Associate Professor of Public Worship
(On leave through December 31, 2015)
B.Sc., Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, 1981
M.Div., Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, NS,1984
Th.D., Emmanuel College, Victoria University, Toronto, ON, 1994
Office: Room 216
Tel: (416) 585-4546
Fax: (416) 585-4516
Teaching & Research Interests
William (“Bill”) Kervin teaches worship and liturgy in both the Basic (Masters) and Advanced (doctoral) degree programmes and serves Director of Chapel for the worship life of the college. His research interests include liturgical history, United Church worship, Eucharistic theology and practice, Christian initiation, liturgical theology, worship and the arts, church architecture, liturgical inculturation, congregational song and ritual studies.
Bill was ordained to the ministry of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care by the Maritime Conference of The United Church of Canada in 1984 and has served congregations in New Brunswick, Alberta, Papua New Guinea, Nova Scotia and Toronto. He has been active in the production of the United Church’s worship resources, Voices United, Celebrate God’s Presence and More Voices, as a liturgical consultant, committee member, writer and composer. A frequent guest preacher and workshop leader, he also regularly serves as a liturgical and architectural consultant to congregations.
EMP 1101: Worship I
EMP 2103: Worship II
EMP 3100: Pilgrimage to Taizé
EMP 3104: Contemporary Issues in Worship
EMP 3106: Celebrate God’s Presence
EMP 3135: Pilgrimage to Iona
EMP 3881/6881: Worship and the Arts
EMP 5120: Liturgical Theology
EMP 5121: Liturgy as Ritual
“Worship on the Way: The Dialectic of United Church Worship.” In The United Church of Canada: A History. Edited by Don Schweitzer. Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2012. pp. 185-201.
Ordered Liberty: Readings in the History of United Church Worship. Toronto: United Church Publishing House UCPH, 2010.
“Bearing Faithful Witness: A Service of Worship Celebrating United Church – Jewish Relations.” In Bearing Faithful Witness: Proposed Statement on United Church – Jewish Relations. (including “Bulletin format,” “Notes on the Service,” “Additional Resources”). Committee on Inter-Church and Inter-Faith Relations, The United Church of Canada. June 2001.
cooking, music (e.g., Irish trad.), percussion, travel, camping, art & architecture, movies