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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.


You can register for the webinar at this link:

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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ACLS Social Media Survey

Thank you for taking our recent survey regarding Social Media use by ACLS and ACLS Members. We appreciate your valuable feedback and would like to share the results with you.


  • Thirty one out of sixty members (52%) responded to the survey.


  • Twenty five out of thirty one members responding to the survey (81%) said “yes”.


  • Twenty one members responding to the survey (75%) said “Facebook”.
  • Twenty members responding to the survey (72%) said “LinkedIn”.
  • Ten members responding to the survey (36%) said “Instagram”.
  • Ten members responding to the survey (36%) said “Pinterest”.
  • Nine members responding to the survey (32%) said “Twitter”.
  • Four members responding to the survey (14%) said “Other”.


  • Sixteen members responding to the survey (57%) said “Daily”.
  • Eight members responding to the survey (29%) said “Weekly”.
  • Two members responding to the survey (7%) said “Monthly”.
  • Two members responding to the survey (7%) said “Yearly”.


  • Twenty members responding to the survey (75%) said “Facebook”.
  • Fifteen members responding to the survey (54%) said “LinkedIn”.
  • Eight members responding to the survey (29%) said “Instagram”.
  • Six members responding to the survey (21%) said “Twitter”.
  • Four members responding to the survey (14%) said “Pinterest”.

The ACLS Board will continue to explore expanding the use of the Internet and Social Media beyond its website and would like to thank you for your input.

ACLS Board

1st Notice for 2017 ACLS Membership Dues

Greetings to All ACLS Members:

It is that time to renew your ACLS membership for 2017.

For your convenience renewals are processed through the ACLS website. Here is the step-by-step process:

  • Do your standard Log-in to ACLS website
  • Go to the “MEMBERS AREA” tab
  • At The drop-down menu click on “RENEW MEMBERSHIP”
    • A page titled MEMBER PROFILE should appear
      • If you have not already logged in, you will see the option for “Existing Users Log-in” or “New User Registration”
    • As a 2016 Member you are an existing user and should proceed to enter your user name and password. You can click on the “Forgot password?” if you need
  • The subscription rate shown is for the membership category you had for 2016
  • If there is NO changes for membership category in 2017, you click on “CLICK TO PROCEED TO PAYPAL” (However, see below if you want to make changes to your membership category)
  • You will be linked to the ACLS PayPal Account. You have the option to pay through your PayPal account or to pay by entering either a debit or credit card
  • Follow the instructions depending upon your preferred method of payment
  • You will receive an e-mail receipt of the transaction

If you want to pay by check, you can mail me the total amount due for 2017 with the check made out to “ACLS”. Mailing address is:


c/o Robert Habiger, ACLS Treasurer

2101 Valencia Dr NE

Albuquerque, NM 87110


If you want to change your membership category for 2017 you will need to edit your Member Profile by clicking on “Edit My Information”. Along with changing your member category (scroll down to bottom) you can update other pertinent information such as address, business phone number, services provided, or the text information that is displayed as part of your member profile. This should be done before proceeding to PayPal. If you have any problems please contact me at either or

Please note, if you are an Emeritus Member you do not have to do anything, we will update your membership information.

Thank you for your promptness in renewing your 2017 membership dues.


Robert Habiger, ACLS Treasurer

Question for LDC’s

I am doing some research on project delivery approaches for an upcoming talk. My question for our Liturgical Design Consultant members is this:

Have you ever been involved in a Design/Build project; i.e., a project where the construction company was the lead entity on the design, rather than an architectural firm?

If so, could you please tell me about your experiences with that project? For example, how much involvement did you have in the design process? Was the Design/Builder open to your suggestions and comments? Or were those comments disregarded due to cost concerns?

Please either respond by commenting here or sending an email to Thanks!