Responding to Disaster: Prayer, Song and Presence
is the theme for a timely and meaningful worship conference to be held in Victoria, BC, July 16 – 19, 2018. All Anglican and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada parishes, clergy, music leaders and worship planners are invited to register for the conference beginning March 1, 2018.
This year’s National Worship Conference aims to assist us, as people of faith, in responding liturgically, theologically and ritually to natural disaster (earthquake, fire, flood, hurricane), all of which are increasingly impinging upon our experience; as well as disasters of human making, such as terrorism and violence. Often, in such situations, it is the church that is called upon to give language and song to the emotions people experience. We will bring our rich traditions together and give voice to the unspeakable.
Our conference worship will be shaped by lections that help give expression to an overarching theme: From Dissonance & Lament toward Transformation & Harmony. Over the course of the conference, worship will move from a cathartic outpouring of grief and frustration to a place of greater calm in the face of a still chaotic world; mirroring through music and spoken word, the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
This conference promises to be a powerfully moving and uplifting experience for all who attend. We hope you will join us.
Keynote Speaker – Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller
Theologian, musician and liturgical writer exploring rites for use with the sick and dying, considerations of sacred space, popular religiosity and contemporary ritual issues. She is currently the Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology at Huron University College at Western University in London, Ontario.
Lead Musician – Mr. Chad Fothergill
Organist, composer, writer and doctoral musicology student, researching the Lutheran Cantor tradition in both its Reformation-era and present-day contexts.
This conference is for you!
Musicians & Liturgists
This conference provides unique opportunities for musicians and Liturgists to share and network ideas and resources. As this is a conference about worship much of our time in plenary and worship will draw upon the musical history and energy we share in the Anglican and Lutheran traditions, and of course beyond those traditions.
Rural and Urban
We understand that both rural and urban church communities are vital centers of ministry and mission; that they have a story and resource to share, and that together we are the church. This conference has been designed to address the particular needs of both rural and urban churches across our country.
Register at: http://www.nationalworshipconference.org
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