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
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. valyermodancers.org
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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.
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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.
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: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8546148038686361858
The organ is an instrument used for centuries to help express our faith in liturgy and song. There are a great many types of organs available, and a host of options for the selection and design of instruments. The objective is to assist worship space architects and planners in designing functionally and acoustically appropriate spaces for organs. Descriptions of and considerations for digital and pipe organs will be included. Related topics discussed will include organ types, size, space allotment, location, proximities, layouts, as well as acoustic considerations, technical infrastructure, aesthetics, and care and maintenance factors.
Scott Riedel graduated from the University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and the 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 has consulted on the design and installation of hundreds of new, rebuilt, and re-located heritage pipe organs throughout the United States. He 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.
January 15, 2019 12 p.m. Central Time
This month’s webinar will be focused more on the technical aspects of stained glass windows than the artistic aspects. Ron Bovard, founder of Bovard Studio Inc. in Fairfield, Iowa will cover the following learning objectives:
1. Review historic to modern styles of stained glass windows
2. Review architectural settings of stained glass windows, light sources and environment of installation
3. Review materials, types of glass, glass painting, etc.
4. Review design process and structure of a well-designed stained glass window
5. Review properly designed and engineered glazing and framing systems for the conservation of new stained glass windows
6. Review safety and environmental procedures for working with lead in stained glass windows.
About the presenter:
Ron Bovard started in 1971 as an independent artist and had his first art show at Carnegie Museum in 1972. He enjoyed a career as an independent artist and art director for 14 years before starting Bovard Studio Stained Glass in 1985. Since then, he has grown his company to a staff of over 70 employees, including artists, painters and designers from around the world as well as fabricators, restoration staff and installers. Their engineering staff has designed and tested their glazing systems at the National Testing Laboratories and they are now approved by the state of Florida for the maximum hurricane wind load and impact codes. They manufacture their US patented wood, aluminum and steel frames designed for the conservation of stained glass windows in their studio’s frame shops. They restore and create stained glass windows and glazing systems for about 150 churches, courthouses, hospitals, libraries, state capitols, and other public buildings per year.
This webinar will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET. To register, please click here.
Many liturgical churches have adopted wholesale the use of media in worship as audiovisual support/communications billboard, a model developed in the evangelical megachurches since the late 1970s. Unfortunately, that model typically treats media as presentation technology.
Lenten Penitential Service on Creation Care at CTU
Appropriately integrated within liturgy, though, media art in worship (photography and video) can do and be more than that. It can be liturgical art that can serve as media of meditation and as environmental art. It can be intentionally designed and created to serve as art that communicates on its own and is experienced as symbolic, polyvalent, metaphorical art. To prepare to serve clients who ask, “Were shall we put the projection screen?” liturgical consultants and architects can benefit from exposure to the experiments of media installation artists of the late 20th and 21st century, such as Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, and Diana Thater. New possibilities await those who are willing to learn from today’s artists and innovators regarding new methods for display of media art.
About the presenter:
Eileen D. Crowley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Liturgy, Arts and Communications at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, has been researching the topic of media art in worship for more than two decades. She is the author of Liturgical Art for a Media Culture(Liturgical Press, 2007) and A Moving Word: Media Art in Worship(Augsburg Press, 2006) and many scholarly and popular essays on the topic. She earned her Ph.D. in Worship and Preaching Studies at Union Theological Seminary (New York City) and her M.A. in Theology (Liturgical Studies) from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana).
This webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT. You can register for this webinar by clicking here.