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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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Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum’s 2019 Symposium

The Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum is hosting its 2019 Symposium in Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ), an internationally recognized icon and destination for most architects, landscape architects, and designers. Illuminated by the visionary and mystical figure of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most influential architects of the 20th Century, Taliesin West offers participants a place that is naturally and architecturally beautiful and inspiring. It is the perfect context where to meditate, sense, discuss, and even plan how to best harness the continuous interactions between nature, design, and spirituality. It also permits attendees to consider the little-addressed yet important legacy of FLW’s spiritual sensibility, belief, and practices vis-à-vis his work. Spending time within and without the remarkable Taliesin West will surely make participants better understand this contribution (60 years after his passing) in light of the mission of ACSF and the huge challenges facing the world today.

Although the Eleventh Annual Meeting will be held at Taliesin West (May 16-19, 2019), conference accomodations will be at the Franciscan Renewal Center, a peaceful, confortable, and friendly place only a few miles away from the symposium venue.

As in previous symposia, ACSF 11 is structured around a main topic (in this case “Continuity in/of Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality”) but also open to ideas, works, and proposals relevant to the Forum’s areas of interest. The number of attendees will be kept small to secure an atmosphere conducive to personal connections and in-depth dialogue. Optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will free time for connecting to oneself, the surrounding desert, and, of course, Taliesin West. The three keynote speakers will be:  renowned architect Will Bruder, Frank Lloyd Wright scholar Michael Desmond, and internaiontally recognized Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, the recipient of the 2019 ACSF Award for Outstanding Achievement. Part of the symposium activities will include a elective visit to Arcosanti.

Established in 2007, the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum provides an international forum for scholarship, education, practice, and advocacy regarding the cultural and spiritual significance of the built environment. ACSF believes that the design and experience of the built environment can assist the spiritual development of humanity in service of addressing the world’s most pressing issues.

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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.


2018 ACLS Retreat at Lake Geneva with John Buscemi

The ACLS Board is planning a Retreat for June 25 – 28, 2018. The purpose of the retreat is to strengthen ACLS as an organization, facilitate camaraderie among members, and conduct educational and inspirational learning opportunities.

The Retreat will be held at The Ridge in Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Lake Geneva is located in southeastern Wisconsin in a resort area known for its beautiful lakes and scenery. We have chosen the location in Wisconsin to accommodate the participation of John Buscemi in the retreat. John is one of the leaders instrumental in the liturgical renewal movement of the latter part of the last century, in liturgical consulting and in the formation of the ACLS. John will be a facilitator for the retreat. We are pleased he is interested to be a part of the event!

Attendees would arrive on Monday, June 25th. We will hold workshops throughout Tuesday and Wednesday of that week. There will also be a banquet one of the evenings of the retreat. Attendees would leave to travel back home on Thursday, June 28th.

The Ridge in Lake Geneva is 90 minutes (75 miles) from O’Hare International Airport, 60 minutes (50 miles) from Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee, and 90 minutes (80 miles) from Dane County Regional Airport near Madison, WI. Attendees can likely find opportunities to carpool from airports with other attendees.

We are asking members to commit to the  ACLS Retreat by paying registration fee of $125 by March 1, 2018. This commitment covers the costs of the overhead expenses associated with the Retreat, scheduled snack breaks during the retreat, and the banquet.

Attendees will be responsible for covering costs of rooms directly with The Ridge in Lake Geneva upon arrival at the retreat.
The projected cost for the room rental at the Ridge is: $444 for single room occupancy (total for three nights) and $222 for a shared room occupancy (total for three nights).

Travel costs to Lake Geneva and the cost of meals other than snack breaks and the banquet, are not included in the cost projections. Attendees will be responsible for covering costs of rooms directly with The Ridge in Lake Geneva upon arrival at the retreat.

Following receipt of commitments by attendees, the ACLS Board will reserve the meeting spaces and rooms necessary for the attendees who have registered. It is important that we are able to reserve the right number of rooms early in March. The Ridge will fill for the summer months and we want to be able to provide rooms at the Ridge for attendees at a reasonable rate.

If you are interested in attending the ACLS Retreat, please provide the registration fee in the amount of $125 by the end of the day on March 1, 2018. Please also indicate if you would like to have a single or double occupancy at the retreat. To pay the registration fee and reserve your spot use the PayPal link below.


If you plan to attend but not sending the payment today, please send an email ASAP to Robert Habiger @ I will send you an invoice from our PayPal account for the registration cost. Alternately you may let Robert know by email that you will be forwarding a check to him at ACLS Treasurer, 2101 Valencia Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.

Following receipt of deposits on March 1st, we will follow-up with confirmation of the retreat and additional information to those who have registered.

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