Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Grading Inaugural Prayers

The Reverend Rick Warren offered the invocation and the Reverend Joseph Lowery offered the benediction at yesterday’s inauguration of Barack Obama as America’s 44th President and the nation’s first President of color. Controversy over the selection of Warren has been well documented in the media. Not much press was given to the selection of Lowery.

If you watched or were present for the inauguration, imagine yourself a seminary Professor of Worship or Liturgy. You have assigned your students the task of composing and delivering a prayer for a presidential inauguration. If Lowery and Wilson were two of your students, what grade would you assign to their prayers?

Assign you grade at the top of the right hand column. The semester ends and grades are due by noon January 31, 2009.

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