LIFE at EDEN Advent/Christmas Planning Retreat
Sep
14
to Sep 15

LIFE at EDEN Advent/Christmas Planning Retreat

I'm excited to facilitate a weekend retreat at Eden Seminary where we'll explore the prophetic and poetic power of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Reflect on Revised Common Lectionary texts for the season (Year C) and gain insights that inspire compelling preaching and liturgy.

We'll sing together, experiencing how music from a breadth of traditions can enliven and enrich worship. And we'll share fellowship and meals together, building a community of mutual support.

Don't miss an opportunity to plan Advent and Christmas early in the liturgical year, and to be inspired and renewed through the process! 

Eden Seminary students can also register to take the course as an IFL. 

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Intergenerational MMC Weekend at Camp Kirchenwald
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Intergenerational MMC Weekend at Camp Kirchenwald

Music That Makes Community is excited to offer our first Intergenerational MMC Weekend on September 21 and 22, sharing paperless music and leadership practices with families at Kirchenwald in Lebanon, PA! I'll be joined by Rebecca and Zachary Stevens-Walter (and their toddler!) to explore the basics of paperless ('oral tradition') music making, learn new songs to enrich and strengthen intergenerational community, and reflect on ways to encourage participatory singing within our families and faith communities.

We begin with family dinner and a Community SING on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m., sharing songs of justice, freedom and peace from many traditions, languages, and cultures.

After breakfast on Saturday, we'll explore the basics of paperless ('oral tradition') music making, share new songs to enrich and strengthen intergenerational community, and reflect on practices that encourage participatory singing within and outside worship. The relaxed but thoughtfully structured day includes large and small group learning sessions, community art making, snacks and lunch, as well as worship services modeling how intergenerational community can gather. 

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ALCM Workshop in Torrance
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

ALCM Workshop in Torrance

I'm pleased to visit Southern California to facilitate a day-long workshop focused on strategies for inspiring congregational singing. The event is sponsored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

We'll explore leadership skills and strategies that help strengthen and inspire the singing voice of our congregations. Worship begins the day followed by sessions exploring a rich variety of repertoire (from classic hymnody to Global Song), noticing how practices of modeling and invitation help create space for holistic learning and engagement.

Session I: Imitation - Learning in Community
Session II: Invitation - Singing the Circle Wide
Session III: Integration - Worship: Where Theology and Practice Meet

$45.00 ($20 full-time students)

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Space for Grace 2018: Singing Together Heals the World
Nov
16
3:00 PM15:00

Space for Grace 2018: Singing Together Heals the World

Jennifer Sanborn and I will offer an introduction to the work of Music That Makes Community at the AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME MISSION SOCIETIES' Space for Grace Conference in Philadelphia on November 16.

The conference features conversations with Christian leaders from across the United States and Puerto Rico about mission engagement, discipleship and church transformation in the 21st century—as well as seeking God’s leading for creating social transformation.

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Summer Paperless Music Intensive at United Theological Seminary
Jul
26
to Jul 28

Summer Paperless Music Intensive at United Theological Seminary

  • United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join a dynamic gathering of musicians, clergy and lay people at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities to recharge and renew your congregational song leading. I'll be joined by MMC colleagues Conie Borchardt, John Lee, Nehemiah Luckett, and Andrea Sorum for worship, workshops, and conversation that helps you add the valuable tool of paperless song leading to your community’s singing practice. 

We'll gather in the Bigelow Chapel, a beautiful interdenominational worship space, to learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can enrich and expand your congregation's repertoire of sung prayer and praise. This workshop will also have a special focus on music to sustain and support justice and resistance work. Song sharing and composition workshops will provide a space to create and share new protest music. 

The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 and will end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The workshop is generously supported by the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and a number of scholarships are available for United Seminary students, faculty and alumni. Discounted rates are also available for individuals and congregations with limited resources, students, and seniors.

Individual Registration Rate: $350
Group Registration Rate: $650 (Two individuals from the same congregation/community)
The rate covers lunch on Friday and Saturday, dinner on Thursday and Friday, as well as workshop materials.

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Hearts Hands Voices
Jul
23
to Jul 26

Hearts Hands Voices

  • Valpairaiso University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Lutheran Summer Music, invites you to a four-day skill-strengthening gathering for church musicians at Valparaiso University from Monday, July 23 to Thursday, July 26, 2018.

This gathering aims to provide a rich variety of access points to effective music ministry with emphases on practical skills and the convergent, multi-disciplinary concerns of the life of the church musician. Chanda Rule and I will represent Music That Makes Community, serving on a faculty team comprised of ecumenical music leaders from around North America.

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Hymn Sing at The Annual Conference of the Hymn Society
Jul
19
10:30 AM10:30

Hymn Sing at The Annual Conference of the Hymn Society

  • Washington University Edison Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I'm honored to offer the final Hymn Sing of the Hymn Society's annual conference, using music and oral tradition leadership practices inspired by my work with Music That Makes Community. We'll gather at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri to explore the intersection of sacred song, the church, and the public square.

The festival is open to the public.

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One-Day Paperless Music Workshop at Eden Theological Seminary
Jul
14
9:30 AM09:30

One-Day Paperless Music Workshop at Eden Theological Seminary

Join Music That Makes Community we share paperless music and leadership practices before the Annual Conference of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada!

We'll gather on the campus of Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO to explore the basics of paperless music, learn new songs to enrich and strengthen your community, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy. 

