Staff responsibilities and contact information
Office of Theology and Worship
100 Witherspoon St.
Louisville, KY 40202
To reach the Theology and Worship staff by phone, dial (toll free) (800) 728-7228, then dial the person’s extension number when prompted.
You can also fax the Theology and Worship staff at (502) 569-8060.
Associate for Theology
Charles A. Wiley, III
Coordinator, Office of Theology and Worship
Budget Specialist, Office of Theology and Worship
Meeting Planning Specialist, Office of Theology and Worship
Program Assistant, Office of Theology and Worship
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Depending on the quality and condition of the old paraments, perhaps they could be displayed in the church narthex or some other gathering area. You might work with an artist in the congregation or community to design an appropriate display. As for the dedication of new materials, I would look at the section on "Dedication of a Church Building and Furnishings" in the Presbyterian Book of Occasional Services (Geneva Press, 1999); starting on page 157. Whatever you decide to do, I would involve the church session in the process, since this is part of the session's responsibility (see W-1.4004 h in the Directory for Worship). There is also some nice language about the use of artistic materials in worship in the Directory for Worship (W-1.3034). Perhaps some of that could be adapted for this purpose. Hope this helps!
I pastor Faith United Church in Oswego NY, a joint congregation of the PCUSA and UCC. After 20 years together we are beginning to discuss how to phase out old and tattered paramonts with new. However the question has been raised "How do you liturgically stand down the old, and make room for the new?" Is there a service for such a process, and what should propor ly be done (more than a box in a far away closet). Many of the old are Memorials, and the New are as well.