Reflections on the National Worship Conference
The Anglican Lutheran National Worship Conference
held in Victoria BC this past July offered a variety of opportunities for participants to enter into the theme of the conference, “Responding to Disaster – Prayer, Song, Presence”, through plenary sessions, worship, workshops, and social gatherings. Clergy, laity, Anglicans, Lutherans, ecumenical partners, and all who attended, were challenged by our keynote speaker, Lizette Larson-Miller, an Anglican priest and the Huron Lawson professor at Huron University College of the University of Western Ontario. Chad Fothergill, our conference musician, offered musical insights during our worship, as well as challenging us with the psalms of lament.
Two of the conference attendees offer here their diverse reflections on attending the National Worship Conference. Pastor David Malina touches on the theme, “Are we ready? Are we pastors and worship leaders prepared to offer liturgies and prayers at times of heartbreaking disasters, which help us absorb, process through, and respond to disasters when they eventually happy, both in our personal, individual lives, as well as in our corporate lives.” Rev. Paul Bosch reflects on where tradition plays a role in our worship conferences – both in our liturgies and in the songs and hymns we sing.
Take the time to read through these reflections. Feel free to comment and add your own thoughts. And it is not too early to know that there will be another National Worship Conference coming in 2020. Details will be communicated as they become available.