Category Archives: Webinar Events

June 2018 Webinar: “The Bishop and His Churches: Diocesan Policies and Procedures” by Rita Thiron

“The diocesan Bishop to be regarded as the High Priest of his flock, from whom the life in Christ of his faithful in some sense derives and upon whom it depends, must promote, regulate, and be vigilant over the liturgical life of his diocese” (GIRM 387).  Among those duties is oversight of the  construction and ordering of churches .   In addition, the diocesan bishop is to consult his commission on Liturgy and sacred art whenever it comes to laying down norms or approving plans for the proper construction, restoration, and arrangement of sacred buildings (291) . While diocesan policies will vary, this webinar will discuss diocesan standards and procedures and how the design consultant can be integral to the process.

About the presenter:

Rita Thiron is the Executive Director of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions in Washington, DC. Prior to arriving at the FDLC, she served for twenty years as the Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Lansing (Michigan).   Among her duties was the Committee for Liturgical Design, which supervised all church building and renovation projects within the diocese.

She also served for a decade as the Director of Adult Education and the Catechumenate at Holy Family Parish and as an adjunct professor at Siena Heights University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theology with a Concentration in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Rita serves as a consultant to the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  A frequent workshop presenter in the dioceses across the UnitedStates, she is the author of seven books and countless articles.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT. You can register by clicking here.

March 2018 Webinar – “Music Ministry Space Design in Worship Spaces” by Scott Riedel

The objective this webinar  is to assist worship space architects and planners in designing acoustically appropriate and functional spaces for musicians. Accommodation of Traditional and Contemporary Choirs, Ensembles, Praise-Bands, Orchestras, Hand-Bells, as well as soloists and instrumentalists, pianos, digital and pipe organs, and sound system considerations will all be included. Related topics discussed will include music space allotment, location, proximities, layouts, as well as use of materials, acoustic treatments, technical infrastructure, and aesthetics.

About the presenter: Scott Riedel graduated from the University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He is Organist-Choirmaster at Christ Church, Episcopal, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, and has taught the Science of Acoustics course at Columbia College Chicago. Mr. Riedel is published in the “GIA Quarterly”, “The Diapason”, “CrossAccent” (Association or Lutheran Church Musicians), and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music “Review” magazines. He has presented lectures on acoustics and organs to the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, American Guild of Organist, American Institute of Architects, and The Acoustical Society of America.

Register now for this webinar, which will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1:00 EST  by clicking this link.

February 2018 Webinar: “Creating Contemporary Mosaic Artwork for Liturgical and Commercial Spaces” by Cindy Kessler

Please register for “Creating Contemporary Mosaic Artwork for Liturgical and Commercial Spaces” by Cindy Kessler on Feb 20, 2018 1:00 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4383675181839054851

As a stained glass artist who has also worked in sculpture and mosaics, what unique properties of mosaics drew me to exploring that medium as well? What situations are best served by a mosaic design? Modern mosaics are much more varied than traditional styles like those found in the Roman or Byzantine traditions. What do you need to understand about the fabrication of mosaics to make for a good result? What are the substrate needs for a mosaic ceiling, wall or floor? Cost comparisons: Simple to complex designs, material choices, and installation options.

About the presenter:

Cindy Kessler has been a professional artist since 1980. Her college training was in ceramics, but she soon fell in love with glass. She works in stained glass, glass sculpture and mosaics. Cindy is recognized for her contemporary style, with designs that are fluid & dynamic, creating readily visible expressions of worship, beauty, and movement. Cindy is the principal designer and president of Kessler Studios, fabricating artwork for churches, hospitals, universities and businesses nationwide. She prides herself on being a careful listener and enjoys designing work that brings joy and beauty to a space.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

January 2018 Webinar: “Creating Exterior Sacred Spaces and Landscapes: From BIG idea to eye sparkling detail” by Virginia Burt

Please register for Creating Exterior Sacred Spaces and Landscapes: From BIG idea to eye sparkling detail by Virginia Burt on Jan 16, 2018 1:00 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4932511804006223107

With sacred spaces and healing gardens being developed in liturgical and healthcare facilities across North America, this session will examine what it takes to move from the “BIG idea” to detailed implementation and how “eye sparkling” implementation techniques can encourage development of meaningful projects. Revealing the incorporation of artists work and collaboration with the landscape architect & architect tied back to the overall intent of the project, detailed soul filled works of art can be integrated into healing gardens creating meaning for anyone who visits. As landscape architects, we affect the experiences of people as they move through spaces – ideally this experience is a positive one of magic and wonder. Come prepared to be inspired.

