All posts by Paul Barribeau

October 15th Webinar – Juanita Yoder: Kinetic Paintings on Silk

Join us on October 15th as we welcome ACLS member Juanita Yoder as presenter.
The Webinars begin at 1 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. CT and 10a.m. PT.
You can use this link to register:
We hope you can make the webinar!

Kinetic Paintings on Silk – From Client Meetings to Design, Materials and Techniques, and Final Installation


Painting on silk offers dynamic flowing color for devotional, liturgical, and commemorative applications. Imagine art that moves with the music and softens the space. Attendees will learn the process of commissioning a project and the creative and technical steps involved in creating the paintings from start to finish. Examples of installation techniques, and various formats for presenting the work will be discussed. See the stories behind the scenes.

Our Presenter:
For 30 years, artist Juanita Yoder has painted large-scale installations on silk for spiritual, corporate, academic, healthcare, hospitality and residential settings. She works closely with clients to envision site-specific artwork. Her commissions include such notable institutions as Princeton University Chapel, Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, as well as Central Park Hotel in Sighisoara, Romania. She was awarded a BENE Award for Devotional Art for her commission of the fifteen stations of the cross for St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Glendale, Arizona. Her designs are also available in architectural glass, oil on linen, acrylic on canvas and kinetic processional pieces. Yoder is formally trained as a painter with a B.A. in art from Goshen College, Indiana, and an M.A. From Eastern Illinois University where she was awarded a full scholarship and teaching assistantship. She is a former board member of the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space.


May 21st Webinar – John Thomas West on “Sacred Space, Body, Movement and Worship”

Join us for the May Webinar on the 21st of the month at 1 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. CT and 10 a.m. PT

Webinar Description:
Sacred Space, Body, Movement and Worship

What does it take in worship environments to support embodied prayer through ritual liturgical movement, sacred dance, or theater? John Thomas West, Artistic Director of the Valyermo Dancers, shares insights into the historic foundations of movement and theatre in Christian churches and discusses ideal conditions needed for professional dance, theatre troupes, and diverse congregations to pray and praise with movement. Topics will range from congregational processionals, preludes, rites of incensation and sprinkling, and dressing of the altar to more dramatic proclamations of the Word through dance and/or spoken word.

John Thomas West, Obl.OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.John West is the founder, artistic director and primary choreographer of the Valyermo Dancers, a dance-theatre company whose mission is the preservation and translation of biblical narrative and poetic traditions into contemporary dance. Writer, lecturer and educator at the international and national collegiate and university levels, he facilitates and designs thematic sacred dance workshops throughout the year. John serves on the Sacred Dance Guild Board of Directors, on the L.A. Religious Education Congress Liturgy Committee, and as a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy.

Visit John and the Valyermo Dancers at www.


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April 16th Webinar: Robert Habiger — Accessibility: An Equivalent Experience

Join us on the 16th of April at 1 p.m. ET/ 12 p.m. CT and 10 a.m. PT. While it occurs during holy week, you might enjoy a brief break from the preparations of the week for our monthly webinar.

The registration link is at the bottom of the post.

Webinar Coordinator

Our Topic:
When discussing accessibility often the first thought is the building’s physical access. For places of worship and devotion not only is it a moral duty to physically accommodate all people, it is equally important to psychologically welcome all. Human experience is shaped by how a space is designed. Built of Living Stones contains four paragraphs that specifically address the issue of accessibility. A critical paragraph is 211 where it requests the “full integration of persons with disabilities into family, community, and Church, and to overcome the tendency to isolate, segregate and marginalized those with disabilities”. By invoking an “equivalent experience” we can more readily realize this stipulation of the Church. This webinar will explore the notion of equivalent experience, what it means in terms of designing a place of worship, and what it truly means to welcome all.

Our Presenter:
For over 40 years Robert’s professional focus has been religious architecture. Now semi-retired, he remains devoted to crafting exceptional places to worship. As architect and liturgical design consultant he has participated in the development of over 150 places of worship and devotion. His previous articles continue to provide insight into religious design, process and practice. Robert also has extensive experience in collaborative design, integration of art into the church-building and has designed numerous pieces of liturgy-specific furniture.

Registration URL:

March Webinar: David Philippart – Holding the Holy: Vessels for Liturgy

You won’t want to miss our next webinar on March 19th at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT/10 a.m. PT.
The topic is on liturgical vessels and we will welcome David Philippart to our webinar discussion.

To register for the webinar, follow the link below.

Webinar Description
Pass the basket. Pour the pitcher. Empty the basin. Fill the bowl. Kindle the flame. Lift the plate. Raise the cup. Give God thanks and praise. Give God thanks and praise. The liturgy requires vessels. And ever since human beings began making vessels for daily living in history’s dawn, utility has borne artistry. In the liturgy, beautiful vessels reveal the holy in the ordinary. Together let’s look at the liturgy’s vessels, how they help us hold and honor the holy through their design, how they function as works of art in the larger work of art that is the liturgical environment. We’ll look at a little history, a little liturgical law, and a lot of examples both lovely and hackneyed, with plenty of time for discussion. David Philippart will lead us.

About our Presenter
For 14 years, David Philippart edited Environment and Art Letter, a national monthly publication for architects, artists, liturgical design consultants, liturgists, pastors and parishioners. He became a friend and advocate for all doing the good work of providing fitting places for the celebration of liturgy. In 2005 he returned to parish work and has just begun serving as director of adult faith formation for Holy Cross Church, Deerfield, Illinois, in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Registration URL:
Webinar ID: 495-790-867

I hope to see you all there!


February 19 Webinar: Artist Sukey Bryan: “Within and Without: Installations in Sacred Space”

Register for the Upcoming Webinar on February 19th
at 1 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. CT and 10 a.m. PT

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Webinar Description
Sukey Bryan is a professional fine artist whose work includes the creation of artworks for liturgical use. Using the architecture of a particular sacred space, she designs large temporary installations, as large as 40’ long or high, using images of natural elements. Bryan has created photographic, ceramic, chalk, painting and shrinky-dink installations, solo and huge group projects with participants of all ages, both outdoors and inside the sanctuary. Her work is designed to embrace and surround with a celebration of nature. This webinar will show how the work is developed and integrated in the community and surroundings, how congregants and the public are involved in the creative process and the particular challenges and benefits of this approach.

Sukey Bryan is a painter, printmaker and installation artist. Bryan was the 2018 Artist in Residence at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland Arts Council. Her work has been collected and exhibited widely in the United States at galleries, museums, academic and non-profit exhibition spaces, churches and at American Embassies in Russia, Fiji, Finland, and Norway. Bryan graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Fine Art and English and with an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute. Bryan is based in Stanford, California.