CMU practicum student helps shape Anabaptist worship

December 16, 2020 | People | Volume 24 Issue 26D
Canadian Mennonite University
Amelia Pahl

Amelia Pahl, a fourth-year Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) student doing an interdisciplinary degree in religion and narrative, did a three-month practicum placement with Together in Worship, a website of free Anabaptist worship resources that was launched in November.

Volunteers from across Canada and the United States have curated and developed words, music and visuals for worship from an Anabaptist-Mennonite approach. Pahl worked alongside graduate students from Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ont.

Every day brought new discoveries and assignments. She catalogued poetry from a diversity of Anabaptist writers; she worked through a centuries-old prayer book, taking prayers translated from the original text and adapting them to fit a contemporary context; and she indexed summer worship series from Leader, an Anabaptist ministry magazine.

Her main project was organizing French-language worship resources from Mennonite World Conference (MWC). She took full worship services that MWC had created for days like Peace Sunday and Anabaptist World Fellowship Sunday and broke them down into their individual components. Then she would make those prayers, songs and other pieces available on the online TiW database.

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