Michael Battle: The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Michael Battle is the Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at General Theological Seminary in New York. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1993. 

Q&A with Michael Battle

Q: What are your two favorite hymns or songs for worship?

A: “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” and “Jesus Remember Me” (Taize)

Q: What is your favorite worship service or part of the Book of Common Prayer?

A: Good Friday Service

Q: What project are you working on now? 

A: A book, Tutu, South African Confessor:  A Spiritual Biography of Desmond Tutu.

Q: You have spent and continue to spend significant time in South Africa. Are there things about the Prayer Book of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa that you particularly treasure?

A: The focus on the daily offices.  I was ordained by Tutu and took the vow in that ordination rite to say the daily office. 

Q: Any experiences of worship in South Africa from the trips you have taken with students that have been especially meaningful to you?

A: Worship in townships is spectacular!

See more about Michael Battle, his books, and projects on his website.

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