Scott Haldeman

 Scott Haldeman

Address5757 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Associate Professor of Worship, Chicago Theological Seminary

B.A., Oberlin College, 1986
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary, 1990
Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, 1998

Professor Haldeman pursues the truth of Protestant worship – to understand, describe and analyze what we do as Christian communities in order to consider what we should on Sunday mornings – as well as on Monday through Saturday.

“Worship provides Christians with an opportunity to leave behind —for momentary and fragile periods—the structures of inequality and violence that pervade our lives and to imagine—even more, to experience—an alternative mode of being, a place and time where justice and peace are known—a foretaste of the reign of God. The fact that public prayer on most Sundays in most local Christian communities hardly resembles such an ideal may discourage many of us, but it does not negate the claim. The critical appraisal of the captivity of worship to modernist rationality and disempowering clericalism as well as its disengagement from the reality of daily life is required for effective ministry. In addition, it is crucial for religious leaders to be competent in preparing and leading authentic, just and transformative worship. Political organization, action, and protest will always be necessary if we desire to reform society, but we must pursue ritual action as well—where in an environment of beauty and abundance, in gathering with neighbors and strangers, in the encounter of the Holy, we know a joy that makes us dissatisfied with anything less in our every day lives.”

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