National Worship Conference: Beyond the Fortress

Join us "Beyond the Fortress" June 29 – July 2, 2012 at St. John’s College, University of Manitoba.

This National Worship Conference is a biennial conference sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada.
There are several workshops engaging us in a variety of aspects of worship, drawing us outside the walls of the church.

The main speakers are:  Douglas Cowling, a musician and writer with a lively commitment to the liturgy and the arts. He has a particular interest in music in the smaller church and the role of children in worship. Doug was co-author of Sharing the Banquet with Paul MacLean, and a contributor to Let Us Keep The Feast, both published by the Anglican Book Centre. He has edited two collections of global music for liturgical use: Let Us Make Music Together: A Multicultural Sampler and LUMMT: Members of the Household of God, published by the Diocese of Toronto. He was also the writer of four Juno Award-winning productions for Classical Kids, including Mozart’s Magic Fantasy and Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery. Doug is a regular contributor on CBC Radio. Mr. Cowling’s Christmas was a recent feature.

Craig Van Gelder is professor of congregational mission at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he resides. He describes his current role as “bringing congregations into a conversation with theological education.”
One way he does this is through “Reading the Audiences,” a course rooted deeply in congregational practices. He leads students to think holistically about the essentials of ministry: learning the story, interpreting and confessing the message, and leading in mission.

Van Gelder also administers a major seminary initiative, “Learning Congregational Leadership in Context.” He says, “We want to shape students’ theological imagination and their self-image as vision leaders. We want them to grasp the essence of who we are—the body of Christ, the communion of saints—and to understand that in this culture the church is the only institution that has both the mandate and the power to be a reconciling force in society. The church has to be on the mission’s edge—it’s part of our very nature.”

This conference is a safe and exciting environment to gather together, engage the changing world around us, share our ideas around worship and develop new ones. The Conference welcomes participation by clergy and laity of all denominations who seek to build up the life of the Christian community through our worship so that we might serve the world God loves.

Visit us online to register today!  

Register early and save! $300 Early Registration $375 after April 30/12.
Inquiries:  Rev. Diane Guilford, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Winnipeg 204-661-2432

For further information check out the Worship Ministry Page

Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:00pm to Sunday, July 1, 2012 8:00pm