Webinar Detailed Description:

Using various case studies to reveal the many opportunities of creating meaningful space, how healing gardens really live and how they become an intrinsic part of the support offered at a liturgical facility.

So ‘What makes a healing garden, a healing garden?’ will be answered and unpacked, taking participants on a journey of exploration, discovery and dreaming with photographic examples of conceptual through built work. Starting with the master planning process with a facility, the evolution and criteria as the macro plan evolves and then the requirements of permits and working drawings on a micro scale will be presented. As the project moves into implementation, the details and means needed to address multiple challenges as a detailed garden is built from contractor to administrative needs to the garden opening and managing donor expectations will be discussed.

Challenges such as maintenance, and long-term goals will be discussed. Employment and use of such techniques as sacred geometry, “sfumato” and creation of meaningful meetings with both clients and patients will all be investigated. The role of sustainability initiatives will be discussed.

As part of a particular project example, the four elements of Nature were included in the design. Tagged with the mission of the facility, this example ties programming to design of these elements while taking people thorough various Rogerian therapy techniques. Revealing the incorporation of artists work and collaboration with the landscape architect tied back to the overall intent of the project, detailed soul filled works of art can be integrated into healing gardens creating meaning for anyone who visits. As landscape architects, we affect the experiences of people as they move through spaces – ideally this experience is a positive one of magic and wonder. Come prepared to be inspired.

Learning Objectives:

  • Development of communication of the “BIG idea” to its detail;
  • Identify relevant questions for inquiry with institutional and liturgical clients;
  • Develop understanding of the journey of navigating with multiple agendas: church administration, staff, artists, architects & donors; and,
  • Apply lessons learned with an understanding of built work. Award winning case studies will be presented in detail.

About the Presenter:

Virginia Burt, FCSLA, FASLA, creates landscapes and gardens of meaning for residential clients, institutional facilities through her firm, Virginia Burt Designs, Inc. For over 30 years, Virginia has created healing gardens and sacred spaces revealing their natural context and sensitively supporting those who use them. Clients including Cleveland’s University Hospitals and Ontario’s Juravinski Cancer Centre, value Virginia’s respect for place and the human dimension of each project. With offices in USA and Canada, Virginia’s international award-winning work is widely recognized, including CSLA & ASLA National awards. Virginia intensifies ways of working with organizations and clients to address the diverse population they serve. Virginia provides artisanal service attending to the craft of landscape architecture with passion for detail and how things are made.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

November 2017 Webinar: “Creating contemporary liturgical bronze sculpture – a typical, unique method” by Jordan Wanner

Liturgical sculpture surrounds us in Christian worship spaces. I have not yet been to a parish that does not have at least one piece of sculpture, be it a stone or wood carving, fiberglass or sometimes even cast bronze. What is the process and technique to create a 3-dimensional artwork and then cast it in bronze? What are the elements that make a figurative sculpture unique and dynamic, not just a statue? What should a parish community anticipate and ask for when commissioning a bronze sculpture and what should the sculptor require of their client? Learn about what is involved in the creation of a commissioned bronze sculpture, from the beginning consultations thru the bronze casting process, finishing and installation!

About the presenter:

Jordan Wanner is a sculptor and the owner of Wanner Sculpture Studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jordan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Fine Arts class of 1998. He worked and collaborated with his father David Wanner, who was also a liturgical sculptor and the founder of what was Wanner Studios, in 1970. Jordan worked alongside his father until his passing earlier this year. Collectively, David and Jordan have worked on hundreds of projects across the United States and abroad. Jordan’s studio specializes in monumental cast bronze sculpture, cast bronze baptismal fonts as well as liturgical furnishings and fitments.

Please register for “Creating contemporary liturgical bronze sculpture; a typical, unique method” by Jordan Wanner on  Nov 21, 2017 1:00 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8944594547663213825