Academic journal article The Hymn

Executive Committee Nominees

Academic journal article The Hymn

Executive Committee Nominees

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FOR SECRETARY

Becca Whitla is a PhD student at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto's School of Theology. In her research she seeks to grapple with the question: how can congregational singing celebrate and nurture diverse multicultural, multilingual, and multiethnic identities in Canadian faith communities? Using post- and decolonial scholarship, her research entails a critical interdisciplinary engagement with the hymnic inheritance of historic mainline Protestant churches in Canada, as well as with congregational singing and song leading practices in those traditions. The purpose of her dissertation project is to show how congregational singing can embody a liberating praxis that nourishes a fuller expression of complex cultural identities. In the context of the present socio-political/cultural environment, she believes that churches have an important role to play in modelling and shaping communities of diversity, hospitality, and inclusion.

Becca has studied and taught at the Seminario Evangélico de Teología in Matanzas, Cuba. She is the co-director of the 70-voice Toronto-based community women's choir, Echo; the music director at the Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity, downtown Toronto, for twenty years; and the founding leader of the H.E.R.E. Local 75 Trade Union Choir. She has worked with several national and international church, ecumenical, and trade union organizations. …

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