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2020-2021 Church Year Clergy Worship Workshop Series
“Getting the Creative Juices Flowing”
Western Iowa Synod ELCA Clergy Ministerium
October 2020 – Advent, Christmas, Epiphany (via Zoom)
January 2021 – Lent, Triduum, Easter (via Zoom)
April 2021 – Summer, Autumn November (via Zoom)
Western Iowa Synod ELCA
Synod Staff Retreat leader
Installation of Bishop Lorna Halaas
Western Iowa Synod ELCA
2008 Luther Seminar Senior Preaching Class – guest presenter on life passages
"ELW in Light of the Nairobi Statement on Worship and Culture"
January 16, 2007
Worship Dialogue of the Twin Cities
Worship Jubilee 2007
August 3-6, 2007
"A Place of Encounter: Renewing and Designing Liturgical Spaces"
The church has no building code save proclaiming Christ crucified and risen. And how do we accomplish this - in a new design, in a renewal project, or in our daily use of the buildings we have? Explore these questions, especially as they relate to Renewing Worship Principles for Worship and ELW.
"Dressed for the Season: Preaparing Seasonal Worship Appointments (or environments) without Breaking the Bank"
Vestments and paraments are just the beginning of preparing the assembly’s worship space to celebrate a season. As others prepare the music and the liturgy how can ministers of the visual arts adorn not only furniture and worship leaders with seasonal color, but the whole assembly? Come ready to share your ideas for crerative, inexpensive possibilities.
Mt. Olive Epiphany Conference on Liturgy
A New Creation: Liturgy & Truth
Saturday, January 6, 2007
"The Church’s Year in Sacred Space" will discuss the environment of the worship space and how it contributes to the truth of a liturgical season.
National Conference on Environment and Art for Catholic Worship
July 29 - August 2, 2006
Kansas City, MO
"Principles of Art and Architecture"
At least nine English-language theological statements about art and environment have been developed since 1978. What do these documents share in common? How do they reflect their origins, whether denomination or academic community? What can we learn from a comparative analysis of this emerging theological genre? How do they in reflect different "models of the Church?" Bring you own questions to interact with these nine statements in a database search format.
Adult forum speaker
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN, July, 2006
First Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights, MN, April, 2005
North Minneapolis Conference Monthly Meeting
Minneapolis Area Synod, ELCA
"Seeking the Face of Jesus"
Facilitator, Annual Men’s Retreat
Luther Memorial Church
Contemporary Worship and Beyond: High-Tech and High-Participation, Concordia
College, Moorhead, MN, (June, 2004)
Fargo Forum interview, published June 26, 2004: http://www.in-forum.com/articles/index.cfm?id=61783§ion=ValleyRR
A Place of Encounter: The Role of Visual Arts and Multi-media Technology in Worship
"You mean I have to plan the art AND the music?"
Beyond Decorating: Preparing seasonal worship environments: Discuss leading a parish group as a worship environment team to develop seasonal worship environments. Homework: Bring an image of your worship space, if possible as prepared for a seasonal celebration.
Workshop: Renewing Worship as It Relates to Electronic Media Arts
Discussion with the plenary presenter and other participants about the first plenary and background: Renewing Worship Principles for Worship Space document, its implications, and related theological issue; implications of electronic media arts; Self-directed by the group.
Facilitate study tour of Fargo church architecture sites: Pontoppidan, Hope, Bethel, Holy Cross
Valparaiso Institute of Liturgical Studies
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN (April, 2004)
Master Class & Workshop
"Saying and Doing the Gospel Today: Exploring Principles for Worship Space for Seasonal Celebrations of the Mass"
Using parish examples – some of them yours! – explore principles for worship space that enhance the life of the worshiping assembly. The former executive director of the ELCA’s art and design studio will lead this "tour" of contributed and collected environments for the Mass reflective of various seasons of the church year. From these examples of seasonal worship environments, principles for worship space will be brought to life. At the same time participants will benefit from seeing examples of the creativity of their peers. Participants will be expected to contribute in advance examples (images) of seasonal worship environments from their ministry context; and be familiar with ELCA Renewing Worship principles for worship space.
Workshop discussion of Principles for Worship: Worship Space and the Christian Assembly (ELCA)
Blessed Is the Ordinary - Space; Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (July, 2003)
Sources and Origins of the Sunday Liturgy – Why We Worship the Way We Do; Sunday morning adult forum, Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, Minneapolis MN (September, 2002)
Holy Spaces; annual theological conference, ELCA East Central Synod of Wisconsin, Mosinee, WI (October 2001)
Reconsidering Baptismal Fonts; 2001 ELCA church-wide assembly idea fair, Indianapolis, IN (August, 2001)
Using Textiles through the Seasons; 2001 ELCA church-wide assembly idea fair, Indianapolis, IN (August, 2001)
Art & Music – Why We Worship the Way We Do, part 1 – art; Sunday morning adult forum, Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, Minneapolis MN (March, 2001)
Advice for the Altar Guild; Augsburg Fortress Worship and Music Clinics (Summer, 2000)
Lutheran Resources for Worship Computer Series; Augsburg Fortress Worship and Music Clinics (Summer, 2000)
Reconsidering Baptismal Fonts; for a congregation considering renewal of baptismal space (May, 2000)
Planning for the Easter Season, RCL A – Year of Matthew (April, 2000)
Seasonal Decorations for the Worship Environment – Creating an Aesthetic Plan (September, 1997)
Planning with Sundays and Seasons, Augsburg Fortress Worship and Music Clinics (Summer, 1997)
Beyond Banners - Shaping the Environment for Worship, Augsburg Fortress Worship and Music Clinics (Summer, 1997)
Planning for the Lenten Season (2000, 1996)
Every House is a Missionary – Ecclesiastical Art as Christian Formation; Valparaiso Institute of Liturgical Studies, Valparaiso, IN (April, 1999)
Bulletin Building with New Electronic Resources (1997)
Planning for the Easter Season, RCL A – Year of Matthew (March, 1996)
Wedding Worship Planning (1996)
Summer Worship Planning (1996)
Vital Signs of Life, South Central Synod of Wisconsin
Worship and Evangelism (1994)