very Thursday at noon at San Francisco Theological
Seminary a new worship experience is explored. The
SFTS community gathers for worship four times a
week and Thursdays are reserved for what has emerged
as weekly “Worship Lab.”
Started in January 2012 to add flexibility and in-
novation to weekly worship, the Thursday chapel services
at SFTS implement experimentation to enrich and comple-
ment worship experiences, while honoring the living word
of God and the Reformed tradition.
“As we talked about the best way to serve the community,
and what the purposes of chapel and chaplain’s assistants
were, we decided that in addition to providing a space for
worship, the chaplaincy program was for learning,” explains
Master of Divinity senior Charles Wei, who was a chaplain’s
assistant last year. “This meant that we had to be able to
experiment, to see what different kinds of things could work
in a worship service, and what things might not. Worship
Lab became a showcase of sorts, in which the people that
attended chapel could see a variety of things that could be
possible in a worship service.”
by
HOLLY WOOLARD
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Rev.
Scott Clark,
chaplain and
associate
dean of
student life
at SFTS,
speaks during
a Worship Lab
service that
celebrated
National
Coming Out
Day.
Experimenting today for the Church of the future
Participation
Collaboration
Innovation
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