Worship arts fellowship plans convocation for July 10-15
4/10/2003 News media contact: Kathy Gilbert · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn.
Tenn. (UMNS) - "Nurturing the Roots - Growing the Future" is the theme
for the July 10-15 biennial national convocation of the Fellowship of
United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts to be held in Dearborn,
The fellowship is a national organization of worship
planners and leaders, musicians, music directors, pastors, dancers,
storytellers, actors and other liturgical artists. Though its membership
is mostly United Methodist, people of all denominations are welcome.
convocation will be held at the Hyatt Regency, with some sessions
planned for First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn. Many of the worship
services, workshops and class sessions will explore issues related to
the church in transition, such as traditional, liturgical, contemporary,
blended, ethnic and cultural aspects of worship.
event for pastors and preachers is being held in conjunction with the
convocation. The United Methodist Board of Discipleship will lead
morning and afternoon sessions for "Preaching from the Center."
Convocation registrants may attend either session's workshops.
speakers and preachers for the convocation include the Rev. Thomas G.
Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology; the
Rev. Grace Imathiu, associate director of development at Kenya Methodist
University; Daniel K. Church, top staff executive of the United
Methodist General Council on Ministries; and the Rev. Elizabeth A.
Lopez, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester, Minn.
Rev. Safiyah Fosua, the Rev. Daniel T. Benedict Jr. and Dean McIntyre,
all from the Board of Discipleship, will lead "Preaching from the
For more information, contact the Fellowship of United
Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, David Bone, administrator, P.O.
Box 24787, Nashville TN 37202-4787; telephone: (800) 952-8977 or (615)
749-6875; fax: (615) 749-6874; e-mail FUMMWAconvo@aol.com; Web site:
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