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November 7, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Registration is under way at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology for the Congregational Studies Institute (CSI) on “Congregations at Worship” Jan. 17-21, 2002, with Carl S. Dudley of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, who pioneered the field of congregational studies.

The Dallas Institute of CSI will teach participants how to relate the life of a congregation to its social and cultural setting through formal analysis of the congregation, its worship life, theology, relationship to the community and its resources. Cost to attend the Dallas Institute is $600. Academic credit is available at additional cost.

The Institute is conducted in cooperation between Perkins, the Hartford Seminary, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) in Chicago. Institute presenters from the Perkins School of Theology include Associate Professor of Church Music C. Michael Hawn; Associate Director of the Intern Program Isabel N. Docampo; Assistant Professor of Christianity and Culture Edwin D. Aponte; and Assistant Professor of Christian Education Evelyn L. Parker.

Other CSI representatives attending include Nancy Muth, George Wilson, David Frenchak and Pauline Coffman. Institutes also are being held this month in Philadelphia and during April in Chicago.

To register or for more information call 1-888-THEOLOGY, ext. 4, or visit the Web site at