congregations’ individual projects, which build on their particular strengths in worship, music, and the arts; to expand their capacity to serve the surrounding community; and to nurture ecumenical partnerships.

Druid Hills UMC in Atlanta strives to be a congregation that embodies God's radical love and radical hospitality, proclaiming Jesus as Savior and as the model of the ultimate embodiment of God’s love. Central to their call is to "make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." Located at the confluence of four dynamic and creative intown Atlanta communities, the church seeks to respond and serve its neighbors.

At the Yale seminar, the church will work on their project, called One Helluva Week, which weeks to explore the Passion Week story through the eyes of Mary Magdalene and the Disciples. Set in five vignettes reflecting Kübler-Ross’ five stages of grief, the worship service incorporates Scripture, sacred music, poetry, spoken word, and regional and secular music from the likes of Mark Scibilia, The Indigo Girls and The Cotton Patch Gospel. More information about all the congregations and their projects is at ismcongregations.yale.edu/congregations.

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music is an interdisciplinary graduate center that educates leaders who foster, explore, and study engagement with the sacred through music, worship, and the arts in Christian communities, diverse religious traditions, and public life. The ISM Congregations Project website, with information about its faculty, the congregations, themes, and application procedures is at ismcongregations.yale.edu