A Liturgy for Youth Pastors? A Dialogue with James Smith (3 of 3)
From Geneva to Highland park, children have often played a vital role in the community of faith. James Smith and Jay Greener talk about the formative importance of children in the liturgy, not only for themselves but also for the rest of the congregation. While answers and ideas are sparse, they express both concern and optimism for a higher standard in youth ministry and the possible role that repetitive exercises like liturgy and catechesis might play.
James K. A. Smith (PhD, Villanova University) is Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College, teaching in the Department of Congregational and Ministry Studies and as a Research Fellow of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. He has been a visiting professor at Fuller Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary, and Regent College. Originally trained in philosophical theology and contemporary French philosophy, Smith’s work is focused on cultural criticism informed by the Christian theological tradition. He is also well-published (for a complete list, see his faculty page), perhaps most recognized for his Cultural Liturgies project, including the award-winning first volume, Desiring the Kingdom, and the recently published second volume, Imaging the Kingdom.
Jay L. Greener (MA, Yale; MLitt, St. Andrews) is the Rector of Church of the Redeemer (Highland Park, IL), a Canon in the Shyira Diocese of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, and serves as Dean for the Midwest Region of PEAR-USA. He has over 25 years of ministry with churches and Christian organizations in Illinois, Connecticut, Georgia and Colorado. Canon Jay has a passion for worship and and a merciful heart for leading people into a life changing encounter with God through music, proclamation and sacrament, and he continues to lead and teach worship for conferences and other gatherings.