Individual Registration Fee: $80
Duo Registration Fee: $140 (two individuals from the same congregation/community)

Refreshments, a light lunch, and workshop materials are included.

Full and partial scholarships are available to Authorized Ministers in the United Church of Christ. Discounts and scholarship are also available to students, seminarians, seniors, and congregations with limited financial resources.

The workshop is generously sponsored by The Brown Foundation.

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NEXT Church Add-On Gathering: Manna for the People
Feb
28
to Mar 1

NEXT Church Add-On Gathering: Manna for the People

In this 24-hour addendum to NEXT Church, we will explore together how improvisation and singing open up life-giving spaces for creative engagement with our sacred texts and the gathered community. We will delve into this year’s Eastertide passages from John. These stories offer a poetic telling of the mystery of the resurrected Christ and the embodiment of the Spirit.

We will use the tools of improvisation and the practice of paperless communal singing to break open these ancient stories, bridge the gap between our understanding of the Gospel and how we are called to live it out in the world, and provide space for worship leaders to get a jump start on planning for the season of Eastertide.

We will play, we will create, and we will reflect. Come prepared for an extraordinary time of learning and integration following the experience of the NEXT Church National Gathering.

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NEXT Church Workshop
Feb
26
to Feb 28

NEXT Church Workshop

I'm excited to offer a workshop for this year's NEXT Church gathering in Baltimore, MD focused on 'Renewing the Voice and Spirit of Choirs.'

Shrinking and aging choirs have left many congregations feeling insecure, anxious and de-energized. We'll reflect on strategies to renew the voices and spirits of smaller vocal ensembles, as well as organizational models and repertoire that can help choirs connect to the mission, schedules, and needs within their community.

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THE Inspire Conference
Feb
23
to Feb 24

THE Inspire Conference

  • St. Andrew's Wesley Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Music That Makes Community is pleased to offer worship leadership and a workshop for participants at THE Inspire Conference, a two-day event focused on connections and community building for those doing ministry with children, youth, young adults, and Contemplative Justice.  

I'll join my colleague Kerri Meyer to plan and lead daily worship gatherings, and we'll share a Monday afternoon workshop exploring the basics of paperless music leadership. 

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Interim/Transitional Musician at Park Avenue Christian Church
Feb
4
to Jun 17

Interim/Transitional Musician at Park Avenue Christian Church

  • Park Avenue Christian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I'll serve as interim/transitional musician at Park Avenue Christian Church from early February until the summer, directing the choir and organizing a team of musicians to lead a multilingual, intersectional, and theologically progressive worshipping community in New York City.

The work includes: 
- bringing more consistent thematic unity and focus to worship, especially in expressions of sung prayer and praise;
- continued integration of music from varied musical traditions and styles, including African-American, African, Latinx, and other global sources;
- training and mentoring music leaders in practices that engage and strengthen congregational participation;
- continued modeling of healthy, clear communication patterns between music staff and church staff, including planning processes and procedures that help alleviate anxiety and last-minute changes.

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Paperless Music Retreat at The Bishop's Ranch
Jan
14
to Jan 17

Paperless Music Retreat at The Bishop's Ranch

Music that Makes Community returns to the beautiful Bishop's Ranch in Sonoma County, CA for our fifth workshop over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, January 14-17. The Ranch is an ideal setting to spend three restful days singing, learning, and recharging for the year to come while enjoying the temperate climate of Northern California. 

I'll join Kerri Meyer and Donald Schell to lead worship, plenaries, and conversations that help participants add the valuable tool of paperless song leading to their community’s singing practice. 

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Workshop and Hymn Sing: Songs of Transformation, Reformation, and Liberation
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop and Hymn Sing: Songs of Transformation, Reformation, and Liberation

  • First Presbyterian Church of Essex Junction (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This year we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. As we look to songs of the past and music of today, what do they have to teach us about the power of music to liberate and transform our congregational life, especially our worship?

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Consultant at Westminster Presbyterian Church
Aug
30
to Nov 19

Consultant at Westminster Presbyterian Church

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I'll join a team of consultants from The Vandersall Collective to help the congregation notice ways Christ might be moving the congregation forward. I will help: 

• Facilitate a process of reflection, discernment and action; 
• Engage in and teach the spiritual practice of noticing; 
• Conduct a music and worship audit and assist in the upcoming search for a new musical leader. 

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Artist-in-Residence at Kirkwood United Church of Christ
Aug
20
to Nov 26

Artist-in-Residence at Kirkwood United Church of Christ

  • Kirkwood United Church of Christ (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I've been invited to journey alongside the congregation of Kirkwood United Church of Christ during their Pastor's sabbatical. During my visits twice a month we'll explore the spiritual practice of singing, experiencing new music and leadership practices. And we'll reflect together on what we're noticing, paying attention to the movement of Spirit in our midst. 

I will offer a choir retreat an dthis month that will be an opportunity for all of us to enjoy fellowship and music. Please save the dates on your calendar and details will be forthcoming.

Choir Retreat – Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Congregational Workshop: Sing God a New Song – Saturday, September 30 from 4–8 p.m.

Congregation Reflection Session - Sunday, November 12 from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

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Overnight Retreat & Paperless Music Workshop in Albuquerque, NM
Jun
16
to Jun 17

Overnight Retreat & Paperless Music Workshop in Albuquerque, NM

I'll join presenters Sylvia Miller-Mutia, David Poole, and Donald Schell for an overnight retreat and one-day paperless music workshop at Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey. Explore the basics of paperless music, learn new songs to enrich your community's worship life, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy.

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