Worship: Drama at the Altar

The Church of the Middle Ages consecrated all art to God's service—a precedent that the Rev. William Bell Glenesk thinks has a lot of validity today. In the manner of an ecclesiastical impresario, he incorporates everything from jazz bands to barefoot modern dancers in his freewheeling, experimental services at the Spencer Memorial Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights.

Ruth St. Denis once danced at Spencer's Sunday morning worship. Metropolitan Opera Basso Jerome Hines came in to sing Negro spirituals. Last week Christmas Eve services featured a modern ballet based on the medieval legend of the Juggler of Notre Dame. Glenesk, who...

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