Guest Preacher: 4th Sunday of Easter

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The Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes
We were pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes as our guest preacher for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 25, 2021. Listen to the sermon preached by Dr. Carvalhaes here:
      Sermon - Easter IV 2021 - The Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes

About the Preacher

Cláudio Carvalhaes, theologian, liturgist and artist, a native Brazilian, completed his Ph.D. in Liturgy and Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2007. He earned his first Master of Philosophy degree in Theology, Philosophy, and History at the Methodist University of Sao Paulo in 1997 and a Master of Divinity degree from the Independent Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Sao Paulo, Brazil) in 1992.

In the summer of 2016, Dr. Carvalhaes joined Union Theological Seminary in New York City as the Associate Professor of Worship. Previously, he taught at McCormick Theological Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Dr. Carvalhaes is an ordained pastor within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

A much sought after speaker, writer and performer, Dr. Carvalhaes preached at the Festival of Homiletics, Academy of Homiletics, Wild Goose Festival, Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry, Jubilee 800 Order of Preachers of the Dominican Order in Italy, Societas Liturgica in Belgium, Council of World Mission in Mexico, International Academy of Practical Theology in Brazil, at the Forum of Liturgics and Ethics at Hildesheim Germany and other places. He led worship for the All African Council of Churches in Mozambique, taught at the Global Institute of Theology of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, and leads worship and teaches at the Hispanic Summer Program since 2013.

Dr. Carvalhaes has two books in English: What’s Worship Got To Do With It? Interpreting Life Liturgically (Cascade Books, 2018), Eucharist and Globalization: Redrawing the Borders of Eucharistic Hospitality (Wipf&Stock, 2013), and a third forthcoming: Praying With Every Heart: Orienting Our Lives to the Wholeness of the World (Oregon: Cascade Books, 2021).

He is also the editor of a unique book of liturgical resources: Liturgies from Below: Praying with People at the End of the World (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2020), which is a prayer book done in four continents with more than 100 people.

He also edited the groundbreaking book Liturgy in Postcolonial Perspectives: Only One is Holy (New York: Palgrave Macmillan: Postcolonialism and Religions Series, 2015).


You can read the scriptures for this service here.


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