Guest Lectures & Workshops
“Decolonizing Congregational Song.” Webinar for The World Sings 100th anniversary webinar series of The Hymn Society, January 10, 2022.
“Decolonizing Liturgical Theology.” Guest Lecture for EMP 5120 with Professor William Kervin at Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology, December 2, 2021.
“Decolonial Thinking, Theology and Liturgy.” Guest Lecture for TS 732 – THEOLOGIES FROM THE GLOBAL SOUTH with Professor Néstor Medina, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, November 12, 2021.
“I Do Not Submit” Panel Discussion for the release of reggae artist and dub poet Michael St. George’s new single, August 15, 2021.
“The Colonizing Power of Song and Other Ways of Knowing.” Keynote Address, Music Matters Conference of Music United, the Association of United Church of Canada Musicians, April, 2021.
Anti-Racism and Christian Worship Group, workshop at Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington, April, 2021.
“Colonialism, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and What We Sing.” Lecture/Workshop at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, January 2019.
“Singing Sacred Songs on the Picket Line.” Lecture/Workshop for the Hymn Society’s Annual Conference “Sacred Songs in the Public Square, St. Louis, July 2018.
“The Colonizing Power of Song and Other Ways of Singing.” Liturgy Seminary, University of Toronto & Lecture at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, March 2018.
“Inspired by Song in the Face of Struggle.” Lecture/Workshop for the Perkins SMU Continuing Education Program at the World Methodist Conference, Houston, Texas, 2016.
“Jiivan Dho (Give Us Life): A Festival of Land and Community.” With Lim Swee Hong. Helped organize the festival and conducted schola cantorum. Hymn Society Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 2014.
“Music Making with Integrity: The Place of Global Song in North America.” And Asian Hymn Festival presented with Lim Swee Hong, Hymn Society Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 2014.
“The Story of the H.E.R.E. Local 75 Choir.” Presentation for the Council for World Mission Worship Conference, Kingston, Jamaica, 2014, also assisted with conference organization and followup.
“Sacred Songs for All God’s Children” Presentation with Lim Swee Hong for Canadian Churches Forum, Toronto, Canada, 2014. Workshop on Congregational Singing with Lim Swee Hong for Alumni Days, Emmanuel College, Toronto, Canada, 2014.
“Sing the World God Imagines: Performing Liberation in Congregational Singing” with Marcell Silva Steuernagel, Sectional presented at the Hymn Society conference, Washington, D.C., 2022
“Introducing Sing A New Creation, the Anglican Church of Canada’s forthcoming hymn book supplement” with Ken Hill, Sectional presented at the Hymn Society conference, Washington, D.C., 2022
“Decolonizing theology, reframing the discipline: What’s hidden in how we think about what we do.” Panel participant, Virtual Forum Series Doing Theology during epochal shifts: fears and hopes, Toronto School of Theology, December, 2021.
“The Empire Sings: Confronting Coloniality in Music.” Hymns and Race: Agency, Mobility, Coloniality, Conference hosted by Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, the International Network for Music Theology and Durham University, October, 2021.
“Are All Welcome?” Paper on inclusion and communion for the International Academy of Practical Theology, July 2021.
“The Empire Sings: Confronting Coloniality in Hymns.” Opening panel paper, Canadian Theological Society, May, 2021.
“Flipping the Song Bird.” Plenary panel paper, Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, May, 2021.
“Between Practice and Praxis: On Planning Interfaith Services” Paper presented Practical Theologies Group, AAR, San Diego, 2019.
“Intersecting Circles: The Theological Challenge of Territorial Acknowledgements in Liturgy.” Paper presented at the Canadian Theological Society, Vancouver, Canada, 2019.
“Sentipensar: Everyday Living and Liturgy in a Decolonial Key.” Paper presented at the International Academy of Practical Theology, Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, 2019. With Néstor Medina.
“Singing (re)formation, (re)forming song: Confronting Coloniality in Hymns.” Paper presented at Reforming Imagination Conference of the United Reformed Church, Birmingham, UK, 2017.
“Singing as Un Saber del Sur, or Another Way of Knowing.” Paper presented at the Panel: Decolonial Theological Encounters: Los Saberes del Sur Global Confronting the Epistemology of the Global North. Canadian Theological Society. Toronto, 2017. With the Canadian Decolonial Theology Project (Becca Whitla, Néstor Medina, Lee Cormie, and Michel Andraos).
“Decolonial Thinking and Song.” Paper presented at the Panel: Decolonial Theological Encounters: AAR, San Antonio, 2016. With the Canadian Decolonial Theology Project.
“The Colonizing Power of Song.” Paper presented at the Decolonial Theological Encounters keynote panel. World Forum of Theology and Liberation. Montreal, Canada, 2016. With the Canadian Decolonial Theology Project.
“Damned if You Do and Damned if You Don’t: Singing Global Music in Seminary Chapel Services.” Paper presented at the International Academy of Practical Theology Conference. Pretoria, South Africa, 2015.
“Whose Song is it Anyway? A Framework for Exploring Globalization and Congregational Song” Paper presented with Lim See Hong at Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives. Ripon, United Kingdom, 2015 (funded with a travel bursary).
“Actualizing the Beloved Community: Singing the Reign of God into Being.” Paper Presented at the Music, Theology and Justice Conference. University of Toronto, 2014.
“Revolution and the Reign of God: Cuban Hymnody Gives Voice to a Distinctly Liberative Theology.” Paper Presented at the Emerging Scholars Forum. Hymn Society, Richmond, Virginia, 2013 (travel funded with a Lovelace Scholarship).
“The Power of “We:” Accountable Collective Agency in Community Singing” Paper Presented at the Toronto School of Theology, Advance Degree Students Association Conference. Toronto, Canada, 2013.