Call for Proposals for a Fellowship in Reformed Worship
February 27, 2023
Do you have an idea about a new way to do something in worship or something creative you’d like to share?
Would you like to spend two weeks in study and sharing, and have somebody pay you (a little) instead of you paying them?
Then maybe you should send in a brief proposal for the 2023-2024 Poppen-Young Fellowship in Reformed Worship! The Reformed Church Center is looking for those proposals, to be submitted by April 21, 2023.
What do you need to get this fellowship? You need a good understanding of Reformed worship and liturgy, and a question you think is worth discussing or a creative approach to something—it could be prayers, music, liturgical dance, drama, visual arts, or a study into the theology, science, psychology, or personalities behind what we do in worship. You also need to demonstrate that you have done some preliminary work on your idea and can define a project that you can significantly complete within a couple of weeks of intense work.
What DON’T you need to get this fellowship? You don’t need to be a pastor or a professor. You don’t need specialized theological training . . . just some familiarity with the subject matter.
You can write a proposal for . . .
The Alvin J. Poppen and John R. Young Fellowship
An opportunity for research and/or presentation in Reformed Worship and Liturgy
The Alvin J. Poppen and John R. Young Fellowship provides a $500.00 stipend and the possibility a two-week residency at New Brunswick Theological Seminary to support research in Reformed Worship, particularly as it pertains to the RCA. The resources of the Seminary and the RCA Archives, as well as the wide variety of worship resources and experiences in the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, are at the Fellow’s disposal. The Fellow will provide an experience of the results of the work, through a lecture, a convocation on the theme chosen, or some other public expression shared with the Seminary community. This is an opportunity for personal study that can improve the vitality of the worshipping church. Get more information and download an application here.
Applications and proposals are due by April 21, 2022. Contact James Hart Brumm, Director of the Reformed Church Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to discuss your idea or get suggestions for your proposal.
Note: Due to issues with the availability of the RCA Archives during the 2022-2023 academic year, we are not seeking proposals for new Smith or Gnade fellowships for 2023-2024. We will search for these for the 2024-2025 year.