Monday 1/21: “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant”This session will introduce the liturgical resource and discuss options for celebrating it. We’ll give some attention to the questions of canon law and the laws of the state. The morning will also include an overview of the Blessings Project, which developed the resources that the 2012 General Convention approved.
Presenters:Ruth MeyersLouis Weil (James F. Hodges and Harold and Rita Haynes Professor Emeritus of Liturgics; member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music)
Tuesday and Wednesday 1/22-23: “Faith, Hope, and Love: Theological Resources”How do scripture and Christian tradition help us think about same-sex relationships? How do we understand the church’s blessing of same-sex relationships in the context of mission? What does the new resource say? Format will be presentation with both plenary and small-group discussion.
Presenters:Jay Emerson Johnson (Core Doctoral Faculty Member, GTU; chair of the Blessings Project Theological Resources Task Group)Ruth MeyersBrian Taylor, Rector, St. Michael and All Angels, Albuquerque, NM, and member of the Blessings Project Theological Resources Task Group
Thursday and Friday 1/24-25: Panel Discussions: Preparing Couples and CongregationsEach morning, we’ll hear from a group of panelists about their experiences in their congregations and dioceses, and their responses to the resources approved by General Convention. In small groups with the panelists, participants will develop plans to implement in their own congregations.
Preparing Couples:Susan Russell, Senior Associate, All Saints, Pasadena, CA, and co-chair, Blessings Project Pastoral and Teaching Resources Task GroupPhilip Brochard, Rector, All Souls Parish, Berkeley, CAPaul Fromberg, Rector, St. Gregory of Nyssa, San FranciscoMary Morrison, Rector, St. James, Paso Robles, CA
Introducing the Resources:Sue Thompson, Vicar, St. Edmund’s Church, PacificaHorace Griffin, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Pacific School of ReligionBrian TaylorBrian Baker, Dean, Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, CA
Special panel discussion:Thursday, Jan 24Bishops’ PerspectivesBishops will discuss the implementation of the General Convention resolution in their dioceses, with a particular focus on pastoral and canonical questions.
Panelists:Mary Gray-Reeves, Bishop of El Camino RealMichael Hanley, Bishop of Oregon
Ruth Meyers was born and raised in New Jersey and has served as a priest in the Dioceses of Western North Carolina, Western Michigan, and Chicago. She earned her M.Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and her MA and Ph.D. in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. After teaching for 14 years at Seabury, she joined the CDSP faculty in 2009. She currently chairs The Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.
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Monday, January 28, 9:00-12:00“If I Forget You, O Jerusalem”: Sacred Music and Dance in 1st Century Jerusalem with Marilyn HaskelFor Hebrews, Christians, and Muslims (as well as the Orthodox) Jerusalem holds a special significance in the history and formation of their faith. This presentation will focus on aspects of sacred music and dance as they existed in 1st c. Jerusalem and how vestiges of that history can be seen in our practices today.
Tuesday, January 29, 9:00 -12:00Thinking creatively about liturgy in the local context with Marilyn HaskelThis workshop will explore how understanding the local context is crucial in shaping worship today. Elements of location, architecture, furniture, liturgical shape, music, participants’ roles, text, rubrics, announcements, and preaching style will be considered.
Wednesday, January 30, 9:00-12:00Singing: Engaging breath, text, and ruach with George Anton EmblomThis session will explore the facets of the human voice in the context of a master class.Whether you are lay or ordained, this is an opportunity to chant for and with others and receive constructive feedback and instruction not only from George, but from others present. Those that are not comfortable chanting individually are still most welcome to participate.
Thursday, January 31, 9:00-12:00Creating Worship that Work: Clergy and Musicians as Partners in Mission with William Bradley RobertsIt’s no secret that relationships between clergy and musicians are often volatile and unproductive. Pairs of clergy and musicians who work well together gathered to consider this issue in a symposium. The results were collected in a DVD that is intended to guide discussion in small groups. Using this interactive DVD, we will talk about some difficult issues that divide us and seek ways to build healthy, productive relationships between musicians and clergy.
Friday, February 1, 9:00-12:00We Sing Our Faith: Trends in Hymnody with William Bradley RobertsChristians are a singing people. As we sing our faith, it transforms the deepest part of our being. Where is hymnody today, and where is it going? Using a model created by Dutch theologian Edward Schillebeeckx, we will talk about how music moves into and out of our repertoire. We will intersperse our conversation with the singing of a variety of hymns.
Film Opportunities: Monday afternoon: Sacred Music: The Gothic Revolution. Tuesday afternoon: Sacred Music: Palestrina and the Popes. Wednesday afternoon: Sacred Music: Tallis, Byrd, and the Tudors. Thursday afternoon: Sacred Music: Bach and the Lutheran Legacy.
The films are approximately one hour and fifteen minutes in length. Following the viewing, George Emblom will facilitate a discussion.
Rehearsal opportunity:Wednesday, January 30, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.Conference attendees are invited to an “open rehearsal” of the 60 voice member choir at St. Mark’s Episcopal, Berkeley.
Worship Opportunity: Thursday, January 31, 5:15 p.m. Evensong at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
George Anton Emblom serves as Director of Music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley, Organist-Choir Director of Temple Sinai, Oakland, Director of Chapel Music and Lecturer in Church Music at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Episcopal), and instructor of organ at UC-Berkeley. He is an active member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, having served as a director-at-large, a member of professional concerns committee, and currently as treasurer. An active member of the American Guild of Organists, George served as dean of the Greater Kansas City Chapter, the San Francisco Chapter (1997-1999), and currently serves again in that office. He recently served as chair of worship of the Region IX 2011AGO Convention.
Marilyn Haskel is Program Manager for Liturgical Arts and New Initiatives at Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street in New York City where she is one of the organists and leads music at historic St. Paul’s Chapel. At St. Paul’s she has helped develop creative liturgy and music to serve the unique congregation made up mostly of international visitors each Sunday. In addition to using world music and instruments, Ms. Haskel has become a prolific composer of hymns, service music, and choral anthems that have an American sound and style. In demand as a teacher she leads workshops throughout the church and for such organizations as the Royal School of Church Music.
The Rev. William Bradley Roberts, DMA, is Professor of Church Music at Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal). Roberts has chaired the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Church Music and the Leadership Program for Musicians, as well as serving on the AAM Seminary Music Initiative and the Mentoring Task Force. He is a composer with works published by Augsburg-Fortress, Church Publishing, Paraclete, Selah and St. James Music Press. He is the author of the recent book Music and Vital Congregations, published by Church Publishing Inc., New York, also available as an e-book on GoogleBooks.
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