The first session for this seminar will be Monday at 7:00 p.m. You will be able to begin checking in at 2:00 p.m. The seminar will end Thursday at noon.
A signature partnership event between Lake Junaluska Ministry Events and The Alban Institute featuring keynotes by Diana Butler Bass, workshops by Lyndon Harris and Taylor Burton-Edwards, and worship events designed by Rev. Susan Leonard-Ray.
Diana Butler Bass is a highly sought after speaker and event leader, and the author of a number of well-known books including Christianity for the Rest of Us and The Practicing Congregation.
Lyndon Harris is known for his innovative alternative worship services at St. Paul's Chapel, next door to Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street, in New York City; he spearheaded the support efforts for first responders following 9/11 at St. Paul's Chapel, which is next door to the former World Trade Center site.
Taylor Burton-Edwards serves as national Director of Worship Resources with the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.
Susan Leonard-Ray is Senior Pastor of Advent United Methodist Church, Simpsonville, SC.
Dan Benedict, previously scheduled to lead several workshops, will be unable to participate in the conference due to a health crisis requiring his immediate return to his home in Hawaii.
This four-day event will explore contemporary movements and patterns of spirituality emerging in Protestant worship and will offer participants an opportunity to enter into holy conversation with worship leaders and ministry colleagues.
Participants will learn about
- Present and emerging patterns of worship
- The appropriateness and effectiveness of those patterns when applied in particular settings and communities.
About Diana Butler Bass
Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She regularly consults with religious organizations, leads conferences for religious leaders, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues.
Diana also regularly comments on religion, politics, and culture in the media including USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR. From 2002 to 2006, she was the Project Director of a national Lilly Endowment funded study of mainline Protestant vitality. Diana is a member of the Episcopal Church.
About Lyndon Harris
The Reverend Lyndon F. Harris, a priest in the Episcopal Church, joined the staff of Trinity Church, Wall Street, and Saint Paul’s Chapel next door in New York in April 2001 in order to develop an alternative urban worship program at Saint Paul’s. Less than six months later, he found himself the priest in charge of the relief ministries at Ground Zero offered through Saint Paul’s Chapel after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Among his current projects are of The Garden of Forgiveness, an initiative of Sacred City, Inc., an educational non-profit which seeks to teach about forgiveness as a strategy for both personal healing and wellness, as well as conflict transformation and peacemaking. His heart remains centered on the power of liturgy in a variety of forms to participate in transforming the lives of individuals, cities and nations.
About Taylor Burton-Edwards
Taylor Burton-Edwards is a United Methodist elder serving as Director of Worship Resources with the General Board of Discipleship.
He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Consultation on Common Texts, and serves as Prior for the CyberChapter of the Order of Saint Luke.
He is interested particularly in the history of liturgy and the intersection between peacemaking and worship.
About Susan Leonard-Ray
Susan Leonard-Ray is senior Pastor of Advent United Methodist Church, Simpsonville, SC.
She is widely respected as a worship designer and leader, as well her commitment to evangelism.