Jennifer W. Davidson

 Jennifer W. Davidson
AddressAmerican Baptist Seminary of the West
2606 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA

Assistant Professor of Worship and Director of Chapel, American Baptist Seminary of the West

B.A., Eastern University,
M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia,
Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Theological Union,

As a teacher of worship at ABSW, I desire to help equip my students for excellence in ministry so that they come to understand the communal worshipping experience as one central way people come into life-shaping contact with the Holy. It is my passionate commitment to make the study of worship one of the strongest aspects of future church leaders’ training for ministry.

Indeed, it is my hope that some of the students in my classroom will fall in love with the subject matter of worship. This is the stuff of revolution! The more seminarians fall in love with worship, the more the way we worship—and by extension the way we live as people of faith in the world—will change for the better.

One of the most exciting things about teaching worship is when students take the subject to places I never imagined. The process of teaching is a generative one. As we whole-heartedly engage our learning community, new things come to birth among us.

Teaching worship requires one foot in the classroom and one foot in the church. Therefore, in addition to my teaching at ABSW I also continue to preach and plan worship in various settings, including the weekly chapel services at ABSW. I also enjoy leading retreats and workshops in local congregations.

My current research interests include the role of prayer in public worship, especially the unique free church tradition of Concerns and Celebrations; African-American worshiping traditions; writing for worship; emergent/postmodern approaches to worship; liturgical theology and spirituality; and Baptist sacramentality—more than just an oxymoron!

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