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?
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.
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.
I'll serve as a guest worship leader at Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, where I'll preach and lead singing at their 10:00 a.m. service.
I'll partner with The Rev. Jennifer Hitt to explore the basics of paperless music leadership, share songs and leadership practices that can enrich your community's musical life, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy.
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.
Explore the ancient and new practice of paperless music leadership, sharing songs as people did before music or words were written down. Experience how singing without hymnals or screens invites group learning, deepens connection to others, and helps us rediscover our innate musicality. Notice how singing by ear and by heart strengthens our ability to sing together with paper, and can become a powerful tool to empower and awaken congregational voices.
Experience music that will expand and enrich your congregation’s repertoire of sung prayer and praise, including music from the Global Church, Jazz, Gospel, and newly written material with inclusive and expansive language for God. Leave with music samples, a bibliography, and practical guidance for introducing and incorporating new music into liturgy.
I'm excited for another collaboration with the San Francisco Girl's Chorus, serving as organist for two concerts focused on music for the Lenten season. Repertoire includes Mendelssohn’s epic “Three Motets,” Poulenc’s serene “Litanies a la Vierge Noire” and psalm settings by Brahms, Grieg, Arvo Pärt and others.
Saturday, February 25, 8:00 pm
Mission Dolores, San Francisco
Sunday, February 26, 4:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Oakland
I'll serve as co-presentor for a one-day Interfaith Music That Makes Community workshop in Bigelow Chapel, a beautiful interdenominational worship space in the Twin Cities area, as we learn and sing paperless music from varied religious and musical traditions.
We'll explore the basics of paperless music leadership, share songs and leadership practices that can enrich your community's musical life, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy.
The workshop is sponsored by the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and is free to students and faculty. Individuals from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and beyond are also welcome to attend with a donation to cover registration costs.
I'll present a half-day paperless music workshop at Upper Missouri Ministries for members of the Western North Dakota Synod of the ELCA.
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. On Sunday morning, I'll also visit several ELCA congregations in the area to share paperless songs in worship.
The workshop is generously sponsored by the West North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Pastors, musicians and lay leaders from other denominations are also warmly welcome to attend.
I'll serve as a guest worship leader for the Presbytery of Southern New England's monthly meeting, collaborating with colleagues to create a paperless liturgy focused on breaking down barriers that divide us. I'll also offer an hour-long Open Space workshop focused on enlivening and enriching sacred text.